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‘Everybody stepped up’: Parish hall blessed at Immaculate Conception, Carthage

Father Thomas Szydlik leads Immaculate Conception parishioners in prayer before they share a pancake breakfast in celebration of their new parish hall being blessed in Carthage on Nov. 24. The hall can accommodate 225 people. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CARTHAGE — Members of Immaculate Conception Church celebrated the blessing of their new parish hall on Nov. 24 the same way they saw the project through to completion — with prayer and fellowship. “May all who come here know the presence of Christ, experience the joy of his friendship, and grow in his love,” Father […]

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Seminarian Austin Bosse — and his author Mom — are embraced by Macomb parish

Author Rosie Bosse talks with students of St. Paul School in Macomb about farming, her book, "Curley, the Orphan Calf," and her son, seminarian Austin Bosse, who served at the Macomb parish over the summer. She also visited Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth and read to the students there. Provided photo

MACOMB — As seminarian Austin Bosse served at St. Paul Church here over the summer, the parish families fell in love with him and the children grew a little bit closer to God as he guided them through the ins and outs of being altar servers and helped with Totus Tuus. The connection grew even […]

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St. Philomena teacher to be consecrated to Order of Virgins at cathedral Dec. 8

The symbols of a vocation to consecrated virginity include a wedding veil and ring, to signify the spousal relationship between the consecrated virgin and the Lord, and the Liturgy of the Hours so that she can enter in the prayer of the church. (Provided photo by Taryn Watkins)

Taryn Watkins can’t wait to share what God has been doing in her life. She will do that on Sunday, Dec. 8, when she is consecrated to the Order of Virgins by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. The ritual will take place during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “The process […]

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Twenty-two parishes in diocese, PDCCW are taking part in the Box of Joy program

Helping Nympha White of Grand Ridge pack Boxes of Joy into shipping containers are Laurel Stein of St. Mark Parish in Peoria and her daughters (from left) Anna, Clare, Elizabeth and Maggie. This is the second year the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women collected boxes at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria to ship to Cross Catholic Outreach. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Bringing joy to children who might not have any presents to open at Christmas has caught on in a big way across the Diocese of Peoria. This year 22 parishes participated in the Box of Joy program sponsored by Cross Catholic Outreach, making it possible for 1,070 children who live in poverty to celebrate Christmas. […]

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‘Inside Suzie’ were lessons now being shared in book by Ginny Pettit of Geneseo

Ginny Pettit of Geneseo holds a photo of her daughter, Suzie, as a teenager and the book she wrote, "Inside Suzie," about her daughter's early years as someone living with developmental delays. Even though she was unable to communicate, Suzie's love and smile spoke volumes to the people around her, Pettit said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GENESEO — No words are necessary to show love and Suzie Pettit excelled at that. While developmental delays left her unable to walk or talk, she taught everyone around her how to love well, too. Ginny Pettit has shared what her family and friends learned in a 28-page book, “Inside Suzie,” which was released by […]

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War veterans invited to find peace on 2020 ‘Warriors to Lourdes’ pilgrimage

Father Jeffrey Laible, spiritual director for Warriors to Lourdes, distributes Communion during Mass for English-speaking service members and their companions at the grotto in Lourdes, France, during the International Military Pilgrimage in May 2016. (Provided photo/Lt. Col. William Wong, M.D.)

Even though the war may be over, the battle continues for many who were scarred by combat. The Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage offers a way to find peace, according to Father Jeffrey Laible, pastor of four Logan County Catholic parishes and spiritual director for the program. “It’s the opportunity to receive the gift of healing. […]

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Prayers for the dead ‘a beautiful work of mercy,’ says pastor at Macomb PDCCW day

Father Adam Stimpson, pastor of St. Paul Parish in Macomb, addresses those attending a Day of Remembrance sponsored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at his parish on Nov. 2, the Commemoriation of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day). The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

MACOMB — As a priest for 10 years, Father Adam Stimpson has attended to many people as they were dying and comforted family and friends — including his own on occasion. He has found over and over again how the prayers and rituals of the church have brought peace and something more, he told those […]

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Artist’s gift to Franciscan Sisters still giving as ornaments enter 25th year

The 2019 Rolan Johnson ornament being sold by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception is based on the 1985 Christmas card created by the Peoria artist and printer. The title of the collectible ornament is "There Is a Peace." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WEST PEORIA — For many years, Rolan Johnson’s elaborate, colorful Christmas cards reminded people what the season was really all about. While the Peoria artist and printer is gone, the tradition lives on in collectible ornaments based on his artwork and sold to benefit the retirement fund of the Sisters of St. Francis of the […]

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Festival of Life in Galesburg equips people to make case for life — in 41 seconds

At the Festival of Life in Galesburg Oct. 27, keynote speaker Scott Klusendorf said this is a unique moment in time and "every one of us must be equipped to stand up and make a case for life on hostile turf. You cannot leave this to professionals." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GALESBURG — Calling this a unique moment in time, Scott Klusendorf said the abortion debate in America is not about choice, privacy or even whether pro-lifers are “nice enough.” The fundamental question on which abortion supporters disagree with pro-lifers is “Who counts as one of us,” said Klusendorf, president of the Life Training Institute and […]

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