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Pastor’s 3-year beard gone as St. Ambrose, Milan, celebrates renovation of church

More than three years after he pledged not to shave until St. Ambrose Church in Milan had a handicapped accessible entrance, Father Charles Klamut allowed his beard to be shaved during a celebration of the church's reopening Dec. 1 after renovations that went well beyond two new entrances. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will rededicate the church at a 1:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, Dec. 10. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MILAN — “I feel my strength leaving me,” joked Father Charles Klamut as his long beard, more than three years in the growing, was cut in front of more than 100 cheering witnesses at St. Ambrose Parish Center here on Dec. 1. But while Samson of the Old Testament lost his physical power after his […]

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From stress to holiness: young adults get seasonal advice at first “Fourth Watch”

Father Adam Cesarek offers suggestions on how to lessen pre-Christmas stress by keeping the focus on Christ during Advent. He was the featured speaker at the Diocese of Peoria's first "Fourth Watch" gathering on Dec. 4 that drew more than 60 young adults to the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Overwhelmed by the approach of Christmas? Father Adam Cesarek suggests making a different kind of list during Advent to “change your season of stress into a season of holiness.” “It’s hard to keep our eyes on the things that are most important as we prepare for Christmas,” said Father Cesarek, the featured speaker Dec. 4 […]

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Peru priest, Streator teacher training to ‘Dance Dance Dance for Charity’ Dec. 10

Darcy Mollo, fine arts teacher at St. Michael the Archangel School in Streator, and Father Jacob Rose, pastor of St. Joseph Parish and Peru Catholic School in Peru, work on their routine for "Dance Dance Dance for Charity." The competition to raise funds to keep the arts in Illinois Valley schools, will take place Sunday, Dec. 10, in the ballroom of Senica's Oak Ridge Golf Course in La Salle. (Provided photo)

LA SALLE — Father Jacob Rose and Darcy Mollo may not have a lot of experience when it comes to ballroom dancing, but that has made them all the more determined to “Dance Dance Dance for Charity” in an effort to keep the arts in Illinois Valley schools. Sponsored by OmniArts in Starved Rock Country, […]

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Turn to St. Joseph, a ‘model for all men,’ Bishop Jenky urges in new Festival Letter

A statue of St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus is carried during a recent Diocesan Men's March through downtown Peoria. In a new Festival Letter, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, calls St. Joseph "a model for all men" and urges the faithful to turn to him in times of need.

The example of St. Joseph “should be an inspiration to men living in our own challenging era,” writes Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in his 16th Festival Letter. “The Church has always looked to St. Joseph as a model for all men — for workers, for fathers, for husbands, and for priests,” notes Bishop Jenky […]

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Schools educating donors, families, on tax credit scholarship opportunities

One of the most intense educational efforts taking place in Catholic school communities of the Diocese of Peoria this year is happening outside of the classroom as diocesan and parish officials strive to inform donors and parents about the opportunities presented by Illinois’ new tax credit scholarship program. Four regional meetings took place in mid-November […]

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Maureen Bentley, Diocese of Peoria’s 2017-18 Distinguished Principal, prefers ‘we,’ not ‘I’

Maureen Bentley, principal at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights, catches up with Jax Cowan and Katie Lai as they work on an art project in Angela Umdenstock's kindergarten class. Bentley has been named the Office of Catholic Schools' Distinguished Principal for 2017-18. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PEORIA HEIGHTS — Maureen Bentley doesn’t use the word “I” very often. In fact, when it comes to St. Thomas the Apostle School, she prefers to talk about what “we” have accomplished. “We’ve always been a very rigorous school,” said Bentley, who has been principal at the Peoria Heights school since 2004. “We’ve proven ourselves […]

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Gratitude, pride as Central Catholic H.S. celebrates National Blue Ribbon award

Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria, presents the plaque designating Central Catholic High School in Bloomington as a National Blue Ribbon School to principal Sean Foster at a celebration on Nov. 17. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Students, faculty and staff, families and benefactors of Central Catholic High School often say, “It’s great to be a Saint,” and now the U.S. Department of Education has joined the chorus. Central Catholic was named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School at the end of September, and the award came home from Washington, […]

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DCCW Remembrance Day recalls Annawan’s Guthrie in special way

Father Timothy Sauppé leads prayers for the dead at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Annawan at the conclusion of a Day of Remembrance for All Souls sponsored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. The grave of Maralyn Guthrie, former DCCW president, is in the foreground. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ANNAWAN — Maralyn Guthrie loved the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and spared no effort to get people involved in the good work being done. The affection was mutual and on Nov. 6, the DCCW recalled her many contributions at a Day of Remembrance for All Souls. It was held at Sacred Heart in […]

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The High School of Saint Thomas More wins IHSA Class 2A state volleyball title

The Sabers of The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign pose with the Class 2A state championship trophy they earned with a 3-set win over Quincy Notre Dame on Nov. 11 at Redbird Arena in Normal. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

  NORMAL — History will record that The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign won the Illinois Class 2A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Redbird Arena here. And yes, on that afternoon the Sabers rallied to defeat Quincy Notre Dame in three sets — 18-25, 25-19, and 25-21 — to claim […]

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Diocesan Ultreya brings Cursillistas from five regional sites to St. Mary’s Cathedral

Reaching across the aisles of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, those who have made Cursillo around the diocese praise God during the Our Father at the Mass for the Diocesan Ultreya on Nov. 4. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Monthly gatherings with a reflection, Mass and plenty of time to socialize are a mainstay of the Cursillo experience, but there was nothing ordinary about the Diocesan Ultreya that filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria Nov. 4. Believed to be the first celebration of its kind, the Ultreya drew representatives from the Northwest Area Cursillo, […]

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