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Spalding Pastoral Center closes as virus spreads in state; staff working from home

The Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria -- home to the Chancery, The Catholic Post, and many diocesan ministries -- will be closed until further notice. With coronavirus cases spreading across the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health has recommended that residents work from home and only participate in essential activities. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria closed on Friday, Nov. 13, and diocesan staff will work from home until further notice. “With the virus spreading uncontrolled across the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommended Wednesday that residents work from home and only participate in essential activities,” wrote Patricia Gibson, chancellor, in an advisory […]

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“Freaky” (Universal)

Misha Osherovich, Melissa Collazo, Kathryn Newton and Celeste O'Connor star in a scene from the movie "Freaky." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Gruesome bloodletting squelches any potential enjoyment that might be had from this combination of horror and comedy, intended as a teen-victim slasher movie riff on the body-swapping genre typified by the various film adaptations of author Mary Rodgers’ 1972 children’s novel “Freaky Friday.” In this case, the exchange takes place between a vicious […]

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Diocese on McCarrick report release: ‘Lessons learned must shape response’

Then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington faces the press in the shadow of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 24, 2002. (CNS photo/Paolo Cocco, Reuters)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Diocese of Peoria on Nov. 10 issued the following statement after the release by the Vatican of  its “Report on the Holy See’s Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick.” A Catholic News story on the summary of that report follows the diocesan statement. Today we received the […]

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St. John’s Catholic Newman Center visit concludes Bishop Tylka’s ‘Welcome Tour’

Father Robert Lampitt, center, head chaplain at St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois, presents a gift to Bishop Tylka at the close of the Nov. 8 Mass as a "reminder of your time here and our affection for you." Holding the gift bag -- which included a Newman Hall sweatshirt, a book about the growth of the Newman Foundation on campus, and more -- is Ana Rodas, head sacristan. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

CHAMPAIGN – The three-month “Welcome Tour” for Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka officially ended with a visit to St. John’s Catholic Newman Center on the campus of the University of Illinois on Nov. 8. But that doesn’t mean his travels around the Diocese of Peoria are slowing. “The calendar just gets busier and busier,” Bishop Tylka […]

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U.S. Catholics weigh in with mixed reaction on projected Biden win

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden joins vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris onstage at a rally in Wilmington, Del., Nov. 7, 2020, after news media declared they had won the presidential election. (CNS/Jim Bourg, Reuters)

By Rhina Guidos / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The bishop of the Delaware Catholic diocese where the nation’s future 46th president has worshipped for decades offered his congratulations Nov. 8, as well as hopes that voters set aside political differences and heed the Gospel’s call for unity. “Today I congratulate President-elect (Joe) Biden. […]

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Roland Johnson Christmas Ornament sales benefit Heading Avenue Franciscans

WEST PEORIA — “Jesus Blesses the Children” is depicted on the 26th annual Rolan Johnson Christmas ornament that is being sold by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception, also known as the Heading Avenue Franciscans. Two sided and encased in a gold-plated brass frame, the ornaments come gift boxed with a numbered […]

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New president of Diocesan Council of Catholic Women looks to visit parishes

Mary Ann Hughes

WESTVILLE — After more than 30 years as president of the busy Altar and Rosary Society at St. Mary Parish here, Mary Ann Hughes knows firsthand the benefits that membership offers to Catholic women and parishes alike. As the new president of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, she’s hoping to spread the word. […]

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Thanksgiving dinner to be ‘takeout’ at Sophia’s Kitchen: how you can help

Courtney Curtis, assistant director of Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria, and Claire Crone, director, fill bags that will be given out at the food pantry, which is held on the last Friday of the month. In a few days, the tables will be filled with items that will go into the kitchen's first-ever Thanksgiving takeout dinner and then restocked for Christmas bags. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Hunger doesn’t take a holiday and neither will Sophia’s Kitchen this Thanksgiving and Christmas, despite COVID-19 restrictions. Director Claire Crone said how they provide for their clients in downtown Peoria will look different, however. Instead of inviting people into the parish hall at St. Joseph Church, 103 S. Richard Pryor Place, for a sit-down Thanksgiving […]

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