Regulations for Lent and the Easter Triduum

1. Lent is the principal season of penance in the Christian year. Priests, religious and laity are strongly urged to develop and follow a program of voluntary self-denial, attentiveness to prayer, and especially to works of charity and mercy. 2. Everyone of 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on […]

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Offer master classes in Gregorian chant

Master classes for those interested in singing and directing Gregorian chant will be offered in central Illinois on March 2, 3 and 4. Sponsored by the diocesan Office of Divine Worship, the workshops will be given by Dr. Jennifer Donelson. Assistant professor of music at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dr. Donelson also […]

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Rite of Election ceremonies set at cathedral March 1

At Easter, the family of God in central Illinois will grow by 366 and the final preparations for receiving these men, women and children into the church begins next Sunday, March 1, at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. The ceremonies, which take place in the context of prayer services, will be […]

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White Mass: Healing our wounded world

In the presence of a community that has become known for its compassionate care for the lepers and the desperately poor people of Calcutta, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, preached about a leper who had enough faith to kneel at Jesus’ feet and seek the healing and hope he needed. “Let us consciously, at this […]

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Diocesan events celebrate marriage on Valentine’s Day

On the evening of Valentine’s Day, Tim Roder had a question for the more than 100 married couples enjoying a candlelight dinner on a “date night” sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria: “What have you done for your marriage today?” There was one catch. Roder told the couples they couldn’t say the best thing many […]

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Awards bestowed at Diocesan Scout Mass (with slideshow)

Photo Caption: Girl Scouts join in prayer at the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 15. By: By Jared Olar The annual Diocesan Scout Mass is always a special time for the Scouts and Scout leaders who receive badges and medals, but two surprise awards made this year’s Mass even more memorable. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, […]

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God’s gift of forgiveness

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 22 Isaiah 43:18-19,21-22,24b-25; Psalm 41:2-3,4-5,13-14; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22; Mark 2:1-12 The story recounted in this Sunday’s Gospel is one of the most unusual scenes in the New Testament. A paralytic in need of healing, prevented from seeing Jesus by the huge crowd, is […]

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Send yourself to Springfield

OK, it’s taking place on a Wednesday — not the easiest day to free ourselves from work responsibilities to head out of town. But we join the Catholic Conference of Illinois in hoping that representatives from many, many parishes in the Diocese of Peoria will be in Springfield on March 4 for the first-ever “Catholics […]

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Poverty Forum offers new solutions to aid marginalized people

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Eighteen individuals with expertise in anti-poverty initiatives and poverty reform efforts have put forth a multitiered proposal that they say can help reduce poverty for Americans living on the margins. Under the title the Poverty Forum, the individuals Feb. 17 called upon the administration of President Barack Obama and the Congress to […]

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