Father Michael Pakula, 78, dies; served as pastor of Geneseo parish for 25 years

Father Michael Pakula

GENESEO — A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Malachy Church here at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, for Father Michael Pakula, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria who served as pastor of the Geneseo faith community for 25 years. Father Pakula, a native of LaSalle who also assisted with marriage […]

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Ukrainians get help, hope from central Illinois as war enters second year

Chris Manson; vice president of government relations for OSF HealthCare and founder of U.S. Ambulances for Ukraine; presented details of the four shipments of ambulances filled with medical supplies with Champaign Rotary Club 3256 on Feb. 20. They are preparing another shipment with six ambulances and three fire engines for mid-March. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — As Russia’s war against Ukraine enters a second year, it seems like the forces of Vladimir Putin have the upper hand. They might be surprised to know there are forces at work that they don’t understand, however. One is the desire of a young girl from central Illinois to help people she didn’t […]

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“Cocaine Bear” (Universal)

Keri Russell stars in a scene from the movie "Cocaine Bear." The OSV News classification is O -- morally offensive. (OSV News photo/Pat Redmond, Universal)

By OSV News After a crazed drug dealer (Matthew Rhys) throws his cargo of the titular narcotic out of an airplane while flying over a national forest, a portion of it is eaten by a black bear who then threatens the lives of a nurse (Keri Russell), her daughter (Brooklynn Prince), the schoolmate with whom […]

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Couple celebrates 300 episodes of ‘Being Catholic’ on Catholic Spirit Radio

Deacon Al Lundy blesses Lynn and Bob Johnston at the conclusion of the 300th episode of "Being Catholic," which they co-host on Catholic Spirit Radio. The Johnstons received a certificate from station management, as well as congratulatory messages from Bishop Louis Tylka and EWTN. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — In bowling, a score of 300 is a cause for celebration. In local Catholic radio, Bob and Lynn Johnston are being celebrated for reaching 300 episodes of sharing the joy of “Being Catholic” each week on Catholic Spirit Radio. “Thank you for everything you’ve given not only to the radio station, but to […]

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Plaque dedicated in honor of Jill Kenyon, retired teacher at Jordan, Rock Island

Jill Kenyon is surrounded by former students and a former co-worker from Jordan Catholic School who are now at Alleman High School. They are (from left) Henry Mihm, Andrew Torres, Ethan Georlett, Mark VanNatta, Jack Mihm, Quentin Fonseca and Iris Reynolds. VanNatta worked with Kenyon for six years at Jordan Catholic before becoming the athletic director at Alleman. (The Catholic Post/Jill Rodts)

ROCK ISLAND — “Good to be home.” Those were Jill Kenyon’s first words at a ceremony to dedicate a plaque in her honor at Jordan Catholic School during Catholic Schools Week. It is estimated that she taught as many as 1,000 students during her 37 years as the gym teacher there before she retired last […]

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Bishop: Lent invites us to focus on Paschal Mystery, pray for those entering church

Bishop Louis Tylka greets Mary Stech of Mahomet at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion last March at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. In his message for this Lent, he commends those who are preparing for the Easter sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist to the prayers of all the faithful in the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

Dear Friends, Each year, the Church invites us to enter into a time of preparation for the celebration of Easter and the Sacraments of Initiation. This holy season of Lent is marked by practices that invite us to participate more fully in the Lord’s Paschal Mystery. We commit ourselves in a more intentional way to […]

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Looking for a Lenten fish fry? A variety of options available around the diocese

Mary Ralph of Holy Family Parish in Peoria hands fish dinners to Jim Stomberg during the parish’s Lenten fish fry on Friday, Feb. 24, at Holy Family School. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The following list was compiled from information provided to The Catholic Post. New listings will be added as they become available. If you would like to add a fish fry, send an email to Jennifer Willems at — BLOOMINGTON: The Knights of Columbus, Father John D. Ring Council 574, will hold a fish fry every […]

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Opportunities for study, prayer and retreats announced as Lent begins

A file photo shows a crown of thorns at St. Bonaventure Church in Paterson, N.J. Lent begins on Feb. 22, Ash Wednesday. (OSV News photo/Octavio Duran)

Fish fry listings posted, will be updated With the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, comes a listing of fish dinners being offered around the Diocese of Peoria. Information provided to The Catholic Post can be found in the print edition and will be added to our comprehensive online listing as it becomes […]

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