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Bishops approve plans for 3-year National Eucharistic Revival; 2024 Congress in Indy

Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of St. Paul and Minneapolis listens to a question during a Nov. 17 session of the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops’ focus on the significance of the Eucharist in the life of the church isn’t just about the statement they approved at their fall meeting. It also is about something bigger: a three-year eucharistic revival that will culminate with the National Eucharistic Congress 2024 in Indianapolis. The bishops approved a […]

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High school youth draw nearer to Jesus in the Eucharist at ‘Abide in Me’ retreat

The diocesan youth retreat closed Nov. 6 with an evening encounter with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament at St. Monica Church in East Peoria led by Father Eric Bolek, parochial vicar of the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community parishes. (Provided photo)

EAST PEORIA — Nearly 70 high school youth from around the Diocese of Peoria took a day out of their weekend on Saturday, Nov. 6, to encounter Jesus, especially in the Blessed Sacrament. The diocese’s annual Abide in Me retreat could not take place last year because of the pandemic, and this year was shortened […]

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Elementary gains help Catholic school enrollment rebound, grow by 2 percent

Teacher's aide Stephanie Lewis works on a puzzle with Josie Kilgore in one of the two kindergarten classrooms at St. Philomena School in Peoria. At 53, St. Philomena's kindergarten class is the largest in the Diocese of Peoria this year and the school's largest since 2010. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Enrollment in Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria has rebounded slightly from last year for an overall increase of 2 percent and now stands at 9,567 students. That includes a 5 percent increase at the elementary level — what Jerry Sanderson, associate superintendent, calls “a very healthy climb.” “A year ago we had 7,360 […]

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Bishops approve statement on Eucharist to ‘retrieve and revive’ understanding

A priest prepares to distribute Communion. The U.S. bishops on Nov. 17 approved a long-awaited statement on the Eucharist. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on Nov. 17. By Carol Zimmermann / Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops approved their statement on the Eucharist with 222 “yes” votes Nov. 17, the second of two days of public sessions during their Nov. 15-18 fall general assembly. Their OK came a day after […]

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‘Perfect ending’ — Saint Thomas More wins 1A state volleyball championship

Team captains and seniors Caroline Kerr and Anna McClure carry the IHSA Class 1A state volleyball championship trophy to teammates after The High School of Saint Thomas More's 3-set win over Augusta Southeastern in the title game Nov. 13 at Redbird Arena in Normal. (For The Catholic Post/Daryl Wilson)

NORMAL — With the volleyball state championship one point away at Redbird Arena on Saturday, Caroline Kerr of The High School of Saint Thomas More knew where her set pass was going. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t purposely set Anna,” Kerr said of fellow Saber senior Anna McClure. McClure’s spike was blocked […]

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St. Dominic Church, Wyoming, celebrates restoration of pipe organ with recital

Father John Cyr, pastor of St. Dominic Parish in Wyoming, uses incense to bless the newly restored 1930 Hinners pipe organ prior to a rededication recital on Nov. 7 featuring renowned concert organist Katelyn Emerson. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

WYOMING — St. Dominic Parish here celebrated the return of more than 600 singing “voices” to its church on Nov. 7 with a rededication recital showing off its newly restored pipe organ. Quoting St. Augustine that “singing is praying twice” and noting the number of pipes on the church’s 91-year-old Hinners organ, Father John Cyr […]

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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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