PDCCW president reflects on blessings of 2022 with gratitude, looks ahead to 2023

Members of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women met with Bishop Louis Tylka Dec. 5 to discuss their work and where they could do the most good. With him are (from left) Barbara Harzman of Macomb; Nympha White of Grand Ridge; Mary Ann Hughes of Westville; and April Adams of Metamora. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Council Comments l Mary Ann Hughes As it is almost year’s end, it is a fitting time to reflect on all the blessings we’ve been given not just for this year, but throughout our lives. Even in tough times, God’s presence surrounds us with His eternal love and as always a chance to start anew, […]

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Called to share in faithfulness of Christ

Father R. Michael Schaab

Living the Word l Father R. Michael Schaab Fourth Sunday of Advent l Dec. 18 Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-2,3-4,5-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24 There are two messages in the readings, one about Jesus and one about ourselves. The first message is found in the reading from Isaiah and in the Gospel. The second message is found […]

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Bishop Jenky celebrating 25 years as a bishop; rediscovering joy of community

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, holds the gift basket that was presented to him by Cursillo en Espanol at a Diocesan Ultreya in December 2018. A Santa Claus pillow could be seen clearly and he quipped that “I’m starting to look more like the jolly old fellow -- beard, belly and all.” Bishop Jenky was ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, on Dec. 16, 1997. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

As Christmas neared 25 years ago, Bishop Emeritus Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, received a gift from Pope John Paul II, although he didn’t fully realize how great a gift it was at the time. On Dec. 16, 1997, he was ordained to serve as the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana. […]

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Ukrainian refugees share gratitude for warm welcome, support in Monmouth

Pictured during a welcome potluck hosted Nov. 29 by Immaculate Conception Parish in Monmouth are recently arrived refugees from Ukraine Stepan Skrypnychenko and Olesia Chychaova (left) and the Bud family, including parents Vitalii and Irene and children Zack (12) and twins Milena and Mark (9), holding gifts to them presented at the dinner. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MONMOUTH — Irene and Vitalii Bud held out for eight months before deciding to leave their beloved-but-war-torn homeland of Ukraine with their three children. However, when Russian bombs reached their city of Rivne and power plants were being targeted as the bitter cold of winter approached, the Bud family fled on a journey that eventually […]

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Full responses of music leaders across diocese to favorite Christmas hymn survey

Forty parish music directors, choir directors, and organists shared their favorite Christmas hymns in a Catholic Post survey this month. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following are expanded responses given by parish music leaders, choir directors, and accompanists to a survey conducted by The Catholic Post in December seeking their favorite Christmas hymns and the reason behind their selection. We thank all respondents for their time and, more importantly, for sharing their musical gifts. Click on the titles of […]

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‘O Holy Night’ favorite Christmas hymn in survey of music leaders across diocese

Forty parish music directors, choir directors, and organists shared their favorite Christmas hymns in a Catholic Post survey this month. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“O Holy Night” edged out “Silent Night” as the favorite Christmas hymn or carol in a Catholic Post survey of parish music directors, choir directors, or organists/accompanists from across the Diocese of Peoria. “I have heard it sung by so many different singers, and each rendition is beautiful in its own way,” said Mary Edgerley, […]

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Bishop Tylka visits Our Lady of Guadalupe in Silvis as patroness honored

Bishop Louis Tylka, as Archbishop Juan de Zumarraga, removes the tilma from Juan Diego, played by Jeronimo Corral, that bears the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, so it can be venerated. Looking on is Deacon Aaron Hoste. In real life, the garment Juan Diego wore in 1531 is now displayed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

SILVIS — Making his first visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church here on Dec. 10, Bishop Louis Tylka joined parishioners for a festive Mass and dinner honoring their patroness, whose feast day is Dec. 12. And who better to play the role of Archbishop Juan de Zumarraga, to whom the Blessed Mother sent Juan […]

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Newly ordained permanent deacons celebrate ‘beginning of what is to come’

Bishop Louis Tylka is surrounded by the 20 permanent deacons he ordained Dec. 3 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. On his right is Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general, and on his left is Msgr. Tim Nolan, episcopal vicar for the permanent diaconate. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In ordaining 20 permanent deacons for the Diocese of Peoria on Saturday at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Bishop Louis Tylka asked them not to see the joy-filled liturgy as the culmination of more than five years of preparation, but rather “the beginning of what is to come” in their life of service. “The world looks to […]

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Peoria Notre Dame wins 5th soccer state title, shares joy with area schools

Peoria Notre Dame soccer players and coaches pose with the IHSA Class 2A boys trophy they earned with a 3-1 win over Chatham Glenwood to cap a 23-3-1 season. The title match was played at Hoffman Estates High School on Nov. 5. (Provided photo/Cindy Dermody)

Peoria Notre Dame again proved it has one of the state’s elite high school soccer programs with a 3-1 win over Chatham Glenwood on Nov. 5 to claim the Illinois High School Association boys Class 2A title. The Irish earned their fifth boys soccer state championship by prevailing in a game played in 30 mph […]

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