The policies of Saint Monica parish include the following:
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The St. Monica Community is a group of Roman Catholic Christians within the Diocese of Peoria. They generally live within the established parish boundaries. Others may accept membership with the approval of the pastor in whose territory they reside. Persons are recognized as members through registration. by participation at worship and in activities as they are able. and because of their support of the community. Members have the right to celebrate the sacraments. They may request Matrimony. Baptism for their children. Christian Burial and other parish services provided that they follow the appropriate parish policy.
We recognize that a special relationship may exist with non-Catholic members of our parish family. We invite them to consider full membership in our community. We encourage those who are not able to participate fully in the sacramental life of the church to participate as much as possible and to take the necessary steps to rectify their situation.
Together we hope to always witness Christian principles among ourselves and to others
Our liturgical services belong to the whole community of St. Monica. At some of the weekend liturgies we celebrate special events in the lives of members of our community. Although we welcome the opportunity to share these special times as a community. we must
keep in mind that no liturgical service is the exclusive activity of any person or family. Consequently. we prefer that duly commissioned and properly trained ministers from our community. rather than family members or friends. function at these liturgies. Any exceptions require the approval of the liturgical coordinator. Some preparation may be required. These requests must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the particular liturgy.
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In the Sacrament of Baptism a person is born again through the forgiveness of sin. formed in the likeness of Christ and made a member of the local community of his Church. The seriousness of this even requires preparation and evidence to support the hope that the baptized will grow in the Catholic Faith. In the case of infants. it is expected that the parents will share their Faith with the child by their teaching and by their active membership in the St. Monica Community. The godparents’ duty is to help the parents in their role as Christian parents. The sponsor of an adult should continue to help him/her to serve Christ by his/her counsel and example. We welcome those who meet these criteria to Baptism and membership in the parish community of St. Monica.
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Marriage between baptized persons is raised to a sacrament. Matrimony is a unique opportunity to encounter the God who is love and can be experienced in the human institution of marriage. The celebration of this sacrament is the beginning of a lifetime covenant. In the ceremony. the couple pledge to live that covenant for the rest of their lives. The seriousness of this sacrament requires preparation. Couples intending to marry in our parish will follow the Common Policy of the Peoria Diocese for marriage preparation. In order to allow sufficient time to carry out the various steps of the marriage preparation program. it is necessary to contact the priest or deacon at least six months prior to the anticipated date of the wedding.
For a couple to marry at St. Monica at least one party should ordinarily be an active member of the parish. Because activities in the parish affect the lives of all members. all parishioners are welcome to witness any marriage. We welcome members of our parish to celebrate their marriages at St. Monica.
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Couples planning their wedding often have questions regarding what is and what is not allowed in the ceremony. A general idea to keep in mind is that all appearances and actions should be in good taste. Marriage is a sacred event and our church is a holy place. A wedding should reflect these facts. Decorations shall enhance the ceremony and not impede or distract.
The music during the ceremony should be of a prayerful nature. Pictures may be taken and a wedding may be video taped provided that the distractions are kept to a minimum. No one other than those participating in the wedding ceremony will be allowed in the sanctuary area.
Any special questions should be discussed with the priest or deacon who is arranging the wedding.
We encourage families of deceased active members of our community to request the rite of Christian Burial in our church for their loved ones. In any situation with unusual circumstances. please contact the pastor for help in making the funeral arrangements. The clergy are also willing to provide services at the funeral home for non Catholic members of our parish families or for inactive Catholics. The ladies of St. Monica's Guild provide funeral dinners as a service to members of our community. Information regarding this is available elsewhere in this booklet. Those who make pre-arrangements with a funeral director may also wish to consult the clergy for help in planning their funeral service.
The following events and activities will be announced at the appropriate Saturday and/or Sunday Masses:
1. Events that promote a deeper commitment to the Faith of the members of the community.
2. Events held for the purpose of fellowship within the whole parish community.
3. Diocesan or civic events that are of interest to the St. Monica community.
4. Social activities which immediately follow and are related to the Eucharistic celebration.
5. Major events which provide financial benefits for the whole parish.
Information regarding an announcement must be in the parish office by Wednesday noon. These announcements will be as brief as possible and call attention to the activity but not give details. Regularly scheduled meetings or the sale of any items will not be announced. Normally an announcement will be one sentence in length. Ordinarily they will be made on the week of the event. Announcements will be made by the deacon before the final blessing.