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The wait is over: Bishop allows parishes to offer Communion outside churches

Father Jeffrey Stirniman, pastor, places the Blessed Sacrament in the hands of Connie Ley outside Historic St. Patrick Church in Bloomington on May 13. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is permitting parishes to make Communion available to the faithful until Masses are able to resume. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — When Feli Sebastian heard that Communion would be distributed at Historic St. Patrick Church for the first time since March 14, she put on her coat and got in the car. “Two months I’ve waited. There’s no delay,” she told The Catholic Post after receiving the Eucharist and spending a long time in […]

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Multi-phase plan for reopening churches announced by bishops of Illinois

Signs such as this one at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria have been posted on church doors across the Diocese of Peoria for two months because of coronavirus pandemic restrictions. On May 13, the bishops of Illinois released a multi-phased plan for reopening churches. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

UPDATED May 20 Consulting with state and local public health officials and civil authorities, including the Office of the Governor, the Catholic bishops of Illinois have developed a plan for reopening churches and resuming public worship. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, released an executive summary of the multi-phase plan on May 13. Phase I allows […]

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Livestreaming Mass one way to get to know new coadjutor bishop-elect

As public celebrations of the Mass continue to be suspended, many people are finding spiritual comfort and consolation in the Masses that are being livestreamed by parishes around the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka is among the pastors who have been livestreaming Masses during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are broadcast from his parish church, St. Julie Billiart in Tinley Park. To find them, visit St. Julie Billiart Parish on Facebook or the parish’s website, stjulie.org. There is also a link there to his “Midweek Moment.” […]

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Livestreaming continues for Masses, May Crownings, rosaries around the diocese

As public celebrations of the Mass continue to be suspended, many people are finding spiritual comfort and consolation in the Masses that are being livestreamed by parishes around the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

A growing number of parishes around the Diocese of Peoria are livestreaming Masses on Facebook, YouTube and Zoom. The following list includes information made known to The Catholic Post or found by visiting the parishes on social media. This list will be updated weekly until public Masses can be celebrated again. If your parish is […]

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Virtual tours, online registration among welcoming options at Catholic schools

Sharon Bowker, one of the kindergarten teachers at Seton Catholic School in Moline, welcomes viewers to her classroom during a "virtual kindergarten roundup." Virtual tours and online registration are ways that families who want to explore Catholic education can do so during coronavirus restrictions. (Screenshot from setonschool.com)

Families who want to explore Catholic education for their children have some new options this spring as schools around the Diocese of Peoria offer virtual tours and online registration in an effort to welcome everyone and still keep them safe. “Once we realized we were in this remote learning and weren’t going to return to […]

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After 44-year vocation teaching religion, Schlarman’s Pat Prall preparing to retire

Pat Prall lis retiring after 46 years in education -- 25 of them at Schlarman Academy in Danville, her alma mater.This photo, which she submitted to the school for a video message to the students, lets them know they are on her mind and in her prayers daily. (Provided photo)

DANVILLE — It’s only 65 steps from Pat Prall’s classroom at Schlarman Academy to the school chapel. A religion teacher, she has walked that path so many times over the last 25 years that she knows every step of the way blindfolded. “I don’t think I could do what I do without prayer,” she told […]

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Alleman community gathers in school parking lot to pray for accident victims

People hold out their cellphone flashlights during a prayer service for Alleman High School seniors Roberto Torres and Alicia Casas the evening of May 2 in the Rock Island school’s parking lot. Torres and Casas were injured in a car crash the previous day in Moline. More than 150 cars reportedly were present for the service. (Photo © Meg Mclaughlin/Dispatch Argus via ZUMA Wire)

ROCK ISLAND — It didn’t take long for word to spread through the Alleman High School community that two of their own, seniors Alicia Casas and Roberto Torres, had been involved in a car accident in Moline on May 1 and flown to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. School administrators, […]

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As this historic school year comes to an end, Bishop Jenky addresses Class of 2020

Ben Carroll of Kickapoo received a surprise visit from Sister Lucia Sol, SCTJM, and Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM, principal at Peoria Notre Dame High School, on May 2. They dropped off a yard sign, letter and "air hugs" for him and his parents, Joan and Tom Carroll. Ben was one of 200 seniors honored this way by faculty and staff who were eager to make the visits, Sister Sara said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Students in Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria are preparing to end their studies for this school year on May 15, but before they sign off from remote learning they are hearing words of thanks and praise from Bishop Daniel E. Jenky, CSC. In a video message posted this week on the diocesan website, […]

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Diocesan school leader takes part in conference call with President Trump

President Donald Trump talks to reporters after signing the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act at the White House in Washington April 24, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program was among topics covered during a conference call that included President Trump and Catholic school leaders around the United States on April 25. (CNS/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

Of all the things Dr. Sharon Weiss expected to be doing last Saturday, sitting in on a conference call with President Donald Trump wasn’t one of them. And yet she was invited to join Catholic school superintendents and leaders from around the United States to hear words of praise and reassurance from the president, who […]

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Remote learning for diocesan schools to end May 15; year-end activities pending

The faculty and staff at St. Michael the Archangel School in Streator, starting with principal Emily Blumenshine, show how much they miss the students. Also taking part is Father Ryan Mattingly, parochial vicar and chaplain at Marquette Academy in Ottawa, (next to last square). Remote learning in diocesan schools will end May 15. (Provided photo)

Remote learning for Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria will end on Friday, May 15. Teachers and school administrators will use the remaining two weeks of the month to assess what worked in terms of instruction as students and their families sheltered in place, and what adjustments need to be made to the schools’ […]

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