Galesburg woman’s effort to connect hearts embraced around world

Designed as a "social distance scavenger hunt," Heart Hunters has turned into a way for people to come together by sharing love and kindness, according to founder Krista Wynes of Galesburg. This is one of the photos shared by the group's 600,000 Facebook followers. (Provided photo)

GALESBURG — As precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 caused people to shelter in place, Krista Wynes offered them a way to connect by sharing their hearts. They responded to her call for a “social distance scavenger hunt” by placing hearts on windows and doors, making her new Heart Hunters Facebook group a […]

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Deacon Charles L. Robbins, 72, dies; served St. Monica Parish in East Peoria since 2002

Deacon Charles L. "Charlie" Robbins

WASHINGTON — Deacon Charles L. Robbins, a permanent deacon who served St. Monica Parish in East Peoria since his ordination in 2002, died at home on Friday, March 27, 2020. He was 72. Services will be private, with burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Morton. A public memorial Mass will take place at a later […]

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Early distribution of Easter lilies, palms a sign of hope in Westville, Georgetown

Father Timothy Sauppé, pastor of St. Mary in Westville and St. Isaac Jogues in Georgetown, holds a blessed palm in front of tables with 400 Easter lilies that are available for pick up by every household of his two parishes ahead of Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. (Provided photo)

WESTVILLE — Normally, Father Timothy Sauppé would not have 400 Easter lilies in his parish center a week before Palm Sunday. But this is not a normal Lent. So the pastor of St. Mary, Westville, and St. Isaac Jogues, Georgetown, purchased a plant for every registered household of both faith communities. And he is inviting […]

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Jesus continually comes into the world

By Tim Irwin Fifth Sunday of Lent/March 29 Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130:1-2,3-4,5-6,7-8; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45 The apostolic age refers to the formative years of the Catholic faith when the Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, settled the contents of Scripture and tradition. The delay of the second coming of Christ greatly influenced this […]

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COVID-19 is not God’s judgment, but a call to live differently, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis holds the monstrance as he delivers his extraordinary blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) during a prayer service in the portico of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 27. The service was livestreamed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS/Vatican Media)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The worldwide coronavirus pandemic is not God’s judgment on humanity, but God’s call on people to judge what is most important to them and resolve to act accordingly from now on, Pope Francis said. Addressing God, the pope said that “it is not the […]

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Parish support option offered; Annual Diocesan Appeal launch is postponed

With canceled Masses and limited offertories amid the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. church leaders are predicting an income squeeze that will affect parishes, dioceses and national collections. The Diocese of Peoria has established an online giving opportunity called "Support Your Parish" and postponed the launch of the Annual Diocesan Appeal. (CNS illustration/Emily Thompson)

One by-product of suspended Masses is no offertory collection. To assist parishes with needed income during this historic period, the Diocese of Peoria has established an online giving opportunity called “Support Your Parish.” Designed especially for parishes that do not currently offer online giving, the new effort enables donors to select their parish name from […]

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School fundraising galas adapt to new reality; Alleman’s moves online Saturday

ROCK ISLAND — Alleman High School’s annual major fundraiser, the Father Mirabelli Heritage Ball, was supposed to be coming home to the school campus this Saturday, March 28. Instead, the celebration is going far beyond the school’s walls and into hundreds of homes as the first online-only “virtual Heritage Ball.” And everyone is invited. “Our […]

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COVID-19 pandemic sends seminarians back to diocese, but discernment continues

Seminarians of the Diocese of Peoria are pictured with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., Father Patrick Henehan, vocation director of formation, and Father Timothy Hepner, vocation director of recruitment, in this photo taken last August at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (Provided photo/Nellie Gould)

When colleges and universities across the country suspended in-person classes for the rest of the semester to prevent transmission of COVID-19, the seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Peoria were sent home, too. That doesn’t mean their discernment has been suspended, according to Father Patrick Henehan, diocesan vocation director of formation. In […]

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Diocese’s schools now closed through April 13; e-learning plans implemented

Aimé Blankenship, a first-grader in Abby Brancaleon’s class at St. Patrick School in Washington, practices the skills she’ll need for e-learning before all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria closed at the end of the day on March 13. The schools will remain closed through Easter Monday, with online learning beginning March 31. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has directed that all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria remain closed through Easter Monday, April 13. The announcement was made March 23 in conjunction with a letter from the bishop informing the faithful that public Masses would continue to be suspended through Easter Sunday. The schools are scheduled […]

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