God invites us to his feast of love

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word / Deacon Greg Kandra Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 15 Isaiah 25:6-10a; Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6; Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20; Matthew 22:1-14 This Sunday’s scripture is not very helpful if you’re trying to stay on a diet. Again and again, we hear about extravagant dining — “rich food and choice wines” […]

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‘Absolutely gorgeous’: St. John’s Catholic Chapel at U of I is renovated, blessed

The newly renovated interior of St. John’s Catholic Chapel at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is seen from the choir loft as those who filled it for the Oct. 8 Mass of Blessing come forward for Communion. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — Calling the newly renovated St. John’s Catholic Chapel “absolutely gorgeous” and congratulating all involved in the $2.5 million project, Bishop Louis Tylka on Sunday blessed the church that since 1928 has been a place of encounter with Jesus Christ for tens of thousands in the heart of the University of […]

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Pope more urgent on climate crisis in new teaching document, ‘Laudate Deum’

Pope Francis listens during an ecumenical prayer vigil before the assembly of the Synod of Bishops in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sept. 30. (CNS/Vatican Media)

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After warning the world against ignoring the cries of the earth and the poor with his 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis intensified his critique with “Laudate Deum” (“Praise God”), warning against the selfish obsession with human power and the “irresponsible derision” […]

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‘We loved our church’: Streator faithful bid emotional goodbye to St. Stephen

The final procession -- including Msgr. Philip Halfacre, pastor, and Father Ignacio Cárdenas, parochial vicar -- leaves St. Stephen Church in Streator at the conclusion of the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Oct. 1. The church is now permanently closed for safety reasons following the discovery of a badly deteriorating foundation. All liturgical activities of St. Michael the Archangel Parish are now taking place at St. Anthony of Padua Church. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Tom Dermody STREATOR — The emotional final Mass at St. Stephen the King Church on Oct. 1 blended tears, memories, love, gratitude, and most especially, faith. “We loved our church,” said Carole Hall as she sat in a side pew reminiscing with her cousin Mary Ann Melvin long after the 10:30 a.m. Mass had […]

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23 parishes represented on PDCCW bus pilgrimage to St. Thérèse shrine Sept. 25

Participants in the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women pilgrimage to the National Shrine and Museum of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Darien begin a five-day novena to St. Thérèse, the patroness of vocations for the Diocese of Peoria. (Provided photo)

By Paul Thomas Moore The Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (PDCCW) led a pilgrimage to the National Shrine and Museum of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Darien on Sept. 25. Approximately 60 pilgrims (including several men) from 23 parishes across the diocese journeyed by bus from Peoria and Champaign. Pilgrims sought the intercession of […]

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Prayer? There’s an app for that now for every student at diocese’s high schools

Ella Griffith, a freshman at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, shows the newly installed Hallow app on her phone. Bishop Louis Tylka has provided the popular prayer app to all Catholic high school students in the diocese to help remind them to pray, teach them new ways to pray, and deepen their prayer lives. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Tom Dermody It’s no secret that high school students are connected to their phones. At Catholic high schools across the Diocese of Peoria, however, the students are now using their phones to better connect with God. “I’m someone who struggles with routines and it’s always been difficult for me to remember to pray,” said […]

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African Catholic community celebrates 20 years at Christ the King Parish, Moline

The Chorale Seraphique (“angelic choir”) led the assembly in song -- and dance -- at a Mass celebrating the 20th anniversary of the welcoming of the African Catholic community at Christ the King Parish in Moline on Sept. 24. The choir and most of the assembly wore ceremonial dress with fabric from Africa created especially for the occasion. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore MOLINE — Every Mass is a celebration, but two Diocese of Peoria parishes hit some high notes — in more ways than one — on Sunday, Sept. 24. At Christ the King Parish in Moline, the African Catholic community celebrated the 20th anniversary of its establishment in the parish. Bishop Louis […]

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Macomb family an example of how end of scholarship program would ‘devastate’

Members of the Nelson family of Macomb are shown at St. Paul School during an assembly in their honor on Sept. 11. On Sept. 8, after three years as foster siblings, David, Victoria, Mylee, Anthony, and Mystori officially joined Zachary and Elizabeth as children of Brandon and Kelly. The Nelsons are praying the Illinois Invest in Kids Act Tax Scholarship Program will be extended so the six younger children can continue to attend St. Paul School together. From left are Laura Cody, principal of St. Paul School, and Nelson family members Anthony, 10, father Brandon, David, 5, Elizabeth, 9, Mylee, 9, Victoria, 6, Zachary, 11, and mother Kelly. Mystori, 12, not pictured, is in junior high. (Provided photo)

By Paul Thomas Moore MACOMB — A Macomb family has become the “face” of the Illinois Invest in Kids scholarship program, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Kelly and Brandon Nelson have two biological children, Zachary, 11, and Elizabeth, 9, who attend St. Paul School in Macomb through the program, […]

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