Sick and Homebound

Ministry to Sick and Homebound:  Please notify the parish office (309-367-4407) when someone is hospitalized or if you are homebound and unable to join us at Sunday Eucharist.

Altar and Rosary Society

Our purpose is to unite all Catholic women of St. Mary’s Parish in religious, educational, service, and social activities. We are to assist the Pastor in spiritual and material undertakings of the parish.

Membership is open to all Catholic women who have reached the age of eighteen and is a member of the parish.

Some of our fundraising projects to help our parish include, working the KC & Altar & Rosary Pancake Breakfast for Catholic Schools week, Easter Bake Sale, Ice Cream Social in the park, the Christmas Cookie/Candy Bake Sale, and various raffles during the year.

We donate and support special church, school, and community projects such as parish signs, church windows and flooring, a yearly breakfast for women of the parish, the yearly golf outing, Trunk or Treat and the Community Christmas Gift Cards.

Our meetings are held the third Tuesday of the months: January, February, April, May, September, October and the second Tuesday in December (Christmas party) at 7:00 pm in the school cafeteria.

To become a member please contact Sandy Bernitt at

2023-24 Officers:
President: Cindy Garber
Vice President: Letha Costello
2nd Vice President/Membership: Sandy Bernitt
Secretary: Chris Nauman
Treasurer: Sue Hawk

Upcoming Dates

*Sept 19 at 7pm in school cafeteria.  Come join us for the first meeting of the new year.

*September 28th–The trip to the St. Therese Shrine in Darien IL. is confirmed for September 28, and open to join!  There are still seats on the bus to fill. Information/sign up sheets are in the back of church and rectory.  We would love to have you join us for a day of prayer, faith building and friendship.

*Pro Life rosary each Monday in October with the first, third and fifth Mondays at 9 AM and the second and fourth Mondays at 6 PM.  Held in St. Mary’s Prayer Garden, weather permitting, otherwise in the church. Open to all and led by St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society.  


Knights of Columbus


• The Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Sorrows Council 3060 (chartered June 25, 1947) has more than 200 members.

• We offer an opportunity to participate in Catholic action at many levels!

• All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism

• All our programs are planned to protect and serve our church and its clergy, our members and their families, and the needy of our communities. Our Fund Raisers include: Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, Vocation Raffle, Intellectually Disability (Tootsie Roll) Fund Drive, Pork Chop Fry, and Lenten Fish Fry’s.

• We sponsor many community services, St. Mary’s Grade School and youth programs, and various Church activities. Various Fraternal Benefits are available to members as well, including an outstanding insurance program, orphan benefit, scholarships, widow benefits, and a subscription to Columbia Magazine.

How do I become a Knight?

• Membership is open to all practical Catholic men who are 18 years or older. A practical Catholic man is one who follows God’s Commandments and the Church’s Precepts. Interested men may obtain an application form from any Brother Knight, or contact Grand Knight Kris Severinsen by e-mail at

• Once you join the Knights you may attend our meetings which are held on the fourth Wednesday each month at 6:15 p.m.

• You may also visit or for more information.


America was different back in 1882 when Father Michael McGivney was assistant pastor of St. Mary’s parish in New Haven, Conn. Back then, when a man was badly hurt, took ill or died, his widow and children could be left penniless, lose their home, perhaps be split up. Father McGivney had seen it happen. And so, with a small band of parishioners, he created the Knights of Columbus which would become the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Named in honor of the mariner Christopher Columbus, it originally served as a mutual benefit society to low-income immigrant Catholics. It was formed to render financial aid to members and their families who were sick, disabled or needy. Later, the organization offered social and intellectual fellowship through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 15,100 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.

Upcoming Pork Chop Fry (held at Kirby Foods in Metamora)

Friday, September 22, 11 am to 6 pm

Saturday, September 23, 11 am to 2 pm

Proceeds to go to St. Mary’s School and the Metamora Food Pantry.


The 2023-2024 Illinois K of C State Council Vocations Support Raffle ends on November 20, 2023.. The cost of a Raffle book is $15.00. The 2023 Vocation Raffle is now online and ready for donations.  Use the QR Code  to order tickets. Be sure to add 3060 to your order to assure our council gets credit.


Prayer Weavers

Prayer Weavers of St. Mary’s Church, Metamora make prayer shawls or lap robes to comfort those in need.  There is no charge for this service of love. To make a donation/request a shawl/lap robe, or to participate in this ministry, contact Sue Wyckoff  (309) 229-8599, Ginny Downs (309) 231-2769 or leave word at the Parish Office (309) 367-4407.

Upcoming Meetings:

September 25, October 30, November 27




Pro Life Representative

The Pro-Life movement does not just mean the fight against abortion. It means caring for people from conception to death.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Every child deserves to live in a peaceful home. Learn to identify abuse, report abuse, and be a good neighbor. Does your neighbor need help running errands? Can you babysit small children so mom can rest, get her hair cut, go to a doctor’s appointment or get groceries? Any good deed can help relieve stress, thereby helping the parent(s) create a peaceful home environment for them and their children.

Our duties as Catholics and followers of Jesus are to care for our neighbors. But how do we start? There are so many ways:

Destiny for Women Health Clinic. Is a Catholic organization that is locally owned and ran. Please check out the website at

Foster Village Peoria: was established by three foster mothers to bridge the gaps in support and resources for caregivers working with the foster care system in the Tri-County area. You can check out their website at:

Snackpac Metamora: Providing heathy breakfasts and snacks for those that might go without. For more information contact Debbie Rauh at

Metamora Food Panty: A tub for food donations has been placed in the southwest corner of the church by the Lady of Prague statue.

Snyder Village: caring for the elderly and sick in our area: There are many ways to help by contacting Ashley Thompson at

Suggestions are always welcome.

Watch this page for Upcoming Events:

Illinois March for Life. Tuesday, March 19, 2024. Mass at 10:00 am, rally at 12:00 noon at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield IL., followed by a March to the Capitol building. Looking to lead a caravan of cars or book a bus. Your heart will never be the same after attending, For information, please contact Chris Nauman, 309-256-053








Prayer Chain

If you are in need of prayer for yourself or a loved one, members of our prayer chain would like to pray for you.  You may contact Diane Moughler at (309)-256-2885, or send an email to  You may also contact Diane if you are interested in joining St. Mary’s prayer chain.



Cemetery Lots

If you need to purchase cemetery plots of have any questions about the cemetery, please contact Dick Noe at (309)-573-4302 or the parish office at (309)-367-4407.