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Catholic Charities receives $100,000 grant to assist area COVID-19 impacted families

Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, is director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria has received a $100,000 grant to assist families impacted economically by the COVID-19 pandemic with housing and/or utilities payments. The grant is from the third round of disbursements generated by the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF). Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is among 31 nonprofit organizations […]

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Diocese’s Coadjutor Bishop-elect Tylka always strives to be a ‘gentle shepherd’

Father Louis Tylka celebrates Mass at St. Julie Billiart Church in Tinley Park in this photo posted May 2 on the parish's Facebook page. Pope Francis has appointed Father Tylka, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as Coadjutor Bishop for the Diocese of Peoria.

TINLEY PARK — When Father Lou Tylka was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago 24 years ago this week, among the gifts he received was a small statue of a shepherd kneeling to pet a lamb. The newly appointed Coadjutor Bishop-elect of Peoria still displays the statue and it has been a […]

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By division, mothers are superheroes

“Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centered individualism,” Pope Francis said during a general audience in 2015. “’Individual’ means ‘what cannot be divided.’ Mothers, instead, ‘divide’ themselves, from the moment they bear a child to give him to the world and help him grow.” The pope’s words ring even more true as […]

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Death of loved ones during pandemic can leave grieving families feeling ‘in limbo’

Family members guide a casket through a cemetery in this April 15 Catholic News Service photo. (CNS /Jim Urquhart, Reuters)

“A private graveside service is planned. A memorial Mass will take place at a later date.” Some variation of those sentences has appeared in almost every Catholic obituary since COVID-19 directives were implemented in mid-March. Following are stories behind those words shared by readers of The Catholic Post. We deeply thank them for speaking with […]

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Pandemic alters funeral, graduation, and wedding plans for Washington family

The May 30 wedding plans of Sam Vohsen and Teresa Schneider, shown in an engagement photo, have been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 10 will be in attendance when they exchange vows that day at St. Patrick Church in Washington. The couple plans a Mass of Thanksgiving next March during which they will renew those vows before family and friends, with a reception to follow." (Provided photo/Katelyn Turner Photography)

WASHINGTON — As May began, members of the Marvin and Mary Grace Schneider family of St. Patrick Parish here were praying a novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots. “For obvious reasons,” says Grace. “It’s challenging to go through all this.” In ordinary times, this family’s experiences in a five-week period would produce a rollercoaster of […]

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Bloomington pastor’s photo of rainbow spreads hope, reminds of God’s presence

A rainbow arches over St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington in this photo taken April 23 by Father Dustin Schultz, pastor. The photo has been widely shared on social media with the rainbow being viewed as a symbol of hope by Catholics longing to return to their churches for Mass and all praying for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Provided photo/Father Dustin Schultz)

BLOOMINGTON — Father Dustin Schultz noticed the rainbow as he pulled his car out of the rectory driveway after storms rolled through the city early on Thursday evening, April 23. His photo capturing the colorful bow arching over St. Patrick Church of Merna, which Father Schultz serves as pastor, has now been noticed by thousands […]

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Vehicle parades among ways separated parishioners are showing love for priests

Msgr. Thomas Mack, pastor, and Father Daniel McShane, parochial vicar, wave as more than 100 cars filled with parishioners pass by the rectory at Immaculate Conception in Monmouth on April 18. Similar vehicle parades elsewhere in the Diocese of Peoria have been one way that parishioners are expressing love and gratitude for the priests during this historic time of separation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Provided photo)

When the rectory doorbell rang at about 5 p.m. on a recent Sunday, Father Johndamaseni Zilimu thought it was a couple from the parish bringing him a meal. It turned out more than 400 parishioners were delivering a feast of love in a parade of vehicles. “They really made my day,” said Father Zilimu, pastor […]

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Patience and prudence

If patience is a virtue, it is among the virtues being sorely tested as the shutdown of the nation’s economy and the closing of churches to fight the coronavirus pandemic approaches the two-month mark. The signs that patience is wearing thin was in evidence this week as protesters began to gather at state capitols demanding […]

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In solidarity with our candidates and catechumens on this unusual Easter Vigil

Father William Miller pours water over Hannah De Smit's head as he baptizes her at the Easter Vigil at St. Patrick Church, Galesburg, at the Easter Vigil last April. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The Diocese of Peoria was set to joyfully welcome hundreds of new Catholics during Easter Vigil liturgies on Saturday, April 11. To those who are in the final stage of spiritual journeys to the church that began in September (or long before) and are anticipating their baptisms, first Eucharists, and confirmations, we say: a) that […]

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Bishop offers Good Friday blessing to diocese, pandemic victims via helicopter

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses the Diocese of Peoria from aboard an OSF Life Flight helicopter on Good Friday, April 10. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the bishop offered prayers in the air for its victims, their loved ones, and all those providing care. From above downtown Peoria, he offered a blessing in all four directions. (Photo by Msgr. Philip Halfacre)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, took to the skies via an OSF Life Flight helicopter on Good Friday, April 10,  to offer a blessing to the entire Diocese of Peoria as well as to pray for all affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “I was happy to do something that may give some comfort to people, […]

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