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Bishop offers Good Friday blessing to diocese, pandemic victims via helicopter

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses the Diocese of Peoria from aboard an OSF Life Flight helicopter on Good Friday, April 10. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the bishop offered prayers in the air for its victims, their loved ones, and all those providing care. From above downtown Peoria, he offered a blessing in all four directions. (Photo by Msgr. Philip Halfacre)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, took to the skies via an OSF Life Flight helicopter on Good Friday, April 10,  to offer a blessing to the entire Diocese of Peoria as well as to pray for all affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “I was happy to do something that may give some comfort to people, […]

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PDCCW holds prayer service via phone, cancels Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is surrounded by the volunteers honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women last April. This year's Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Luncheon has been canceled because of coronavirus restrictions. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Prayer knows no social distancing and on Palm Sunday the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invited people to join them across the miles — and phone lines — to seek God’s aid in ending the COVID-19 pandemic. The prayer service, conducted by conference call, was the first of its kind for the PDCCW. “I […]

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Faith helps ease anxiety for Catholic medical personnel as virus peak nears

Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., recites a prayer while holding a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament during a Palm Sunday blessing for health care workers outside the entrance of St. Mary Medical Center in Green Bay. (CNS/Sam Lucero)

As the peak impact of the coronavirus pandemic is anticipated locally in the coming days and weeks, Catholic medical personnel are turning to their faith to find hope, comfort, and ease anxiety. “This is truly a challenging time for believers and non-believers alike,” said Dr. Timothy Millea, president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of […]

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From darkness to light, sorrow to glory

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Easter Sunday/April 12 Acts 10:34a,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes; John 20:1-9 or Matthew 28:1-10 We all know what Easter is all about, so we look to the readings for today and ask, “What themes of this great feast are they stressing?” But first, it’s important […]

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Good Friday prayer offers U.S. Catholics a ‘moment of unity’ amid the pandemic

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will lead Catholics in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart at 11 a.m. on Good Friday from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. (CNS/Stefano Dal Pozzolo)

By Catholic News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) — When Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, leads U.S. Catholics in prayer on Good Friday, it will be “a special moment of unity” at a time when the nation’s churches are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Archbishop […]

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Catholic schools in Illinois seek share of CARES Act educational relief funding

In a letter noting how Catholic schools in Illinois have been impacted after closing March 14 to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the school superintendents of the six Catholic dioceses in the state have asked that Gov. JB Pritzker remember nonpublic schools when emergency funding is being distributed. Dated April 2 and sent electronically by […]

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Catholic schools report that remote learning, while not ideal, is working

The kitchen counter makes a fine work space for Cooper Behrends, a fourth-grader at St. Joseph School in Pekin. The flexibility of remote learning, which can be done during the day or at night, makes it easer for some families with more students than devices to keep everyone moving forward. (Provided photo)

It may not be what anyone would have chosen, but remote learning is working for Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria. Not only are teachers, principals and parents working together to move the curriculum forward, but they’re also paying special attention to the spiritual, emotional and social needs of the young people in their […]

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Diocese’s priests offer messages of hope, encouragement: ‘We’re one in Christ Jesus’

The priests of the Diocese of Peoria renew the promises they made at ordination during the 2019 Chrism Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The diocese's priests are offering words of hope and encouragement to their flocks as we approach Easter. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While it’s true that the Body of Christ will not be able to come together to celebrate Easter, the members of that body are still united. That’s a cause for joy, according to priests around the Diocese of Peoria, who encouraged people to have hope as they ride out the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve got to […]

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Bishop Jenky offers encouragement, blessing in video message for Holy Week

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, speaks from the sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria in a video message released at the start of Holy Week. The bishop is regularly recording videos to address the faithful during these weeks of coronavirus separation.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full transcription of a video message for Holy Week released April 4 by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. — Today we celebrate Palm Sunday. And in the 18 years I have served as your bishop, this has got to be the strangest Palm Sunday and Holy Week I have ever […]

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