23 parishes represented on PDCCW bus pilgrimage to St. Thérèse shrine Sept. 25

Participants in the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women pilgrimage to the National Shrine and Museum of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Darien begin a five-day novena to St. Thérèse, the patroness of vocations for the Diocese of Peoria. (Provided photo)

By Paul Thomas Moore The Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (PDCCW) led a pilgrimage to the National Shrine and Museum of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Darien on Sept. 25. Approximately 60 pilgrims (including several men) from 23 parishes across the diocese journeyed by bus from Peoria and Champaign. Pilgrims sought the intercession of […]

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Prayer? There’s an app for that now for every student at diocese’s high schools

Ella Griffith, a freshman at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, shows the newly installed Hallow app on her phone. Bishop Louis Tylka has provided the popular prayer app to all Catholic high school students in the diocese to help remind them to pray, teach them new ways to pray, and deepen their prayer lives. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Tom Dermody It’s no secret that high school students are connected to their phones. At Catholic high schools across the Diocese of Peoria, however, the students are now using their phones to better connect with God. “I’m someone who struggles with routines and it’s always been difficult for me to remember to pray,” said […]

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African Catholic community celebrates 20 years at Christ the King Parish, Moline

The Chorale Seraphique (“angelic choir”) led the assembly in song -- and dance -- at a Mass celebrating the 20th anniversary of the welcoming of the African Catholic community at Christ the King Parish in Moline on Sept. 24. The choir and most of the assembly wore ceremonial dress with fabric from Africa created especially for the occasion. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore MOLINE — Every Mass is a celebration, but two Diocese of Peoria parishes hit some high notes — in more ways than one — on Sunday, Sept. 24. At Christ the King Parish in Moline, the African Catholic community celebrated the 20th anniversary of its establishment in the parish. Bishop Louis […]

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Macomb family an example of how end of scholarship program would ‘devastate’

Members of the Nelson family of Macomb are shown at St. Paul School during an assembly in their honor on Sept. 11. On Sept. 8, after three years as foster siblings, David, Victoria, Mylee, Anthony, and Mystori officially joined Zachary and Elizabeth as children of Brandon and Kelly. The Nelsons are praying the Illinois Invest in Kids Act Tax Scholarship Program will be extended so the six younger children can continue to attend St. Paul School together. From left are Laura Cody, principal of St. Paul School, and Nelson family members Anthony, 10, father Brandon, David, 5, Elizabeth, 9, Mylee, 9, Victoria, 6, Zachary, 11, and mother Kelly. Mystori, 12, not pictured, is in junior high. (Provided photo)

By Paul Thomas Moore MACOMB — A Macomb family has become the “face” of the Illinois Invest in Kids scholarship program, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Kelly and Brandon Nelson have two biological children, Zachary, 11, and Elizabeth, 9, who attend St. Paul School in Macomb through the program, […]

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Blessings of pets to be offered at parishes, schools on Oct. 4 St. Francis of Assisi feast

A bulldog reacts as a priest sprinkles holy water during a blessing of pets in the church parking lot. Such blessings are frequently offered on or around the observance of the Oct. 4 feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals. (CNS/Sam Lucero)

Many parishes and schools in the Diocese of Peoria have planned blessing of pet ceremonies on or around the Oct. 4 feast of St. Francis of Assisi in remembrance of his love for all creatures. (See related column, page 13.) Here is a list of pet blessings made known to The Catholic Post. All dates […]

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Author suggests ‘Four Ways Forward’ for parishes in our post-Christian world

Reviewed by Father Luke Spannagel If you are keeping up with the books Bishop Lou is sharing with the priests, then perhaps you are ready for the next one on the list:  “The Four Ways Forward” by Susan Windley-Daoust. She is the director of missionary discipleship for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester in Minnesota. As the […]

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Be open to the possibility of change

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word / By Deacon Greg Kandra Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Oct. 1 Ezekiel 18:25-28; Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Philippians 2:1-11 (2:1-5 (alternate); Matthew 21:28-32 This Sunday’s Gospel offers us an idea a lot of us need to hear: “It’s not too late. Any of us, if we choose, can follow another […]

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