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Kickapoo carnival brings saints to life for confirmation students, their guests

Ben Heinz makes friends with a kitten held by Anya Long of SAMS (Stray Animals Midway Shelter) in Hanna City as part of the Saints Carnival at St. Mary in Kickapoo on Oct. 30. Looking on Kerry Heinz, his mother, and Sam Hershman, who were also visiting a booth devoted to St. Francis of Assisi. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Wiillems)

KICKAPOO — Saints came calling on the religious education students from St. Mary Church in Kickapoo last Sunday, but they did it in a different way this year. Instead of the children dressing up as saints, they learned about these holy men and women at a carnival that focused on what each was known for. […]

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It’s not too late to give gifts, bring smiles to children’s faces with Box of Joy

The pandemic was tough for the Box of Joy campaign, with 61,422 boxes received by Cross Catholic Outreach in 2020. Donations bounced back in 2021 when 106,276 boxes filled with small toys were received.

While Christmas brings to mind mornings filled with wonder and excitement as children open their gifts, that isn’t the case for many children around the world. Cross Catholic Outreach is working to change that and now is the time to take action with Box of Joy. Those who participate in the program — now in […]

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Despite the reality of death, we share in the endurance of Christ

Shawn Reeves

Living the World l Shawn Reeves Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time l Nov. 6 2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14; Psalm 17:1,5-6,8,15; 2 Thessalonians 2:16 — 3:5; Luke 20:27-38 Few things force us to face our mortality more than illness. Suddenly, we lose something of ourselves. Our bodies do not live and breathe as they did before. Our concentration […]

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At All Souls Day Mass, mausoleum chapel is named for St. Joseph of Arimathea

Bishop Louis Tylka blesses the newly renovated chapel at Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria at the start of a noon Mass on All Souls Day, Nov. 2. The bishop announced the chapel will now be named the Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

All Souls Day is not a sad day, said Bishop Louis Tylka, because “death is not the end” and “we are a people of hope waiting for that day when we will all be united in God’s eternal kingdom.” Bishop Tylka was the principal celebrant of a Mass on Nov. 2 — the Commemoration of […]

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Diocesan plans for eucharistic revival foster unity, encounters with Christ

Bishop Louis Tylka elevates the Blessed Sacrament and the chalice he bought during a recent trip to Rome at a Mass with the priests of the Diocese of Peoria at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Oct. 19. The chalice, along with a paten and ciborium, will be used by all the priests over the next two years as part of the diocesan observance of the National Eucharistic Revival. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The National Eucharistic Revival will occupy the hearts and minds of Catholics around the United States for the next three years, but leaders in the Diocese of Peoria hope that what is beginning will continue for years to come, according to Phillip Lee, director of the diocesan Office of Divine Worship. Activities in support of […]

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Abide in Me high school youth retreat puts focus on the Eucharist Nov. 5-6

Registration for the fifth Abide in Me Youth Retreat is available online and due this Tuesday, Oct. 25.

GERMANTOWN HILLS — High school students are invited to spend 26 hours with Jesus as part of the Abide in Me eucharistic retreat planned for Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6. It will be hosted by St. Mary of Lourdes Church, 424 Lourdes Church Road, where Father Eric Bolek, organizer, is the administrator. Mass, […]

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OSF Heart of Mary celebrates 100 years of Catholic health care in Urbana area

Bishop Louis Tylka smiles as Marion Anderson encourages him to give a good blessing to her friend, Nichole Miller, at the rededication of OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center on Oct. 6. To their left are Sharon Ingram and Colleen Thomas. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

URBANA — With prayer, blessings and gratitude, OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center staff, friends and benefactors celebrated 100 years of Catholic health care in the Urbana-Champaign community. While the Sisters of Mercy, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary and The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis were all praised […]

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When we pray, do we praise God or self?

Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB

Living the Word l Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 23 Sirach 35:12-14,16-18; Psalm 34:2-3,17-18,19,23; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14 This Sunday’s Gospel presents a vivid portrait of two people at prayer. Jesus tells the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. In it we see two people praying in vastly different […]

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Hancock County Catholic parishes plan eucharistic mission with Fr. Spannagel

Father Luke Spannagel

The Catholic parishes of Hancock County are focusing on the Eucharist in the coming days with the help of Father Luke Spannagel, one of 58 priests chosen as preachers for the National Eucharistic Revival. The dates, topics and locations for the eucharistic mission are: Sunday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 125 […]

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