Deacon James Gore, 87, dies; visitation, Memorial Mass in Normal on Wednesday

Deacon James Gore

NORMAL — A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Epiphany Church here for Deacon James J. Gore, a permanent deacon who formerly served Holy Trinity Parish in Bloomington until being granted senior status in 2013. Deacon Gore died on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, in Bloomington. He was 87. […]

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Remembering Mark Buettner: a truly grace-filled walk to the wings

Praying over Mark Buettner at the July 22 Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference in Peoria were Deacon Kevin Zeeb of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton as well as Laura Rebenzer and Miriam Johll of Shadow on the Water. Mark died Nov. 20 after a long, faith-filled fight with cancer. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore I am reminded of Mark Buettner with every move I make. Mark was a physical therapist at OSF HealthCare on North Glen Park Place in Peoria and a member with his wife Pamela and five children of St. Mark Parish in Peoria. He died on Nov. 20, […]

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Stop. Watch. Wait. Here is Advent.

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word / Deacon Greg Kandra Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 10 Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Psalms 85:9-10-11-12, 13-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 If nothing else, Advent should remind us of this inconvenient truth: We are people in a hurry. The other day, I was leaving Walmart and noticed a tent set up in the […]

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Faith-filled books excellent for sharing with children around the Christmas tree

Reviewed by Katie Bogner One of my favorite places to read this time of year is near the Christmas tree. The sparkling lights create a cozy and cheery atmosphere, perfect for enjoying a good book. This is especially true when reading together with your children, grandchildren, or godchildren. As you gather around the Christmas tree […]

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Bailey is still on the job welcoming 9 a.m. Mass-goers to Sacred Heart, Rock Island

Father Witold Adamczyk, OFM Conv., pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Rock Island, poses with therapy dog Bailey and her owner and trainer, parishioner Sharon Cramer. (Provided photo)

By Paul Thomas Moore ROCK ISLAND — When The Catholic Post first visited Labradoodle Bailey and her owner/trainer Sharon Cramer at Sacred Heart Church here in 2016, the therapy dog was only months into her role as greeter at the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass. Now, Bailey’s got it down to an art. Upon arrival, she […]

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Seminarian Justin Ramza to be ordained transitional deacon in Streator Dec. 16

Justin Ramza

STREATOR — Bishop Louis Tylka will ordain seminarian Justin Ramza to the transitional diaconate during a 10:30 a.m. Mass on Saturday, Dec. 16, at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 407 S. Park St. in Streator. The public is invited to the ordination, but seating is limited and tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained online […]

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Nine churches will host ‘Simbang Gabi’ pre-Christmas novena of Masses Dec. 14-22

Catholics hold up "parols," or Christmas lanterns, for blessing during a “Simbang Gabi” Mass in Seattle. The novena of pre-Christmas Masses, popular among Filipinos, will be hosted by nine Peoria-area churches Dec. 14-22. (CNS file photo)

One of the oldest and most revered pre-Christmas traditions in the Philippines, “Simbang Gabi,” will be observed in nine parishes of the Diocese of Peoria from Dec. 14-22. “Simbang Gabi” is Filipino for “Night Mass,” and the 2023 observance — coordinated by the Filipino-American Catholic Community — will include a novena of nine evening Masses […]

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Full text of Bishop Tylka’s homily at dedication of St. Jude Church, Peoria

"This space will be a place where many lives are changed," said Bishop Tylka at the Dedication Mass for the new St. Jude Church in Peoria, "because here we will always remember that it is all about Jesus, and allowing him to do the necessary work in making us his disciples." (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a transcript of the homily by Bishop Louis Tylka at the Dedication Mass for the new St. Jude Church in Peoria. The Mass was celebrated on the evening of Nov. 29, and our story is found here. — This is awesome! Take a moment and look around. Look what has been […]

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750 Nativity scenes, including cathedral’s, will be on display at Peoria-area festival

This is just a section of the historic Nativity scene from St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. It will be among more than 750 Nativities on display at the Peoria Area Community Festival of Nativities Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

“O Holy Night” is the theme of the 2023 Peoria Area Community Festival of the Nativities, which will feature more than 750 manger scene depictions from around the world. It also celebrates the 800th anniversary of the first crèche exhibit by St. Francis of Assisi. The display will be available for viewing on four days […]

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