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Consecration to Immaculate Heart of Mary unites Spanish-speaking of Peoria

Father William Miller, pastor, walks in the front of the procession from St. Joseph Church in Peoria as members of the Heart of Peoria Hispanic community travel to the Marian shrine to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Carrying the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Felipe Tepoz. Following with an offering of flowers is Teresita Moran. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It is natural to grieve when someone you love moves away, so Spanish-speaking Catholics in the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community leaned on their devotion to the Blessed Mother and her Son as they prepared to say goodbye to Father Julio Faes, parochial vicar. His new assignment would take him to Champaign on June 15, […]

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Rapids City parish’s 40 Hours of Divine Mercy expands to nine days June 21-29

Father Glenn Harris, pastor, carries the Blessed Sacrament in a eucharistic procession during a previous 40 Hours of Divine Mercy at St. John the Baptist Church in Rapids City. (Provided photo)

RAPIDS CITY — St. John the Baptist Parish will host its annual 40 Hours of Divine Mercy event beginning on Tuesday, June 21, at the parish church, 1416 3rd Ave. This year’s event has expanded to nine days and will end with “Mission of Mercy,” a parish mission featuring three talks by Father John Broussard of […]

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Bishop Tylka shares diocese’s early plans for the National Eucharistic Revival

The Eucharist rests on a paten. On June 19, the feast of Corpus Christi, archdioceses and dioceses across the U.S. will hold eucharistic processions to launch the U.S. bishops' three-year National Eucharistic Revival. (CNS/Chaz Muth)

Starting with eucharistic processions this weekend for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi, Catholics across the Diocese of Peoria and the United States are being invited to deepen their relationship with Jesus as part of the National Eucharistic Revival. The U.S. bishops approved plans for […]

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Fr. Luke Spannagel is one of 58 National Eucharistic Preachers for 3-year revival

Father Luke Spannagel elevates the Host during a recent Mass. The priest of the Diocese of Peoria is among 58 National Eucharistic Preachers commissioned "to enkindle the flame of eucharistic faith and devotion in the United States" as part of a three-year National Eucharistic Revival. (Provided photo)

Father Luke Spannagel would have been very content to remain at St. Mary and Sacred Heart parishes in Rock Island, but he got an offer he couldn’t refuse — and neither could Bishop Louis Tylka. Father Spannagel was invited to join the team of 58 National Eucharistic Preachers who have been commissioned “to enkindle the […]

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A timely observance

As we move closer to Independence Day and the celebration of our freedoms, the U.S. bishops are again asking Catholics to focus on the importance of religious freedom, both in our nation and around the world. And the June 22-29 observance of Religious Freedom Week could not be more timely. This year’s theme is “Life […]

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Conventual Franciscans bid farewell to Holy Family, Peoria, after 43-year presence

Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., gives the final blessing at a Mass of Farewell on June 12 at Holy Family Church in Peoria. The Conventual Franciscans of St. Bonaventure Province are withdrawing from the parish after 43 years of ministry. In the back row are three friars who formerly served at Holy Family --- Father Paul Schneider, OFM Conv., Father Patrick Stoffer, OFM Conv., and Father Robert Cook, OFM. Flanking Father Paul Joseph are Deacon Joseph LaHood and Deacon Bede Thigpen, OFM Conv. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Holy Family in Peoria is known as the “Parish with a Heart.” On Sunday, there were deeply heartfelt exchanges of gratitude, love and farewell as the Conventual Franciscan Friars of St. Bonaventure Province returned the pastoral administration of Holy Family to the Diocese of Peoria after 43 years of ministry. “We pray that it’s the […]

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Multipurpose gymnasium planned at Immaculate Conception, Monmouth

An architect's sketch of the new gymnasium planned for Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth that will be among the projects funded by a $3 million capital campaign announced May 1.

MONMOUTH — A new multipurpose gymnasium to serve Immaculate Conception Catholic School as well as parish families in the bi-county region is the major focus of a $3 million capital campaign announced May 1. The new gym will be named for Msgr. Thomas Mack, pastor emeritus, who guided the faith community from 1991 to 1997 […]

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St. Hyacinth, LaSalle, to repair and improve 130-year-old ‘spiritual home’

A drone-captured image of the twin 184-foot steeples of St. Hyacinth Church in LaSalle as seen on the cover of a booklet describing the $1.8 million "Towers of Faith" capital campaign launched May 14 to fund a major church renovation.

LASALLE — St. Hyacinth Parish has launched a $1.8 million capital campaign to fund a major renovation of its church. An overview of the project was given to parishioners during a program that followed a meal Saturday night at The Auditorium Ballroom. “The projects that this campaign will fund are not only very urgent and […]

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Memorial Mass planned in Rock Island June 14 for Sister Rita Cain, OSB, 89

Sister Rita M. Cain, OSB

ROCK ISLAND – Sister Rita M. Cain, OSB, who ministered as a teacher and in family therapy, died on June 2, 2022, at St. Mary Monastery. In accordance with her wishes, her body has been donated for scientific study. A Christian Wake Service, without visitation, took place on the evening of June 13. A Memorial […]

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