Father Ric says love fuels the ‘action on Jackson’ at St. Mary, Bloomington

Father Ric Schneider, OFM, speaks with Rosalie Phalen after the 9 a.m. Mass on Jan. 24. "We hate to see them go," she said of the Franciscan friars, who have staffed the parish for 135 years. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — Soon it will be priests of the Diocese of Peoria who will be responsible for the “action on Jackson,” which is how members refer to St. Mary Parish, based at 527 W. Jackson St. That action — from the bustle of the school, to the spirited Hispanic presence, to the outreach to the […]

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‘Painful decision’: Franciscans will leave St. Mary, Bloomington after 135 years

Father Ric Schneider, OFM, who has served as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Bloomington for 23 years, receives a hug from a parishioner following the 9 a.m. Mass on Jan. 24. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — After 135 years of pastoral leadership at St. Mary Parish in Bloomington, the Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province will return care of the faith community to the Diocese of Peoria in June. The announcement was made “with a very heavy heart” at all parish Masses the weekend of Jan. 23-24 […]

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Diocesan pilgrims among those stranded by blizzard after March for Life

Some of the 38 pilgrims from Moline and East Moline explore the nearly two feet of snow that left them stopped for 20 hours on a closed section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike on their way home from the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Provided photo

Whether they came home early or stayed and were stranded in a blizzard on a Pennsylvania roadway or in a Washington, D.C., hotel room, hundreds of pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria will long remember the 2016 national March for Life. Among those staying and marching as winter storm Jonas approached was a group of […]

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World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11 is a mercy opportunity

Is your prayer list for people who are sick as long as mine? Maybe it’s the pervasive communication of social media, maybe it’s that I and my peers are getting older, but every day seems to bring news of another friend, family member or friend-of-a-friend diagnosed with cancer, facing surgery, or being hospitalized with an […]

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Our quiet sacrifices and acts of charity are noticed by God

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner “You are special. You were born for something great.” Children have been told this for a generation. Growing up I remember “all about me” time in school, participation awards, and movies that repeated this message ad nauseam. The problem is that everyone’s uniqueness is the same. The “specialness” the world offers […]

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Catholic Sisters’ billboards on environmental awareness are politcally timely

This billboard, one of 22 sponsored by Catholic Sisters in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, is located in Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

  ROCK ISLAND — With the eyes of many political analysts trained on Iowa, where the caucuses will be held Feb. 1, Catholic Sisters in the Upper Mississippi River Valley are hoping to catch a few of them with billboards reminding candidates, delegates and voters that care for the environment matters. “I see it as […]

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Diocesan Marriage Mass and Valentine Date Night to be offered Feb. 13

Nashville Christian recording artist Andrea Thomas will perform at the Valentine Date Night.

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, invites all married couples in the Diocese of Peoria to celebrate the gift of Christian marriage and renew their wedding vows during a 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Feb. 13, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Following Mass, couples who have registered in advance will take part in a catered […]

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Diocesan groups among 5,000 March for Life Chicago participants

CHICAGO — Frigid temperatures were no match for the warm hearts more than 5,000 people from across the Midwest brought to March for Life Chicago on Jan. 17. Among them were many “ambassadors of the pro-life cause” from the Diocese of Peoria. A bus pilgrimage sponsored by the diocese included 90 people, half of them […]

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Nauvoo church is added as a diocesan Year of Mercy pilgrimage site

Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Nauvoo

Pilgrims seeking to pass through designated Holy Doors of Mercy in the Diocese of Peoria will soon have a seventh local option. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has named Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Nauvoo as an official Mercy Door and pilgrimage site for the Holy Year of Mercy. The Holy Door at Sts. […]

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