Baby Rose’s short life long on love, lessons for mother — and many others

Deacon Mark Jackson prays with Morgan Matson before her presentation at Christ the King Church in Moline. Matson shared the story of her first pregnancy with daughter Rose, who died shortly after birth. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MOLINE — Medical records say Baby Rose lived for two hours and 24 minutes on April 10, 2015. But the 2.3-pound, 8-inch-long bundle of love left an eternal imprint on her mother’s life and continues to help others grow in faith and wisdom. “I needed this little girl to guide me back to the Lord, […]

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St. Louis Parish in Princeton fills, opens the “Magi Baby Chest” for families in need

Msgr. James Kruse, pastor of St. Louis Parish in Princeton, is pictured with Jessica Murphy, director of the parish’s new Magi Baby Chest, and just some of the baby and toddler supplies already donated or purchased for the outreach located in the St. Louis Catechetical Center. It will open for the first time on the morning of Oct. 1, the start of Respect Life Month, and continue on the first Saturday of every month. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

PRINCETON — Christmas and Epiphany are months away, but members of St. Louis Parish are imitating the generosity of the three kings by supporting a new, parish-based baby/toddler supply center called the Magi Baby Chest. The pro-life social outreach, located in a remodeled room of the St. Louis Catechetical Center, will open to families in […]

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Golden, silver anniversary couples from across diocese renew vows at cathedral

Roger and Kathie Herman of Holy Trinity Parish in Bloomington, observing their 50th wedding anniversary in 2022, renew their marriage vows at the Diocese of Peoria's 25th and 50th Anniversary Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 25. Nearly 100 anniversary couples from across the diocese, as well as their families and friends, attended. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“Marriage is not a 100-yard dash, it’s a marathon,” Bishop Louis Tylka told nearly 100 couples from around the diocese who are already well into the “race,” having observed — or about to observe — their 50th or 25th wedding anniversaries in 2022. “Today we celebrate all the couples who are here, who have had […]

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Home from Rome: Bishop Tylka grateful for 2-week experience of global church

Bishop Louis Tylka greets Pope Francis on Sept. 8, the final day of a weeklong course of formation in Rome for more than 150 new bishops from around the world. Bishop Tylka presented Pope Francis with a rosary featuring an image of Venerable Fulton Sheen, whose sainthood cause the Diocese of Peoria is promoting. (Photo credit: L’Osservatore Romano)

As students around the diocese returned to school, so did Bishop Louis Tylka. And a weeklong “Baby Bishops’ School” experience in Rome left him humbled and grateful for an education on the global breadth and unity of the church. “We often think of the church as our parish and the pope,” said Bishop Tylka, back […]

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Sanctuary, spiritual renewal celebrated at St. Joseph Church in Brimfield

Incense rises from the newly dedicated altar of sacrifice at St. Joseph Church in Brimfield during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Louis Tylka on Sept. 17. The new marble altar is part of a $120,000 sanctuary renovation project. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BRIMFIELD — A renewal of the sanctuary at St. Joseph Church here is already leading to a deeper spiritual renewal at the parish. The completion of external changes was celebrated Saturday evening during a Solemn Mass for the Dedication of an Altar with Bishop Louis Tylka presiding. “Every time we gather around the altar the […]

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Are we extremists?

I have a love-hate relationship with the word “extreme” and its derivations of “extremist” and “extremism.” Those words are being tossed around a lot in both politics and religion these days, usually in the negative. Pope Francis spoke of extremism on his recent trip to Kazakhstan. “Let us free ourselves of those reductive and destructive […]

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‘Must-see’ viewing for Catholics in diocese

Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, diocesan vocations director for recruitment, greets participants in “Emmaus Knights,” a monthly formation evening for junior and senior boys in high school. The vocation awareness program is featured in one of five brief videos promoting the Annual Diocesan Appeal that may be shown at Masses this weekend or viewed at This screen grab includes an accompanying translation in Spanish.

So, what is your “must-see” show on television these days? Is it a traditional network program, or something on a cable or streaming network? Is it a news program, a comedy, a drama, a sporting event, or a mindless guilty pleasure (think “The Bachelorette”)? We have a “must-see” viewing suggestion for this weekend — actually […]

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Annual Diocesan Appeal is underway to support mission to ‘Go Make Disciples’

Saying “this is our moment to take up anew the Lord’s Great Commission — it is our time to ‘Go Make Disciples,’” Bishop Louis Tylka has encouraged a generous response to the Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA). The appeal, which funds most diocesan programs and apostolates, will be promoted in parishes this weekend, Sept. 10-11. The […]

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen Museum expands; has hosted 12,000 visitors in last 3 years

Looking over the new “Man of the Church” display in the expanded Archbishop Fulton Sheen Museum in Peoria are three members of a group of seminarians from Kenrick-Glennon in St. Louis who visited on Labor Day. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

When you host 12,000 guests, it’s good to have a little extra room. The Archbishop Fulton Sheen Museum at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria has expanded, now occupying space formerly reserved for rotating displays of diocesan history. The expansion has allowed for the placement of more and larger items relating to the diocese’s famous […]

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