Catholic Charities’ 2019 Christmas Project distributes gifts to 235 families in need

Peoria City Council member Sid Ruckriegel and Julie Enzenberger help load the car of Trish Giger (right) with gifts for a family from St. Mary’s in Kickapoo during the Dec. 13 distribution day for Catholic Charities’ Christmas Project. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

About 235 families were assisted by this year’s Christmas Project sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria, according to Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, executive director. The project combines generosity at several parishes — which host “Giving Trees” with tags listing items requested by the families in need — as well as funds and […]

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It’s the season of giving (back) for these women in Grand Ridge and East Moline

Nympha White of Grand Ridge has worked on Cross Catholic Outreach's Box of Joy project for two years. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

FROM ‘BOX OF JOY’ TO ‘SIMBANG GABI’ GRAND RIDGE — Giving thanks to God is all part of giving back for Nympha White, a member of St. Columba Church in Ottawa who also serves on the board of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. As the PDCCW’s chair of international concerns, she has worked […]

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10,208 students are enrolled this year at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria

Anna Sheley, Kinzley Bolen, Zoey Steinberg and Jase Bone, kindergartners at Carroll Catholic School in Lincoln, hold a sign welcoming the Priests Pedaling for Prayers in October. Meanwhile, the welcome mat that has been out for prospective students at the school has made this Carroll Catholic's largest kindergarten class since 2000. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Mirroring the national trend in Catholic school enrollment, the number of students in the 43 elementary and secondary Catholic schools and academies located in the Diocese of Peoria has declined from 10,488 in 2018-2019 to 10,208 this year. The loss of 280 students represents a decline of 2.7 percent, according to Jerry Sanderson, associate superintendent […]

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Taryn Watkins is consecrated to Christ in the Order of Virgins at cathedral rite

Kneeling before Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Taryn Watkins states her intention to follow Christ "in a life of perfect chastity." With them are priests who played a role in her discernment and formation as a consecrated virgin. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Declaring her resolve “to follow Christ in a life of perfect chastity,” Taryn Watkins was consecrated to the Order of Virgins by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on Dec. 8. The ritual took place during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The bishop said that with her consecration, Watkins would be […]

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Wonder and awe in Bethlehem

By Katie Bogner “Only two classes of people found the Babe: the shepherds and the Wise Men; the simple and the learned; those who knew that they knew nothing, and those who knew that they did not know everything.” — From “Life of Christ” by Fulton J. Sheen In all of Fulton Sheen’s writings on […]

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Choose a glorious life in God’s will

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Fourth Sunday of Advent/Dec. 22 Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-2,3-4,5-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24 There is a saying — “death is inconvenient.” It comes suddenly and alters all the patterns of our experience. But life, also, is often inconvenient. Doctor visits need to be scheduled. The home needs to be prepared. Car seats need […]

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“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (Disney)

Daisy Ridley stars in the movie "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Battles both physical and spiritual play out in this ninth, and officially final, installment in the main body of the blockbuster franchise. With the evil First Order rebranding themselves the Final Order as they prepare to launch a vast space fleet capable of crushing all opposition, General Leia (the late Carrie […]

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“Richard Jewell” (Warner Bros.)

Paul Walter Hauser stars in a scene from the movie "Richard Jewell." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Director Clint Eastwood’s sympathetic profile of the titular security guard (Paul Walter Hauser) who quickly went from hero to villain in the public mind when he was accused of planting the three pipe bombs that he himself first discovered, and helped to save people from, during the 1996 Summer Olympics in […]

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“A Hidden Life” (Fox Searchlight)

August Diehl and Valerie Pachner star in a scene from the movie "A Hidden Life." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Luminous, though deliberately paced, fact-based drama recounting the events leading up to the 1943 martyrdom of Austrian farmer Franz Jagerstatter (August Diehl). Motivated by his deep Catholic faith, Jagerstatter, who was beatified in 2007, refused to swear the oath of loyalty to Adolf Hitler that was demanded of all those drafted […]

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“Black Christmas” (Universal)

Imogen Poots stars in a scene from the movie in "Black Christmas." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Sorority sisters (most prominently Imogen Poots) are preyed on by hooded assailants who seem to be connected to a fraternity on campus. Director and co-writer Sophia Takal uses the horror genre as a vehicle for a preposterously overblown feminist message, the bottom line of which is that the only good white […]

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