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Tristan Daugherty wins first state title for Peoria Notre Dame wrestling

Tristan Daugherty, a senior at Peoria Notre Dame, hugs head coach Kevin Burk after winning the IHSA Class 1A state championship in the 126-pound division on Feb. 22 at the State Farm Center in Champaign. At right is Danny Burk, assistant coach. (Photo courtesy IllinoisMatmen.com)

Peoria Notre Dame wrestler Tristan Daugherty capped a stellar high school career and senior season by winning the Illinois High School Association Class 1A state championship with a 20-5 technical fall over previously unbeaten Nik Jiminez of Harvard in the 126-pound weight division. “It’s amazing,” Daugherty told The Catholic Post on Monday, two days after […]

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Musician Matt Faley returning home to lead diocesan youth rally on March 14

Matt Faley, a 2001 graduate of Peoria Notre Dame, has served in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for the past decade. He will lead music and be the major presenter at the Diocese of Peoria's Youth Rally on March 14. (Photo from mattfaley.com)

Catholic musician Matt Faley will feel right at home when he steps to the microphone at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on March 14 as the main presenter at the 2020 diocesan youth rally. After all, he has traveled the country leading praise and worship. And his two talks — on the Eucharist and […]

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Coronavirus concern is personal for Chinese students, St. Bede community

This sign in the lobby of St. Bede Academy's new Perino Science Center celebrates the school's sister relationship with Kinglee High School in Zhengzhou, China. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

PERU — Concern over the coronavirus that is plaguing China and spreading is personal and magnified at St. Bede Academy here, which has 30 international students, the great majority from China. “Everyone’s worried, but hopefully things will turn good very soon,” said You-Ling (Weileen) Wang, director of academic achievement and support for the international students. […]

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Catholic Relief Service health official, U.S. bishops keep close eye on coronavirus

Catholics celebrate Mass at Hong Kong's Catholic Cathedral with protective masks on Feb. 2. The threat of spreading the coronavirus has forced Catholic officials in Hong Kong to suspend all public Masses on Sundays and weekdays from Feb. 15 to Feb. 28. (CNS Photo/Francis Wong)

By Carol Zimmermann / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The coronavirus has the world’s attention. The disease, which surfaced in China last year, has infected more than 64,000 people and killed at least 1,383 by mid-February. It has spread to 24 countries and been labeled a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. […]

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Couples enjoy evening of love, blessings, renewal and music at Marriage Mass

Couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria renew their wedding vows during the Marriage Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 15. Among them were Jason and Kelly Weber of the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community (right) and Ed and Cathy Lee of Immaculate Conception Parish, Monmouth. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Love was in the air at St. Mary’s Cathedral the evening after Valentine’s Day as couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria renewed their wedding vows at the annual Marriage Mass. “As married couples, you are not only a blessing to one another, but your love and fidelity are blessings to the entire Body of […]

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Jesus calls us beyond being ‘morally good people’ into the inner life of the Trinity

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Feb. 16 Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119:1-2,4-5,17-18,33-34; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37 The summer after my sophomore year of college seminary I went to Mexico for an intensive language program. One weekend all of the students in my cohort went to Acapulco, while I visited an orphanage. I learned […]

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Support St. Bede chaplain, 70, and students as they ‘polar plunge’ for Special Olympics

Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, chaplain of St. Bede Academy in Peru, leaps with students into the chilly Illinois River during a polar plunge last year. Father Ronald, who just turned 70, will take the plunge again -- joined by 40 St. Bede students -- on Feb. 29 in Mendota to raise money for Special Olympics. (Provided photo)

PERU — What better way for a priest to celebrate turning 70 than by running fully clothed into a lake of frigid water on the last day of February? “It should be fun,” said Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, chaplain of St. Bede Academy in Peru, in anticipating a Leap Day plunge into Lake Mendota on […]

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Sale of spaghetti sauce with local recipe benefits shrine to war veterans in LaSalle

Father Paul Carlson and Bob Lipka hold jars of Dalla Campanella, a newly marketed three-meat spaghetti sauce made from a traditional recipe from northern Italy perfected by the late Msgr. Simon Bernardi. Profits from its sales help maintain the Queen of the Holy Rosary diocesan shrine to war veterans in LaSalle, seen in the background. Lipka, his wife Pam, and Father Carlson -- pastor of the LaSalle Catholic parishes and rector of the shrine -- collaborated to bring the sauce to market. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

LASALLE — Before Lent begins, here’s a story with some meat to it. Tomato sauce, assorted vegetables, and spices, too. The LaSalle Catholic parishes have brought to market a three-meat spaghetti sauce, the sales of which help financially support the Queen of the Holy Rosary diocesan shrine to war veterans. More than 1,500 jars of […]

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From Kobe Bryant to outdoor weddings, Bishop Jenky answers students’ questions

Bishop Jenky answers questions from junior leaders at Peoria Notre Dame during his Catholic Schools Week visit to the high school on Jan. 31. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“Could Kobe Bryant become a saint?” “If God loves us so much, why would he punish us to eternity in hell?” “What is something that you wish you could tell all the young people of the church?” Those were just three of the nearly 20 questions that junior class leaders at Peoria Notre Dame High […]

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