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Food pantries adapt to pandemic, continue and deepen outreach to needy

Volunteers at the food and clothing pantry operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Holy Trinity Conference in Bloomington load supplies into a client's car on Nov. 14. Volunteer Ron Yoder is pictured emptying the cart, Teresa Dubravec brings a watermelon and potatos, and Tom Fenger assists at left. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

When is giving away a large turkey for Thanksgiving not the kindest thing to do for a family in need? “A lot of people who come to us aren’t able to cook a Thanksgiving dinner,” said Nancy Elson, who assists with the food pantry at St. Mary Church in Canton. Perhaps they don’t have a […]

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OSF Transportation Center blessed in Streator; new clinic opens in Savoy

The new transportation center is located adjacent to the OSF Center for Health-Streator. It will house four ambulances and the OSF King Care-A0Van, seen parked outside. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

STREATOR — With gratitude to the generous donors who supported its construction and to OSF HealthCare for its commitment to this community and region, a new transportation center was blessed Nov. 13 adjacent to the OSF Center for Health-Streator. The 6,600-square-foot transportation center is part of a new approach to rural health care delivery being […]

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Thanksgiving. Advent. Christmas. 2021.

This Peoria home has combined Christmas lights with a heart outline to spread love and kindness among neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Have you noticed Christmas decorations going up in your neighborhood early this year? Perhaps you are among those who took advantage of the warm weather just after Halloween to string some colorful outdoor lights on your property. Maybe you’ve even put up your Christmas tree. My social media feed has been filled with posts from […]

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St. John’s Catholic Newman Center visit concludes Bishop Tylka’s ‘Welcome Tour’

Father Robert Lampitt, center, head chaplain at St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois, presents a gift to Bishop Tylka at the close of the Nov. 8 Mass as a "reminder of your time here and our affection for you." Holding the gift bag -- which included a Newman Hall sweatshirt, a book about the growth of the Newman Foundation on campus, and more -- is Ana Rodas, head sacristan. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

CHAMPAIGN – The three-month “Welcome Tour” for Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka officially ended with a visit to St. John’s Catholic Newman Center on the campus of the University of Illinois on Nov. 8. But that doesn’t mean his travels around the Diocese of Peoria are slowing. “The calendar just gets busier and busier,” Bishop Tylka […]

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A day for the Knights

This is one of those editions of The Catholic Post where several “page ones” are needed. The coronavirus spike and resulting difficult decisions by our diocesan leaders, the naming of the first African American from the United States as a cardinal, and a particularly contentious presidential election are among stories that could lay claim to […]

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Founder’s beatification Oct. 31 is inspiring local Knights of Columbus members

The beatification ceremony for Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be celebrated Oct. 31, 2020, in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. Father McGivney is pictured in an undated portrait. (CNS file photo)

Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be beatified on Oct. 31 during a special Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut. Members of the Knights of Columbus in councils throughout the Diocese of Peoria are joining the celebration spiritually and virtually. Jack Swan, president of the Peoria […]

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Diocesan Museum exhibit explores the history, mission of Catholic health care

A photograph from the OSF HealthCare archives shows members of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis assisting in surgery. The photo, believed to be from the 1940s, is part of a new exhibit "A Look into the Catohlic Health Care in the Diocese of Peoria" now on display at the Diocesan Museum at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria.

In a year when matters of health are in the daily news, a museum exhibit on Catholic health care in the Diocese of Peoria is both timely and itself impacted by the pandemic. “This historic exhibit was planned before the COVID outbreak,” said Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, archivist and caretaker of the diocesan museums located […]

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Bishop Tylka meets student leadership during visit to St. Joseph Newman Center

Msgr. Brian Brownsey, chaplain and director of the St. Joseph Newman Center in Peoria, introduced Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka to student leadership teams at the end of a Mass with the Newman community at St. Mark Church on Oct. 18. Pictured are leaders of a campus evangelization movement called New Renaissance, which seeks to form and send students as disciples. The Bradley University students are, from left, Renée Samp, Lindsey Wetle, Thomas Shaw, Johnny Berlinger and Robert Pitts. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

On a night when Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka urged Catholic college students to give their lives to God, he met several who are finding ways to do just that at St. Joseph Newman Center at Bradley University in Peoria. Bishop Tylka was the celebrant of a 9 p.m. Mass at St. Mark Church on Sunday, […]

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