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Bishop Tylka’s ‘Welcome Tour’ resumes with Masses in Champaign and Danville

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka distributes Communion during the Champaign Vicariate Mass Sept. 19 at St. Matthew Church in Champaign. Assisting is server Veronica Schuchart from St. Matthew Parish. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After a two-week pause, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka resumed his “Welcome Tour” across the Diocese of Peoria with visits Sept. 19-20 to the Champaign and Danville Vicariates. On Saturday, representatives of 16 parishes in the Champaign Vicariate joined Bishop Tylka for a 5:15 p.m. Mass at St. Matthew Church in Champaign. The following morning he […]

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Rock Island couple featured in video promoting 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal

Mary Anne and Deacon Joe Dockery-Jackson pray in the perpetual adoration chapel of St. Pius X Church in Rock Island in this screen grab from the promotional video for the 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal.

“We’ve each been given gifts that we give back to God. And just like the ordinary bread and wine become the very Body and Blood of Christ, those meager gifts that we bring forward . . . God will take and use them in tremendous ways.” So says Deacon Joe Dockery-Jackson of St. Pius X […]

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Time to step up, preserve our mission

It was six months ago that everything seemed to change. Few of us will forget the week of March 8-14, 2020. I spent that Sunday in St. Louis, cheering on my alma mater, Bradley University, to the Missouri Valley Conference basketball tournament championship. It would be one of the last live sporting events for months […]

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Delayed 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal is set to open Sept. 19-20 with a lowered goal

The Annual Diocesan Appeal will be conducted primarily through direct mail this year rather than in-pew solicitations because of the continuing pandemic.

Nearly six months later than originally scheduled and with an acknowledgment that “this is an extraordinary time” because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal will officially begin the weekend of Sept. 19-20. The theme — “Know, Love, Serve” — remains the same, but this summer Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, lowered the […]

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No masking the love, faith of diocese’s golden and silver anniversary couples

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky applauds as couples celebrating their golden anniversaries in 2020 lower their masks to kiss after renewing their marriage vows at a Sept. 13 Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. In the foreground are John and Mary Beth Duffy of St. Patrick Parish in Dwight, while at left are Tim and Judy Schrader of St. Ambrose Parish in Milan. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

There was no masking the love that was present in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria the weekend of Sept. 12-13. Couples observing 25 or 50 years of marriage in 2020 may be having subdued anniversary celebrations because of the pandemic, but the gratitude expressed for their witness to love and faith during separate Masses for […]

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Friday morning rosary walks pray for neighbors around St. Ann Church, Peoria

Father Jeremy Freehill, administrator of St. Ann Parish in Peoria, leads a rosary walk through the church neighborhood on the city's south side on Sept. 4. Carrying the cross is Tom Wiegand while holding the Mary statue is Terry Davis. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

How long does it take to pray the rosary? For those who take part in rosary walks every Friday morning in the blocks surrounding St. Ann Church on Peoria’s south side, the answer depends on how many neighbors they encounter as they walk and pray. “We want them to know St. Ann is here whatever […]

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Mystery writer Susan Furlong of Savoy has a personal story of faith and grace

Susan Furlong-Bolliger of Savoy, a mystery novelist and member of St. Thomas Parish in Philo, holds a paperback copy of her book "Splintered Silence" on the shelf of the Target store in Champaign. (Photo from the Susan Furlong - Author Facebook page)

“The source of justice is not vengeance but charity.” SAVOY – The quote from St. Bridget of Sweden appears just before Chapter 1 of Susan Furlong’s latest mystery novel, “Shattered Justice.” But you won’t find “Shattered Justice” in your local Catholic bookstore. The third and final installment of Furlong’s popular Bone Gap Travellers series, like […]

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College life has changed in 2020, but not the mission of Catholic campus ministry

Volunteers from St. John's Catholic Newman Center help returning students move in to Newman Hall in the heart of the University of Illinois campus in Champaign on Aug. 17. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

While students returning to the many universities and colleges within the Diocese of Peoria are facing new realities because of the pandemic, the mission of the Newman Centers and other Catholic campus ministries has not changed. “We’re still here to build community, we’re still here to build a relationship with Christ,” said Father Robert Lampitt, […]

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Bishop Tylka’s one-month anniversary spent in Rock Island, Kewanee vicariates

"Who is Jesus to you?" asked Bishop Tylka during his homily at St. Pius X Church in Rock Island on Aug. 22. While we know Jesus as an historic figure and give him titles such as "Lord" and "Son of God," Bishop Tylka said Jesus wants a close, personal relationship with us as our brother and friend. Bishop Tylka celebrated Mass with representatives of parishes in the Rock Island Vicariate on Aug. 22 and with the faithful of the Kewanee Vicariate the following day. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

On the one-month anniversary of his ordination as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria, Bishop Louis Tylka was on the road again — becoming more familiar with the people and places of his new diocese. “I’m still learning to embrace this new role that the Lord has called me to,” Bishop Tylka said in Kewanee on Aug. […]

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Marian painting reproductions installed and blessed at St. Mary Church, Westville

Kenosha artist Stephen Cascio, left, and his brother Patrick carry an image of the Assumption of Mary prior to its installation above an entrance to St. Mary Church in Westville. It was one of two Marian depictions installed and blessed on the Solemnity of the Assumption, Aug. 15. (Provided photo)

WESTVILLE — Two digitally reproduced Baroque-era paintings of the Blessed Virgin Mary were installed and blessed in interior arches above the north and south entrances to St. Mary Church here the weekend of Aug. 15-16. “Our parish is named St. Mary and, other than a statue, we really had nothing special to the Blessed Virgin […]

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