St. John’s Bonfire: 40 Hours of Divine Mercy in Rapids City

St. John the Baptist Church in Rapids City will hold 40 hours of Divine Mercy beginning Monday, June 24 and concluding Sunday, June 30. Each of the seven days will begin with Mass. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confession, veneration of relics, recitation of the rosary and divine mercy chaplet, benediction, and presentations from speakers […]

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“Be Thou My Vision” benefit concert Sunday, June 23 in Lincoln

LINCOLN — St. Anthony Camerata Chorale Festival Choir will be performing a concert, entitled “Be Thou My Vision” on Sunday, June 23, at 3:00 p.m. at the recently-renovated Holy Family Church, 316 S. Logan Street, Lincoln. There will be no admission charge, but a free will offering will be taken up to support Love Repeated. […]

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125 years of service and fraternity—KofC Spalding Council # 427

Bishop Louis Tylka greets KofC Spalding Council #427 member Don Stahl after a Mass celebrating the council’s 125th anniversary at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Peoria on June 15. St. Vincent de Paul pastor Father Stephen Willard is on the far right. The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore

STORIED HISTORY Knights of Columbus Spalding Council # 427 celebrated its 125th anniversary on June 15 with a Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria. A congratulatory post on the City of Peoria’s X page (formerly Twitter), noted that Spalding Council #427 is “as old as our City Hall!” Chartered in 1899, Spalding […]

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CWL visits National Shrine of St. Thérèse of Lisieux June 11

The National Shrine and Museum of Saint Thérèse in Darien, Illinois celebrates the accessible spirituality of this Doctor of the Church whose only advanced degree was in love of God. Provided photo

DARIEN — On Tuesday, June 11, 2024 the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of Peoria hosted a bus trip to the National Shrine and Museum of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux in Darien, Illinois. Saint Thérèse, best known as the “Little Flower” and for her “Little Way” of promoting practical sanctity, believed all are capable of exhibiting […]

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A joyful 25th jubilee “encounter” in Princeville

The Contemplative Sisters of St. John marked the 25th anniversary of St. Thérèse Convent with a Mass at their chapel in Princeville on June 8. The singing was led by (from left) Sister Olga, Sister Mary Rose, Sister Elisabeth and Sister Michelle Marie. The Catholic Post Online/Paul Thomas Moore

PRINCEVILLE – The date of the original blessing of St. Thérèse Convent in Princeville was June 9, 1999. On June 8, 2024, 25 years less a day later, the Contemplative Sisters of Saint John hosted a day of celebration to mark the jubilee anniversary. Bishop Louis Tylka presided at Mass, which was followed by lunch, […]

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Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, June 12 for Sister Diane Marie McGrew, O.S.F., President of OSF HealthCare

EAST PEORIA — A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 12 here for Sister Diane Marie McGrew, O.S.F., president of OSF HealthCare. Sister Diane Marie, 57, passed away peacefully at 3:33 a.m. Sunday, June 9 at the motherhouse in East Peoria following a five-year battle against ovarian and uterine […]

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Where love leads to action – helping newborns in need

The Christ Child Society of Central Illinois held its annual meeting and election of officers on May 15, 2024 at the Family Resource Center in Peoria. This local volunteer organization, part of the National Christ Child Society, provides layettes – collections of clothing and supplies – for newborns in need. Each layette includes a baby […]

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Diocese of Peoria’s graduating class of 2024

Graduation ceremonies for the Diocese of Peoria’s graduating Class of 2024 are complete. Congratulations to our Catholic high school graduates. Following are brief profiles and photos of the valedictorians and salutatorians for seven of the eight Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria: Central Catholic High School, Bloomington; The High School of […]

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St. Patrick School, Washington — a winner in more ways than one

The grade seven girls track and field team from St. Patrick School, Washington, pose with their coaches and their first place trophy. From left to right: coach and co-athletic director Kathy Werstein, coach Nick Chiras, Sadie Gorsage, Kate McDougall, Ella Reed, Maya Anthony, coach Kristy Gorsage and coach Zach Gorsage.

WASHINGTON — St. Patrick Grade School, Washington is “a force to be reckoned with,” commented principal Cassi Smith, after an incredible year of sports victories and accomplishments. With an enrollment of only 187 students from Pre-K through grade eight, the school set several records during the 2023 — 2024 school year. Co-athletic director (along with […]

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