Family Ministry

Marriage Preparation 
Couples are required to complete the Peoria Diocesan marriage preparation program and need to contact one of the parish priests at least six months prior to the anticipated time of their wedding.

Contact: Georgia LaFayette in the Parish Office, 662-7361

Baptismal Preparation

Baptism is the first sacrament which welcomes a child into the church community. In preparation for receiving this sacrament, we ask parents to attend a pre-Baptismal class which shares information regarding the sacrament and guidelines to follow. You must register to attend a class. Classes are held the first Monday of each month.

Contact: Georgia LaFayette in the Parish Office, 662-7361


Do you have a toddler (9 months/mobile to 3 years old)? Would you like to attend Mass and be able to pray, participate and HEAR the whole homily? The Nursery is open during the 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass and the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass times. All you have to do is register your child! Registration forms can be obtained at the Welcome Center or you may contact the Nursery Director.

Contact: Pam Goode, 662-7361, ext. 222

Family Life Activity Group (F.L.A.G)

F.L.A.G. organizes family-based activities which serve as a means for parish families to meet and interact. The group meets 6 times a year to plan a variety of events. Individuals and couples are welcome to join this committee.

Contact: Jana Schopp, Family Life Coordinator, 662-7361, ext. 217

Young At Heart (YAH) 

This group is for the senior members of the five Catholic parishes of our Bloomington-Normal area. Monthly events which include social and spiritual opportunities are planned by the board which represents all five parishes.

Contact: Audrey Bishop, 663-4802 or Jim and Kathy Haas, 663-8985



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