Bank of Pontiac donates building as new home for the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry

Bill Kauffman, right, president and CEO of the Bank of Pontiac, presents a symbolic key on June 13 to Evelyn Ribordy, director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society food and clothing pantry at St. Mary Parish in Pontiac. The bank has donated the building seen behind the group, the former offices of Dr. John Purnell at 401 E. Water St., to St. Mary as a new, more spacious home for the pantry. Also pictured are bank officials and pantry volunteers, from left, Amy Brummel, Frank Arnolts, Carol Schopp, Jenna Cassady, John Marshall, Kathy Campbell, Joe Baker, Marge Loughran, Kathy Duffy, Jane Kuerth, Nancy Verdun, Tina Trevino, Mike Haag, and Father David Sabel. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

PONTIAC — The Bank of Pontiac has given the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry a former medical office building at 401 E. Water St. to serve as a new, larger storage and distribution site for its food and clothing outreaches. “The bank has been well supported by the community and its churches,” said Bill Kauffman, […]

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‘Renewed’ St. Anne Church, East Moline, ready for parish centennial on July 28

The redesigned back wall of the sanctuary at St. Anne Church in East Moline includes a new canopy over a raised tabernacle. The new painting behind the tabernacle symbolizes that God is to be praised day and night. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

EAST MOLINE — After three months away, members of St. Anne Parish here are in “the Promised Land” of a beautifully renovated church and ready to joyfully conclude a yearlong celebration marking 100 years since the parish’s founding. “Spiritually, I kept telling people we were like the Israelites in the desert,” said Father Antonio Dittmer […]

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Legal dispute ends; Archbishop Sheen’s remains will be transferred to Peoria

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is pictured preaching in an undated photo. (CNS file photo)

(UPDATED — June 19, 2019) The mortal remains of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen will soon be coming home to his native Diocese of Peoria. And that news has diocesan officials anticipating a reopening of the famed orator and media pioneer’s Cause for Beatification, leading to a hoped-for Beatification Mass that would take place in […]

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Marquette Academy of Ottawa celebrates historic state championship in baseball

Led by their seniors, the baseball Crusaders from Marquette Academy in Ottawa excitedly accept the IHSA Class 1A state championship trophy after defeating Waterloo Gibault 14-5 in the title game at Dozer Park on June 1. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Sixteen hits and 14 runs led to Marquette Academy’s baseball team being Number One in the state on Saturday. But the Crusaders’ historic 14-5 win over Waterloo Gibault in the Illinois High School Association Class 1A title game at Dozer Park in Peoria had meaning well beyond numbers. When relief pitcher Luke Couch struck out […]

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Sad ironies in Illinois abortion vote

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Luke 1:41-42 “A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the […]

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Local author’s ‘Stacy and Tracy’ are taking children on adventures in virtue

Georgette Ghantous Williams of St. Philomena Parish in Peoria is author of the new children's book "The Adventures of Stacy and Tracy: How to Turn Gossip into Kindness."

  Stacy and Tracy are fictional young sisters who are taking children and adults alike on adventures in virtue. For decades found only in the imagination of Georgette Ghantous Williams — as well as her seven children and 19 grandchildren who delight in her lesson-teaching storytelling — Stacy and Tracy are fast making friends around […]

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First communicants and new Catholics celebrated again at diocesan Mass

In prayer after receiving Communion at last Sunday's Mass for First Communicants and New Catholics from throughout the Diocese of Peoria at St. Mary's Cathedral are, from left, Adalynne Lawerence, Olyvia Clark, and Lilian Goz. The three friends are all members of St. Paul Parish in Macomb. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

First commmunicants young and older were urged to cherish the memory of that special day and continue to grow in wonder and reverence for the sacrament during a diocesan Mass for First Communicants and New Catholics on June 2 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “Realize what a wonderful thing it is,” Bishop Daniel R. […]

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Newly ordained Father McShane’s parents describe him as kind, joyful, generous

At a reception following the Ordination Mass, lines were long for blessings from newly ordained Father McShane. Here he bestows a blessing on members of his family, including parents John and Diane, brothers Andy and Michael, sister-in-law Jackie, and nieces Sears (gazing up at him) and Clara. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

When Father Daniel McShane was in fourth grade, he wrote in his class journal that he wanted to be rich so he could give all his money to the poor. “He’s always been very kind, so joyful,” said his mother, Diane, in offering insights about her son to The Catholic Post during the reception following […]

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Father Daniel McShane is ordained; assigned to Monmouth, Raritan parishes

Bishop Jenky leads the applause after accepting Deacon Daniel McShane as a candidate for the priesthood during the Rite of Ordination on May 25 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After being urged to model his ministry on the example of Jesus the Good Shepherd as well as local and global heroes of the Catholic faith, Father Daniel McShane was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria during a solemn Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on May 25. “Carry out the ministry […]

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Art at new Diocesan Museum exhibit lifts hearts, faith; student winners featured

Sixth-grader Drew Lauritsen of St. Mary School in Pontiac captures an image of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, from "Lift Up Your Hearts: Sacredness, Art, Beauty," the new exhibit at the Diocesan Museum. The icon was made in 1942 by Wilbur H. Burnham of Boston for the private chapel of former Peoria Bishop Joseph H. Schlarman. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The beauty seen and expressed in a new exhibit at the Diocesan Museum is enough to give anyone a faith lift. “Lift Up Your Hearts: Sacredness, Art, Beauty” is the theme of a display that opened in March and will continue through December. The Diocesan Museum is located in the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria […]

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