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Pastor’s 3-year beard gone as St. Ambrose, Milan, celebrates renovation of church

More than three years after he pledged not to shave until St. Ambrose Church in Milan had a handicapped accessible entrance, Father Charles Klamut allowed his beard to be shaved during a celebration of the church's reopening Dec. 1 after renovations that went well beyond two new entrances. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will rededicate the church at a 1:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, Dec. 10. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MILAN — “I feel my strength leaving me,” joked Father Charles Klamut as his long beard, more than three years in the growing, was cut in front of more than 100 cheering witnesses at St. Ambrose Parish Center here on Dec. 1. But while Samson of the Old Testament lost his physical power after his […]

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From stress to holiness: young adults get seasonal advice at first “Fourth Watch”

Father Adam Cesarek offers suggestions on how to lessen pre-Christmas stress by keeping the focus on Christ during Advent. He was the featured speaker at the Diocese of Peoria's first "Fourth Watch" gathering on Dec. 4 that drew more than 60 young adults to the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Overwhelmed by the approach of Christmas? Father Adam Cesarek suggests making a different kind of list during Advent to “change your season of stress into a season of holiness.” “It’s hard to keep our eyes on the things that are most important as we prepare for Christmas,” said Father Cesarek, the featured speaker Dec. 4 […]

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Taxpayer lawsuit filed in Springfield to stop Illinois’ abortion public funding bill

Catechist Joanne Dorn (right) and members of the confirmation class from St. Luke Parish in Eureka take part in a Life Chain in this 2016 file photo. A controversial taxpayer-funded abortion bill has prompted a taxpayer lawsuit filed Nov. 30 against Illinois officials. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

SPRINGFIELD — A taxpayer lawsuit against State of Illinois officials was filed in Sangamon County Court on Nov. 30 in an effort to stop the implementation of House Bill 40, which expands taxpayer-subsidized abortions in the state. “The people of Illinois totally reject taxpayer-funded abortions,” said Peter Breen, special counsel for the Thomas More Society […]

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Bishop’s Festival Letter is timely teaching

Before reading another paragraph of this editorial, make sure you have pulled out Bishop Jenky’s Festival Letter on St. Joseph included with this issue of The Catholic Post and — if you haven’t already read it — place it somewhere safe for future reading and reflection. If you are a man, our level of encouragement […]

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Turn to St. Joseph, a ‘model for all men,’ Bishop Jenky urges in new Festival Letter

A statue of St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus is carried during a recent Diocesan Men's March through downtown Peoria. In a new Festival Letter, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, calls St. Joseph "a model for all men" and urges the faithful to turn to him in times of need.

The example of St. Joseph “should be an inspiration to men living in our own challenging era,” writes Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in his 16th Festival Letter. “The Church has always looked to St. Joseph as a model for all men — for workers, for fathers, for husbands, and for priests,” notes Bishop Jenky […]

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Ground blessed, construction begins on OSF ‘Almost Home Kids’ facility in Peoria

Taking part in groundbreaking ceremonies in Peoria on Nov. 15 for the Almost Home Kids facility to be owned and operated by OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois were, from left: Dr. Suzanne White; Dr. Jeffrey Ruskusky; Debbie Grisko, president and executive director of Almost Home Kids; Robert Sehring, chief executive officer of OSF HealthCare; Dr. Michael Cruz, president of OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center; Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, chairperson of the board for OSF HealthCare System; Kelly Nierstedt, president of OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois; Dr. Divya Joshi, chief executive officer of OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois; Theresa Murphy, strategic philanthropy officer of OSF HealthCare; and Jay Harms, a member of the Children’s Hospital of Illinois Community Advisory Board. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Proclaiming it “holy ground in the service of human life,” OSF HealthCare officials hosted blessing ceremonies Nov. 15 as construction began on an $8.5 million transitional home for children with complicated health needs to be located at 5200 N. Hamilton Road in Peoria. The 21,000-square-foot home will be the third “Almost Home Kids” facility in […]

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Schools educating donors, families, on tax credit scholarship opportunities

One of the most intense educational efforts taking place in Catholic school communities of the Diocese of Peoria this year is happening outside of the classroom as diocesan and parish officials strive to inform donors and parents about the opportunities presented by Illinois’ new tax credit scholarship program. Four regional meetings took place in mid-November […]

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A year of thanksgiving

A chalice and host are seen in a Thanksgiving display at St. Joseph Church in Lincoln, Neb. The holiday, celebrated Nov. 23, commemorates the Pilgrim’s celebration of a good harvest in 1621. CNS/Cathy Blankenau Bender

What’s not to love about Thanksgiving? Its beauty is its simple, yet profound premise: We need to pause and give thanks, especially to God. And so we gather with family and friends, count our blessings, and re-commit to sharing them. Our gratitude lists should be long, for there are gifts at every turn, every breath. […]

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The High School of Saint Thomas More wins IHSA Class 2A state volleyball title

The Sabers of The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign pose with the Class 2A state championship trophy they earned with a 3-set win over Quincy Notre Dame on Nov. 11 at Redbird Arena in Normal. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

  NORMAL — History will record that The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign won the Illinois Class 2A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Redbird Arena here. And yes, on that afternoon the Sabers rallied to defeat Quincy Notre Dame in three sets — 18-25, 25-19, and 25-21 — to claim […]

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