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Indian Catholics in Bloomington host Our Lady of Good Health celebration

The statue of Our Lady of Good Health is carried through St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington by (clockwise from left) Rex Allwyn, Joe Anantham, Maria Jin Lazer and Jerald Andrews (partially obstructed). (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — In many ways, people who are sick have no more control over their illness than St. Patrick Church of Merna had over the rain that caused the cancellation of an outdoor eucharistic procession planned for the Feast of Our Lady of Good Health. “I think the peace comes in recognizing, even in looking […]

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Salesian postulant Pamela Suresca is grateful for #projectmiracle support

Pamela Suresca is the former director of mission formation for weDignify, a pro-life organization based at St. John's Catholic Newman Center in Champaign. She is now a postulant with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco.

Pamela Rose Suresca has nothing but gratitude for the priests, religious and laity of the Diocese of Peoria. Not only did they foster her call to life as a member of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, but they helped her pay down her student debt so she could pursue that “miracle.” She was […]

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Brimfield, Williamsfield churches will again serve as Box of Joy drop-off sites

Last year, Cross Catholic Outreach was able to send 75,797 boxes filled with small toys, books, toothbrushes, crayons and rosaries, among other things, to children in need in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Grenada, Bahamas, and El Salvador.

BRIMFIELD — Charity knows no season and that’s why St. Joseph in Brimfield and St. James in Williamsfield are going ahead with plans to serve as a drop-off site for Box of Joy again this year. “In and out of season, virus or no virus, children still need to experience the love of Jesus,” Father […]

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Members of Permanent Deacon Class XI installed as lectors at cathedral Mass

Deacon candidate Dan Fandel of St. Mary of Lourdes in Germantown Hills places his hands on the Bible as Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, installs him as a lector. The ritual took place during a Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 19. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Members of Permanent Deacon Class XI took another step in their formation on Sept. 19 when they were installed as lectors by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. He called it a “moment of renewal” for the Diocese of Peoria. “Let us pray together that the word of God will continue to change our lives,” he […]

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Grand Ridge woman adds state leadership post to her long list of service to church

One of Nympha White's favorite projects has been Box of Joy, a mnistry of Cross Catholic Outreach. This photo was taken as she was packing boxes with items donated for children in need last fall with the help of Laurel Stein of St. Mark Parish in Peoria and her daughters (from left) Anna, Clare, Elizabeth and Maggie. White is the new director of the Chicago Province of the National Council of Catholic Women. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GRAND RIDGE — For the next two years, the Chicago Province of the National Council of Catholic Women will be in the hands of a woman who is brimming with energy and doesn’t like to waste time. “Even when I’m watching TV, my hands are busy,” said Nympha White of Grand Ridge, who was installed […]

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Four new principals begin roles at Catholic schools in challenging year

Four Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria welcomed new principals over the summer who bring with them many years of experience, a willingness to change course and adapt quickly as COVID-19 conditions have changed, and a dedication to Catholic education. They are Jim Caparula at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in East Moline, […]

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Peru pastor Msgr. Richard Soseman offers radio listeners a weekly ‘JMJ Moment’

Msgr. Richard Soseman is pictured in the studios of WLPO 103.9 FM, where he records "JMJ Moment." (Provided photo)

PERU — Msgr. Richard Soseman has never been afraid to use the media of the day to reach out to people with messages of faith. That has included everything from texts and instant messaging to Facebook and the printed word. Now he’s adding radio to the list, and he’s doing it with help from Venerable […]

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Positive COVID-19 cases at schools not surprising; plans continuously updated

School Masses are celebrated on Fridays at St. Patrick in Washington. To keep the appropriate social distancing, only three classes can be in the church at a time. The liturgy is livestreamed to the rest of the students in their classrooms through Google Meet. (Provided photo)

Students and teachers aren’t the only things that can be found in Catholic schools this year. As with their public school counterparts, Catholic elementary schools and secondary schools in central Illinois have seen COVID-19 tag along. While this can be disconcerting it wasn’t unexpected, according to school officials. “We’re very aware of the fact that […]

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Bishop Tylka urges reliance on Holy Spirit during Mass at Peoria Notre Dame

In his homily at Peoria Notre Dame High School, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka told the students that to live a life in the Holy Spirit means "to live a life that is not just about me, not just for ourselves, but to live a life for the Lord, for the Gospel, for the kingdom of heaven." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Many firsts accompany the beginning of a new academic year and at Peoria Notre Dame High School that included a visit from Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka on Sept. 1. Not only was it his first official visit to a Catholic school in Diocese of Peoria, but it was the first school Mass there since the […]

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Fr. Otto’s ‘Two Minutes About’ videos are joyfully connecting life, faith for many

"Two Minutes About" with Father Tom Otto, parochial vicar for the LaSalle Catholic Community, reached 100 episodes on Aug. 16.

LASALLE — Two minutes doesn’t seem like enough time to accomplish much of anything. For Father Tom Otto, however, it’s more than enough time to make a connection with God and faith and have fun doing it. Those insights are part of a series on Facebook called “Two Minutes About.” Father Otto, parochial vicar for […]

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