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Archbishop Sheen’s 1952 Emmy Award gifted following birthday Mass at tomb

Joan Sheen Cunningham presents the Emmy Award won by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in 1952 to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, left, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, who presided at a Mass in front of Sheen's tomb on his birthday, May 8. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It is customary to give gifts to those celebrating birthdays, but in honor of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s 126th birthday on May 8, his family presented a gift to the Sheen Foundation. It was the Emmy Award for “Most Outstanding Personality” that was presented to the media pioneer and host of “Life is Worth […]

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Sister Cor Marie, SSND, has lived up to her name for 70 years of religious life

Father Chales Klamut presents a flower arrangement to Sister Cor Marie Cielocha, SSND, who renewed her vows and received a blessing from him at Mass on April 25 at St. Anthony Church in Bartonville. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BARTONVILLE — Sister Cor Marie Cielocha would have been satisfied to teach as a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 25 or even 40 years. Instead the Lord gave her 70 years and she couldn’t be happier. “I’m grateful — grateful to God that he let me teach the little children,” she […]

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After a year apart, PDCCW gathers volunteers for Mass, awards for service

Seventeen of the 25 women recognized with certificates of appreciation at the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Volunteer Appreciation Mass celebrate by having their photo taken with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, who presided at the April 29 liturgy at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women was forced to cancel last year’s Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Luncheon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the good work done by women around the Diocese of Peoria continued. That service was recognized at a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on April 29. Certain aspects of […]

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Second-graders at Trinity Catholic Academy, LaSalle hear from Pope Francis

Students in Barb Crew's second grade class at Trinity Catholic Academy in LaSalle wrote letters to Pope Francis and received a reply on April 19 (being held by William Orteza). It came at a good time, since they were preparing to make their First Reconciliation that evening and had asked for the Holy Father's prayers. (Provided photo)

LASALLE — Second-graders at Trinity Catholic Academy had a little extra prayer support as they received the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time on April 19. It came in the form of a letter from Pope Francis himself. Accompanying the letter, sent by Msgr. L. Roberto Cona of the Vatican Secretariat of State, was […]

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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 fultonjoseph.com, 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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