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Services set in LaSalle, East Peoria for Deacon Rager

PERU — Funeral Masses are planned in LaSalle and East Peoria for Deacon Ron Rager, a member of the first class of permanent deacons ordained for the Diocese of Peoria, who is being remembered as “a man of service, who had a heart of charity.” “Truly loved his God and truly loved his neighbor,” said […]

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Diocese’s deaf Catholics have an advocate in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Minette Sternke has a big dream. She would like to see an office for deaf ministry established in the Diocese of Peoria, but she isn’t sitting back and waiting for someone else to do the work for the deaf community in central Illinois. Already active at St. Patrick’s Parish in Urbana, Sternke continues […]

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Faith-filled beginning to 2010 for Catholic college students

Photo Caption: More than 300 students, seminarians, and chaplains from the diocese were among those greeting 2010 at the Fellowship of Catholic University Students national conference in Orlando. By: By Tom Dermody The midnight balloon drop was more than a week ago, but the joy it symbolized will be lasting for hundreds of Catholic college […]

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Fr. Brunskill’s mother dies; funeral Saturday in Pontiac

PONTIAC — A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at St. Mary’s Church here for Jayne L. Brunskill, 95, the mother of three children including Father Richard Brunskill, a priest of the Diocese of Peoria on senior status. Mrs. Brunskill died at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 […]

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3 former Anglican bishops received into Catholic Church

LONDON (CNS) — Three former Anglican bishops were received into the Catholic Church just hours after they officially gave up their ministries in the Church of England. Bishops Andrew Burnham of Ebbsfleet, John Broadhurst of Fulham and Keith Newton of Richborough will be soon ordained as priests for a special Anglican ordinariate that will be […]

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Possible hepatitis A exposure from Communion in New York

NEW YORK (CNS) — The Nassau County Department of Health on New York’s Long Island is offering immune globulin or hepatitis A vaccine to parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park who might have been exposed to hepatitis A when receiving Communion at two Christmas Day Masses. Mary Ellen Laurain, a spokeswoman […]

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Memorial Mass Jan. 16 for Father Marne Breckensiek, OFM

A MEMORIAL Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in Peoria at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, for Father Marne Breckensiek, OFM, who served as pastor of the downtown Peoria parish for 24 years. Father Marne died on Dec. 29, 2009, at St. Margaret Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was 71. A Mass […]

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FESTIVAL LETTER: ‘Credo! I Believe!,” by Bishop Jenky

By: Ninth Festival Letter of the Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of Peoria In the early centuries of Catholic Christianity, when calendars were uncommon and often imprecise, a bishop would send out an annual “Festival Letter” to announce the proper dates for observing the fasts and feasts of the Liturgical Year. It was […]

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Correction for ‘Pringle Sticks’ Christmas section recipe

THE OVEN temperature was inadvertently omitted from one of the recipes in “A Taste of Christmas,” which was published in The Catholic Post on Dec. 20, 2009. The recipe for Pringle Sticks, which was submitted by Linda McCabe of St. Louis Parish in Princeton, should have noted that the Christmas morning pastry needs to be […]

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Radiating Jesus

By: Msgr. Stuart Swetland Epiphany of the Lord, Jan. 3 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 VERY OFTEN our Sunday readings are selected so as to emphasize the “prophecy-fulfillment” mode of reading sacred Scripture. This means that the first reading from the Old Testament is seen to be fulfilled in the proclamation of […]

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