Morton parish joins area churches in hosting day of prayer for peace, Ukraine

Msgr. Gerald Ward, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton, lights candles around the exposed Blessed Sacrament at the start of a Day of Prayer for World Peace and the People of Ukraine" hosted by the parish on Wednesday, March 16. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MORTON — Blessed Sacrament Parish here was among six area faith communities hosting days of prayer for world peace and for the people of Ukraine during the week of March 14-18. Msgr. Gerald Ward, pastor, presided at an 8 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, March 16, that was followed by seven hours of prayer before the […]

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Pope Francis to consecrate Russia, Ukraine to Mary on March 25

A sign in St. Peter's Square calls for the consecration of Russia and Ukraine to Mary, before the start of Pope Francis' Angelus at the Vatican on March 13. The Vatican said Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary March 25. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary during a penitential prayer service in St. Peter’s Basilica March 25, the Vatican said. On the same day, the Vatican said, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, will carry out a similar consecration at […]

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Priest brings “Mark’s Gospel LIVE” performances to St. Bede Abbey March 24

Father Joseph Morris in an image from the website

PERU — Father Joseph Morris will return to central Illinois with “Mark’s Gospel LIVE” on Thursday, March 24, at St. Bede Abbey, 24 W. U.S. Highway 6. It will be presented at 10 a.m. (abbreviated) and 7 p.m. (the complete Gospel). There is no set admission fee, but a free-will offering will be accepted. “Mark’s […]

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Allowing Christ to transform our hearts: Heather Khym’s ‘Abide’

Reviewed for The Catholic Post by Lindsey Weishar In the introduction to her book “Abide: A Pathway to Transformative Healing and Intimacy with Jesus,”  Abiding Together podcast co-host Heather Khym tells readers, “this book offers a reintroduction to who we are, the truth of who God is, and some practical tools for living a restored […]

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Easter egg coloring project brought back to help Sophia’s Kitchen, guests

Coloring an Easter egg and writing a note of encouragement, would brighten the lives of those who receive meals at Sophia's Kitchen. Adding a donation and sending it to Sophia's Kitchen, c/o Sacred Heart Church, 504 Fulton St., Peoria, IL 61602, along with the artwork and Easter greeting would help to keep the meals coming. (Provided graphic)

Brightly colored Easter eggs can lift spirits, even when they’re made of paper. Add a note of encouragement and it can make someone’s day. Volunteers at Sophia’s Kitchen in Peoria have seen that firsthand. That’s why the Easter project and fundraiser are back for a second round of cheer. “It was very successful last year. […]

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Glove relic of St. Padre Pio will be displayed for veneration in Milan, Peoria

St. Padre Pio is depicted in a stained-glass window. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

At least two sites in the Diocese of Peoria this month will host a glove relic of St. Padre Pio, a Capuchin priest who bore the stigmata of Jesus, for veneration. On Monday, March 14, the glove relic will be at St. Ambrose Church in Milan. A Holy Hour is planned at 5:30 p.m., followed […]

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Joy as nearly 300 from diocese advance in their faith journeys at Rite of Election

As the candidates who are preparing to be confirmed and receive the Eucharist at the Easter Vigil listen on March 5, Bishop Tylka asks their sponsors to affirm their readiness "to participate fully in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church" and the assembly if they will support them in "faith, prayer and example." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Nearly 300 people came to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last weekend to declare their intention to enter fully into the life of the Catholic Church through the Easter sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist, a step that created so much joy that the only response was applause and praise of God. That applause filled […]

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Father Paul Joseph Langevin is elected to lead Conventual Franciscan province

Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., has been elected minister provincial of the St. Bonaventure Province of the Conventual Franciscans. He has been pastor of Holy Family Parish in Peoria since 2018. (Provided photo)

Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., pastor of Holy Family Parish in Peoria, has gained a new title — minister provincial of the St. Bonaventure Province of the Conventual Franciscans. He succeeds Father Michael Zielke, OFM Conv. With his election on Jan. 31, Father Paul Joseph becomes the 14th leader of the St. Bonaventure Province. […]

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Lindsey Weishar: In the midst of fear, there God is . . . and the light of hope

A woman cries next to her children after fleeing from Russia's invasion of Ukraine at the border crossing in Siret, Romania. (CNS/Reuters)

My Vocation is Love / Lindsey Weishar Perhaps in these days of instant access to the news, thoughts, ideas, and experiences of people all over the world, there is more to be afraid of than we could have ever imagined. And perhaps recently, with the news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, some of us are […]

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Paul Moore: Immigrant leaves St. Louis’ ‘The Hill’ for the Gateway of Heaven

A statue memorializing Italian immigrants outside St. Ambrose Church, and the Gateway Arch, both in St. Louis. (Provided photos)

In My Father’s House / By Paul Moore My wife Mary Louise and I went down to St. Louis in late February for a funeral. It was for my brother-in-law Jerry’s father-in-law, Leo. Leo was 96, an immigrant from Italy 68 years ago. Although I didn’t know him personally, I felt like I knew Leo […]

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