At Scout Mass, bishop urges all to imitate their self-giving ways

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky presents the Ad Altare Dei emblem to Nicholas Atteberry of Troop 953 from St. Mary Parish in Downs. Looking on is Father Glenn Harris, diocesan director of Catholic Boy and Girl Scouts.

More than 40 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from around the Diocese of Peoria were awarded emblems signifying completion of various levels of religious study and training during the annual Scout Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral last Sunday.

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, was principal celebrant and opened the Mass with a “special word of welcome and pride” to the young Scouts, their leaders, and parents.

“Congratulations for all you do to build up your communities,” he told the Scouts as well as several American Heritage Girls in attendance. Scouts took active roles in the liturgy including as servers and gift bearers.

In his homily, Bishop Jenky urged all to imitate the example of young men and women in Scouting.

“They just don’t take care of themselves,” said the bishop. “They give to others. They make their communities and their world a better place. They show the generosity in their hearts that Jesus shows to us.”

The recipients of religious emblems follow:

I LIVE MY FAITH –Olivia Daniels, Lauren DellaValle, Nataleigh Evans, Elizabeth Haines, Kendyl Halsey, Ellie Markey, Felicity Olsen, and Sarah Wertz, all of Troop 4547, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Peoria

SPIRIT ALIVE — Amy Crull, Holy Cross, Champaign

POPE PIUS XII — Trent Cardott, Sacred Heart, Moline; Sean Casey, St. John Vianney, Cambridge; Corey DeLathower, Christ the King, Moline; Connor Flack, Christ the King, Moline; Nathan Graves, St. Maria Goretti, Coal Valley; Noah Kelly, St. Pius X, Rock Island; Alex Scott, Christ the King, Moline (all of Troop 109).
Also Cullen LaKemper of Troop 154, Holy Family, Peoria, and Noah Lees, Nicholas Lees, James Geraghty, Matthew Bender, Collin Fricke, and Tyler Stone, all of Troop 28, St. Thomas the Apostle, Peoria Heights

LIGHT OF CHRIST — Colin Arrick, Pack 73, St. Patrick, Washington

PARVULI DEI — Ian Howell, Pack 104, St. Mary, Canton; Aidan Arrick, Pack 73, St. Patrick, Washington; Braden Cook, Pack 3988, St. Patrick of Merna, Bloomington

AD ALTARI DEI — Jacob Carter, Samuel Carter, and Brody Kline, all of Troop 20, St. Mary, Downs; Bennett Wollsey, Aidan Anderson, Juan Sanchez, Luke Bender, and Zachary Sherman, all of Troop 28, St. Thomas the Apostle, Peoria; Michael Meyer, Troop 28, Sacred Heart, Peoria; Jack Boehle, Troop 51, St. Mary, Lexington;
Also Noah Sallen, Troop 920, Holy Trinity, Bloomington; John Christensen, Troop 920, Epiphany, Normal; Lucas Frey, Troop 920, St. Patrick, Bloomington; and Martin Kretz, Nicholas Atteberry, and John Symanski, all of Troop 953, St. Mary, Downs.

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ADULT RECOGNITION

BRONZE PELICAN — Gabriel Jackson, Holy Cross, Champaign

ST. GEORGE MEDAL — Kevin Cook, St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, and Paul J. Lang, St. Matthew, Champaign

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