Our Catholic churches — Christmas gifts far and near

The interior of St. Mary's Staghall Church, County Cavan, Ireland.

“In My Father’s House” / Paul Thomas Moore Several years ago, I was walking and talking with a good friend of mine as we passed by a church that was undergoing renovations. The good friend was also a good priest, a man with a highly developed social conscience and a heart for the poor. Although […]

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Christmas readings: Despite challenges, we can ‘return home’ to love of God

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka

By Bishop Louis Tylka Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas) At the Vigil Mass: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 89:4-5,16-17,27,29; Acts 13:16-17,22-25; Matthew 1:1-25 Mass During the Night: Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,11-12,13; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 Mass at Dawn: Isaiah 62:11-12; Psalm 97:1,6,11-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20 Mass During the Day: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4,5-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18 The various readings for the celebration of Christmas given to us […]

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The true meaning of Christmas is revealed when we embrace Jesus

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Fourth Sunday of Advent/Dec. 20 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16; Psalm 89:2-3,4-5,27,29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-28 Jesus poses two key questions to his followers. The first is:  “Who do you say I am?” The Church proclaims its answer in readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The first reading from the Second Book of Samuel […]

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‘Christmas in the Age of COVID’ is topic of Zoom webinar offered Saturday, Dec. 19

Michaela Ebert

The St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities invites all interested persons to a Zoom presentation “Christmas in the Age of Covid” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. The featured speaker will be Michaela R. Ebert, an ethicist for Ascension, a Catholic health system headquartered in St. Louis. In a year marked by […]

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Funeral Mass set Dec. 23 at cathedral for Msgr. Soseman; 4 visitation opportunities

Msgr. Richard Soseman

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for Msgr. Richard Soseman, the pastor of three parishes in Peru and vice postulator of the sainthood cause for Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Msgr. Soseman, who was an author and radio host and […]

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Consider receiving the COVID-19 vaccine ‘as an act of charity,’ say U.S. bishops

Dr. Victor Chan, chief of emergency services at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 15. Looking on is Robert Anderson, president of the medical center. (Provided photo/OSF Newsroom

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The “gravity” of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and “the lack of availability of alternative vaccines,” are “sufficiently serious” reasons to accept the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the chairmen of the U.S. bishops’ doctrine and pro-life committees said Dec. 14. “Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine ought to be understood as an act of charity […]

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Deacon John Skender, 84, dies; served St. Mark, Peoria, and active in Cursillo

Deacon John Skender

EAST PEORIA — A private family funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, at St. Mark Church in Peoria for Deacon John Ethelbert Skender, a permanent deacon at St. Mark Parish who was active in the Cursillo community. Deacon Skender, 84, died on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist […]

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Pope proclaims year dedicated to St. Joseph in apostolic letter ‘Patris Corde’

A statue of St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus is carried during a recent Diocesan Men's March through downtown Peoria. Pope Francis has proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the universal church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus. In a Dec. 8 apostolic letter, “Patris Corde” (“With a father’s heart”), the pope said Christians can […]

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Deacon Tom DeBernardis, 85, dies; served St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Peoria

Deacon Tom DeBernardis

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria for Deacon Thomas “Tom” N. DeBernardis, a permanent deacon on senior status who served the parish from 2002 to 2010. Deacon DeBernardis died in Peoria on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. He was 85. Visitation […]

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Youth group at Orion parish to host live drive-through Nativity in church lot

Just on of the scenes from the live drive-through Nativity planned outside Mary, Our Lady of Peace Church in Orion on the evenings of Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12. (Provided photo)

ORION — “Journey to Joy” is the theme of a live drive-through Nativity experience to be presented the next two weekends by the youth group of Mary, Our Lady of Peace Parish. “We thought a drive-through event would be wonderful for our community as they could safely enjoy the Nativity from the comfort and safety […]

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