Chrism Mass 2024 – and so it begins

Suzanne Chatterton accepts the holy oils for St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Peoria from Amanda Connon after the Chrism Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on March 26. The Catholic Post/ Paul Thomas Moore

It’s as powerful as ever: the priests of the diocese renewing the promises made at their ordination, the blessing of the sacred oils by Bishop Louis Tylka, and after the Mass of Chrism on March 26, parish representatives taking the oils back to their faith communities. Holy Week officially begins on Palm Sunday, but the […]

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Faith/fans win as priests play Marquette high school basketball team

Prayer huddle after basketball game between priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Peoria and Ottawa's Marquette Academy High School Crusaders on March 25. Marquette Academy/Julie Verona

Ottawa — On March 25, the Marquette Academy Grade School gym was packed and members of the community were excited to see the basketball game between their own Marquette High School Crusaders, and the priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Peoria. It was a close contest but after the final buzzer the scoreboard told […]

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Priest birthdays: April 1 to May 5

14 priests serving in the Diocese of Peoria are celebrating a new year of life in April and early May. Many happy returns to all who will be blowing out candles in the days to come: Father Daniel Gifford (April 1); Father Chase Hilgenbrinck and Father Michael Pica (April 2); Abbot Philip Davey, OSB (April […]

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Magnify Lenten Retreat prepares hearts for Holy Week

Participants in the Magnify Lenten Retreat organized by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women gather on the altar at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on March 9. Provided photo

As we prepare to “magnify” Jesus during our celebrations of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum, we shine a light on the Lenten preparation of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (PDCCW), who held their second annual Magnify Lenten Retreat at St. Mary’s Cathedral on March 9. The two and a half hours were […]

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Holy Week schedule with Bishop Tylka at St. Mary’s Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, located in Peoria at 607 N.E. Madison Ave., is the mother church of the Diocese of Peoria. During Holy Week, Bishop Louis Tylka will preside over the following liturgies and opportunities for prayer at the cathedral: Palm Sunday Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. Chrism […]

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Saint Frances (Mother) Cabrini provides model of service for new center

Bishop Louis Tylka blesses the hallways and rooms of the Mother Cabrini Center at its grand opening on March 18 in Peoria. The center is the new home base of Catholic Charities for the diocese. Diocese of Peoria/Julie Enzenberger

By Paul Thomas Moore of the Catholic Post As Bishop Louis Tylka reminded attendees at the blessing and grand opening of the Mother Cabrini Center on March 18 in Peoria, “As we try to reach out for those who are most in need, often that has to come from the generosity of others.” The new […]

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It’s a marvel! Mid-March superhero saints

By Courtney Grussing, guest columnist PHILO — Through conversations with my four children and their questions, my curiosity and interest in my Catholic faith continues to expand. Each of my kids has varied interests, but they all are interested in learning about saints. This month we celebrate two very important and interesting holy people just […]

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Katie Bogner’s new book “We Have a Pope”

Pope Francis is seen on the loggia, or balcony, of St. Peter's Basilica shortly after his election as pope on March 13, 2013. Catholic News Service Photo/ Paul Haring

Reviewed By Matthew Vander Vennet Habemus papam! “We have a pope!” Those exciting words are waited for each time a papal conclave to elect the next successor to St. Peter takes place in Rome. With those words, the new pontiff emerges onto the loggia (balcony) and takes his place in history. Each papal conclave provides […]

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Plans great, prayers better — “Made for Mission” book review

Reviewed by Father Luke Spannagel Blessed day to you all!  I’m joyful to say I am back again with another book which Bishop Lou has given to the priests of our Diocese.  In Made for Mission, Tim Glemkowski provides another opportunity to grow in our understanding of Evangelization and Discipleship, as well as many practical […]

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