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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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Susan Stolt is retiring; fiscal oversight of diocese’s Catholic schools restructuring

Dr. Susan Stolt, associate superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria, is flanked by Russ Courter, diocesan director of parish and school finance, and Lynn Hutton, who works in the diocesan Office of Finance. They will assume fiscal responsibility for Catholic schools when Stolt retires on March 12. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Dr. Susan Stolt wasn’t looking for a job as financial services coordinator for the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Peoria. She was happy as the business manager at Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg, where she served for six years. The job came to her, so to speak. Brother William Dygert, CSC, superintendent […]

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Sister Denise Vrombaut, OSB, 87, dies; funeral Mass planned for March 5

Sister Denise Vrombaut, OSB, was a member of the Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island for nearly 70 years. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND – A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, March 5, for Sister Denise Vrombaut, OSB, a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery for nearly 70 years. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the 9:30 a.m. liturgy is private, but will be livestreamed from the monastery chapel. Burial […]

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Catechumens, candidates take next step in their faith journeys at Rite of Election

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, engages in some light banter with Father Adam Cesarek, pastor of of St. Mary Parish in Pontiac, before he signs the parish's Book of the Elect at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion Feb. 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Each parish and Newman Center has taken a different path to prepare adults and children to receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist at the Easter Vigil over the last year, but all of them converged at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last weekend for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing […]

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Author Joyce Heiple hopes the memories she shares awaken others to God’s grace

GERMANTOWN HILLS — Joyce Heiple knows well enough by now that if God wants something, she’ll get the message if she’s willing to listen. That’s what she hopes her new book, “Grace Through the Seasons,” will help others do, too. She’s so attentive to God’s grace because “it’s what’s made me who I am,” she […]

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High schools discuss mission, how to integrate faith throughout the day

Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM, principal of Notre Dame High School in Peoria, welcomes those who are attending the Institute Day presented by the school and the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. The event was offered in person and virtually on Feb. 12. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Williems)

People tend to think the “Catholic” in Catholic education refers only to theology class, campus ministry, or prayer before all other classes. Educators across the Diocese of Peoria and beyond dug deeper, however, during a daylong discussion that took place virtually and in person on Feb. 12. “Science and Faith at the Crossroads: Catholic Academic […]

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‘Art of Faith’ show opens online Feb. 18; brings hope, connection despite pandemic

After much thought, Jill Rodts decided to hold the Art of Faith Sacred Art Show and Sale as a way of reminding people that God remains faithful and close during these challenging days. (Provided photo)

UPDATED ON FEB. 25 ROCK ISLAND — Art has a reach that goes well beyond what the eye can see, and that became evident as the 10th annual Art of Faith Sacred Art Show and Sale kicked off on Feb. 18. “The reality of art is that it inspires us, it lifts our minds and […]

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Pandemic safety means a new way of receiving ashes as Lent is set to begin

The distribution of ashes by sprinkling them on the head is seen during Ash Wednesday Mass at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Manila, Philippines last February. The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has issued a note on how priests can distribute ashes on Feb. 17 while taking precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19. (CNS/Reuters)

Practicing the faith during a pandemic has required equal amounts of creativity and flexibility as people continue to seek out encounters with God. That will be needed again as Catholics approach Ash Wednesday on Feb. 17 and a new way of receiving ashes. To minimize physical contact between those who are receiving ashes and those […]

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