Two years of study, work ensure schools prepared to handle safety threats

Maureen Bentley (left), principal at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights, and Angie Robenstein, secretary, demonstrate how visitors are welcomed at the new window that was installed between the exterior and interior doors. Bentley said almost all school business can be handled here, without anyone entering the school. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Emergency preparedness isn’t a luxury for schools these days. It can mean the difference between a good resolution to a bad situation and utter tragedy. Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Peoria, preferred to err on the side of caution two years ago. With the permission of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, […]

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The one goal of all prayer — whether praise, contrition, petition, thanksgiving

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 27 Sirach 35:12-14,16-18; Psalm 34:2-3,17-18,19,23; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14 — Today’s readings have much to say about prayer. The traditional division of prayer into Praise, Contrition, Petition and Thanksgiving can help us address the topic. The easiest to address is Praise. The Psalm states, “I […]

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St. Joseph Parish, Ivesdale, to mark 150th anniversary with Mass, dinner on Nov. 3

This pewter Christmas ornament in the image of St. Joseph Church in Ivesdale will be for sale at the parish’s 150th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Nov. 3.

IVESDALE — When members of St. Joseph Parish here gather on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3, their primary purpose will be to give thanks to God for 150 fruitful years of parish life. That’s reason enough to celebrate, especially given the rich history of this parish that formed in a region known as “Little Ireland” and […]

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Art teacher turns priest’s vision into a big reality at St. Mary School, Pontiac

Students, faculty and parishioners of St. Mary in Pontiac look on as Father David Sabel offers prayers of blessing for the new image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that now graces the front of St. Mary School. (Provided photo/Danielle Gill)

PONTIAC — The fruits of prayer come in many different forms, in all shapes and sizes. The painting of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that now graces the front of St. Mary School here is a testament to that. The idea for the painting came to Father David Sabel during a Holy Hour last spring, […]

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Sacred Heart, Moline, reenacts historic 1919 cornerstone laying celebration

Msgr. Mark Merdian, vicar of the Rock Island Vicariate, waves as he portrays Belgian Cardinal Désiré Joseph Mercier in an Oct. 20 reenactment of ceremonies that took place 100 years ago when the cornerstone of Sacred Heart Church in Moline (seen in the background) was blessed. Helping to recreate the cardinal's arrival at the close of a parade was a vintage 1917 Velie automobile owned and driven by Sacred Heart parishioners Neil and Perrine West. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MOLINE — A century after a “great historical event” took place at the corner of 17th Avenue and 13th Street, it happened again. And while that wasn’t really World War I hero Belgian Cardinal Désiré Joseph Mercier waving to cheering crowds that lined both sides of 17th Avenue, the joy and the hope for the […]

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Bonnie Engstrom to speak at weDignify’s “Celebrate Life!” evening on Nov. 14

People are invited to join weDignify to “Celebrate Life!” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 N.E. Madison Ave., in Peoria. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and feature Bonnie Engstrom. Writer, blogger, speaker and author of “61 Minutes to a Miracle: Fulton Sheen and a True Story […]

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A Catholic approach to mental health will be explored in series opening Oct. 30

Father Michael Driscoll will present the six-part series at Peoria Notre Dame High School.

“Catholic Sanity: A Catholic Approach to Mental Health” is the theme for a series of six adult education sessions that will be presented by Father Michael Driscoll on Wednesdays, starting Oct. 30. The sessions will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Peoria Notre Dame High School, 5105 N. Sheridan Road. Father Driscoll […]

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Msgr. Philip Halfacre named to succeed Msgr. James Kruse as vicar general

Priests from throughout the Diocese of Peoria stand and applaud Oct. 22 as Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, thanks Msgr. James Kruse (seated) for his eight years as vicar general at the opening of Priest Assembly Days at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Named to succeed Msgr. Kruse, who is returning to parish ministry, is Msgr. Philip Halfacre, seen standing in the foreground. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has appointed Msgr. Philip Halfacre as vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria, succeeding Msgr. James Kruse as one of his primary assistants and advisers in administrative aspects of the diocese. The appointment was announced on Oct. 16 and became effective that day. “I am grateful to Msgr. Halfacre for […]

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“Black and Blue” (Screen Gems)

Tyrese Gibson stars in a scene from the movie "Black and Blue." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service Director Deon Taylor’s action thriller succeeds better in maintaining suspense about the fate of its protagonist than in commenting on current social issues, as Peter A. Dowling’s script clearly aspires to do. An African American rookie in the New Orleans police department (Naomie Harris) accidentally witnesses the murder of a drug […]

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Newman Center, Hall name has deeper meaning for pilgrims to canonization

Student pilgrims from St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois are pictured outside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican prior to the canonization Mass for St. John Henry Newman and four other new saints. From left, they are Anthony Burkhardt, Nicole Nussel, Aleesha Roessler, and James Kabbes. (Provided photo by Father Robert Lampitt)

CHAMPAIGN — Anthony Burkhardt will never say “Newman Hall” the same way. Not after the sophomore molecular and cellular biology major at the University of Illinois spent five days in Italy with a contingent from St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and attended the Oct. 13 canonization Mass for five new saints, including St. John Henry […]

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