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Newly renovated sanctuary is blessed at St. Thomas the Apostle, Peoria Heights

In this screenshot from the YouTube video broadcast of the dedication Mass on Nov. 22, Msgr. Jason Gray prepares to bless elements of the renovated sanctuary at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Peoria Heights.

PEORIA HEIGHTS — With an eye toward incorporating elements found in the original church built in 1940 into the church that was built onto it in 2002, the sanctuary of St. Thomas the Apostle Church has been renovated in a way that invites people to raise their hearts and minds to God. Msgr. Jason Gray, […]

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Advent: Encountering strongholds of fear, preparing for the ‘thrill of hope’

"When we don't abandon ourselves to fear, nor abandon the places of fear within us," writes Lindsey Weishar, "we offer ourselves the opportunity to discover threads of new grass wending through charred soil, the sprout of a new tree growing up out of the remnants of a shattered one."

By Lindsey Weishar / “My Vocation is Love” There is something beautifully hidden about the season of Advent. The early darkness of the evenings and the cooling weather invite us to spend time on the inside — in our homes, with ourselves. If it wasn’t 2020, I’d probably be looking forward to this season more. […]

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The same yesterday, today and forever

Novices at Mount Saint Vincent Mother House, July 1959. (Photo courtesy the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, Congregational Archives)

By Paul Moore / In My Father’s House Recently, I was thanking my aunt for an old family letter she had sent me, written by my grandfather. “It was another time,” she said. The letter described the 1958 Eastertide when my aunt was professed as a nun, and her sister had just entered the novitiate. […]

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Share your plans for Christmas 2020

A child is pictured in an illustration lighting a candle on an Advent wreath. (CNS/ KNA)

It looks like Christmas will be very different this year, as families are asked to limit their gatherings in order to safeguard the health of all concerned. In what ways will you connect with your loved ones over the holidays? What traditions will be a little sweeter? What will you be praying for? Or perhaps […]

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Food pantries adapt to pandemic, continue and deepen outreach to needy

Volunteers at the food and clothing pantry operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Holy Trinity Conference in Bloomington load supplies into a client's car on Nov. 14. Volunteer Ron Yoder is pictured emptying the cart, Teresa Dubravec brings a watermelon and potatos, and Tom Fenger assists at left. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

When is giving away a large turkey for Thanksgiving not the kindest thing to do for a family in need? “A lot of people who come to us aren’t able to cook a Thanksgiving dinner,” said Nancy Elson, who assists with the food pantry at St. Mary Church in Canton. Perhaps they don’t have a […]

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OSF Transportation Center blessed in Streator; new clinic opens in Savoy

The new transportation center is located adjacent to the OSF Center for Health-Streator. It will house four ambulances and the OSF King Care-A0Van, seen parked outside. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

STREATOR — With gratitude to the generous donors who supported its construction and to OSF HealthCare for its commitment to this community and region, a new transportation center was blessed Nov. 13 adjacent to the OSF Center for Health-Streator. The 6,600-square-foot transportation center is part of a new approach to rural health care delivery being […]

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‘Pray hard, play hard’: Visits help seminarians, Bishop Tylka get acquainted

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka blesses the seminarians from the Diocese of Peoria and Fort Wayne-South Bend at the First Annual Bishop Jenky Classic baseball game during a recent visit to Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. (Provided photo)

Father Patrick Henehan, vocation director of formation for the Diocese of Peoria, had company when he made his fall visits to seminarians at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Minnesota and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Maryland. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka took the opportunity to go along and learn more about the seminaries and his […]

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Springtime in November, and love filtering through stained glass

The restored stained-glass window discovered behind a brick wall at St. Mary of Lourdes Church in Germantown Hills. (Provided photo)

In My Father’s House / By Paul Thomas Moore Sometimes being behind the eight ball can be a good thing. It helps us to see who our friends are, and we have all sorts of friends in the saints and souls of November. My much-beloved late father-in-law Jerry Klein, my predecessor in this column space, […]

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St. Martin of Tours and an interior ‘lantern walk’ as we approach Advent

While in the Roman army, St. Martin of Tours was moved when he saw a beggar out in a snowstorm. He used is military sword to cut his own cloak in half, giving half to the beggar.

Guest column / By Katie Faley Catholic life is marked by times of fasting and feasting. It is one of the wonderful ways we live out the order of God’s creation of time, as well as observe the moments of suffering and rejoicing in the history of salvation. On Nov. 11, the church celebrates the […]

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When we share what we have, we have met Jesus

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe/Nov. 22 Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17; Psalm 23:1-2,2-3,5-6; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28; Matthew 25:31-46 A young boy was walking through the park after attending religion classes. He couldn’t stop thinking about the lesson for that day on Jesus’ parable about the last judgment. What impressed […]

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