Bishops offer gratitude as schools operate in ‘demanding circumstances’

Vanessa Fite calls the objects her kindergartners are looking for during a game of bingo at Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee. In a letter to principals, faculty and staff dated Jan. 10, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said he and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka appreciate everything they are doing “in very complicated and demanding circumstances” as COVID-19 continues to surge. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As principals, faculty and staff at Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria returned to the classroom after Christmas break, they received words of encouragement from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who said he and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka “deeply appreciate all that you are doing today in very complicated and demanding circumstances.” “We know […]

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Morton school adds tool to purify air, fight COVID, seasonal flu and colds

This is an inside look at how the ultraviolet lights are working on the gym ventilation system at Blessed Sacrament School in Morton. “Note the coil is clean, no build-up of biofilm,” said John Huser, buildings and maintenance supervisor. “The only build-up of biofilm is on the bottom and that is slowly being killed.” (Provided photo)

MORTON — Like every other Catholic school in the Diocese of Peoria, Blessed Sacrament School has made it a priority for its 217 students to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer often, and wear masks in order to keep COVID-19 at bay. Last November, they added one more safety measure that sets them apart, however. […]

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Date of Mass for the Unborn changed to Jan. 21; high school pilgrims now invited

Father William Miller offers the homily at last year's Mass for the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children at St. Mary's Cathedral. High school students unable to attend the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., because of COVID concerns are invited to this year's Mass, which will be celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Jan. 21. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Diocesan high schools may not be traveling to Washington, D.C., for the National March for Life, but that doesn’t mean they won’t participate. The trip will just be a little shorter. Students, chaplains and chaperones from Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, Schlarman Academy in Danville, […]

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‘God holds you that way’ — Baby plays role in St. Bede Academy chaplain’s homily

Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, chaplain at St. Bede Academy in Peru, holds Londyn Irene McClain, who is helping him with a homily at the school's Epiphany Mass on Jan. 6. "Did you ever think that God holds you that way," he asked the students. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — Londyn Irene McClain wasn’t quite sure what to make of Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, who held her in his arms while he gave his homily during an Epiphany Mass at St. Bede Academy, but she didn’t interrupt him. Just 8 months old, she played her part well as he talked about God’s love […]

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Calendar helps give diocese’s seminarians the gift of our prayers throughout 2022

The Office of Priestly Vocations has developed a monthly prayer calendar that includes the 21 seminarians, their families, our bishops, vocations leaders, and others.

Seminarians who returned to the Diocese of Peoria for Christmas consider these visits “grace-filled times,” not just because they get to see their families and friends, but because they have encounters with the people they will serve someday. “It can be easy to lose sight of our purpose while we are occupied with the busy […]

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Most Catholic schools welcome students back, emphasize safety as COVID-19 surges

Dori Laidler, a kindergarten student at St. Philomena School in Peoria, dons a Spiderman mask as she prays during a eucharistic procession on the school grounds in October. Safety measures remain in place at Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria as COVID-19, including the omicron variant, continued to surge at the beginning of 2022.(The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Christmas break ended Jan. 3 for Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria, with almost all of them planning to welcome students at some point during the week. Safety measures were still very much in place as COVID-19 continued to surge in some areas. One exception was Holy Family School in Peoria, which posted a […]

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Bishop Tylka emphasizes evangelization in meeting with women’s council leaders

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka met with members of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women for the first time in December and they covered a wide range of issues as they got to know one another. They are (from left) Barbara Harzman of Macomb; Mary Anna Meyer, Peoria; Carolyn Cauwels, Cambridge; Nympha White, Grand Ridge; Agnes Christman, Danville; Msgr. Dale Wellman, Port Byron; Mary Ann Hughes, Westville; April Adams, Metamora; Jane Harris, Peoria; Kim Padan, Danville; and Melissa Appel, Dunlap. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Evangelization, support for priests, and eucharistic revival were among the topics discussed by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka and the board members of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women during their first meeting in December. He also thanked them for their work and offered his blessing. The PDCCW board and their longtime spiritual adviser, Msgr. […]

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Women ‘connect’ at Christmas cookie decorating workshop at Metamora parish

Heather Ladwig decorates a sugar cookie during a workshop hosted by Women Connect, a ministry of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Mary Parish, Metamora. She came with her mother and grandmother as a way for the three of them to do something together. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

METAMORA — Who doesn’t like to make and eat Christmas cookies? Exactly. That’s what made for a winning event hosted by Women Connect, a ministry of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Mary Church here. Held over two nights just before Thanksgiving, the holiday sugar cookie decorating workshop drew about 50 women, which exceeded […]

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Service learning helps Catholic schools be year-round gifts to their communities

Students and faculty at St. Malachy School in Geneseo celebrated Thanksgiving by collecting food items for the Geneseo/Atkinson Food Pantry and offering them during a school Mass. Principal Tim Smith said it was obvious one third-grader had something on her mind, however. “She turned around to me and said, ‘Mr. Smith, I need to go […]

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Renovation is blessed during open house at St. Matthew School in Champaign

After offering a prayer of blessing for the renovated St. Matthew School in Champaign, Msgr. Stanley Deptula, pastor, sprinkles holy water on Michelle Biggs, principal, and her new office space. The renovations were made possible by the Vision Capital Campaign, which raised more than $4 million. (The Catholic Post)

CHAMPAIGN — With a vision, anything is possible. Just ask the members of St. Matthew Parish and School. Despite the pandemic, they were able to raise $4.4 million to renovate the 60-year-old school — from the studs out — and create a new learning environment for the 398 students there. They got to see what […]

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