Father Michael Pakula, 78, dies; served as pastor of Geneseo parish for 25 years

Father Michael Pakula

GENESEO — A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Malachy Church here at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, for Father Michael Pakula, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria who served as pastor of the Geneseo faith community for 25 years. Father Pakula, a native of LaSalle who also assisted with marriage […]

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Couple celebrates 300 episodes of ‘Being Catholic’ on Catholic Spirit Radio

Deacon Al Lundy blesses Lynn and Bob Johnston at the conclusion of the 300th episode of "Being Catholic," which they co-host on Catholic Spirit Radio. The Johnstons received a certificate from station management, as well as congratulatory messages from Bishop Louis Tylka and EWTN. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — In bowling, a score of 300 is a cause for celebration. In local Catholic radio, Bob and Lynn Johnston are being celebrated for reaching 300 episodes of sharing the joy of “Being Catholic” each week on Catholic Spirit Radio. “Thank you for everything you’ve given not only to the radio station, but to […]

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Thanks given in LaSalle for Roe reversal, but prayer and work still needed

Alicia Garcia, 10, was among members of the St. Hyacinth Children's Choir lending their voices to the Mass in Thanksgiving for the Reversal of Roe v. Wade at St. Hyacinth Church in LaSalle on Jan. 24. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

LASALLE — The evening Mass at St. Hyacinth Church here on Jan. 24 was in thanksgiving for the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion last June, so why was Father Tom Otto wearing purple vestments, a penitential color? “The overturning of the ruling does not mean that abortion is […]

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‘Unmatched unity’ energizes witness of diocesan pilgrims to D.C. March for Life

The 50 students and chaperones from Peoria Notre Dame High School who took part in a five-day pilgrimage to the national March for Life in Washington, D.C., are pictured outside Union Station after the Jan. 20 march. (Provided photo)

High school students from the Diocese of Peoria who joined tens of thousands in Washington, D.C., for the national March for Life and related events on Jan. 20 returned with a deeper commitment to uphold the dignity of all human life, especially the unborn threatened by abortion. But the pilgrimage had an added spiritual bonus. […]

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SEEK23 sets prayerful tone, empowers young adults from diocese for new year

Participants kneel in prayer and praise during SEEK23, sponsored Jan. 2-6 by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis. (Provided photo/FOCUS)

“It was an incredible, powerful week.” “I felt God’s presence in the Eucharist in a way I never had before.” “I had never experienced anything like it.” Those were just some of the reactions of university students in the Diocese of Peoria to being part of SEEK23, a five-day conference in St. Louis that invited […]

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Ukrainian refugees share gratitude for warm welcome, support in Monmouth

Pictured during a welcome potluck hosted Nov. 29 by Immaculate Conception Parish in Monmouth are recently arrived refugees from Ukraine Stepan Skrypnychenko and Olesia Chychaova (left) and the Bud family, including parents Vitalii and Irene and children Zack (12) and twins Milena and Mark (9), holding gifts to them presented at the dinner. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MONMOUTH — Irene and Vitalii Bud held out for eight months before deciding to leave their beloved-but-war-torn homeland of Ukraine with their three children. However, when Russian bombs reached their city of Rivne and power plants were being targeted as the bitter cold of winter approached, the Bud family fled on a journey that eventually […]

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Full responses of music leaders across diocese to favorite Christmas hymn survey

Forty parish music directors, choir directors, and organists shared their favorite Christmas hymns in a Catholic Post survey this month. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following are expanded responses given by parish music leaders, choir directors, and accompanists to a survey conducted by The Catholic Post in December seeking their favorite Christmas hymns and the reason behind their selection. We thank all respondents for their time and, more importantly, for sharing their musical gifts. Click on the titles of […]

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‘O Holy Night’ favorite Christmas hymn in survey of music leaders across diocese

Forty parish music directors, choir directors, and organists shared their favorite Christmas hymns in a Catholic Post survey this month. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“O Holy Night” edged out “Silent Night” as the favorite Christmas hymn or carol in a Catholic Post survey of parish music directors, choir directors, or organists/accompanists from across the Diocese of Peoria. “I have heard it sung by so many different singers, and each rendition is beautiful in its own way,” said Mary Edgerley, […]

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Newly ordained permanent deacons celebrate ‘beginning of what is to come’

Bishop Louis Tylka is surrounded by the 20 permanent deacons he ordained Dec. 3 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. On his right is Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general, and on his left is Msgr. Tim Nolan, episcopal vicar for the permanent diaconate. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In ordaining 20 permanent deacons for the Diocese of Peoria on Saturday at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Bishop Louis Tylka asked them not to see the joy-filled liturgy as the culmination of more than five years of preparation, but rather “the beginning of what is to come” in their life of service. “The world looks to […]

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Peoria Notre Dame wins 5th soccer state title, shares joy with area schools

Peoria Notre Dame soccer players and coaches pose with the IHSA Class 2A boys trophy they earned with a 3-1 win over Chatham Glenwood to cap a 23-3-1 season. The title match was played at Hoffman Estates High School on Nov. 5. (Provided photo/Cindy Dermody)

Peoria Notre Dame again proved it has one of the state’s elite high school soccer programs with a 3-1 win over Chatham Glenwood on Nov. 5 to claim the Illinois High School Association boys Class 2A title. The Irish earned their fifth boys soccer state championship by prevailing in a game played in 30 mph […]

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