Parish Announcements


Memorial Bricks are still being sold for the St. Peregrine Shrine. The cost of a brick is $125. Order by October 1 for engraving this fall. Click here for ordering and/or more information.


Calling all musical youth! We are working on a summer program for the youth in our parish. Late summer we will have a three day “camp” and culminate with a youth mass. Young musicians will learn songs and enjoy fellowship and musical activities. Plans are currently in the works to finalize dates and times. Open to all ages from grade school through high school. Children must be able to read. If you have youth who might be interested, please send your information to Katherine Smith at 217-433-1122 or Be on the lookout for more information to come!


Eucharistic Adoration will be held on Thursday, June 13, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Family Adoration Hour is 5:00pm to 6:00pm with a Potluck to follow. Please click HERE to reserve a time or email/call the parish office.


Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Peoria
Update regarding our Growing Disciples initiative:

As we celebrate the great Solemnity of Pentecost, we recall the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the birth of the Church.

Yet, as we are well aware, the world we live in today presents many challenges for us to propose the Gospel in a compelling and impactful way. We cannot ignore the realities we face. However, we are full of hope as we trust the prompting of the Holy Spirit to engage in a new apostolic age of missionary discipleship.

It is in this hope that Bishop Lou Tylka announces the decisions that have been discerned regarding the structure of the parishes in the Diocese of Peoria for the future. We certainly call upon the Holy Spirit to open our minds and hearts to these necessary changes to create a more vibrant, mission driven and sustainable Church for growing disciples.

Two years ago, the Diocese of Peoria initiated a process in our diocese which we call “Growing Disciples.” The process was not centered upon the reality of decline; rather it has been a process of renewal seeking opportunities for growth. Originating from listening sessions of his first two years serving as Coadjutor Bishop, the Bishop articulated five foundations on which to create a better, more vibrant Church: Evangelization, Discipleship, The Eucharist, Vocations and the legacy of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. He enlisted the help of the Catholic Leadership Institute to guide our process of assessing our current structure and discerning a more mission-driven sustainable structure for the future.

The process was quite thorough, working with every parish and ministry in the diocese. They gathered hard data, including Baptisms and funeral trends, Mass attendance counts, the number of active priests, upcoming priest retirements, trends in candidates for the seminary, maintenance costs for the churches, parish budgets, projected costs for repairs, geography and population trends among other factors. The Growing Disciples Core Team, Consultants, Priests, Curia Offices, Diocesan Planning Commission, and Key Parish Leaders provided opportunities for conversations, prayer and discerning. The Diocese gathered feedback from thousands of parishioners and community members as we went through several rounds of parish modeling.

The details of the new parish configurations, as well as the assignments of priests can be found on the Growing Disciples website: beginning Saturday evening, May 18, 2024.

These difficult and yet necessary changes will create greater freedom to engage in this new apostolic age. The first disciples, including the Blessed Mother Mary, were filled with the Holy Spirit and commissioned by Jesus to go make disciples. May we encounter the same gracious outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us today - setting our hearts ablaze for Christ, so that we too may bear fruit for God’s kingdom in our local Church.

Venerable Archbishop Sheen - pray for us!



Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. As we look to this new season, let’s make it a priority to stay connected with this community of faithful women! Our next group study focuses on our dear Mother Mary - who better to lead us to her Son? The book is: Walking with Mary - A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross by Dr. Edward Sri. DATE CHANGE: This is a 9-week study starting the week of June 24 through August 12. We will meet on Mondays at Noon and keep the meeting to an hour. To sign up call or email Katherine Smith at 217-433-1122 or If you are interested and would like an evening time, please contact Katherine and request that.


Join us this summer for a Fall Prevention Class. A Matter of Balance will be offered though Catholic Charities in the St. Philomena Parish Hall July 15 through August 7, Mondays & Wednesdays from 10:00am to 12:00noon. Refreshments provided. A $20 donation is requested. To register or for more information, please contact Carol Logan at 217-428-3458 ext. 231.


Hope Lives Youth Ranch is back with Fairy Tale Rides on August 31 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Forest Preserve Park. Get ready for Live Music, Game Booths, Food Trucks, the Donkey Queen, Mermaid Encounters, and the famous Hope Lives Dragons and Unicorns! It is going to be a blast! Tickets will be available on-site via Venmo, PayPal, or cash.


Come and join in an afternoon of fun and competition. St. Philomena & St. Michael Churches are hosting a Euchre Tournament on June 30th beginning at 2:00pm in the St. Philomena Parish Hall. We intend this to be a community event! Admission: $10.00 per person - includes bottled water and light snacks. Half the proceeds raised will go for a single jack pot winner! The other half of the money raised will go to help feed children in our Sister Parish in Haiti. Bring a friend or come by yourself and make new friends! Come and join in an afternoon of fun and competition! Spread the news! Participants are required to know how to play Euchre. For more information, please contact the parish office.


Ready to Bring the Love of Jesus
Thank you to all who have already pledged to the ADA. No gift is too small, and our parishes are trying to reach 100% participation. If you received your pledge card in the mail, please complete it and mail it back. If not, there are pledge cards at the entrances of both parishes. The goal for St. Philomena is $49,884 and for St. Michael is $9,877 and we can reach it only with your help.
St. Philomena - Pledged $38,975 (78% of Goal)
Parishioners Pledged 87 (25% of Parish)
St. Michael - Pledged $6,225 (63% of Goal)
Parishioners Pledged 10 (21% of Parish)


Saturday, June 22
GASP Weeding Day 8:00am, St. Philomena Grounds


1301 N. Market St.
Monticello, IL 61856
Phone:(217) 762-2566

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