Pledges to Annual Stewardship Appeal off to a good start in this challenging year

The theme of the 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal is "Know, Love, Serve." It was conducted primarily through direct mail this year because of the pandemic.

In this most challenging year, Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria are responding generously to a modified Annual Diocesan Appeal that opened in September — six months later than usual and in the middle of a pandemic. With a goal set at $6 million, pledges have already crossed $5.2 million and more than $4.3 million […]

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Schlarman Academy video wins diocesan contest, then international recognition

Schlarman Academy Class of 2020 member Wade Huddleston tells how students at the Danville school give back to the community in this screen grab from a student-produced video that won a diocesan contest to promote “Stewardship in Action.” It was later part of a diocesan video that received first place honors from the International Catholic Stewardship Council.

DANVILLE — Video editing is a “fun hobby” for Jack Girouard. But the senior at Schlarman Academy now has an international award on his film resume. The success began when an entry that Girouard and a few Schlarman friends submitted last school year was named the winner in the Diocese of Peoria’s first video contest […]

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The value of intergenerational relationships in the life of the church

"Peggy taught me something so important about parish life and the Catholic Church as a whole," writes columnist Katie Faley, shown with her in the provided photo. "Where I always silently complained that there was never a strong enough young adult presence, I was failing to recognize how life-giving and valuable intergenerational relationships are."

“Cause of Our Joy” / Katie Faley It’s said that we don’t know what we’ve got until we’ve lost it. I think that has become acutely true amidst the year’s changes to our regular lives. I’ve come to reflect quite a bit on the importance of community in these last few months when community has […]

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Our Catholic churches — Christmas gifts far and near

The interior of St. Mary's Staghall Church, County Cavan, Ireland.

“In My Father’s House” / Paul Thomas Moore Several years ago, I was walking and talking with a good friend of mine as we passed by a church that was undergoing renovations. The good friend was also a good priest, a man with a highly developed social conscience and a heart for the poor. Although […]

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Christmas readings: Despite challenges, we can ‘return home’ to love of God

Bishop Louis Tylka

By Bishop Louis Tylka Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas) At the Vigil Mass: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 89:4-5,16-17,27,29; Acts 13:16-17,22-25; Matthew 1:1-25 Mass During the Night: Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,11-12,13; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 Mass at Dawn: Isaiah 62:11-12; Psalm 97:1,6,11-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20 Mass During the Day: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4,5-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18 The various readings for the celebration of Christmas given to us […]

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The true meaning of Christmas is revealed when we embrace Jesus

By Tim Irwin Fourth Sunday of Advent/Dec. 20 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16; Psalm 89:2-3,4-5,27,29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-28 Jesus poses two key questions to his followers. The first is:  “Who do you say I am?” The Church proclaims its answer in readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The first reading from the Second Book of Samuel […]

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‘Christmas in the Age of COVID’ is topic of Zoom webinar offered Saturday, Dec. 19

Michaela Ebert

The St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities invites all interested persons to a Zoom presentation “Christmas in the Age of Covid” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. The featured speaker will be Michaela R. Ebert, an ethicist for Ascension, a Catholic health system headquartered in St. Louis. In a year marked by […]

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Funeral Mass set Dec. 23 at cathedral for Msgr. Soseman; 4 visitation opportunities

Msgr. Richard Soseman

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for Msgr. Richard Soseman, the pastor of three parishes in Peru and vice postulator of the sainthood cause for Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Msgr. Soseman, who was an author and radio host and […]

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Consider receiving the COVID-19 vaccine ‘as an act of charity,’ say U.S. bishops

Dr. Victor Chan, chief of emergency services at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 15. Looking on is Robert Anderson, president of the medical center. (Provided photo/OSF Newsroom

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The “gravity” of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and “the lack of availability of alternative vaccines,” are “sufficiently serious” reasons to accept the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the chairmen of the U.S. bishops’ doctrine and pro-life committees said Dec. 14. “Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine ought to be understood as an act of charity […]

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Deacon John Skender, 84, dies; served St. Mark, Peoria, and active in Cursillo

Deacon John Skender

EAST PEORIA — A private family funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, at St. Mark Church in Peoria for Deacon John Ethelbert Skender, a permanent deacon at St. Mark Parish who was active in the Cursillo community. Deacon Skender, 84, died on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist […]

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