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Top graduates of historic Class of 2020 share plans, pandemic separation lessons

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below are photos and brief biographies of the valedictorians and salutatorians at the seven Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria. We congratulate them and all graduates in the Class of 2020 who persevered through a senior year like no other. The top students were invited to answer two questions: […]

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“The High Note” (Focus)

Tracee Ellis Ross stars in a scene from the movie "The High Note." The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service An aspiring music producer (Dakota Johnson) finds herself caught between the demands of her day job working as a personal assistant to a famous rock star (Tracee Ellis Ross) and her desire to nurture the career of the promising singer-songwriter (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) with whom she also becomes involved romantically. Glossy […]

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Benedictine Sister Rosemary Murphy dies at 95; funeral Mass will be livestreamed

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Rosemary Murphy, OSB, will be livestreamed at 10:30 a.m. on June 1. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 1, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery here for Sister Rosemary Murphy, OSB. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. and be livestreamed by the monastery. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, also in Rock Island. Sister Rosemary died on […]

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Churches reopen for private prayer; public Masses resume on June 6, with limits

Two people take a few moments for private prayer in the chapel of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Peoria Heights on May 29. The Diocese of Peoria entered Phase IA of the plan to reopen churches, which allows for private prayer and adoration for 10 or fewer people, on Friday, and then announced that public Masses could resume on June 6. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Just as parishes were opening their doors to people for private prayer and adoration on May 29, it was announced that Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, had given permission for public Masses to resume on Saturday, June 6. The Masses that weekend celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Each church must be certified […]

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Catholic Charities receives $100,000 grant to assist area COVID-19 impacted families

Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, is director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria has received a $100,000 grant to assist families impacted economically by the COVID-19 pandemic with housing and/or utilities payments. The grant is from the third round of disbursements generated by the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF). Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is among 31 nonprofit organizations […]

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‘My flock is here’: Pastor celebrates Mass from truck bed in Granville, Hennepin

Rejoicing that "my flock is here," Father Patrick DeMeulemeester welcomes parishioners to an outdoor Mass at Sacred Heart in Granville in May 24. He celebrated Mass in the parking lot of St. Patrick in Hennepin earlier that morning. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GRANVILLE — Three days before his 25th anniversary of ordination, Father Patrick DeMeulemeester got a wonderful gift when he was able to celebrate Mass with his parishioners for the first time in two months. The liturgies took place in the parking lots of St. Patrick in Hennepin and Sacred Heart in Granville on May 24. […]

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Seminarians excited that ordination date as transitional deacons now set: June 14

Diocese of Peoria seminarians Austin Bosse, left, and Nicolas Wilson had anticipated being ordained as transitional deacons on May 17. The ordination, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will now take place June 14.

Details are still being worked out, but one thing is certain: seminarians Austin Bosse and Nic Wilson will be ordained transitional deacons for the Diocese of Peoria on Sunday, June 14. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will preside at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. There is no word yet on […]

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Bishop issues COVID-19 protocol guide for reopening churches within diocese

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

Noting that the Diocese of Peoria has already reached Phase I in the plan to reopen churches, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, issued COVID-19 Protocol Instructions on May 20. Modeled on the plan developed by the Archdiocese of Chicago, the plan for the Diocese of Peoria has been adapted to correspond to central Illinois and […]

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