Mobile ‘holy ground’ — OSF Care-a-Van blessed, will serve Vermilion County

Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi, manager of pastoral care at OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, blesses the new OSF Care-a-Van that will serve Vermilion County. Also pictured during the March 29 ceremonies is Jennifer Compton, vice president of ancillary and support services at the medical center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

DANVILLE — A new OSF Care-a-Van, the third such mobile health center to serve in the Diocese of Peoria, was blessed as “holy ground” during ceremonies March 29 at OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center here. The 40-foot van will provide residents throughout Vermilion County who may not easily access health care with services including […]

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“The Lost City” (Paramount)

This is the movie poster for "The Lost City," staring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Crowd-pleasing blend of action, comedy and love story in which a widowed romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) is kidnapped by a crazed billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who believes her latest book, based in part on research she did years earlier with her archaeologist husband, holds the key to finding a fabulous treasure buried […]

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Sister Mary C. Core, OSB, dies; longtime teacher also served as youth minister

Sister Mary C. Core, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — A private Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Mary C. Core, OSB, is planned for Wednesday, March 30, at St. Mary Monastery. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, also in Rock Island. The Mass will be livestreamed through the Facebook page of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery at 10 a.m. […]

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Holy Trinity, Bloomington, to host exhibit, talk on ‘Eucharistic Miracles’

BLOOMINGTON — Holy Trinity Church will host “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World,” an international exhibit designed and created by Blessed Carlo Acutis, from Friday, April 8, through Palm Sunday, April 10. In addition, the parish will welcome back Michael O’Neill, also known as “The Miracle Hunter,” for a presentation on “Miracles of the Eucharist […]

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Meet the 8 whose service will be honored at the ‘Night of Knights’ on April 30

Eight members of the Knights of Columbus from across the Diocese of Peoria will be recognized for outstanding service to their councils, communities, and the church during the “Night of Knights” on Saturday, April 30. The evening will begin with a 5 p.m. Mass at Holy Family Church, 3720 N. Sterling Ave. in Peoria. Mass […]

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It’s Laetare Sunday — time to rejoice with a joy only reconciliation can bring

Father R. Michael Schaab

Living the Word/By Father R. Michael Schaab Fourth Sunday of Lent/March 27 Joshua 5:9a,10-12; Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3,11-32 (For Year A readings, visit Normally, it is best to look to the First Reading and the Gospel of the Mass to discover the major theme of the day’s Scripture readings. However, for […]

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Bishop Tylka leads Act of Consecration to Mary with students in Champaign

With Msgr. Stanley Deptula, pastor, kneeling to his left in front of the statue of Mary, and the students of St. Matthew School in Champaign filling the church, Bishop Louis Tylka prays the Act of Consecration of humanity, especially the nations of Ukraine and Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25. They were among Catholics from around the world praying with Pope Francis. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Joining people around the world, Bishop Louis Tylka offered the Act of Consecration of the human family, especially the nations of Ukraine and Russia, not once but twice during a visit to St. Matthew School and St. John’s Catholic Newman Center on March 25. The prayer at St. Matthew, on the Solemnity of […]

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“Grant that war might end” — Pope consecrates Ukraine, Russia to Mary

Pope Francis consecrates the world and, in particular, Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary during a Lenten penance service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 25. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Junno Arocho Esteves / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Russia’s violent monthlong invasion continued to devastate Ukraine, Pope Francis laid the fates of both countries at the feet of Mary in the hopes that peace would finally reign. “Mother of God and our mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust […]

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All invited to join pope in consecration of Russia, Ukraine to Mary on March 25

A statue of Mary is seen at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal. Pope Francis has invited the bishops of the world to join him in consecrating and entrusting all of humanity, and "especially Russia and Ukraine," to Mary on Friday, March 25. (CNS/Reuters)

Catholics around the world and throughout the Diocese of Peoria are invited to join Pope Francis in consecrating themselves, the church, and all humanity, “especially Russia and Ukraine,” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. The Act of Consecration prayer may be found and […]

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Use of Spalding Renewal Center, in need of repairs, to be ‘significantly’ restricted

For more than three decades, the Spalding Renewal Center at 401 N.E. Madison, Peoria, has been home to ministries including Peoria Cursillo, Spanish Cursillo, and Teens Encounter Christ. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Use of the Spalding Renewal Center in Peoria will be “significantly” restricted effective May 15, the Diocese of Peoria has announced. “A recent facilities study determined the need for considerable repairs” to the historic building at 401 N.E. Madison Ave., according to a news release issued by the diocese on March 18. The statement emphasized […]

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