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‘Day of the Dead’ altar at St. Mary Church, Bloomington, rich in symbolism, hope

Diego Sanchez-Gomez places a photo of his late grandmother, Rosa Gomez, on the Day of the Dead altar at St. Mary Church in Bloomington. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — Members of St. Mary Parish here have a striking reminder to pray for the souls of the deceased during November with the construction of a tall, colorful Day of the Dead altar to the left of the sanctuary. “The bright colors and the flowers show us there is a tomorrow of happiness and […]

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Metamora native pens book that points youth to the treasure of the Eucharist

Janeen Zaio, author of "The Treasure with a Face," visits the third- and fourth-graders in Joyce Heiple's class at St. Mary School in Metamora Oct. 21. A 1985 graduate of the school, she shared her book about how a boy not much older than they are discovered the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

METAMORA — As the U.S. bishops prepare to continue their work on a teaching document about the Eucharist, Metamora native Janeen Zaio is doing her part to win young hearts for Jesus with her debut book, “The Treasure with a Face.” She introduced it to students at St. Mary School here during a visit to […]

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Parenting is ‘tougher than ever’ in pandemic era; speakers offer way forward

Matt Regitz, left, and Johnny Philp lead parents in a discussion on the theme "The Post-Coronavirus Church: Parenting Just Got Even Harder" during an evening of fellowship and community hosted by Peoria Notre Dame High School on Oct. 26. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Catholic parents need to support one another and bring Jesus into their home discussions all the more because COVID-19 has made parenting “tougher than it’s ever been.” “As we talk about this pandemic and what has changed, it’s just tougher,” said Matt Regitz, one of two youth and family ministers from Texas who spoke at […]

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Post’s memorial video honors deceased loved ones, offers faith, hope in Christ

Nearly 50 reader-submitted photos are featured in our 2021 All Souls' Day Memorial Video.

Nearly 50 reader-submitted photos of recently deceased loved ones are featured in a 2021 All Souls’ Day memorial video produced by The Catholic Post. The video was released on Nov. 1 on YouTube and via The Catholic Post’s Facebook page. It had already received nearly 1,000 views by the next day’s Commemoration of All the […]

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Bishop Jenky expresses love and gratitude to diocese’s priests at their Assembly Days

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, receives a standing ovation Oct. 20 from Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka and priests from throughout the Diocese of Peoria following his remarks closing the 2021 Priest Assembly Days at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Bishop Jenky, who turns 75 -- the age when bishops are required to submit a letter of resignation to the pope -- in March, expressed his personal love and gratitude to the priests, as well as that of Catholics throughout the diocese. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, closed a two-day gathering of priests from throughout the Diocese of Peoria on Oct. 20 by expressing his love and gratitude for them as he prepares to “ease my way back into religious life.” “There’s a blessing in every stage of life, and letting go and just being able to […]

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Citing care for creation, Benedictine Monastery in Rock Island goes ‘solar’

Newly installed solar panels are seen in this aerial view of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. "The panels have the potential to provide up to 98 percent of the annual electrical needs for the monastery and as much as 80 percent for Benet House Retreat Center. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — It wasn’t very long after God created the earth that he set the sun in the sky “to govern the day.” Now that same sun is providing the energy needed for the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery to minister to God’s people and care for his creation. With the […]

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Pope Francis, Diocese of Peoria open process leading to 2023 Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 10 to open the process that will lead up to the assembly of the world Synod of Bishops in 2023. (CNS/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A synod calls on everyone to become experts in “the art of encounter” in a way that is uplifting and transformative, Pope Francis said, formally opening the process leading up to the assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2023. “Celebrating a synod means walking on the same road, together” just […]

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“Welcome Back Weekend” at Mendota-area parishes includes ‘1,000 Acts of Kindness’

After processing out of Holy Cross Church in Mendota, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka poses for a photo with Father Peter Pilon (right), pastor, and Father Jeff Windy (left), parochial vicar, as well as the altar servers for the "Welcome Back" Mass. A social followed. (Provided photo/Suzie Fritz)

MENDOTA — As a way to invite people to return to church for Mass — and bring others with them — the Mendota Catholic Parishes hosted a Welcome Back Weekend at the end of September. Among those who received an invitation for the Mass and social that followed was Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka. He concelebrated […]

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Bishop Tylka rides in a combine and harvests information on farm life

Pictured with a combine on the Terry Sullivan farm south of Macomb on Oct. 5 are, from left, Theresa Young, Ben Wilson, Terry Sullivan, Bishop Louis Tylka, and Nate Young. Bishop Tylka rode along with Sullivan as he harvested corn that day. (Provided photo/Laura Cody)

MACOMB — Theresa Young describes Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka as “down to earth.” Perhaps that was most true on Oct. 5, when Bishop Tylka spent about 90 minutes in the fertile soil of McDonough County, experiencing farm life at harvest time, asking questions, and even riding in a combine. “We hope he comes back in […]

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‘Listening to the Faithful’ — Bishop Tylka hears hopes, struggles on Welcome Tour 2

At the end of the listening session for the LaSalle Vicariate, Bishop Louis Tylka offers a response to what he had heard that evening and thanked parishioners for being engaged in the process. The Sept. 21 gathering was held in the Holy Family School Gym in Oglesby. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In what he hopes will be a hallmark of his time in the Diocese of Peoria, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been listening to parishioners in each of the 12 vicariates as they shared their lived experience of the faith and their hopes and dreams, as well as their struggles. As “Welcome Tour Part 2 […]

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