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Meet seminarians at Carton Scholarship Dinner Aug. 1

Persons wishing to support the Diocese of Peoria’s vocations program are invited to a fundraising dinner on Friday, Aug. 1, celebrating current seminarians and honoring the memory of a legendary priest of the diocese. The 2014 Msgr. George A. Carton Seminarian Scholarship Dinner will take place that evening at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. […]

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Confirms Pope Francis to visit Philadelphia in September 2015

Photo Caption: Pope Francis accepts a replica of the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter as Archbishop Charles J. Chaput looks on during the pope’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square March 26. FARGO, N.D. (CNS) — Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting […]

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CNS reviews of recent films on the basis of moral suitability

Rating: By Catholic News Service PHOTO: Animated characters appear in the movie “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” See review below. (CNS photo/Disney) —– The following movie reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film and Broadcasting. For full reviews of these films, as well […]

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Sacred vessels gift memorializes 3 deceased Bloomington Knights

Photo Caption: Suzanne Reidy presents a chalice in honor of her late husband, John, to Father Johnathan Steffen for use at the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Normal. By: By Jennifer Willems NORMAL — John Reidy, Terry McReynolds and John C. Morris had two things in common. Not only were they all members […]

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Sisters’ mission: saving souls from the perils of prostitution

Photo Caption: “It’s so fulfilling if you can rescue one or two or three children in a night,” says Mary Queen of Heaven Missionary Sister Irene Baquiran. By: By Jennifer Willems Four times a week, members of the Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries put aside their pale pink habits and white veils, don civilian clothing, […]

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Moline artist, 17, glorifies God through wood, tile creations

Photo Caption: Scott Schoonmaker cuts a tile cross. An online catalogue of his creations is at stojoart.com. By: By Tom Dermody MOLINE — Scott Schoonmaker and his father were tiling a bathroom floor at Scott’s grandparents’ home when the Moline teenager thought of another use for the tile. “I just decided to see if I […]

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Faith makes fertile ground for God’s ‘seeds’ to grow in us

By: By Tim Irwin Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 20 Wisdom 12:13,16-19; Psalm 86:5-6,9-10,15-16; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13-24-43 The Gospel readings for last week, this week, and next week are drawn from the 13th chapter of Matthew. This chapter relates the parables of the Kingdom of God, some of the best known teachings of […]

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Diocese to host Catechetical Leadership Conference Aug. 2

Photo Caption: Catechist, author and blogger Joe Paprocki will be the keynote speaker for the Diocese of Peoria’s annual Catechetical Leadership Conference. Catechist, author and blogger Joe Paprocki will be the keynote speaker for the Diocese of Peoria’s annual Catechetical Leadership Conference, which is planned for Saturday, Aug. 2. Sponsored by the Office of Catechetics, […]

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Parish garden project takes root at St. Mary, Bloomington

Photo Caption: Father Ric Schneider, OFM, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Bloomington, is joined in the parish garden by, from left, Rita Yordy, Mary Kramp and Steve Kuhn. By: By Jennifer Willems BLOOMINGTON — Faith has long been part of the landscape at the corner of Mason and Taylor streets here. Once the site […]

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Novena leads to Santo Nino Mass, procession July 19

A Mass and procession in honor of Santo Nino de Cebu are planned for Saturday, July 19, at St. Joseph Church, 103 Richard Pryor Place, in Peoria. A reception will follow in the parish hall. During the 5:30 p.m. Mass, all icons of the Infant Jesus will be blessed and then carried in procession with […]

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