Bishop’s Easter Letter encourages all to ‘Make Jesus visible by who you are!’

Bishop Louis Tylka pours holy water over John Marchetti of St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal as he baptizes him at the Easter Vigil at St. Mary's Cathedral on April 8. Marchetti would take John the Baptist as his confirmation name a few minutes later. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Easter l April 9, 2023 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We celebrate with great joy the good news of Christ’s resurrection. Our Easter joy comes from the witnessing to us and through us that Jesus has conquered death and lives anew. As St. Peter testified: “They put him to death by hanging him on a […]

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New cornerstone for Washington school, gift from Class of 2021, dedicated

Bishop Louis Tylka sprinkles holy water on the new granite cornerstone at St. Patrick School in Washington. The plaque above it commemorates the occasion. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

WASHINGTON — Cornerstones are markers that designate a space. More importantly, they let people know what we want to do and what we want to be, said Bishop Louis Tylka. As he prepared to bless the new cornerstone at St. Patrick School here on March 15, he explained that sometimes they fade as the building […]

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Priests renew promises, sacramental oils blessed, consecrated at Chrism Mass

Transitional Deacon Daniel Dionesotes, who is preparing for his priestly ordination in May, presents the oil for the Sacred Chrism at the Chrism Mass April 4. He is accompanied by those who support vocations -- Carla Oliver and Anne Lucas. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The Lord has anointed each of us for a purpose, for a mission — namely to bring Christ to others. Bishop Louis Tylka said the Chrism Mass that was celebrated on April 4 made that clear in several powerful ways. The first came when he and the priests of the Diocese of Peoria renewed the […]

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Bishop blesses ‘wonderful gathering space’ at Sacred Heart in Moline

The new Gathering Center at Sacred Heart Church in Moline adds 5,000 square feet to the century-old church. It was dedicated by Bishop Louis Tylka on March 18. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — For many years, Msgr. Dale Wellman dreamed of having a place where people could gather and welcome others to Sacred Heart Church here. On March 18, the retired pastor saw his dream come true as Bishop Louis Tylka blessed the parish’s new Gathering Center. The $2.3 million project adds 5,000 square feet to […]

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From palms to Passion: How can we enter fully into the mystery of Holy Week?

This detail of Jesus carrying his cross is from a stained glass window at St. Joseph Church in Peoria. (Father Dominic Garramone, OSB)

Living the Word l Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion/April 2 (At the procession with palms) Matthew 21:1-11 (At the Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14 — 27:66 Palm Sunday: a day of contrasts! In our liturgy we move from palms to Passion; from hope to heartbreak. Reflection beforehand […]

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Doctors say Pope Francis can be discharged from hospital April 1

Pope Francis gives a chocolate Easter egg to a patient in the pediatric oncology ward of Rome's Gemelli hospital March 31. The Vatican said the pope spent about half an hour on the ward the afternoon before he was scheduled to be released from Gemelli after being treated for bronchitis. (CNS photo/Holy See Press Office)

ROME (CNS) — The medical team at Rome’s Gemelli hospital, after evaluating the results of Pope Francis’ latest tests, confirmed he can be discharged April 1. The 86-year-old pope had been showing continued and “marked” improvement for what tests revealed was a case of bronchitis, after he was admitted to the hospital the afternoon of […]

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Bishops call on faithful to pray for Pope Francis’ recovery during hospitalization

Pope Francis is assisted at the end of his general audience in leaving St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 29. The pope was hospitalized that afternoon with a respiratory infection after experiencing difficulty breathing in recent days and was expected to remain in the hospital for several days of treatment, the Vatican said. (OSV News photo/Antoine Mekary)

By Kate Scanlon WASHINGTON (OSV News) — After the Vatican said Pope Francis was hospitalized for a pulmonary infection March 29, Catholic bishops in the United States called on the faithful to pray for the Holy Father’s recovery. “On behalf of my brother bishops, I invite all the faithful to pause, if possible before the […]

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Pope hospitalized for respiratory infection, according to Vatican

Pope Francis greets the crowd gathered outside the Gemelli hospital after praying the Angelus in this file photo taken in Rome July 11, 2021, when the pope was in the hospital for 10 days to recover from a scheduled colon surgery. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After having difficulty breathing, Pope Francis went to Rome’s Gemelli hospital March 29 where he was diagnosed with a respiratory infection that will be treated in the hospital for several days, the Vatican press office said. In the past few days, the statement said, “Pope Francis complained of […]

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Proud to be Irish and Catholic at St. Patrick’s Mass and parade in Peoria

The float designed by the Diocese of Peoria invited people to "Live Like an Irish Saint" during the 41st St. Patrick's Day parade in Peoria March 17. Bishop Louis Tylka walked in front, while St. Patrick (Stephen Berlinger) walked behind. The back of the float had Bishop Tylka's coat of arms and episcopal motto, "Go Make Disciples." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“Everyone should be proud of their heritage, but we have better music and better food,” said Rita O’Neil Loyd, who was selected as Irish Mother of the Year for 2023 by the St. Patrick’s Society in Peoria. Few would have disagreed with her as the city’s 41st St. Patrick’s Day parade stepped off. Taking part […]

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Third video in ‘Five Foundations’ series released, focuses on fostering vocations

Sister M. Bernadette, FSGM, and Father Chase Hilgenbrinck have a conversation about vocations, starting with everyone’s call to holiness, for the third video in a series on Bishop Louis Tylka’s “Five Foundations.” The video was released March 14. (Provided photo)

Everyone has a vocation. “We are all called to discern how best to serve the Lord, the church, and our communities,” said Bishop Louis Tylka as he introduced the third video in a series about the “Five Foundations” on which he hopes the Diocese of Peoria will build a “mission-driven, vibrant church of tomorrow.” As […]

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