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Paul Moore: ‘4 Ps’ helped me appreciate Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist

Elevation of the Eucharist is depicted in a stained-glass window. (CNS/Bob Roller)

In My Father’s House / By Paul Thomas Moore Lately, I have been blessed with some incredible witnesses who have helped me more fully appreciate the reality of Christ in the Eucharist. I will call them my “4 Ps of Presence.” The first came from a noted Catholic Preacher, the second from my local parish […]

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Seek affirmation from God, not the world

Kim Padan

  Living the Word / Kim Padan Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 28 Sirach 3:17-18,20,28-29; Psalm 68:4-5,6-7,10-11; Hebrews 12:18-19,22-24a; Luke 14:1,7-14 This weekend’s readings speak to us about the importance of humility. A quick glance at the culture, and we can readily see that the virtue of humility is sorely lacking. Ours is a culture fueled by […]

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Excitement, joy as Catholic schools open, including Marquette Academy in Ottawa

Principal Brooke Rick shepherds Liam Gretencord, fourth grade, and Ariana Miller, second grade, as they arrive for the first day of school at Marquette Academy in Ottawa on Aug. 17. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

OTTAWA — Students returning to classes at Marquette Academy this week packed more than school supplies and classroom supplies for the first day of school. They also brought heaping doses of joy and excitement that were matched by teachers, aides and their pastor, Msgr. Mark Merdian, and principal, Brooke Rick, who waited to greet them. […]

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OSF HealthCare Transitional Care Hospital adds acute rehabilitation unit

Representatives of OSF HealthCare and Kindred Hospitals take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 18 marking the completion of a new acute rehablitation unit at OSF HealthCare Transitional Care Hospital just south of downtown Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

With prayers of blessing for those who will serve and be served in the facility, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Aug. 18 to mark the completion of a 29-bed acute rehabilitation unit at OSF HealthCare Transitional Care Hospital in Peoria. Located at 500 W. Romeo B Garrett Ave. just south of downtown Peoria, the hospital […]

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Joan Sheen Cunningham dies; key figure in Archbishop Sheen’s life, sainthood cause

Joan Sheen Cunningham, niece of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, poses next to a portrait of her uncle in this 2004 file photo. Mrs. Cunningham died in Peoria on Aug. 12, 2022, at the age of 95. (CNS/Chris Sheridan)

BARTONVILLE — Joan Sheen Cunningham, a niece of the Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and a key figure in his life and sainthood cause, was remembered at her funeral Mass on Aug. 16 as “a determined and very strong woman of faith.” “Joan was a witness, a disciple, a teacher, a strong and good lady,” […]

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Peoria Cursillo-TEC center blessed and opened at Holy Family Convent site

In the palanca chapel of the new Peoria Cursillo-TEC Center during an open house on Aug. 8, Sister Subha Clare Ramesh, OSF, assistant spiritual director of Peoria Cursillo, leads applause for Tim Petz, who coordinated a volunteer effort to prepare the former Holy Family Convent in Peoria for its new use. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“This is our new home.” With those words, a few prayers, and generous sprinkles of holy water, Msgr. Gerald Ward blessed the new location for Peoria Cursillo and Teens Encounter Christ offices, palanca/wheat chapel, and team formation rooms. “This is a place where we will proclaim the Kingdom of God in many ways in our […]

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A grateful editor at career’s sunset

Tom Dermody, editor of The Catholic Post for 32 years and on staff since 1979, has announced plans to retire this fall. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

On a few occasions in the course of my 43-plus years on the staff of The Catholic Post, I’ve gotten personal in this space. When a local Catholic cemetery reserved an area for the remains of infants lost to miscarriage, I shared the pain of two such experiences in my marriage. As the world was […]

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New academic year brings 11 new leaders to Catholic schools around the diocese

The new leaders of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria include (front row, from left) Trevor Knipe, administrator at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Nauvoo; Jeanette Holmes, principal, St. Thomas School in Philo; Dr. Susie Cicciarelli, interim principal at Peoria Notre Dame High School; Melissa Scholl, principal at Blessed Sacrament School in Morton; and Victoria McCollum, principal at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, East Moline, and (back row, from left) Grant McInnis, chief operating officer at Peoria Notre Dame; Julie Hampton Purl, lead teacher at Costa Catholic Academy, Galesburg; Sarah Hogan, principal at St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria; Chris McGraw, principal at Central Catholic High School, Bloomington, and Ron Kiesewetter, principal at St. Mary School, Metamora. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

A new academic year is bringing new leadership to 10 Catholic schools within the Diocese of Peoria. That includes some creative approaches to staffing and strengthening the head office at two diocesan high schools. The new principals are Jeanette Holmes at St. Thomas School, Philo; Sarah Hogan at St. Vincent de Paul School, Peoria; Ron […]

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Bittersweet farewell, exciting future as St. Jude in Peoria to build new church

After two weeks of asbestos abatement, hand demolition and preparation of the site, an excavator started taking down St. Jude Church in Peoria on Aug. 16. Construction of the new church is expected to take 14 months. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

On a day that was tinged with sadness yet filled with thanksgiving, parishioners at St. Jude Church in Peoria came to the altar on July 31 for one last Mass in what had been their spiritual home for nearly 50 years. Then they started to strip the church of its altar, tabernacle, ambo, Stations of […]

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Lindsey Weishar: Preparing room to hear His voice during transitions of August

My Vocation is Love / By Lindsey Weishar For many, especially those in school or living with someone in school, August is a month of transitions. In this last month of scorching summer temperatures (hopefully!), there’s a freshness, an orientation toward the new — new school supplies, new routine, new faces in one’s classes. August […]

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