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Indian Catholics in Bloomington host Our Lady of Good Health celebration

The statue of Our Lady of Good Health is carried through St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington by (clockwise from left) Rex Allwyn, Joe Anantham, Maria Jin Lazer and Jerald Andrews (partially obstructed). (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — In many ways, people who are sick have no more control over their illness than St. Patrick Church of Merna had over the rain that caused the cancellation of an outdoor eucharistic procession planned for the Feast of Our Lady of Good Health. “I think the peace comes in recognizing, even in looking […]

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Members of Permanent Deacon Class XI installed as lectors at cathedral Mass

Deacon candidate Dan Fandel of St. Mary of Lourdes in Germantown Hills places his hands on the Bible as Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, installs him as a lector. The ritual took place during a Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 19. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Members of Permanent Deacon Class XI took another step in their formation on Sept. 19 when they were installed as lectors by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. He called it a “moment of renewal” for the Diocese of Peoria. “Let us pray together that the word of God will continue to change our lives,” he […]

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Bishop Tylka’s ‘Welcome Tour’ resumes with Masses in Champaign and Danville

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka distributes Communion during the Champaign Vicariate Mass Sept. 19 at St. Matthew Church in Champaign. Assisting is server Veronica Schuchart from St. Matthew Parish. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After a two-week pause, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka resumed his “Welcome Tour” across the Diocese of Peoria with visits Sept. 19-20 to the Champaign and Danville Vicariates. On Saturday, representatives of 16 parishes in the Champaign Vicariate joined Bishop Tylka for a 5:15 p.m. Mass at St. Matthew Church in Champaign. The following morning he […]

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Delayed 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal is set to open Sept. 19-20 with a lowered goal

The theme of the 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal is "Know, Love, Serve." It was conducted primarily through direct mail this year because of the pandemic.

Nearly six months later than originally scheduled and with an acknowledgment that “this is an extraordinary time” because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal will officially begin the weekend of Sept. 19-20. The theme — “Know, Love, Serve” — remains the same, but this summer Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, lowered the […]

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No masking the love, faith of diocese’s golden and silver anniversary couples

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky applauds as couples celebrating their golden anniversaries in 2020 lower their masks to kiss after renewing their marriage vows at a Sept. 13 Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. In the foreground are John and Mary Beth Duffy of St. Patrick Parish in Dwight, while at left are Tim and Judy Schrader of St. Ambrose Parish in Milan. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

There was no masking the love that was present in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria the weekend of Sept. 12-13. Couples observing 25 or 50 years of marriage in 2020 may be having subdued anniversary celebrations because of the pandemic, but the gratitude expressed for their witness to love and faith during separate Masses for […]

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Four new principals begin roles at Catholic schools in challenging year

Four Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria welcomed new principals over the summer who bring with them many years of experience, a willingness to change course and adapt quickly as COVID-19 conditions have changed, and a dedication to Catholic education. They are Jim Caparula at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in East Moline, […]

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Mystery writer Susan Furlong of Savoy has a personal story of faith and grace

Susan Furlong-Bolliger of Savoy, a mystery novelist and member of St. Thomas Parish in Philo, holds a paperback copy of her book "Splintered Silence" on the shelf of the Target store in Champaign. (Photo from the Susan Furlong - Author Facebook page)

“The source of justice is not vengeance but charity.” SAVOY – The quote from St. Bridget of Sweden appears just before Chapter 1 of Susan Furlong’s latest mystery novel, “Shattered Justice.” But you won’t find “Shattered Justice” in your local Catholic bookstore. The third and final installment of Furlong’s popular Bone Gap Travellers series, like […]

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Positive COVID-19 cases at schools not surprising; plans continuously updated

School Masses are celebrated on Fridays at St. Patrick in Washington. To keep the appropriate social distancing, only three classes can be in the church at a time. The liturgy is livestreamed to the rest of the students in their classrooms through Google Meet. (Provided photo)

Students and teachers aren’t the only things that can be found in Catholic schools this year. As with their public school counterparts, Catholic elementary schools and secondary schools in central Illinois have seen COVID-19 tag along. While this can be disconcerting it wasn’t unexpected, according to school officials. “We’re very aware of the fact that […]

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Bishop Tylka urges reliance on Holy Spirit during Mass at Peoria Notre Dame

In his homily at Peoria Notre Dame High School, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka told the students that to live a life in the Holy Spirit means "to live a life that is not just about me, not just for ourselves, but to live a life for the Lord, for the Gospel, for the kingdom of heaven." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Many firsts accompany the beginning of a new academic year and at Peoria Notre Dame High School that included a visit from Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka on Sept. 1. Not only was it his first official visit to a Catholic school in Diocese of Peoria, but it was the first school Mass there since the […]

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‘Welcome back!’ — Catholic schools open in diocese for first time since mid-March

Levi Bounds and his classmates in Natalie Perry's third grade at Corpus Christi School in Bloomington may be wearing masks and maintaining social distance from one another, but starting the day with prayer is a normal thing for a Catholic school to do. The first day at Corpus Christi was Aug. 19. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Adrienne Wilson bounded out the front doors of Corpus Christi School on Aug. 19 and waved to the families in every car lined up in the circular drive with an enthusiastic “Welcome back to school!” With the exception of a kindergarten student or two, who weren’t sure they wanted to leave Mom and […]

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