Drive through confessions offered by some parishes as Holy Week approaches

Among the priests of the Diocese of Peoria offering drive through confessions is Father Peter Zorjan, right, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Colona and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Silvis. At left, a penitent (foreground car) pulls up beside Father Zorjan's car outside of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church last Saturday. (Photos by Brian Wellner and provided)

By Brian Wellner / For The Catholic Post SILVIS — Parking lot confessions are the new normal in the Diocese of Peoria as more parishes take the private, intensely personal sacrament outside in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Last Saturday, Father Peter Zorjan heard confessions for the first time in front of Our Lady of […]

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Deacon Charles L. Robbins, 72, dies; served St. Monica Parish in East Peoria since 2002

Deacon Charles L. "Charlie" Robbins

WASHINGTON — Deacon Charles L. Robbins, a permanent deacon who served St. Monica Parish in East Peoria since his ordination in 2002, died at home on Friday, March 27, 2020. He was 72. Services will be private, with burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Morton. A public memorial Mass will take place at a later […]

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Jesus continually comes into the world

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Fifth Sunday of Lent/March 29 Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130:1-2,3-4,5-6,7-8; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45 The apostolic age refers to the formative years of the Catholic faith when the Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, settled the contents of Scripture and tradition. The delay of the second coming of Christ greatly influenced this […]

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COVID-19 is not God’s judgment, but a call to live differently, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis holds the monstrance as he delivers his extraordinary blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) during a prayer service in the portico of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 27. The service was livestreamed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS/Vatican Media)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The worldwide coronavirus pandemic is not God’s judgment on humanity, but God’s call on people to judge what is most important to them and resolve to act accordingly from now on, Pope Francis said. Addressing God, the pope said that “it is not the […]

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School fundraising galas adapt to new reality; Alleman’s moves online Saturday

ROCK ISLAND — Alleman High School’s annual major fundraiser, the Father Mirabelli Heritage Ball, was supposed to be coming home to the school campus this Saturday, March 28. Instead, the celebration is going far beyond the school’s walls and into hundreds of homes as the first online-only “virtual Heritage Ball.” And everyone is invited. “Our […]

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Public Masses suspended though Easter, Catholic school closings extended

The light of Christ, taken from the paschal candle, is shared by those who were received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil last April at St. Patrick Church, Galesburg. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“With great sadness” on Monday evening, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, announced that the suspension of all public worship — first implemented as a coronavirus precaution on March 14 — will continue in the Diocese of Peoria at least through Easter Sunday, April 12. “Holy Week and Easter rank as the most important moments we […]

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Msgr. John Prendergast, 74, dies; Streator native was U.S. Army chaplain, pastor

Msgr. John Prendergast is pictured in a 2015 file photo. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Msgr. John Prendergast, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and a highly decorated former U.S. Army chaplain, died at Christian Buehler Home in Peoria on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. He was 74. Burial took place at St. Mary Cemetery in Msgr. Prendergast’s hometown of Streator — a community he served for nearly a […]

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Jesus knows our longing for Him, and is still lovingly present in our uncertainty

The artwork is from "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums.

By Lindsey Weishar I discovered the news on Facebook two hours after it broke: all Masses canceled in our diocese. I was sitting in a friend’s kitchen, and we just looked at each other, mostly silent, trying to conjure up something to say besides, “This will be hard.” I was sipping tea from a heart-shaped […]

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Priests get directives on Mass, sacraments during this ‘difficult moment in history’

Priests of the Diocese of Peoria are shown at last May's Mass of Ordination for Father Daniel McShane at St. Mary's Cathedral. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

“I suspect that we shall remember these times for the rest of our lives.” So wrote Msgr. Philip D. Halfacre, vicar general, in a letter to priests of the Diocese of Peoria after Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, suspended all Masses March 13 because of coronavirus concerns. The letter to priests included a series of […]

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Deacon Charles “Chuck” Murray, 99, dies; served St. Joseph in Pekin for 27 years

Deacon Charles Murray

PEKIN — A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery here for Deacon Charles “Chuck” Murray, who served St. Joseph Parish as a permanent deacon for 27 years until his move to senior status in 2015. Deacon Murray died on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Autumn […]

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