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After 123 years, Franciscans to leave Sacred Heart in Peoria

Photo Caption: Father Frank Jasper, OFM, provincial vicar of the Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province, gives Communion at Sacred Heart Church in downtown Peoria (seen at right) on Nov. 16. By: By Tom Dermody After 123 years of serving Sacred Heart Church in downtown Peoria, the Franciscan Friars of St. John the […]

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As Advent begins, here are some opportunities in diocese

Photo Caption: A candle burns in an Advent wreath on the first Sunday of Advent a year ago. Advent, a season of joyful expectation before Christmas, begins Nov. 30 this year. Parishes and institutions throughout the Diocese of Peoria have planned special activities. Here is just a sample. To have your local activity presented here […]

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Watch the POST’s 2014 All Souls’ Day tribute video

For the second consecutive year, The Catholic Post has produced a video honoring and seeking prayers for the faithful departed, especially those who have died in the past 12 months in the Diocese of Peoria. Released on All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2, the video contains nearly 50 images of recently deceased loved ones contributed by […]

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Last call: Tell us your favorite Christmas songs, and why

It isn’t too late to let us know about your favorite Christmas song, but we need to hear from you soon. The deadline has been extended to Monday, Dec. 1. Give us the name of that special song or hymn and include a few words about why it’s important to your celebration of Christmas. We’ll […]

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Faith fuels state champion runner Maryjeanne Gilbert

Photo Caption: Maryjeanne Gilbert of Peoria Notre Dame setting a Class 2A record time of 16:12 in the Illinois High School Association state finals on Nov. 8 at Detweiller Park in Peoria. By: By Tom Dermody Maryjeanne Gilbert says she often prays or reflects as she runs, and a training regimen that includes running six […]

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Lacon Franciscans serve the ‘suffering Christ’ in poor, elderly

Photo Caption: One of the ways the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi live out their charism is caring for the residents at St. Joseph Nursing Home in Lacon. By: By Jennifer Willems EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a monthly series featuring religious communities and other forms of consecrated life around the Diocese […]

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House blessings a happy duty year after Washington tornado

By: By Tom Dermody EDITOR’S NOTE: One year after an EF4 tornado devastated their community and parish, Father Stephen Willard and Father Julius Turyatoranwa of St. Patrick Parish in Washington are enjoying the happy task of blessing the rebuilt homes of dozens of parishioners. The Catholic Post accompanied the priests on three home visits on […]

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Cathedral Mass on Sunday opens local Year of Consecrated Life

Photo Caption: A special feature of the 10:15 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, Nov. 23, will be the presence of the United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The diocesan celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life will begin this Sunday, Nov. 23, with a Mass at St. […]

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Counting blessings: a diocesan starter list for Thanksgiving

Around tables prepared for a feast next Thursday — as well as around the Table of the Lord — families across the Diocese of Peoria will call to mind their blessings. As Thanksgiving Day approaches, we offer the following list as a starter for the many reasons Catholics throughout Central Illinois have to thank God […]

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Major expansion under way at St. Patrick Church, Urbana

By: By Jennifer Willems Caption: Father Joseph Hogan, pastor, prepares to lead the groundbreaking for a $5.2 million expansion project at St. Patrick Church in Urbana on Nov. 16. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems —– URBANA — It wasn’t the coldest day of the year, but snowflakes were gently falling as ground was broken for a […]

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