Mercer County faith communities merge to form new St. Mary Magdalene Parish

The churches of the merged parishes are pictured above with an image of the new parish's patron, St. Mary Magdalene. The churches include, from left, St. Anthony in Matherville, St. Catherine in Aledo, and St. John in Viola, which was damaged beyond repair by an arson fire last May.

ALEDO — The three Catholic parishes of Mercer County have merged to form a new parish under the patronage of St. Mary Magdalene. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, signed a decree outlining the merger and establishing the new parish on Jan. 26. The parishes that have merged include St. Catherine in Aledo, St. Anthony in […]

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The Catholic Post opens subscription campaign; help ‘Spread the Word’

The Catholic Post’s 2022 Delivering Unity Campaign has begun, inviting subscriptions and support for the diocesan newspaper’s mission under the theme “Spread the Word.” To renew or begin a subscription online via credit card, click here. “The Diocese of Peoria is our large family of faith in central Illinois,” wrote Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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‘In the name of God, stop now!” Church leaders react to attacks on Ukraine

A family carrying their belongings walks at the border crossing between Poland and Ukraine in Medyka, Poland on Feb. 24 after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in Ukraine. (CNS/Reuters)

FLORENCE, Italy (CNS) — European Catholic leaders appealed for peace and expressed alarm about the potential for “a humanitarian catastrophe” after Russia attacked Ukraine. “In the name of God, stop now!” wrote Archbishop Gintaras Grušas of Vilnius, Lithuania, president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences. Writing from a conference in Florence, Italy, he said […]

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Pope calls for day of prayer, fasting for peace in Ukraine on Ash Wednesday

A woman lights a candle as she attends a prayer service at St. Michael's Cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Kyiv on Feb. 20. People from homes in eastern Ukraine are already headed west, where church leaders are preparing to shelter them. )CNS/Reuters)

By Junno Arocho Esteves / Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the threat of war loomed over the world, Pope Francis called on people to pray and fast for peace in Ukraine on Ash Wednesday. Before concluding his general audience Feb. 23, the pope called on believers and nonbelievers to combat the “diabolical […]

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Married couples blessed, called to witness God’s love to the world

Galen and Jennifer Baxter of St. Patrick Parish in Raritan and couples throughout St. Mary's Cathedral kiss after their marriages were blessed by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka during the Diocesan Marriage Mass on Feb. 12. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

In the 1970s, The Carpenters had a hit song called “Top of the World” that spoke of the bliss of being in love. At the Diocese of Peoria’s Marriage Mass on Feb. 12, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka told married couples from throughout the diocese than even when they feel totally blessed by their relationship, God […]

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Bishop Jenky is reflective, grateful ahead of 20th anniversary and 75th birthday

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will mark the 20th anniversary of his appointment as the eighth Bishop of Peoria on Feb. 12 and celebrate his 75th birthday on March 3. (File photo by Nellie Gould)

Between COVID isolation and “getting creaky” as he ages, the last two years have afforded Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, much time for solitude and reflection. “I’m living almost like a Carthusian monk,” the bishop acknowledged as he approaches the 20th anniversary of his appointment as the eighth Bishop of Peoria on Feb. 12 and […]

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Teacher becomes ‘Bride of Christ’ as she is consecrated to the Order of Virgins

Christine Pinheiro prostrates herself on the sanctuary floor of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 5 as the Litany of the Saints is sung during the Mass at which she was consecrated to the Order of Virgins. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Wearing a wedding dress as she stood before Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, Christine Pinheiro resolved to accept consecration as a bride of Christ last Saturday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. A Latin and theology teacher at Peoria Notre Dame, she became the sixth woman in the Diocese of Peoria to be consecrated to the […]

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Masking is now optional in Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka helped Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg celebrate Catholic Schools Week with a visit on Feb. 4 that included the First Friday Holy Hour followed by classroom visits. Here he is pictured with second -graders in the classroom of Stefanie Cross. Three days later, the diocese announced it was updating its policy to make mask wearing optional in its Catholic schools. (Provided photo)

As of Feb. 8, masking is optional in the elementary and secondary schools of the Diocese of Peoria. The decision was made after broad consultation and communicated to diocesan school communities by the Office of Catholic Schools on Feb. 7. The updated policy applies to school personnel, as well as students. (See the accompanying statement […]

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“We Believe!” — new video shares 15 core belief statements of Catholic schools

Students at St. Mark School in Peoria get excited as they proclaim “We believe!” at the end of the video from the Office of Catholic Schools. The new video will premiere just before Catholic Schools Week begins. (Photo courtesy of Daryl Wilson Photography)

Knowing how to do something is important. Knowing why you’re doing it is even better. That was the thought behind “We Believe,” a new video (below) from the Office of Catholic Schools that will be released as Catholic Schools Week begins this Sunday. Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of diocesan schools, said it has been “a […]

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Holy Family in Peoria hosts Friar Bede’s ordination as transitional deacon

Bishop William Patrick Callahan, OFM Conv., smiles as he lays his hands on the head of Father Bede Thigpen, OFM Conv., calling down the Holy Spirit as he ordains the friar to the transitional diaconate on Jan. 15 at Holy Family Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Gratitude is the primary emotion Friar Bede Thigpen, OFM Conv., feels after being ordained a transitional deacon on Jan. 15 at Holy Family Church in Peoria. Well, that and “being thankful for the opportunity to serve people as a deacon and, God willing, some day as a priest,” he told The Catholic Post. The celebration […]

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