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Totus Tuus is rejuvenating parishes and youth across the diocese this summer

Instructed to scream if anyone tried to take the bucket of “water” Rose Kirchgessner put down on the gym floor at Blessed Sacrament in Morton, Totus Tuus participants sound the alarm as costumed Zach Williams reaches for it. As it turns out, the bucket contained the day’s blue “covenant strings” for their wrists. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MORTON — Vacation Bible School took a vacation at Blessed Sacrament Church this summer so young parishioners could try a new way of engaging their Catholic faith, and Totus Tuus proved to be just what they needed, said Msgr. Jerry Ward, pastor. “I think coming out of the pandemic — or, hopefully, getting close to […]

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Catholic Women’s League of Peoria elects officers, gives $15,500 to charities

Officers and directors serving the Catholic Women's League are (from left): Ann Gerardo, Vicki Rocke, Sandy Gasparovich, Sally Jacobsen, Patricia O'Connell, Beth Bussan, Joan Weber, and Melane Picl. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Crediting prayer and “God’s grace and guidance,” members of the Catholic Women’s League of Peoria, Illinois, celebrated July 20 as they gathered in person for the first time since COVID-19 shut everything down. The annual meeting, which included a boxed lunch, was held in the parish hall of St. Philomena Church in Peoria. “We tried […]

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Biking for Babies missionaries crossing diocese supported by a mom from Dunlap

Clare Eckard waves as Biking for Babies missionaries ride through Peoria County on their way to St. Mark Church in Peoria for Mass and a potluck. "There's a lot of people who are sore, but that's part of it. It's a joy," she said of the 600-mile ride. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Hannah Cottingham of Dunlap cries when she thinks of the lives lost because women are told they can’t achieve their dreams and be mothers at the same time. “I’m living it. I’m a teacher, which is my dream, and I’m a mother,” she said, wiping away tears. “I’m doing Biking for Babies for the moms […]

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Handwriting champion from LaSalle finds cursive ‘helps me think better’

Hanna Waszkowiak holds the journal and medal the Trinity Catholic Academy student received as a fifth grader for winning the state title in the 2021 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. (Provided photo)

LASALLE — Texting and email may rule the day in terms of communication for many people, but don’t count out handwriting just yet. Hanna Waszkowiak certainly hasn’t and it took the Trinity Catholic Academy student to a state title in the 2021 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. She was named the top fifth-grader in Illinois for […]

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Diocese issues school opening guidelines: parents to decide on masks, vaccinations

A bulletin board message is seen at Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth in this Catholic Post file photo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

With a school system that covers 17,000 square miles across 26 counties, a one-size-fits-all approach for returning to school won’t work this year, according to Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria. Rather, diocesan schools will employ a “layered prevention strategy” with local control and an emphasis on decision making […]

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Speakers named for Charismatic Renewal Conference virtual gathering July 30

These are the speakers for the 2021 Catholic Charismatic Reneweal Conference. Their presentations will be posted online July 30. This year's theme is "Bear Patiently in God's Love."

Despite ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and its variants, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference will go on — virtually. Videos will be uploaded to YouTube on July 30 for people to watch at their own pace, according to Cady Nosbisch, conference director. Look for the channel named Peoria Diocese Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The theme is “Bear […]

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Responding to concerns, bishops express hopes for ‘strong future’ of Alleman H.S.

ROCK ISLAND — In recent weeks, parents and supporters of Alleman High School have raised concerns — especially on social media — about the school’s direction and staffing. A primary concern has been whether Viatorian Father Daniel Mirabelli, the longtime driving force in development for the Rock Island school, would be staying. In a letter […]

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Pandemic didn’t stop the service or the mission of the Christ Child Society

Carol Romanowski (center), the new president of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois, is flanked by the members who were recognized for their service to the organization during the annual meeting on May 19. They include (from left) Pam Tomlianovich; Elaine Mills; Therese Peck, immediate past president; and Ingrid Ruscheinski. Not present was Pat Grove. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While the pandemic made it more difficult to meet in person, it didn’t stop the members of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois from helping families in need who chose life for their child. “Our members kept making quilts at home and sewing and knitting and crocheting, so we have lots of hats. One […]

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After 106 years of love, Rantoul bids farewell to the Springfield Dominicans

Sister Paulette Joerger, OP, embraces Sara Brown as they share memories at the reception after Mass at St. Malachy Church in Rantoul on June 27. She said she has a special place in her heart for the Springfield Dominicans because her aunt was also a member of the community, but there's another tie that binds with Sister Paulette: "She's a Cubs fan and so am I!" (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

RANTOUL — With a promise to pray for one another, Sister Paulette Joerger, OP, and the members of St. Malachy Parish said goodbye to one another during Mass last Sunday. There were tears shed on both sides since it is the first time the Rantoul parish and school will be without the Dominican Sisters of […]

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Being of service key for new Christ Child Society president Carol Romanowski

The board of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois includes (from left) Judy Weber of Pontiac, circle liaison; Becky Eberle of Peoria, new recording secretary; Judy Hayes of Gridley, corresponding secretary; Father John Verrier, spiritual adviser; Carol Romanowski of Peoria, the new president; Therese Peck of Peoria, immediate past president; and Gladys Butterfield of Peoria, second vice president and layette chair. Not pictured is Becky Fay, treasurer. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

After Carol Romanowski retired in 2011, she started looking for volunteer opportunities around Peoria. Just staying busy wasn’t good enough. “I wanted to do something I felt had a purpose,” she said. Romanowski found it when she was talking to some traveling companions on a trip to Italy who were involved in the Christ Child […]

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