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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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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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