Full text of Bishop Jenky’s homily at Erin Feis Mass

Photo Caption: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses the assembly at the conclusion of the Mass he celebrated beneath a tent on the grounds of the Erin Feis Irish festival in downtown Peoria on Aug. 26. Following is the full text of the homily by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at the Mass celebrated on […]

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Masses in Cherry, Pekin can be seen around the globe online

Photo Caption: One of four cameras mounted on the choir loft rail at St. Joseph’s Church in Pekin captures sights and sounds at a recent Mass being “live streamed” on the Internet for viewers near and far. By: By Tom Dermody Catholics have always known that the graces of each Mass extend well beyond their […]

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Spirit moves us toward grace, deeper understanding

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 2 Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8; Psalm 15:2-3,3-4,4-5; James 1:17-18,21b-22,27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 If there is any set of readings that speak to us in a practical way, it is clearly the readings for this weekend! Who among us has not struggled with being judgmental of others? […]

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Civil, yet strong

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York this week invited the Republican and Democratic candidates for president and vice president to sign a petition seeking civil dialogue and to refrain from personal attacks in the two months remaining in the campaign leading up to the November election. No word by our deadline whether any of the […]

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Help popular Peoria sandwich program get new refrigerator

Photo Caption: Bev Tomblin pulls a bin of sandwiches from the failing refrigeration unit at Sophia’s Offerings from Angels Kitchen while Rita Loyd holds the door. Having a working refrigerator — and a pretty big one at that — isn’t really an option when you’re serving meals to between 400 and 500 people every day. […]

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Newlyweds, both sets of parents share the same wedding date

Photo Caption: After they were married at Sacred Heart Church in Peoria on Aug. 11, Rachel and Jared Lucas returned to Peoria notre Dame high School where they started dating in 2004. Rachel Merriman and Jared Lucas have known each other since junior high and started dating as seniors at Peoria Notre Dame High School […]

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Respect Life coordinators told that God’s will to triumph

Photo Caption: Colleen Yucas of Immaculate Conception Parish, Ohio, accepts a certificate of appreciation and the gratitude of Bishop Jenky at the annual Mass for respect life coordinators on Aug. 25. By: By Jennifer Willems Respect life coordinators from parishes around the Diocese of Peoria heard words of encouragement and thanks when they came together […]

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