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Parishes across the diocese prepare to celebrate Christmas in pandemic year

Father Andru O’Brien, parochial vicar for St. Jude Parish in Peoria, celebrates an evening Mass in the church parking lot last month. St. Jude is among the parishes in the Diocese of Peoria planning parking lot Masses or Communion services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as one option to celebrate Jesus’ birth as a parish community while also keeping people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy photo/Daryl Wilson)

Christmas has always been a time of joy and reverence as we welcome the Christ Child into our lives again. If parishes around the Diocese of Peoria have their way, that will continue to be the case — with more than a little creativity thrown in for good measure. “Even though there’s craziness going on […]

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While teaching, Sr. Stefanie keeps a safe distance from Benedictine community

Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — As a preschool teacher at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in East Moline, Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB, knows that creativity is the name of the game, especially when it comes to remote learning due to the pandemic. It also comes in handy as she tries to remain connected to her Benedictine […]

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Respect Life director Cecilia Soñé shares her mid-summer struggle with COVID-19

Cecilia Soñé, director of Respect Life Ministry for the Diocese of Peoria and a family nurse practitioner, speaks during the 2019 Respect Life Conference in Peoria. She told The Catholic Post that her experience of being hospitalized with COVID-19 in July helped her to grow spiritually because “you realize you have to let go and let God because you don’t know if you’re going to get out of there or not.” (Courtesy photo/Daniel Soñé Photography)

EDITOR’S NOTE: There are hundreds of persons in the Diocese of Peoria who have battled COVID-19 in 2020, or are struggling with it now. All have their own experiences to share. Following is just one story of faith. COVID-19 did its best to take down Cecilia Soñé and it came close. What the coronavirus didn’t […]

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Teachers sub for volunteer cooks, save pie fundraiser at St. Mary, Metamora

Rather than let go of the Thanksgiving pie fundraiser at St. Mary School in Metamora when pandemic restrictions meant volunteers were not allowed into the building, the faculty and staff pitched in to fill the 166 orders themselves on Nov. 24. (Provided photo)

METAMORA — When Catholic schools across the Diocese of Peoria closed to in-person instruction in November and switched to remote learning, it looked like the popular pie fundraiser for St. Mary School here would shut down, too. The only people allowed in the school building were teachers and staff and that meant the volunteers lined […]

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Newly renovated sanctuary is blessed at St. Thomas the Apostle, Peoria Heights

In this screenshot from the YouTube video broadcast of the dedication Mass on Nov. 22, Msgr. Jason Gray prepares to bless elements of the renovated sanctuary at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Peoria Heights.

PEORIA HEIGHTS — With an eye toward incorporating elements found in the original church built in 1940 into the church that was built onto it in 2002, the sanctuary of St. Thomas the Apostle Church has been renovated in a way that invites people to raise their hearts and minds to God. Msgr. Jason Gray, […]

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‘Pray hard, play hard’: Visits help seminarians, Bishop Tylka get acquainted

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka blesses the seminarians from the Diocese of Peoria and Fort Wayne-South Bend at the First Annual Bishop Jenky Classic baseball game during a recent visit to Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. (Provided photo)

Father Patrick Henehan, vocation director of formation for the Diocese of Peoria, had company when he made his fall visits to seminarians at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Minnesota and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Maryland. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka took the opportunity to go along and learn more about the seminaries and his […]

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Catholic schools of diocese switching to remote learning only for next 2 months

Students carry crates of books and supplies as they leave Trinity Catholic Academy in LaSalle at the end of the school day on Nov. 13. Schools of the diocese are switching to remote only learning for the next two months as COVID-19 cases continue to escalate across the state. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

(UPDATED NOV. 17) With confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the rise throughout Illinois, the 42 elementary and secondary schools of the Diocese of Peoria returned to remote learning on Nov. 16. In-person instruction is expected to resume on Jan. 19, 2021, according to a letter sent by email on Nov. 13 to school pastors, chaplains […]

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New president of Diocesan Council of Catholic Women looks to visit parishes

Mary Ann Hughes

WESTVILLE — After more than 30 years as president of the busy Altar and Rosary Society at St. Mary Parish here, Mary Ann Hughes knows firsthand the benefits that membership offers to Catholic women and parishes alike. As the new president of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, she’s hoping to spread the word. […]

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Thanksgiving dinner to be ‘takeout’ at Sophia’s Kitchen: how you can help

Courtney Curtis, assistant director of Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria, and Claire Crone, director, fill bags that will be given out at the food pantry, which is held on the last Friday of the month. In a few days, the tables will be filled with items that will go into the kitchen's first-ever Thanksgiving takeout dinner and then restocked for Christmas bags. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Hunger doesn’t take a holiday and neither will Sophia’s Kitchen this Thanksgiving and Christmas, despite COVID-19 restrictions. Director Claire Crone said how they provide for their clients in downtown Peoria will look different, however. Instead of inviting people into the parish hall at St. Joseph Church, 103 S. Richard Pryor Place, for a sit-down Thanksgiving […]

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