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‘Listening to the Faithful’ — Bishop Tylka hears hopes, struggles on Welcome Tour 2

At the end of the listening session for the LaSalle Vicariate, Bishop Louis Tylka offers a response to what he had heard that evening and thanked parishioners for being engaged in the process. The Sept. 21 gathering was held in the Holy Family School Gym in Oglesby. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In what he hopes will be a hallmark of his time in the Diocese of Peoria, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been listening to parishioners in each of the 12 vicariates as they shared their lived experience of the faith and their hopes and dreams, as well as their struggles. As “Welcome Tour Part 2 […]

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‘On the Way of Fulton Sheen’ — Pilgrims walk on Rock Island Trail to his tomb

Taking the lead on Sept. 25 is Blake Brooks, one of the organizers of "On the Way with Fulton Sheen," which took pilgrims from Princeville to the tomb of Fulton Sheen at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. He said the goal was to help people grow in their devotion of Sheen and renew their own spiritual lives. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

To anybody walking or biking along the Rock Island Trail in Peoria on a recent weekend, it might not seem all that extraordinary for a group of about 25 people to be making the journey together. It’s what they couldn’t see that was important. “The way is simple — it’s just a lot of walking. […]

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Bishop Tylka gets personal in homily at ‘Spirit of Hope’ Mass for cancer victims

The Spirit of Hope Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Oct. 2 was celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka (center). Helping to coordinate the liturgy was OSF HealthCare, represented by members of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, (from left) Sister M. Faustina Chesnut, Sister Judith Ann Duvall, major superior, Sister M. Angelita Van Hoey, and Sister Teresa Paul Selamat. To Bishop Tylka's left are tenor John McDermott and Dr. James McGee, radiation oncologist at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

To hope in Jesus is to hope in God’s plan of love for each and every one of us, and that hope does not disappoint, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka said during the Spirit of Hope Mass for the Relief from the Suffering of Cancer on Oct. 2. “We hope for the miracle that will continue […]

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Faith and farming: Fr. Lee Brokaw offers blessings and prayers at harvest time

While the goal is to keep the combine moving during harvest, brothers Tim and Todd Main of Altona made an exception so Father Lee Brokaw could bless their equipment Sept. 24. Perhaps more important than blessing the machinery is the prayer he offers for the farmers, that they might remain close to God. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ALTONA — Dwarfed by a combine that could harvest 12 rows of corn at a time, Father Lee Brokaw raised his arms and blessed the machine as he had five others at the request of his parishioners in Galesburg and Abingdon. The blessings extend far beyond the farm equipment, however. “I pray that farmers are […]

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Urbana parish ‘reignites’ and keeps the fire burning after paying off debt

Father Joel Phelps, former parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish in Urbana, stands by with another lighter as the certificates symbolizing the loan from the Diocese of Peoria are burned by (from left) Father Anthony Co, Father George Remm and Father Joseph Hogan on Sept. 26. The debt was paid down more than a year ahead of schedule. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

URBANA — When parishioners started raising funds to expand and renovate St. Patrick Church here, parish leaders said there should be a party with dancing in the streets when the debt was finally paid off. That’s exactly what happened last Sunday, as Father Anthony Co, pastor; Father George Remm, pastor emeritus; and Father Joseph Hogan […]

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Diocese’s catechists have creatively taught God’s love during pandemic

With catechists and members of the RCIA team standing behind him, Father Donald Levitt, pastor at Christ the King Church in Moline, extends his hand in blessing to include parents and grandparents as witnesses to the Catholic faith in their families on Catechetical Sunday, Sept. 19. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

COVID-19 made it difficult, but catechists around the Diocese of Peoria found new and creative ways to teach young people about God’s love, the friendship of Jesus, and why it’s important to live their faith all day, every day. Last Sunday they were praised for their ongoing efforts as parishes celebrated Catechetical Sunday. This year’s […]

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Sale of hand-painted bowls, homemade soups will benefit Sophia’s Kitchen

Claire Crone (center), director of Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria, looks in on Sadie Pierce, Jane Seiler and Marlee Curtis who are putting their artistic skills to work as part of the Spoonful benefit for Sophia's Kitchen. In all, 200 bowls were painted Sept. 13-14. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PEORIA HEIGHTS — Who says you can’t help people and have fun at the same time? Budding Picassos, Van Goghs and Rembrandts gathered at Fired Up Pottery here on Sept. 13-14 to paint bowls that will be sold to benefit Sophia’s Kitchen, the sandwich program located at St. Joseph Church in downtown Peoria. Among those […]

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‘Fulton Sheen and the Very Bad Week’ debuts 11 years after a very good miracle

Mariam Khoury Briggs, illustrator, and Bonnie Engstrom, author, of “Fulton Sheen and the Very Bad Week” hold a copy of their new book, which was launched Sept. 16. (Provided photo)

WASHINGTON — Each year as Bonnie and Travis Engstrom celebrate the birthday of their son, James Fulton, on Sept. 16, they also give thanks for the miracle that makes those birthdays possible through the intercession of Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. They believe, and the Catholic Church has decreed, that Jesus healed […]

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Peoria Heights school keeps memory of Chip Chan — alum, 9/11 victim — alive

In memory of Charles "Chip" Chan, a graduate of St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, teacher Donna Palkovic designed a spiritual bouquet for the students to sign. Adding their signatures and prayers here are fifth-graders Matthew Teran (left) and Chase Ulrich. (Provided photo)

PEORIA HEIGHTS — Twenty years ago on Sept. 11, John and Julie Chan of Peoria lost their son, Charles “Chip” Lawrence Chan, in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and School here lost a brother in faith. On Sept. 12, he was remembered […]

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Diocese of Peoria’s schools comply with state’s mask and vaccination mandates

A masked and well-distanced choir provided music for the Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign on Aug. 31. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Wiillems)

Administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers in the 42 Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria have been asked to comply with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive order about masking in indoor public places and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of diocesan schools, said she has been directed by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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