Easter 2021 resurrects hope, joy: “It’s so wonderful to see all of you here!”

Marc Prosper Awuya lights his candle from the Paschal Candle held by Father Donald Levitt, pastor, at the beginning of the Easter Vigil at Christ the King in Moline. He would make a profession of faith, be confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time at the liturgy. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — As he looked out at Christ the King Church here during last year’s Easter Vigil, Father Donald Levitt only saw the photos of parishioners that were taped to the pews. It was the beginning of the pandemic and public celebrations of the Mass were suspended. What a difference a year makes. “It is […]

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Update: Baby Fulton Joseph Hood has died in the womb; parents thank supporters

This ultrasound of Fulton Joseph Hood was published at, a site that kept prayer supporters informed of his development.

Fulton Joseph Hood has gone home to God. At a meeting with their obstetrician on March 31, Fulton’s due date, Royce and Elise Hood were told that no heartbeat could be detected for their unborn son. An ultrasound on April 1 confirmed that his heart had stopped beating. Labor was induced and Fulton was delivered […]

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Prayers for renewal of the church, priestly ministry voiced at Chrism Mass

As Deacon Ed Mallow kneels before him holding the vessel with the Oil of the Sick, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses it at the Chrism Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. It is one of three oils that were blessed March 30 and will be used in sacramental anointing at parishes around the Diocese of Peoria in the coming year. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As the Chrism Mass returned to its rightful place during Holy Week, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said it was a “special blessing” to be able to gather with the priests and representatives of the religious and laity “to pray for the renewal of the life and all the works of our local church.” He […]

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Trinity Catholic Academy student-made masks, lanyards are acts of kindness

Alyssa Savitch (left) and Gabby Bulak, seventh-graders at Trinity Catholic Academy in LaSalle, put sewing skills learned from their mothers to good use when the COVID-19 pandemic made masks necessary last yuear. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LASALLE — Wearing masks is no fun, especially if they’re uncomfortable or get lost when you remove them for lunch. Enter Gabby Bulak and Alyssa Savitch, seventh-graders at Trinity Catholic Academy. Both learned to sew from their mothers, aunts and grandparents and they decided to put those skills to good use when the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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Mendota fourth-grader’s Lenten almsgiving project helps area’s homeless

Mendota fourth-grader Cal Doyle poses with just some of the supplies he was able to buy with money donated by a local car dealership as part of the Lenten almsgiving challenge to help the homeless he proposed at Holy Cross School. (Provided photo)

MENDOTA — Cal Doyle had already said his prayers and gone to bed when he felt compelled to get up and find his mother, Laura. He was concerned about the homeless and wanted to do something. “I honestly almost broke down in tears. It melted my heart,” said Laura Doyle, a fifth grade teacher at […]

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Face shield project shows Monmouth eighth-grader is ‘the future of good’

David Simmons of Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth has designed and printed 150 3D face shields for use by doctors and dentists, health departments and hospitals, as well as schools.

MONMOUTH — As cases of COVID-19 spiked last year, so did the need for personal protective equipment, especially among medical professionals. When supply couldn’t keep up with demand, David Simmons decided to do something about it. “My community has given so much to me — I really wanted to help my community,” said Simmons, an […]

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Holy Week, Easter liturgies may look a little different, including at cathedral

This image of the Crucifixion is from St. Vincent's Cemetery on LaSalle's north side. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, March 28. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

While it was not possible to celebrate Holy Week and Easter in church last year, when COVID-19 had just been declared a worldwide pandemic, parishes around the Diocese of Peoria are preparing to come together now as Holy Week begins. At St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, some of those liturgies will look a little different. […]

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Baby Fulton Joseph a blessing surrounded by love, joy, faith, music, and many prayers

Knowing that babies in the womb can hear at around 18 weeks, Royce Hood wrote a song for his unborn son that uses the baby's heartbeat as its metronome and foundation. Here he sings "Fulton's Song" to the child and mother Elise. The YouTube video is embedded in our story below. (Provided photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: See update on this story here. Even though he hasn’t been born yet, Fulton Joseph Hood of Dunlap has showered blessings on his parents, Royce and Elise, and five older siblings. He has also made friends around the world, who have joined the Hoods in praying for a miracle for this tiny miracle […]

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Pastors’ creativity, desire to provide sacraments continue year into pandemic

Assisted by Deacon Donald Koeberlein, Father Keith Walder celebrates Mass at Calvary Cemetery just east of Philo for members of St. Thomas Parish. He has been celebrating Mass there and at St. Mary Cemetery in Pesotum since permisson for outdoor Masses as given last June. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

With towering pine trees for a steeple and bright sun providing warmth, members of St. Thomas Parish in Philo gathered in Calvary Cemetery east of town for Mass on March 7. The joy of being together was evident on the faces of those sitting in cars and lawn chairs and in their ability to receive […]

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