Letters sought to support Catholic Charities’ foster care position

Photo Caption: A sample letter as well as a contact list of legislators is found online at the Catholic Charities website. By: By Tom Dermody While encouraged by an Illinois judge’s ruling temporarily allowing Catholic Charities to continue providing state-funded foster care and adoption services, officials in the Diocese of Peoria are asking for the […]

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New parish center to be dedicated in Atkinson Sunday

Photo Caption: The newly completed St. Anthony’s Parish Center in Atkinson will be blessed by Bishop Jenky on Sunday evening, July 24. By: By Tom Dermody ATKINSON — “We watched a miracle take place.” That’s how Deacon Nick Simon describes the outpouring of sacrifice and generosity that has resulted in the completion of a new […]

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Sts. Peter and Paul, Nauvoo, completes window restoration

Photo Caption: Msgr. Paul Showalter, P.A., vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria, blesses one of the newly refurbished stained-glass windows at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Nauvoo. By: By Tom Dermody NAUVOO — Bathed in rays of light from a setting summer sun streaming through newly restored stained glass windows, members of Sts. Peter […]

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Fr. Barron “shows off” Catholic faith in 10-part documentary

By: By Tom Dermody Catholicism is a beautiful religion “meant to be shown off,” says Father Robert Barron. This fall, the Chicago priest’s new 10-part video documentary called “Catholicism” will offer a new way for parishes and individuals to not only show off their faith, but to better learn and share it. Clergy and religious […]

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Celebration of four new deacons to continue at home parishes

By: By Tom Dermody Editor’s note: Several photos from the ordination Mass may be viewed by clicking here Dozens of photos may be viewed and, if desired, purchased by clicking on the Post Photos camera icon at left. —– The joy experienced at a packed St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday will echo in the coming […]

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Celebration of four new deacons to continue in home parishes

Photo Caption: From left are Father James Kruse, new deacons Daniel Gifford and Timothy Heppner, Bishop Jenky, new deacons Joel Phelps and Johnathan Steffen, and Msgr. Paul Showalter, PA. By: By Tom Dermody The joy experienced at a packed St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday will echo in the coming days at the home parishes for […]

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Diocese echoes world chorus of love for Blessed John Paul II

By: By Tom Dermody The applause was from hundreds, not the million-plus who had gathered in Rome for his beatification the previous weekend, but the affection for Blessed Pope John Paul II was just as deep and sincere among those attending a diocese-wide Mass of Thanksgiving in Peoria last Saturday. “This is certainly a moment […]

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Pekin parishioner-grad succeeds despite sight, hearing challenges

By: By Tom Dermody PEKIN — Because he is blind and nearly completely deaf, Josh Wertz often depends on being led by others, including his guide dog of eight years, Ace. But when the Class of 2011 graduates from the Department of Human Development Counseling at the University of Illinois at Springfield process into commencement […]

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Help Newman Center group win World Youth Day song contest

Photo Caption: Members of “Witnesses to Love” are pictured after recording their original song “Planted” at the John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal. By: By Tom Dermody NORMAL — First things first. “Votar” is Spanish for “Vote,” and to help a group of World Youth Day pilgrims-to-be from the Pope John Paul II […]

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