Through Holy Spirit, we can do what God wills and experience the peace of Christ

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Sixth Sunday of Easter/May 26 Acts 15:1-2,22-29; Psalm 67:2-3,5,6,8; Revelation 21:10-14,22-23; John 14:23-29 A popular Gravy Train television commercial from 1960 featured a dozen ducklings waddling their way into the food dish of a very benevolent Great Dane. One of the ducklings worries about aggravating the dog. Others respond, “Dog, what dog? I […]

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Daniel McShane will be ordained to priesthood May 25; first Mass in Lincoln

Deacon Daniel McShane of Holy Family Parish in Lincoln will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 25. His first assignment will be announced following ordination. (Photo by Nellie Gould)

Deacon Daniel McShane will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Peoria during a 10:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, May 25. Deacon McShane, 29, is the son of John and Diane McShane, members of Holy Family Parish in Lincoln. He has […]

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Water: sacred, scary

Submerged cars are seen in downtown Davenport, Iowa, after a levee failure on April 30. (Provided photo/Christopher Mandle)

There are more than 700 references to water in the Bible. Pope Francis, in his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si” (“On Care for Our Common Home”), cites it 47 times. Water is the element used in the sacrament of baptism to symbolize the grace of God which cleanses us and gives us life. For so many […]

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In new book, LaSalle County priest explores God’s role (if any) in suffering

Father Augustin Kassa, SMA, is parochial vicar of St. Mary in Grand Ridge, St. Patrick in Seneca, St. Theresa in Earlville, St. Joseph in Marseilles, and St. Patrick in Ransom.

EARLVILLE — Father Augustin Kassa, SMA, dedicates his new book “to the suffering members of the body of Christ.” That’s a wide target audience, since everyone — from victims of terrorism and poverty to those confronting their own illness or that of a loved one — experiences pain and suffering in their lifetimes. And the […]

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Why Delavan parishioner is walking to support OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois

Tom Brewer of Tremont, right, walks along U.S. Highway 150 as he, accompanied by Julie and Matt Hohulin, approach Farmer City on April 30. Brewer is walking a 132-mile route from Danville to Peoria to raise money for OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As Tom Brewer checked various life adventures and experiences off his bucket list, the retired engineer from St. Mary Parish in Delavan reached for a new bucket to fill with gratitude and ways to pay his blessings forward. And so this week Brewer, 73 — who has hiked the Appalachian Trail, climbed Mount Everest to […]

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Be ‘companions of Jesus,’ hundreds of Catholic men urged at march, Mass

Deacon Tony Ensenberger and Edgar Rodriguez, both of St. Paul Parish in Macomb, were among those carrying a statue of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus near the front of the men's march through downtown Peoria on April 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Hundreds of Catholic men from throughout the Diocese of Peoria were challenged to be “companions of Jesus Christ” and servant-leaders in their families, parishes and workplaces at the 16th annual “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith” on April 27. “Whether somebody invited you here, or if you came on your own, God wants you […]

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100 in Bloomington take part in a national prayerful protest of Planned Parenthood

Deacon Michael An of Epiphany Parish in Normal blesses about 100 people who had just completed a candlelight prayer vigil on the evening of April 13 on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood's Bloomington Health Center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — Stephanie Adams saw the movie “Unplanned” and felt a call to do something to support the pro-life effort. “The Holy Spirit took over my heart,” said Adams, who is active in “Alpha,” an evangelization outreach at the Bloomington-Normal Catholic parishes. When Adams learned shortly after seeing the movie that a Protest Planned Parenthood […]

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Pilgrims from Diocese of Peoria share sadness, memories after Notre Dame fire

The Anders family of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton attended Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris with friends last Easter. Stephanie Anders called it “a moving experience” and considers the family “blessed to have had the opportunity.” Pictured are, front row, Joseph, Jonathan, and Norah; back row, Jeremiah, Alexa, and Stephanie. (Provided photo)

Our Lady of Paris is also much loved in the Diocese of Peoria, and local Catholics shared in the sorrow felt around the world April 15 when images of Notre Dame Cathedral in flames dominated newscasts and social media. “There are no words to explain the feeling of being there, and no words to describe […]

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OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee celebrates 100 years of service

The present OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center, located at the corner of South Street and Midland Road on the southwest edge of Kewanee, opened in 2008, but traces its roots back 100 years. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

KEWANEE — One hundred years of health care service to the region, a century of trust, and a future filled with faith, hope and dreams were prayerfully celebrated April 17 as OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center observed its centennial. “What an unbelievable legacy has been left to this community that now is a part […]

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Like the Paris firefighters, she bravely fought to preserve church history

When a majestic, 850-year-old cathedral in the heart of Paris burned on April 15, the people of France and around the globe rightfully reacted with shock, sadness, prayer and resolve. Notre Dame Cathedral is a world historic and spiritual treasure. Across social media, those blessed to have experienced its splendor are posting images and sharing […]

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