Lent’s invitation to ‘put on Christ’

Father R. Michael Schaab

Living the Word / By Father R. Michael Schaab Second Sunday of Lent/March 13 Genesis 15:5-12,17-18; Psalm 27:1,7-8,8-913-14; Philippians 3:17 — 4:1; Luke 9:28b-36 Before spending time with the readings for any Sunday, it’s important to keep some general principles in mind. First, the First Reading and the Gospel always share a theme or message. Second, […]

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Those grieving a loved one are invited to gather via Zoom on Wednesday evenings

Those mourning the loss of a loved one are invited to take part in a biweekly gathering via Zoom sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria starting on Wednesday evening, March 9. Six spring sessions of the “Wounded Healers” grief group have been scheduled. Registration materials and the link for the Zoom meetings […]

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Bishop Tylka asks for prayers at his first public Mass as the ninth Bishop of Peoria

With his coat of arms newly hung on the cathedra, or Bishop's Chair, Bishop Tylka bestows a blessing Sunday at the close of his first public Mass as the ninth Bishop of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

In his first public Mass as Diocesan Bishop on March 6, Bishop Louis Tylka thanked his predecessor and asked for prayers “as we begin a new chapter in the life of our diocese.” Bishop Tylka was the principal celebrant and homilist at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. A […]

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“The Batman” (Warner Bros.)

This is the movie poster for "The Batman." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service When The Riddler (Paul Dano) targets a series of Gotham’s corrupt politicians for assassination, the iconic crimefighter of the title (Robert Pattinson) enters into an uneasy alliance with a police lieutenant (Jeffrey Wright) and an equally volatile partnership with the Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) to stop the killing spree. He’s backed up […]

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Make it 3: Bement woman among 276 expected for Rite of Election March 5-6

David Lansford, daughter Jerrica, and wife Jill surround his mother, Gretchen, who will be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil on April 16 at St. Matthew Church, Champaign. They are standing in front of Our Lady of St. Matthew in the parish center. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Jill Lansford of Bement didn’t know what she was looking for, but she knew she wasn’t finding it in the other faith traditions she was exploring with her husband, David, and daughter, Jerrica. It wasn’t until she heard another person’s story of faith after they entered the Catholic Church and started to delve […]

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Prayers for peace in Ukraine are lifted at St. Matthew, Champaign, candlelit rosary

Pope Francis called on Catholics around the world to fast and pray for peace in Ukraine on Ash Wednesday and St. Matthew Parish in Champaign obliged by holding a Candlelit Rosary for Ukraine at the Mary Grotto. Those who attended were given blue and gold candles -- the colors of the Ukrainian flag. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Gathered around the Blessed Mother in the grotto at St. Matthew Church, members of the parish raised their hearts and prayers, as well as blue and gold votive candles, as they pleaded for peace in Ukraine. The candlelit rosary took place on Ash Wednesday, the day Pope Francis had asked Catholics around the […]

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Bishop Jenky’s retirement is accepted; Bishop Tylka becomes 9th Bishop of Peoria

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation for retirement of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka immediately succeeds him, becoming the ninth Bishop of Peoria. Bishop Jenky has headed the Peoria Diocese for nearly 20 years. His resignation was announced on March 3, Bishop Jenky’s 75th birthday and the age at which […]

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Lenten retreats, days of recollection offer opportunities for spiritual growth

EDITOR’S NOTE: To add your Lenten activity to this list, email information to — Fish fry dinners return; see online list That staple of Lent, the fish fry, is being offered by organizations and parishes around the Diocese of Peoria. With an eye toward safety, there are a mix of options this year, with guests […]

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Religious emblems awarded at diocesan Mass for Scouts, American Heritage Girls

Scouts and American Heritage Girls who received religious emblems and awards for their work over the last year pose with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka and Father Glenn Harris, chaplain of Catholic Scouting in the Diocese of Peoria, after the Diocesan Scout and AHG Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Before distributing religious emblems earned by more than 70 Catholic Scouts or American Heritage Girls on Feb. 27, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka called the youth and their adult leaders to an even higher goal. “I don’t want to diminish these awards,” Bishop Tylka said in congratulating the recipients during his homily at the annual Diocesan […]

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Looking for a Lenten fish dinner? Here’s our growing list; your updates welcome

Fried haddock and other items are seen on a guest's plate during a parish fish fry. (CNS/Bob Roller)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following list was compiled from information provided to The Catholic Post. It will be updated as more Lenten meals are made known. To add a fish fry to this list, send an email to BLOOMINGTON: The Bloomington Knights of Columbus will have a fish fry each Friday during Lent, from 5:30 […]

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