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Sunday Giving: Would you consider increasing your Sunday gift by $5?  Most of us give the same amount in the envelop week after week, year after year (even decade after decade!).  Make even a modest increase in your regular Sunday offering.  God will bless your sacrifice!  An easy way to get into the routine of sacrificial giving is to make your gift electronically through our secure website.  Click the link on this page to set-up recurring Sunday giving or to give to any of our other parish needs.


Estate Planning: Include your parish family in your will.  One smart rule of thumb is to consider your parish as one of your children – if you have four kids, divide your estate in fifths.  Leave one fifth to each child and an equal share to your parish.  A few large estates made Sacred Heart and St. Joseph so beautiful and small estates keeps St. Bernard going!  Email Julie in our diocesan stewardship office for more information: [email protected]


Building Funds: We are blessed with the most beautiful churches in Peoria! These beautiful churches, as well as our other parish buildings need up keep and will require us to plan now for major improvements that will inevitably be needed.  (Our trustees are engaged in a significant study of St. Joseph’s 138-year old roof – more info to come soon!). Both St. Bernard and Sacred Heart/St. Joseph regularly take up a Building Fund collection. Click on the donate button on this page, select the parish,  and enter “building fund” in the memo line.


Education of our Youth: We all share a common commitment to bring the Good News to the next generation.  Your gifts to our monthly education collections at St. Bernard and the Cathedral help to provide CCD programs, youth ministry, tuition assistance for our Catholic school families, and our parishes’ assessments to Peoria Notre Dame High School. Click on the donate button, select the parish, and enter “education” in the memo line.


Sophia’s Kitchen: The ministry to feed body and soul at “the kitchen” is our parishes’ primary Respect Life apostolate and social justice outreach.  Your gift of time and treasure directly feeds our hungry brothers and sisters in our own city.  Some give by serving.  Others serve by giving. Remember Sophia’s Kitchen on Pantry Sunday every month, in our collections for the needy, and in your estate planning.

Thank you for your contributions! Sophia's Kitchen works very hard to send thank you letters as promptly as possible. A recent 'upgrade' in our software has caused a glitch for those who donate online. While we can see the donations, and know they have been deposited,  we aren't able to print out a report. We are assured the company is fixing the issue soon. Your donations are very valuable to us, and we appreciate your patience!

NOTE: Thank you to those who have used our Online Giving form! It's very easy to set up a reoccurring monthly donation. PLEASE NOTE: Because of the wording that the Bank uses, transactions may appear as SOPHIA'S KITCHEN on your credit card or bank statement regardless of the fund chosen. Please be assured that all donations are correctly distributed to the fund you choose and used only within that fund. We are sorry for the confusion! The account distribution is correct, but the Bank has chosen one name.