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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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Advent a fitting time for rededication of St. Mary of Lourdes, Germantown Hills

Father Vien Van Do, administrator of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Germantown Hills, symbolically "hands over the building" to Bishop Tylka by presenting him with the keys, legal documents, and renovation plans at the start of the Mass of Rededication on Dec. 5. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

GERMANTOWN HILLS — The Second Sunday of Advent, with its focus on preparation for the coming of Christ, proved a fitting time for a Mass of Rededication at St. Mary of Lourdes Church here. “It is so wonderful to have a place like this to come home to,” said Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, principal celebrant […]

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National Eucharistic Revival ‘a great opportunity’ for diocese: Bishop Tylka

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka celebrates Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Bishop Tylka took part in the fall assembly of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore in late November at which a three-year National Eucharistic Revival was approved. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

A three-year National Eucharistic Revival plan approved by the U.S. bishops on Nov. 17 presents “a great opportunity” for Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria to “deepen our appreciation for the gift of the Eucharist and its central place in our life of faith and in the church.” So said Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka after […]

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‘Greatest experience’ — Diocesan teens, Bishop Tylka among 11,000 at NCYC 2021

Pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria are pictured in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during a Nov. 19 general session of the National Catholic Youth Conference. (Provided photo/Phil Lee)

Celie Leibach will remember the “amazement” of being with nearly 11,000 teens from across the country at Lucas Oil Stadium for the closing Mass of the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. “I could feel the Holy Spirit in the room,” said the junior at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, adding […]

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Dangers of ‘screen addiction’ explored in presentation at Rock Island parish

Dr. Timothy Millea, president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities, makes a point during his Nov. 20 presentation "We Become What We Behold: The 'Other Pandemic' of Screen Addiction" at Farrell Hall of St. Pius X Church in Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

ROCK ISLAND — Do you stop what you’re doing — conversations, dinner, your job, even attentive driving — every time your smartphone pings a notification? Do you check your social media constantly to see if your latest post has another “like” or comment? Do you scroll through your Facebook feed repeatedly even though little has […]

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Grateful Morton parishioner Louis Hofer creates a sacred space in his backyard

Louis Hofer of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton is pictured near the backyard religious display he is happy to show all visitors to his home. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MORTON — Louis Hofer woke up one morning and had an idea to do something for Jesus. “He’s been so good to me,” says the 82-year-old member of Blessed Sacrament Parish here. But then Hofer already had much experience in serving his Savior, including through the Knights of Columbus and as a supply driver for […]

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Editorial: Omicron is coming; so is the Alpha and the Omega

On the first Sunday of Advent, the media were filled with stories about waiting and preparing. The Sunday morning talk shows trotted out modern prophets foretelling of an arrival. Smartphones dinged with the latest headlines and updates about what’s coming and how it might change our lives. A common theme? Now is the time to […]

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Father shares gratitude, faith, hope in story of daughter’s cancer journey

Jeff Hoskins and his daughter Ava, members of St. Pius X Parish in Rock Island, are pictured with their newly published book "From Cancer to Kinnick: Love Finds a Wave." The book shares gratitude for the support that Ava, now a freshman at Alleman High School, and the family received through her cancer treatment and recovery. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

ROCK ISLAND — Jeff Hoskins and his daughter Ava didn’t wait until Thanksgiving to give thanks to God and the many others who have accompanied them through Ava’s cancer journey. Their gratitude is voiced throughout a newly published book written by Jeff and featuring an introduction by 14-year-old Ava — a freshman at Alleman High […]

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