Priesthood Sunday – September 25th

Priesthood Sunday - September 25th

Blessing Prayer

In your loving kindness, O good and gracious God, you sent your Son to be our shepherd and guide. Father Stirniman and Father Peter, continue Christ's ministry of working in the vineyard by sustaining and guiding your holy people.  Bless them.  Let your Spirit uphold them always in their service to the people of our parishes. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Please take the time today to pray this blessing for our Priests with your whole family.

 

Respect Life Prayer & Action

 

Respect Life Prayer & Action

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St. Therese Novena For Vocations

Novena to St. Therese

Please mark your calendars and join us as we prepare to pray a novena to St. Therese of Lisieux on September 22nd. You can find the novena prayers on our website here:

https://comeandfollowme.org/howtohelp/prayer.

St.Therese has always been a faithful intercessor for our vocations program, and through her prayers to God, we have been blessed with many faithful, holy priests to the diocese. Join us in asking her to send us an abundance of priestly vocations after the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Please print off copies of the novena for each family in your parishes. Please also consider sending the novena to those who are homebound or in the nursing home or hospital. This is a great way they can participate in helping to grow the culture of vocations.

Fr. Peter Odhiambo Okola, AJ.

Fr. Peter Odhiambo Okola, AJ.

Prefers to be called Fr. Peter. He is Kenyan citizen and a member of the Religious Missionaries Institute of the Apostles of Jesus.

Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Most Rev. Bishop Sixtus Mazzoldi and Rev. Fr. John Marengoni both of happy memories founded the Missionary Order of the Apostles of Jesus in August 22nd, 1968, the first of its kind to be established in Africa, for the express purpose of training and forming Religious Missionaries as Priests and Brothers for the evangelizing mission of the Church. Today the Order has 70 religious priests working in the United States of America apart from those working in Africa, Europe and Asia.

Fr. Peter is the third born in the family of five brothers and three sisters of the late Mark and Benedette Okola of happy memories.

Fr. Peter joined the Apostles of Jesus minor seminary in 1983 for his senior school and later entered the Apostles of Jesus major seminary in Nairobi-Kenya where he studied for his priesthood formation in both philosophy and theology. Upon His ordination on 19th December 1998, Fr. Peter served as vice-rector and later rector of St. Josephine Bakhita minor seminary in Kenya and later in Southern Sudan in the Catholic diocese of Rumbek, chaplain of St. Mary’s Hospital in the Catholic Arch-diocese of Nairobi in Kenya and parochial vicar at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in the Catholic diocese of Meru in Kenya.

Apart from graduating in Philosophy and Theology for his priestly formation, Fr. Peter attended the Catholic University of East Africa in Kenya and graduated with a post-graduate diploma in education and a master degree in education administration and planning. Father came to the United State in 2009 and completed his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) course at Saint John Paul II institute of Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.

During his studies at Saint John Paul II Institute of Marriage and Family in Washington DC, Father was a resident priest at St. Raymond Catholic Church in Springfield and later St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton. In May 2012, Fr. Peter was assigned as a parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. 

In 2020 He was transferred to St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Springfield Virginia and in 2021, Father Peter was transferred from the diocese of Arlington to the diocese of Peoria and assigned as a parochial vicar at Epiphany Catholic Church in Normal. Now upon his recent transfer, he will be serving in the same capacity at Holy Trinity and Historic St. Patrick Parish in Bloomington, Illinois. 

I am grateful to the Bishop of Peoria and the Christians for giving me the opportunity to serve in this great and blessed diocese.

 

Bereavement Ministry Starting at Our Parishes

Bereavement Ministry Starting at Holy Trinity & Historic St Patrick Parishes

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have experience/interest working with those mourning the loss of a loved one?

(We can benefit from someone with a background in counseling, nursing, hospice, or social worker as well as all interested parishioners)

Some outreach responsibilities to the bereaved include:

¨ Writing notecards

¨ Making personal phone calls

¨ Making home visits

¨ Helping with parish based Memorial Masses

¨ Leading a support group

If interested please contact: Lisa Weber  at 309-824-8648 or 309-824-8647

 

 Bereavement /Grief Ministry “Arimatheans Group”

(Named after Joseph of Arimathea)

Attend funeral Masses to guide families in the responses and protocol.

Time commitment: As your schedule permits.

If interested please contact: Lisa Weber  at 309-824-8648 or 309-824-8647

 

Under Construction

Under Construction

The much anticipated renovation of Holy Trinity Parish’s lower level started this week!  We anticipate completion in late November/early December. During this time, there will be no Welcome Weekend Breakfast. 

We look forward to welcoming you back after construction is completed!