A Christmas message from Bishop Tylka

Following is the message for Christmas 2023 from Bishop Louis Tylka, Bishop of Peoria. Each year during the holiday season, we hear many wonderful hymns and songs filled with faith, joy, and cheer. Some of the classics invite us to recall the central truth of Christmas: the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Indeed, many […]

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Catholic Charities Christmas program distributes 2,300 gifts across the diocese

Jessica Anderson of LaSalle receives Christmas presents from Bishop Tylka for her two girls, ages 9 and 10, during a distribution from the Catholic Charities St. Nicholas Van outside St. Patrick Church in LaSalle on Dec. 12. Assisting is Chris McAtee, director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore LASALLE — The Catholic Charities St. Nicholas van rolled into the parking lot of St. Patrick Church here on Dec. 12, and soon the gift-giving commenced. Distributing the Christmas gifts — donated by Catholics throughout the diocese and given through Catholic Charites to more than 2,300 people — on this day […]

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Perfection: State champions x 2 (x 2) for girls teams from St. Patrick, Washington

The 8th grade girls basketball team from St. Patrick School in Washington is shown Dec. 14 with the IESA 8-1A state championship trophy. This team won the state 7th grade title a year ago and has a two-season record of 54 wins and no losses. (Provided photo)

WASHINGTON — This year’s girls basketball season at St. Patrick School in Washington will long be remembered by the school community. On Dec. 14, the 8th grade Irish earned the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Class 8-1A girls state championship by defeating previously undefeated Sigel St. Michael 38-30 to complete a perfect 26-0 season. That […]

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Darlene Klein retiring after 68 years as organist at St. Mary, Metamora

Darlene Klein at the organ at St. Mary Church in Metamora. (Provided photo)

METAMORA — Her musical numbers are noteworthy: Darlene F. Klein has played organ for more than 650 weddings, nearly 800 funerals, and in more than 80 churches — six of which were in Europe and the Holy Land while on a pilgrimage in 2000. But there is no count of the number of Masses that […]

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Celebrating Stephen, keeping things simple

Cause of Our Joy / Katie Faley St. Stephen has always fascinated me. The image that immediately comes to mind when I think of St. Stephen is a man tied to a tree, bloodied from the rocks being hurled at him. I don’t even think I’ve ever really seen a picture of St. Stephen. It’s […]

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Women of diocese invited to open 2024 with PDDCW ‘Magnify’ retreat Jan. 13

Women from throughout the Diocese of Peoria are invited to begin 2024 by taking part in a one-day retreat on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. “Magnify: Growing in Holiness” is the theme of the retreat, sponsored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (PDCCW) and Women Connect. Doors open […]

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Like Mary, believe the unbelievable

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word / Deacon Greg Kandra Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 24 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Psalms 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 Do you hear it? If there is one message the world needs right now, in a moment of high anxiety and seemingly unending wars, you can find it […]

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OSF Sisters, Diocese of Peoria align for future of Catholic health care ministry

The OSF HealthCare logo is seen at the ministry's new headquarters in downtown Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After “great prayer and discernment,” The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis have aligned with the Diocese of Peoria in a new partnership to build on the religious community’s 147-year legacy in health care. The planned creation of a Diocesan Public Juridic Person was announced on Dec. 19 to “ensure OSF HealthCare continues […]

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