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Pray with Bishop Tylka: Here is his parish, religious community prayer list for April

St. Patrick Church in Colona is pictured. Bishop Tylka will pray for the Colona faith community on Tuesday, April 20.

Since the beginning of the year, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for the parishes of the Diocese of Peoria by name with the help of a prayer calendar. It was developed with the assistance of Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). In addition […]

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“Nobody” (Universal)

RZA, Bob Odenkirk and Christopher Lloyd star in a scene from the movie "Nobody." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Allen Fraser, Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service A mild-mannered suburban family man (Bob Odenkirk) gets caught up in an escalating cycle of crime and violence after thieves break into his house. What his opponents, who eventual include a Russian mob boss (Alexey Serebryakov), initially fail to realize, though, is that he is a highly skilled former military operative […]

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Trinity Catholic Academy student-made masks, lanyards are acts of kindness

Alyssa Savitch (left) and Gabby Bulak, seventh-graders at Trinity Catholic Academy in LaSalle, put sewing skills learned from their mothers to good use when the COVID-19 pandemic made masks necessary last yuear. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LASALLE — Wearing masks is no fun, especially if they’re uncomfortable or get lost when you remove them for lunch. Enter Gabby Bulak and Alyssa Savitch, seventh-graders at Trinity Catholic Academy. Both learned to sew from their mothers, aunts and grandparents and they decided to put those skills to good use when the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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Mendota fourth-grader’s Lenten almsgiving project helps area’s homeless

Mendota fourth-grader Cal Doyle poses with just some of the supplies he was able to buy with money donated by a local car dealership as part of the Lenten almsgiving challenge to help the homeless he proposed at Holy Cross School. (Provided photo)

MENDOTA — Cal Doyle had already said his prayers and gone to bed when he felt compelled to get up and find his mother, Laura. He was concerned about the homeless and wanted to do something. “I honestly almost broke down in tears. It melted my heart,” said Laura Doyle, a fifth grade teacher at […]

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Face shield project shows Monmouth eighth-grader is ‘the future of good’

David Simmons of Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth has designed and printed 150 3D face shields for use by doctors and dentists, health departments and hospitals, as well as schools.

MONMOUTH — As cases of COVID-19 spiked last year, so did the need for personal protective equipment, especially among medical professionals. When supply couldn’t keep up with demand, David Simmons decided to do something about it. “My community has given so much to me — I really wanted to help my community,” said Simmons, an […]

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Deacon Terry Stalsberg a perfect fit for Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center director

Deacon Terry Stalsberg is pictured with Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, in a guest room hallway at the Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center construction site near Magnolia in Putnam County. Deacon Stalsberg, who lives in Metamora and serves parishes in Roanoke and Eureka, is the new executive director of the diocesan retreat center and Sister Ana Pia will be one of three Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary on staff. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

METAMORA — Use any modern or traditional job search method and try to come up with a better candidate to serve as executive director of the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center than was found using none of the above. “Sometimes God provides,” said Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka with a knowing smile in describing […]

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New diocesan retreat center taking shape; will be named Sacré-Coeur

Deacon Terry Stalsberg, newly hired executive director, is pictured March 11 at the construction site of the Diocese of Peoria’s Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center. Built on the site of the former Nazareth House near Magnolia in Putnam County, the new retreat center will feature 70 guest rooms in the four-story structure at left, a conference center and dining hall seen behind Deacon Stalsberg in the center, and the main chapel at right. It is scheduled to open in August. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA – The sounds of hammers and circular saws break the natural quiet of the wooded bluff above the Illinois River in rural Putnam County where for five decades thousands have sought peace and an encounter with God. When the seekers return in August, they will again find the reflective space long provided by King’s […]

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Holy Week, Easter liturgies may look a little different, including at cathedral

This image of the Crucifixion is from St. Vincent's Cemetery on LaSalle's north side. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, March 28. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

While it was not possible to celebrate Holy Week and Easter in church last year, when COVID-19 had just been declared a worldwide pandemic, parishes around the Diocese of Peoria are preparing to come together now as Holy Week begins. At St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, some of those liturgies will look a little different. […]

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An invitation to ‘The Lost Art of Sacrifice’ — a powerful part of our faith

Reviewed by Lindsey Weishar In a culture in which the concept of sacrifice is often either misunderstood or ignored, Vicki Burbach’s “The Lost Art of Sacrifice” invites readers to delve into a powerful part of our Catholic spirituality. A compelling image Burbach offers for understanding sacrifice is her experience of teaching swimming students how to […]

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