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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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‘In Caelo et in Terra: 356 Days with the Saints’ is both beautiful and inspirational

The striking hardcover is embellished with gold and is a substantial 10-by-7 inches.

Reviewed by Katie Bogner “On earth as it is in Heaven.” These are words that many of us say daily. During Mass, in our rosaries, together as a family, and in the quiet of our hearts, this petition in the Our Father reminds us that the will of God transcends time and place. The saints […]

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We invite Jesus in, but who is He for us?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Second Sunday of Advent/Dec. 6 Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; Psalm 85:9-10,11-12,13-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 Advent seems to be somewhat of a lost season, drowned out by the ever-lengthening time dedicated to the secular side of Christmas. These days, Santa just can’t seem to keep his rotund self on this side of Thanksgiving. So, […]

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Who are your Catholic school heroes providing light in this challenging year?

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Despite the pandemic, Catholic education continues to be delivered to nearly 10,000 students across the Diocese of Peoria through remote learning. Making this possible are teachers, principals, staff members and parents who are working closely with Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent, and the diocesan Office of Catholic Schools. For Catholic Schools Week, The Catholic Post would […]

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Advent: Encountering strongholds of fear, preparing for the ‘thrill of hope’

"When we don't abandon ourselves to fear, nor abandon the places of fear within us," writes Lindsey Weishar, "we offer ourselves the opportunity to discover threads of new grass wending through charred soil, the sprout of a new tree growing up out of the remnants of a shattered one."

By Lindsey Weishar / “My Vocation is Love” There is something beautifully hidden about the season of Advent. The early darkness of the evenings and the cooling weather invite us to spend time on the inside — in our homes, with ourselves. If it wasn’t 2020, I’d probably be looking forward to this season more. […]

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The same yesterday, today and forever

Novices at Mount Saint Vincent Mother House, July 1959. (Photo courtesy the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, Congregational Archives)

By Paul Moore / In My Father’s House Recently, I was thanking my aunt for an old family letter she had sent me, written by my grandfather. “It was another time,” she said. The letter described the 1958 Eastertide when my aunt was professed as a nun, and her sister (another aunt) had just entered […]

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Share your plans for Christmas 2020

A child is pictured in an illustration lighting a candle on an Advent wreath. (CNS/ KNA)

It looks like Christmas will be very different this year, as families are asked to limit their gatherings in order to safeguard the health of all concerned. In what ways will you connect with your loved ones over the holidays? What traditions will be a little sweeter? What will you be praying for? Or perhaps […]

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