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As cases rise, bishop ‘insists’ on Communion in the hand, face coverings at Mass

Msgr. Philip Halfacre distributes Holy Communion to Martha Sokol during a recent Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Streator. Citing increased occurrences of COVID-19 around the Diocese of Peoria, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is now insisting that Communion only be received in the hand, and that all participating in the liturgy wear a face covering. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

For the protection of others, especially the most vulnerable, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is now insisting that the faithful only receive Holy Communion in the hand and not on the tongue. In a letter dated July 16, the bishop also asked that everyone participating in the Mass — including the celebrant — wear a […]

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‘The Most Amazing Harvest’ is a local story of faith, family, farming, community

Reviewed by Katie Bogner Agriculture teaches a unique perspective on the value of sacrifice, seasons of change, and the importance of community. In 2015, farmer Carl Bates of Galva was told that he only had months to live. With countless other concerns to focus on during their remaining time together, one major problem for the […]

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The Catholic Post earns four awards from the Catholic Press Association

Schlarman Academy’s Capria Brown is cheered by teammates and fans after a steal early in the Hilltoppers’ state championship win in 2019. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The Catholic Post received four awards for journalistic excellence in judging of 2019 content announced July 2 by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. Editor Tom Dermody received first place for Best Sports Photo (above) and third place for Best Editorial on a National/International Issue for “Like Paris firefighters, she preserved […]

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Our life’s ‘weeds’ and God’s leniency

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 19 Wisdom 12:13,16-19; Psalm 86:5-6,9-10,15-16; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43 My children span the ages of 19 to newborn. I’ve had a lot of time to think about what it means to be a good father. Lenience toward your children’s mistakes is certainly key, a feature I have not […]

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“Greyhound” (Apple+)

Tom Hanks stars in a scene from the movie "Greyhound." The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Taut World War II drama follows the captain of a U.S. destroyer (Tom Hanks, who also wrote the screenplay) as, over a period of five days, the convoy of troop transports and supply ships his vessel is helping to protect passes across the area of the North Atlantic beyond the reach […]

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“The Outpost” (Screen Media)

This is a scene from the movie "The Outpost." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Screen Media Films)

By Catholic News Service A commendable sensitivity to both the inanities and the unrelenting raw horror of combat as well as careful attention to the emotional lives and steadfast valor of soldiers make this drama a contender for the status of a classic war film. Working from a screenplay adapted by Paul Tamasy and Eric […]

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Fr. Thomas Kelly, 89, dies; private funeral Mass planned at St. Anthony, Bartonville

Father Thomas Kelly is pictured at Independence Village in Peoria in 2016 prior to observing the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

A private funeral Mass was planned at St. Anthony Church in Bartonville for Father Thomas F. Kelly, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and a former pastor of St. Anthony Parish as well as St. Columba Parish in Ottawa. Father Kelly, who also served for 14 years in campus ministry at the University […]

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Letters from Army chaplain killed in Korea reveal a life of heroic service

The handwriting of U.S. Army chaplain Father Herman G. Felhoelter, OFM, is seen in an excerpt from a letter to the Biggs family, members of St. Boniface Parish in Peoria. The letter, dated Feb. 25, 1945, was penned in France and tells of his ministry to soldiers during World War II. Father Herman would be killed five years later while tending to wounded soldiers on a battlefield in Korea.

By Alexis Lavin EDITOR’S NOTE: The author is an adjunct professor of history at Illinois Central College and a volunteer at the Archives of the Diocese of Peoria. When I tell my students that history is fascinating, I am usually confronted by distinct expressions of disbelief. The majority of them think that history is boring, […]

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Lacon Franciscans to sell, but will continue serving, St. Joseph Nursing Home

Even though the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi will no longer own St. Joseph Nursing Home, the facility they founded in Lacon 56 years ago, they will continue to work and provide ministry on the campus.

LACON — Lacon Rehab and Nursing will become the new owners of St. Joseph Nursing Home on July 15. The Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi, who founded the home 56 years ago, said the decision to sell was difficult and came after “an extensive discernment process.” “It is important to know that even though […]

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In the Spirit of Christ are life and rest

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 5 Zechariah 9:9-10; Psalm 145:1-2,8-9,10-11,13-14; Romans 8:9,11-13; Matthew 11:25-30 I have bouts with insomnia. Often my mind can find no rest. Problems, planning, tasks, and obligations weigh it down and push sleep away. It is a frustrating and fatiguing phenomenon. In our first reading, God announces a message […]

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