Post Poll: How to welcome visitors at Mass?

On Easter Sunday in churches throughout the Diocese of Peoria, pews were filled with visitors and Catholics who may only attend Mass a few times a year. Our poll question this week is: “How can we better welcome visitors and newcomers to our parishes at Mass throughout the year?” Some side questions to consider: Does […]

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Morton Girl Scouts ship cookies to troops

MORTON — For three years in a row, Girl Scout Troop 4190 from Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton has shown its care and concern for U.S. troops serving in Iraq or Afghanistan by treating them to boxes of their organization’s famous cookies. In 2007, what was then Brownie Troop 190 decided to send one box […]

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$700,000 in tuition assistance grants awarded

The Diocese of Peoria has awarded 521 Catholic school students tuition assistance grants totaling nearly $700,000 for the 2009-2010 academic year. Both the grant total and the number of students awarded are the largest in the four years the diocese has disbursed monies from the John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship Fund, established by contributions to the […]

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Holy Thursday pilgrimage with bishop draws 200

About 200 pilgrims accompanied Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, as he visited three Peoria churches to pray before the Blessed Sacrament after Mass on Holy Thursday. “The pilgrimage was a resounding success. Look for it again next year,” said Chris Kreps, Bishop Jenky’s administrative assistant. “The bishop wants this to become a tradition.” The ancient […]

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St. Bede plans new on-campus housing

PERU — Responding to renewed interest in providing opportunities for boarding students, St. Bede Academy here broke ground Monday for an on-campus residence that could house 16 female boarding students for the 2009-2010 school year. The Benedictine-run Academy was a boys’ boarding school from 1892 until 1981. “If you speak with alumni who graduated prior […]

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Pastor from Normal donates kidney to parishioner

Between 40 and 50 kidney transplants take place at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria every year and last week one of them was made possible by Msgr. Eric Powell, pastor of Epiphany Parish in Normal. Msgr. Powell, 45, donated one of his kidneys to an Epiphany parishioner during a two-hour surgery on Easter […]

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Hollywood actor to speak at cathedral rosary event May 3

Hollywood actor J. Omar Castro will be present at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sunday, May 3, for a Marian prayer event that includes the screening of a segment of the new release “Rosary Stars: Praying the Gospel.” Family Theater Productions announced this week that Castro — one of 21 young adult celebrities featured […]

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Catholic men to take public stand for faith April 25

The throng of Catholic men from across the diocese expected to prayerfully walk with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, through downtown Peoria next Saturday, April 25, in a public demonstration of faith will likely include many fathers with their sons. Former professional soccer player Chase Hilgenbrinck is looking forward to walking with his dad at […]

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Mercy to believe

By: Father Douglas Grandon Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday), April 19 Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31 “Famous atheist now believes in God” was the headline of a Dec. 9, 2004, Associated Press story about the conversion of an Oxford professor, Anthony Flew, from atheism to the belief that God […]

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