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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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Schools office recognizes outstanding pastor, principal, and teacher for 2020-21

The honorees will be recognized at a Mass and luncheon on May 5, 2021.

During a school year that has required extraordinary amounts of patience, adaptability and faith, the Office of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Peoria offered three reasons to celebrate by recognizing its outstanding pastor, principal and teacher. They are Father Johndamaseni Zilimu, pastor of Saint John Paul II Parish and Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee, […]

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First-ever Harvest Mass for Bishop Tylka unites grateful Raritan-area farmers

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka started his visit to St. Patrick Church in Raritan by climbing up into the cab of a combine owned by the Brokaw family. Richard Brokaw said he answered as many questions as he could before they had to move on. The church and cemetery can be seen on the left. (The Catholic Post/Richard Brokaw)

RARITAN — After a challenging growing season, farmers in this Henderson County community gave thanks for yields of corn and soybeans that were better than expected at a Harvest Mass on Oct. 24. Joining them for the liturgy at St. Patrick Church was Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka. “This is my first-ever Harvest Mass, but not […]

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Moline parishioners’ rosary group on Facebook Live draws hundreds to prayer

The rosary is live at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at "CTK Rosary Group" on Facebook and is recorded so people can view it later, if they wish. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

MOLINE — Deb Erickson would prefer that her name not be used in this story. “Give God the glory,” she said. But God has been active in her life. So perhaps he’ll understand if her name is used a few times to tell how she became a founding member of the CTK Rosary Group on […]

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Diocesan Council of Catholic Women convenes via Zoom, installs officers

In this screenshot from the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women's virtual convention on Oct. 10, keynote speaker Judy Hehr talks about the paradox of the cross and says that when we forget that we are called to be Christ and see Christ in one another, what we do is in vain.

As COVID-19 has continued to linger as a health concern, many organizations wondered what to do about annual events. Some, like the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, lost their venue when parishes had to limit gatherings due to safety precautions. That didn’t stop the PDCCW, however. The board decided to switch to a virtual […]

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