Guadalupe events in diocese modified for 2020; plenary indulgence conditions set

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Saturday, Dec. 12.

The Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a major gathering day for Hispanic Catholics, but across the Diocese of Peoria plans are being modified to reflect the health concerns of 2020. “We will still celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe but with the (pandemic) restrictions,” said Rosie Romero, diocesan director of Hispanic Ministry. […]

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Death of Msgr. Soseman announced during Mass at Archbishop Sheen’s tomb

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka celebrates a Mass at the tomb of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Dec. 9, the 41st anniversary of the media pioneer's death. Assisting are seminarians Deacon Nicolas Wilson, left, and Deacon Austin Bosse. The Mass followed a nine-day novena praying for Archbishop Sheen's canonization cause. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

A Mass at the tomb of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on the 41st anniversary of his death on Dec. 9 also was a first opportunity for the Diocese of Peoria to mourn the death from COVID-19 two hours earlier of the vice postulator of the famed media pioneer and author’s cause for canonization. “We gather […]

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Pope proclaims year dedicated to St. Joseph in apostolic letter ‘Patris Corde’

A statue of St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus is carried during a recent Diocesan Men's March through downtown Peoria. Pope Francis has proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the universal church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus. In a Dec. 8 apostolic letter, “Patris Corde” (“With a father’s heart”), the pope said Christians can […]

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While teaching, Sr. Stefanie keeps a safe distance from Benedictine community

Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — As a preschool teacher at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in East Moline, Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB, knows that creativity is the name of the game, especially when it comes to remote learning due to the pandemic. It also comes in handy as she tries to remain connected to her Benedictine […]

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Catholic Charities baby pantries in Peoria, Streator providing help and hope

Newly appointed volunteer coordinator Stefanie Tarr is pictured in the St. Gianna Baby Pantry, located within the Bessette Center at 1825 N.E. Adams St. in Peoria. It is one of two baby pantries under the umbrella of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Stefanie Tarr can get emotional listening to the stories of parents she assists at the St. Gianna Baby Pantry in Peoria, one of two baby pantry outreaches in the Diocese of Peoria operated through Catholic Charities. “I was a single parent of four kids,” said Tarr, formerly of Champaign and now living in Peoria. “They […]

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Deacon Tom DeBernardis, 85, dies; served St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Peoria

Deacon Tom DeBernardis

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria for Deacon Thomas “Tom” N. DeBernardis, a permanent deacon on senior status who served the parish from 2002 to 2010. Deacon DeBernardis died in Peoria on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. He was 85. Visitation […]

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Respect Life director Cecilia Soñé shares her mid-summer struggle with COVID-19

Cecilia Soñé, director of Respect Life Ministry for the Diocese of Peoria and a family nurse practitioner, speaks during the 2019 Respect Life Conference in Peoria. She told The Catholic Post that her experience of being hospitalized with COVID-19 in July helped her to grow spiritually because “you realize you have to let go and let God because you don’t know if you’re going to get out of there or not.” (Courtesy photo/Daniel Soñé Photography)

EDITOR’S NOTE: There are hundreds of persons in the Diocese of Peoria who have battled COVID-19 in 2020, or are struggling with it now. All have their own experiences to share. Following is just one story of faith. COVID-19 did its best to take down Cecilia Soñé and it came close. What the coronavirus didn’t […]

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Youth group at Orion parish to host live drive-through Nativity in church lot

Just on of the scenes from the live drive-through Nativity planned outside Mary, Our Lady of Peace Church in Orion on the evenings of Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12. (Provided photo)

ORION — “Journey to Joy” is the theme of a live drive-through Nativity experience to be presented the next two weekends by the youth group of Mary, Our Lady of Peace Parish. “We thought a drive-through event would be wonderful for our community as they could safely enjoy the Nativity from the comfort and safety […]

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‘In Caelo et in Terra: 356 Days with the Saints’ is both beautiful and inspirational

The striking hardcover is embellished with gold and is a substantial 10-by-7 inches.

Reviewed by Katie Bogner “On earth as it is in Heaven.” These are words that many of us say daily. During Mass, in our rosaries, together as a family, and in the quiet of our hearts, this petition in the Our Father reminds us that the will of God transcends time and place. The saints […]

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