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Marching for (our) change

Students from Peoria Notre Dame High School hold signs as they join with representatives of five other high schools in praying the rosary for an end to abortion and the triumph of the culture of life on Jan. 21 outside the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“What does it matter if we march? What does it do?” The questions were posed by Father Mike Schmitz, a priest of the Diocese of Duluth and host of the wildly popular “The Bible in a Year” podcast, on Jan. 21 at the end of his brief remarks to a throng gathered in Washington, D.C., […]

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Paul Moore: The harmony of heaven, when we all will be in perfect pitch

The late Jerry Klein, former Catholic Post columnist, at the piano. (Provided photo)

In My Father’s House / By Paul Thomas Moore My predecessor in this column space, my late father-in-law Jerry Klein, wrote not infrequently on these pages of his mind’s happy wanderings on the subject of heaven, “If God’s earth can be so beautiful, what must heaven be like?” There are many opinions of what heaven […]

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“A part of God’s work” — OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters in Peoria blessed

Bishop Tylka blesses the new OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters in downtown Peoria and those who will work within it during ceremonies Jan. 25 in the remodeled and restored building's Heritage Hall. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Before invoking God’s blessing on the new OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters during joyful ceremonies in downtown Peoria on Jan. 25, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka had a message for those “on the front lines” caring for patients in this challenging time of pandemic. “I want you to know — everyone involved in OSF HealthCare and those […]

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Unable to go to national March for Life, students pray, rally together in Peoria

Wearing specially designed hoodies they had hoped to unite them at the national March for Life that day, students from Peoria Notre Dame are seen in the foreground during the opening procession of a Respect Life Mass celebrated at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Jan. 21. Five other high schools were represented at the Mass. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Sharing the disappointment felt by many Catholic high school students in the diocese at not being able to attend that day’s national March for Life in Washington, D.C., Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka offered a memorable lesson Jan. 21 to those attending alternate events planned for them in Peoria. Bishop Tylka urged the students, and all […]

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COVID surge changes plans for diocese’s high school March for Life pilgrims

Students from Peoria Notre Dame High School are shown at the 2020 National March for Life in Washington, D.C. The COVID-19 surge led Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to cancel diocesan high school participation in this year's march Jan. 21, but the pilgrims are now invited to a Mass and program in Peoria on the same day. (Provided photo)

There will be no Catholic high school groups from the Diocese of Peoria traveling to the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., this year. Citing the dramatic increase in the number of transmissions and positive cases of COVID-19, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on Jan. 7 canceled diocesan high school participation in the annual […]

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Sacred Heart Parish, Rock Island, is a pioneer in the use of QR codes

A business card-sized welcome message including a QR code for scanning by smartphone cameras is seen on the back of a pew at Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — Are QR codes coming to a church pew near you? That question would make no sense to Catholics just a few years ago. But as the square bar codes — the QR stands for “quick response” — become more utilized by restaurants and other businesses, the church is giving them a try […]

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Government Grinches

As we were preparing to celebrate the birth of our Savior, our state and federal governments put the lives of today’s unborn children and their mothers at greater risk by succumbing to abortion industry pressures. On Dec. 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it was lifting the requirement that a prescription for the […]

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Ribbon-cutting in downtown Peoria for OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters

The new OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters at 124 S.W. Adams St. in downtown Peoria provides the backdrop as members of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and other OSF leaders are joined by city, state, and federal dignitaries as well as project and labor leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 17. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The health care ministry of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis has long been a part of the City of Peoria’s landscape. With a seven-story historic building transformed to serve as OSF HealthCare’s new Ministry Headquarters, it is now part of the downtown’s skyline and revitalization. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Dec. 17 […]

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Life and teachings of Archbishop Sheen recalled at retreat, anniversary Mass

Robert Littmann of St. Philomena Parish in Peoria holds a book with an image of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen as he an other participants in a "Sheen Experience Retreat and Pilgrimage" pray at the sainthood candidate's tomb at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Dec. 4. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The life and teachings of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen were recalled in special ways in early December. On the weekend of Dec. 3-5, nearly 30 pilgrims gathered at the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia for its first “Sheen Experience Retreat and Pilgrimage.” And on Dec. 9 — the 42nd anniversary of […]

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