Pandemic didn’t stop the service or the mission of the Christ Child Society

Carol Romanowski (center), the new president of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois, is flanked by the members who were recognized for their service to the organization during the annual meeting on May 19. They include (from left) Pam Tomlianovich; Elaine Mills; Therese Peck, immediate past president; and Ingrid Ruscheinski. Not present was Pat Grove. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While the pandemic made it more difficult to meet in person, it didn’t stop the members of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois from helping families in need who chose life for their child. “Our members kept making quilts at home and sewing and knitting and crocheting, so we have lots of hats. One […]

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After 106 years of love, Rantoul bids farewell to the Springfield Dominicans

Sister Paulette Joerger, OP, embraces Sara Brown as they share memories at the reception after Mass at St. Malachy Church in Rantoul on June 27. She said she has a special place in her heart for the Springfield Dominicans because her aunt was also a member of the community, but there's another tie that binds with Sister Paulette: "She's a Cubs fan and so am I!" (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

RANTOUL — With a promise to pray for one another, Sister Paulette Joerger, OP, and the members of St. Malachy Parish said goodbye to one another during Mass last Sunday. There were tears shed on both sides since it is the first time the Rantoul parish and school will be without the Dominican Sisters of […]

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Being of service key for new Christ Child Society president Carol Romanowski

The board of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois includes (from left) Judy Weber of Pontiac, circle liaison; Becky Eberle of Peoria, new recording secretary; Judy Hayes of Gridley, corresponding secretary; Father John Verrier, spiritual adviser; Carol Romanowski of Peoria, the new president; Therese Peck of Peoria, immediate past president; and Gladys Butterfield of Peoria, second vice president and layette chair. Not pictured is Becky Fay, treasurer. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

After Carol Romanowski retired in 2011, she started looking for volunteer opportunities around Peoria. Just staying busy wasn’t good enough. “I wanted to do something I felt had a purpose,” she said. Romanowski found it when she was talking to some traveling companions on a trip to Italy who were involved in the Christ Child […]

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Consider the iceberg

It’s the Fourth of July and summer has come in hot. So let’s think about ice for a minute. Specifically, imagine an iceberg floating in an ocean. What is seen above the surface, we’re told, is only about 10 percent of an iceberg’s actual size. Ninety percent is unseen below. It’s good to think of […]

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Lindsey Weishar: ‘Discovering the gift only you can give’ at the GIVEN Forum

Young women take part in a previous year's GIVEN Forum n this screen grab from the Institute's website. (CNS)

My Vocation is Love / Lindsey Weishar From June 9-13, I attended the GIVEN Forum 2021 in Washington D.C. GIVEN exists to “[activate] the gifts of young adult women {ages 21-30] for the Catholic Church and the world.” In applying for this conference, each participant submitted an action plan that will be carried out within […]

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Paul Moore: Becoming “spotty” — a reality check on aging, but I’m going somewhere

"This pretty much describes the situation as I am experiencing it," write Paul Moore of this illustration by his artist sister-in-law Dawna Gallagher of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore “I do not like green eggs and ham! I do not like them, Sam-I-Am!” No, this isn’t a rant about cancel culture (which is itself a bit of a rant by times). I would simply like to borrow Dr. Seuss’ attitude — and rhyme scheme — for […]

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We must keep eyes fixed on Lord in radical dependence

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / July 4 Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-2,2,3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6a Many of us rebel against being dependent on others. But once released from certain reliances, we discover our own insufficiencies, and the appeal is less than envisioned. Radical independence is supremely alluring until faced with its […]

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From Newman Hall to Team USA and the Paralympic Games for Jenna Fesemyer

Jenna Fesemyer, former resident director of Newman Hall at St. John's Catholic Newman Center in Champaign, displays the medals she earned while qualifying for Team USA at the Paralympic Trials June 17-20 in Minneapolis. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — The former resident director of Newman Hall at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center here will soon be on her way to Tokyo as part of Team USA competing in the Paralympic Games. “I feel so honored to be able to represent the USA in Tokyo this August,” Jenna Fesemyer told The Catholic Post […]

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Priests observing milestone years invited to ‘return to roots’ at Jubilarian Mass

Maintaining safe social distances, the priests of the Diocese of Peoria remained in their pews as they concelebrated the Jubilarian Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, himself a silver jubilarian in 2021, presided at the June 22 liturgy. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It was not possible to hold the Jubilarian Mass to honor priests observing milestone anniversaries last year due to COVID-19, so this year’s liturgy on June 22 offered twice the reason to celebrate. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka presided at the Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria and said it was good to be able […]

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