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DECEMBER 7 – MASS: /IMMIGRATION/TRAFFICKING/REPARATION OF SINS
A special Mass for Reparation of sins and the crises of immigration and human trafficking will be at St. Mary’s Church in Pontiac at 8AM. Contributions will go to Catholic Charities Initiative “Building Bridges of Hope.”
DECEMBER 8 - RECONCILIATION SERVICE IN ROANOKE
All are invited to a Reconciliation Service at St. Joseph Roanoke at 6PM.
DECEMBER 8 – CATHOLIC SCHOOL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR IN LINCOLN
Carroll Catholic School in Lincoln is having its annual Christmas bazaar from 7:30AM-12PM. Adult tickets to the breakfast will cost $9 and children aged 4-12 cost $5. Also, there is a raffle drawing.
DECEMBER 8 – CHURCH BAKE SALE/BAZAAR
St. Michael Archangel Church in Streator is having its annual bake sale and Bazaar from 10AM-2PM in their cafeteria. There will be baked goods, candies, home-made Christmas treats, raffles, gifts, arts and crafts and vendors. Lunch will be available.
DECEMBER 8 – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (PONTIAC)
Breakfast with Santa will be from 7:30-11:30AM at St. Mary’s parish hall in Pontiac. It costs $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12. No family will have to pay more than $30 regardless of how many children they have.
DECEMBER 8 - ILLINOIS WESLEYAN CHRISTMAS CHORAL CONCERT
Holy Trinity Church in Bloomington is hosting an Illinois Wesleyan Christmas Choral Concert at 3PM.
DECEMBER 8 – PRAYERS FOR PRIESTS HOLY HOUR
Historic St. Patrick Church (Bloomington) will have a 3PM holy hour to pray for more vocations and for the sanctification and protection of priests and seminarians.
DECEMBER 9 - RECONCILIATION SERVICE IN BLOOMINGTON
All are welcome at St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington for an Advent Communal Reconciliation Services from 6:30-8:30PM.
DECEMBER 10 – HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS
Come to St. Mary's Chapel (Bloomington) from 6:30-7:30PM to pray for future vocations (priests & nuns) and in thanksgiving for current seminarians.
DECEMBER 10 - FAUSTINA: LOVE AND MERCY (CATHOLIC MOVIE; ONLY TODAY)
The new Catholic movie, Love and Mercy, is showing at 7PM at Marcus Bloomington Cinema, the Ovation Cinema in Bloomington and the AMC Starplex in Normal. This docudrama explains the meaning of the phrase "Jesus, I trust in you." God requested for Saint Faustina to convey to the world that God is willing to be merciful to anyone regardless of their past sins if they're truly sorry.
DECEMBER 11 - FAITH IN ACTION ORIENTATION
Faith in Action of Bloomington-Normal is having a volunteer orientation from 11AM-12:30PM. They help senior citizens combat social isolation and help them remain in their homes for as long as possible. They need volunteers to assist seniors including rides, visits & shopping. To learn more, call (309) 827-7780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To fill out an application, visit bnfia.org/volunteer
DECEMBER 11 – VOCATIONS HOLY HOUR IN DWIGHT
All are welcome at St. Patrick Church in Dwight for a special holy hour for vocations and purification of the church at 4PM.
DECEMBER 12 - HARVEST MASS IN CHATSWORTH
Father Sabel and Father Adam Cesarek extend an invitation to come to Saints. Peter & Paul Church in Chatsworth, to thank the Lord for another bountiful harvest. At 5:30, the Rosary will be prayed, Mass is at 6PM, and lastly a meal will be served in the church’s parish hall. Please RSVP to the parish office, (815) 844-7683, by December 5 so they know how many guests to plan for.
DECEMBER 14 - CCHS BAND CONCERT/FUND-RAISER @ STORE
Bloomington’s Central Catholic High School’s band & choir will be at the Barnes & Noble from 9:30-11:30AM. The event features Christmas performances by their choir and different sections of their band. They will also wrap gifts. Your in-store purchases (merchandise and cafe) and online purchases from December 14-19 will help their school’s Music Saints program. Mention the CCHS Music Fundraiser at checkout.
DECEMBER 14 - SANTA'S CRAFTY WORKSHOP FOR KIDS IN DWIGHT
There will be a 2nd Annual Santa's Crafty Workshop at Dwight’s Saint Patrick Church’s Hall from 9AM-1PM. The cost is $15 per child or $12 each for three or more children. Contact the Odell’s Saint Paul School Office for more details or to sign up.
DECEMBER 17 - RECONCILIATION SERVICE IN BLOOMINGTON
All are welcome at St. Mary’s Church in Bloomington for an Advent Communal Reconciliation Services from 6:30-8:30PM.
DECEMBER 17 – RECONCILIATION SERVICE IN PONTIAC
All are invited to St. Mary’s Church in Pontiac for a Reconcilliation Service at 7PM.
DECEMBER 18 - UNCOUPLED CATHOLICS HELP TOYS FOR TOTS
"Uncoupled Catholics” is a fellowship group that welcomes single, divorced or widowed Catholics. They're helping with the distribution at the Toys for Tots campaign. They'll be at YouthBuild at the outlet mall in Bloomington. They'd like at least 10 people to help from 5-7PM. Call Teresa at (309) 830-2695 or Renee at (309) 310-5983, to ask questions and sign up.
DECEMBER 18 – CULVER’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL FUNDRAISER IN LINCOLN
10% of sales at Culver’s Restaurant in Lincoln go towards Carroll Catholic School from 10:30AM-10PM. Mention Carroll School when making your purchase.
DECEMBER 19 -RECONCILIATION SERVICE IN LINCOLN
All are invited to a Reconciliation Service at 7 pm at Holy Family Church in Lincoln.
DECEMBER 19 -RECONCILIATION SERVICE IN MAHOMET
All are invited to a Reconciliation Service at 7 pm at Our Lady of the Lake in Mahomet.
DECEMBER 19 - RECONCILIATION SERVICE IN CHENOA
There will be a reconciliation service at 6:30PM at St. Joseph’s in Chenoa.
DECEMBER 21 – FULTON SHEEN EVENT IS CANCELLED
The beatification ceremony that was scheduled for today for Fulton Sheen has been cancelled.
JANUARY 11 – MARCH FOR LIFE IN CHICAGO
The largest pro-life event in the Midwest is the March for Life in Chicago! Our Diocese is sponsoring a bus pilgrimage to this event with: round trip transportation from Peoria to Chicago (pick-up & drop-off in Peoria, Normal and Chenoa). The registration form is available at www.cdop.org. For questions call (309) 671-1550 or go to Evangelization@cdop.org
JAUNARY 12, FEBRUARY 9, MARCH 8 – NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
Come to the 3 class series on Natural Family Planning in the Cenacle Room at Epiphany Church in Normal. Come regardless of whether you are newly engaged or have been married for years. The Couple to Couple League’s Sympto-Thermal Method of Natural Family Planning teaches how to work with God in a natural way. If there's questions, email email@example.com. Register at ccli.org
JANUARY 17 -20 – LIGHT OF THE WORLD RETREAT (STREATOR)
St Michael the Archangel Church in Streator is hosting a free “Light of the World” Retreat. Attendees will be able to return to their own home each evening. For more information contact: Jim or Cindy at (815) 673-1343 or the Parish Office (815) 672-2474
1ST & 3RD SUNDAYS OF THE MONTH - NORMAL YOUNG ADULT GATHERING
At Epiphany Church's Parish Hall in Normal, there will be a gathering for fellowship of Epiphany Parish’s young adults (ages 21-35 approximately) starting at around 6:30PM or a little later. At this free event, there is a meal and discussion about faith topics.
WEDNESDAYS NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 11 – CATHOLIC MENTAL HEALTH
Fr. Mike Driscoll will be presenting a series of 6 adult education sessions entitled, “Catholic Sanity: A Catholic Approach to Mental Health.” It is held at Peoria Notre Dame High School's Auditorium at 7PM on Wednesdays. Come to any or all sessions. It is open to the public and there is no sign up.
THURSDAYS - MAHOMET ADORATION
Our Lady of the Lake in Mahomet church is open for Eucharistic Adoration 7-8 pm for you to spend time in the peace of His presence.
THURSDAYS – CHENOA ADORATION/RECONCILLIATION
Every Thursday, come to St. Joseph Church in Chenoa. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available from 6-7pm and Eucharistic Adoration & rosary will be from 7-8pm. Holy Communion will be at 8pm.
FIRST FRIDAYS - BLOOMINGTON ADORATION
At (Historic) St. Patrick's Church (Bloomington) on the first Friday of each month, adoration & confession will be for an hour starting at 4:15pm.
FIRST FRIDAY FOR MEN REFLECTION 7-7:45 a.m.
St. Patrick Church of Merna hosts First Friday for all Bloomington-Normal men of Catholic faith. Every month, Mass begins at 7, followed by a brief reflection, and then coffee, juice, and donuts.
SATURDAYS - BLOOMINGTON ADORATION
(Historic) St. Patrick Church (Bloomington) offers adoration & Confession at 4pm hour each Saturday.
MONDAY-FRIDAY - BLOOMINGTON ADORATION
From 8:30AM-4:30PM, the opportunity for adoration is available at Holy Trinity’s Parish Center in Bloomington. This excludes holidays.
BLOOMINGTON/NORMAL PERPETUAL ADORATION CHAPEL
Epiphany Church, Normal
Open 24/7, 365 days a year, there is a need for dependable, committed adorers (or groups of adorers who share a specific time) that spend at least one Holy Hour each week in the Chapel. Substitutes are also needed. You don't need to be a member of Epiphany parish to visit the chapel or commit to weekly Holy Hour. Contact Lyn (309) 824-3443 or .
PONTIAC PERPETUAL ADORATION CHAPEL
St. Mary’s Church in Pontiac has a 24/7 Adoration Chapel open 365 days a year. If you are interested in becoming an adorer, please contact Patti at 815-844-7683.
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