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Advent’s challenge: Coming to God each day and not just at the end of time

Father R. Michael Schaab

Living the Word l Father R. Michael Schaab Second Sunday of Advent l Dec. 4 Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12 Advent comes from two Latin words that mean “to come to.” They are applied in two different ways — God comes to us and we come to God. These applications have different dimensions, […]

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Where will the Diocesan Traveling Monstrance be in December?

Some changes have been made to the schedule for Holy Hours with the Diocesan Traveling Monstrance in December. The corrected schedule is: Dec. 1, Immaculate Conception, Carthage; Dec. 5, Sacred Heart, Warsaw; Dec. 8, Sacred Heart, Dallas City; Dec. 12, St. Patrick, Raritan; Dec. 15, St. Theresa, Alexis; Dec. 19, St. Ambrose, Milan; Dec. 22, […]

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St. John’s Chapel in Champaign, heart of Newman Center, getting some love

Father Robert Lampitt, head chaplain at St. John's Catholic Newman Center, said this conceptual drawing shows the direction they are going with the renovation of St. John's Chapel at the University of Illinois in Champaign. "The colors might be adjusted a bit," he said. "We're going to get it right." Provided artwork

CHAMPAIGN — For more than 20 years, leaders at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center have dreamed of renovating and restoring St. John’s Chapel. Starting Dec. 19, work will begin to make that dream a reality. “We’ve worked really hard on all of our ministries, our pastoral efforts, to sharpen those and give them greater focus […]

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As Advent begins, opportunities for missions, music and reflection revealed

A lit candle is seen on an Advent wreath. Advent, which begins this Sunday, Nov. 27, is a season of waiting. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St Louis Review)

Cathedral Nativity loaned to community festival An historic Nativity that has graced the sanctuary of St. Mary’s Cathedral since 1933 is one of 750 that will be displayed at the Peoria Area Community Festival of Nativities, planned for Dec. 1-4, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Peoria. The theme for this […]

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Evangelization is topic for first of five videos bringing ‘Growing Disciples’ to life

Bishop Louis Tylka and Father Adam Cesarek are seen talking about evangelization in a new video for the "Growing Disciples" process. The conversation was filmed at Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia by Sam Mangieri of Fiat Films. (Provided photo/Sam Mangieri)

Evangelization isn’t as scary and difficult as people imagine and in a new video, Bishop Louis Tylka and Father Adam Cesarek talk about the beauty and simplicity of sharing what Jesus has done for us. Part of the “Growing Disciples” pastoral planning process, the video is designed to explore one of the five foundations on […]

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Diocesan Ultreya brings Cursillistas together for the first time in four years

Bishop Louis Tylka smiles as he receives a gift basket from the Cursillo en Espanol community from Evelio Aguilarat the Diocesan Ultreya on Nov. 5. Included were a flower and Mexican snacks and soft drinks.. Looking on are Deacon Gabriel Guerrero (left) and Deacon Rick Miller. (Provided photo/Greg Taylor)

After four years of being separated due to the pandemic, the Cursillo community reconnected in a big way on Nov. 5 with a Diocesan Ultreya at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Joining them for the first time was Bishop Louis Tylka, who celebrated the Mass. The celebration was hosted by Peoria Cursillo and drew members […]

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20 permanent deacons will be ordained Dec. 3, bringing total to 134 in diocese

Shown here are the 20 permanent deacon candidates of Class XI and their wives, who were involved in their formation over the last six years. The candidates will be ordained by Bishop Louis Tylka on Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (Graphic by Sonia Nelson)

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the permanent diaconate of the Diocese of Peoria will grow to 134 when Bishop Louis Tylka ordains 20 men at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow at the nearby Spalding Pastoral Center. The celebration is expected to fill the cathedral, so […]

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Christ the King rules all of creation with power and love in ‘covenant fidelity’

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word l Shawn Reeves Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe l Nov. 20 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122:1-2,3-4,4-5; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43 Self-preservation is one of the most powerful forces of human nature. When we (or those we love) are threatened, we find ourselves doing things we otherwise would not […]

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