Léonie Martin: The sister in the shadow

Cause of Our Joy l Katie Faley April is National Autism Awareness Month. While there’s technically an official patron saint of those with autism (St. Thorlak), there’s a lesser-known patron hiding in the shadow of her very famous sister. Léonie Martin was the older sister of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. There wasn’t much known about […]

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New spiritual adviser to Council of Catholic Women finds right ‘outfit’

Deacon Ed Mallow receives a blessing from Bishop Louis Tylka before proclaiming the Gospel at the Memorial Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in January. In addition to serving at St. Thomas the Apostle in Peoria Heights, Deacon Ed assists at liturgies at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

By Paul Thomas Moore PEORIA HEIGHTS — On the last day of their pilgrimage to the Holy Land in February, Deacon Ed Mallow of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and the rest of the “Peoria pilgrims” rose at 4:30 a.m. and walked along the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem. “It was still dark, and […]

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Catholic Charismatic day of renewal planned for April 22 in Peoria

Deacon Kevin Zeeb

“I Am Waiting for You, Come!” is the theme for a Catholic Charismatic Renewal day of renewal planned for Saturday, April 22, at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 N.E. Madison Ave., in Peoria. It will begin with registration at 9 a.m. and end with prayer at 3:30 p.m. The speakers will be Deacon Kevin Zeeb […]

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Baby Food Project marks 50 years of supporting life, with help from students

Seventh-graders from St. Patrick School in Washington deliver baby food and formula to the St. Gianna Baby Pantry of Catholic Charities in Peoria as part of the 50th annual Baby Food Project on March 31. With them is Kay Grillot, president of Tazewell County Right to Life. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

All concerned were feeling blessed as they participated in the 50th Annual Tazewell County Right to Life Baby Food Project in support of pregnant women and their children on March 31. Chris Kapraun’s seventh grade class from St. Patrick School in Washington had a chance to present the baby food they had collected personally to […]

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Divine Mercy Sunday dispenses ‘sprinkles of mercy’ across diocese April 16

Polish Sister St. Faustina Kowalska is depicted with an image of Jesus Christ the Divine Mercy. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

In 2000, St. John Paul II declared that the Second Sunday of Easter would be devoted to the celebration of God’s great mercy. Catholics around the Diocese of Peoria will come together again this Sunday, now known as Divine Mercy Sunday, to pray and give thanks. A feature of Divine Mercy Sunday is the possibility […]

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Joy as more than 300 people come ‘home’ at Easter Vigil — including 12 at cathedral

Bishop Louis Tylka and Phillip Lee, director of the Office of Divine Worship, light their candles from the newly blessed Paschal Candle as the Easter Vigil begins at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on April 8. Holding the Paschal Candle is Deacon Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, who would sing the Exsultet or Easter Proclamation. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Noele Tatlock of Pekin came “home” Saturday night. So did Hunter Dupuis, a junior studying finance at Illinois State University in Normal. They were among more than 300 brothers and sisters in faith who were received into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil celebrations across the Diocese of Peoria. What brought them to this point […]

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Bishop’s Easter Letter encourages all to ‘Make Jesus visible by who you are!’

Bishop Louis Tylka pours holy water over John Marchetti of St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal as he baptizes him at the Easter Vigil at St. Mary's Cathedral on April 8. Marchetti would take John the Baptist as his confirmation name a few minutes later. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Easter l April 9, 2023 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We celebrate with great joy the good news of Christ’s resurrection. Our Easter joy comes from the witnessing to us and through us that Jesus has conquered death and lives anew. As St. Peter testified: “They put him to death by hanging him on a […]

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New cornerstone for Washington school, gift from Class of 2021, dedicated

Bishop Louis Tylka sprinkles holy water on the new granite cornerstone at St. Patrick School in Washington. The plaque above it commemorates the occasion. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

WASHINGTON — Cornerstones are markers that designate a space. More importantly, they let people know what we want to do and what we want to be, said Bishop Louis Tylka. As he prepared to bless the new cornerstone at St. Patrick School here on March 15, he explained that sometimes they fade as the building […]

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Moore joins staff of The Catholic Post

Paul Thomas Moore

The Catholic Post has a new staff writer. He is Paul Thomas Moore and if the name sounds familiar it’s because he has contributed the column “In My Father’s House” to The Post since November 2018. “We know readers have enjoyed Paul’s columns and look forward to the stories he will tell of the people, […]

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