Streator parish to relocate Masses due to foundation issues at St. Stephen Church

St. Stephen Church in Streator, built in 1908, has been the primary worship site of St. Michael the Archangel Parish since it was formed in 2010. A badly deteriorating foundation means the edifice will be permanently abandoned following a final Mass on Oct. 1, with future parishes Masses taking place in St. Anthony Church. (Photo from

STREATOR — St. Stephen Church, built in 1908 and the principal worship site for St. Michael the Archangel Parish here since it was formed from the consolidation of four Streator faith communities in 2010, will be “permanently abandoned” in the coming days for safety reasons because of a badly deteriorating foundation. “We are not going […]

Continue reading

Last Mass offered at St. Elizabeth Church in Washburn as community says farewell

The last Mass at St. Elizabeth Church in Washburn was celebrated on July 29. It has been relegated to “profane but not sordid use” by a decree from the Diocese of Peoria and closed. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WASHBURN — For 87 years, Marie Beltramea Bond called St. Elizabeth Church here her spiritual home. So it gave her great joy to return with her extended family last weekend for one last Mass and potluck. “It’s marvelous,” she said as she looked around at the basement parish hall that was filled with people and […]

Continue reading

Walls come down as Spirit brings new life at Catholic charismatic conference

Merlyn Sondag of Immaculate Conception parish in Manito is surrounded with prayer for healing from an arthritic left leg at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference July 22 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore l The Catholic Post Many walls of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual resistance came down during the 37th Annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference, “I Have Loved You with an Everlasting Love.” It took place at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. At one point, presenter Michael Nolan of Shadow on the […]

Continue reading

St. Peregrine, pray for us: Monticello shrine comforts all touched by cancer

Bishop Louis Tylka offers a prayer of blessing for the new St. Peregrine Shrine at St. Philomena Church in Monticello. St. Peregrine -- who was healed of a cancerous growth on his foot when he had a vision of Jesus touching him -- is the patron saint of those with cancer. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MONTICELLO — In her heart, Ruth Ann Larson believes there isn’t one person who has not been touched by cancer in one form or another. What they didn’t have was a place they could go to remember, pray and reflect — until now. With a statue donated by Larson and her family and the support […]

Continue reading

Cancer diagnosis takes couple on an even closer walk with God and each other

Praying over Mark Buettner at the July 22 Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference in Peoria were Deacon Kevin Zeeb of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton as well as Laura Rebenzer and Miriam Johll of Shadow on the Water. Mark died Nov. 20 after a long, faith-filled fight with cancer. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore l The Catholic Post Mark and Pamela Buettner want to make it clear from the get-go — they’re not perfect. “It’s not like we are that family that’s the poster child for dealing with cancer right, I mean because we’re human,” says Pamela. Her husband Mark, who has Stage IV pancreatic […]

Continue reading

Final video in Five Foundations series explores legacy of Fulton Sheen

Katie Bogner and Msgr. Jason Gray have a wide-ranging conversation about the life and legacy of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the final video focusing on the Five Foundations of Growing Disciples. (Screengrab courtesy of Fiat Films)

Thinking about Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen as an historical figure with a nice story doesn’t begin to do justice to the sainthood candidate, who has his roots in the Diocese of Peoria, according to Msgr. Jason Gray, executive director of the Fulton Sheen Foundation. “He had insights about the Gospel and about the Eucharist and […]

Continue reading
SPALDING PASTORAL CENTER | 419 NE MADISON AVENUE | PEORIA, IL 61603 | PHONE (309) 671-1550 | FAX (309) 671-1595
© Copyright 2024 - The Catholic Post || All Rights Reserved || Design by