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Ribbon-cutting in downtown Peoria for OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters

The new OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters at 124 S.W. Adams St. in downtown Peoria provides the backdrop as members of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and other OSF leaders are joined by city, state, and federal dignitaries as well as project and labor leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 17. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The health care ministry of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis has long been a part of the City of Peoria’s landscape. With a seven-story historic building transformed to serve as OSF HealthCare’s new Ministry Headquarters, it is now part of the downtown’s skyline and revitalization. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Dec. 17 […]

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Service learning helps Catholic schools be year-round gifts to their communities

Students and faculty at St. Malachy School in Geneseo celebrated Thanksgiving by collecting food items for the Geneseo/Atkinson Food Pantry and offering them during a school Mass. Principal Tim Smith said it was obvious one third-grader had something on her mind, however. “She turned around to me and said, ‘Mr. Smith, I need to go […]

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Renovation is blessed during open house at St. Matthew School in Champaign

After offering a prayer of blessing for the renovated St. Matthew School in Champaign, Msgr. Stanley Deptula, pastor, sprinkles holy water on Michelle Biggs, principal, and her new office space. The renovations were made possible by the Vision Capital Campaign, which raised more than $4 million. (The Catholic Post)

CHAMPAIGN — With a vision, anything is possible. Just ask the members of St. Matthew Parish and School. Despite the pandemic, they were able to raise $4.4 million to renovate the 60-year-old school — from the studs out — and create a new learning environment for the 398 students there. They got to see what […]

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Life and teachings of Archbishop Sheen recalled at retreat, anniversary Mass

Robert Littmann of St. Philomena Parish in Peoria holds a book with an image of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen as he an other participants in a "Sheen Experience Retreat and Pilgrimage" pray at the sainthood candidate's tomb at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Dec. 4. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The life and teachings of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen were recalled in special ways in early December. On the weekend of Dec. 3-5, nearly 30 pilgrims gathered at the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia for its first “Sheen Experience Retreat and Pilgrimage.” And on Dec. 9 — the 42nd anniversary of […]

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Mourning, prayer and a resolve to rebuild follow devastating tornadoes

Debris surrounds a destroyed home in Mayfield, Ky., Dec. 11 after a devastating tornado ripped through the town. More than 30 tornadoes were reported across six states late Dec. 10 and early Dec. 11, killing dozens of people and leaving a trail of devastation. (CNS/Cheney Orr, Reuters)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Church leaders have urged Catholics and all people of goodwill to donate to recovery efforts and financial help for tornado victims by supporting the work of Catholic Charities USA. — By  Catholic News Service MAYFIELD, Ky. (CNS) — Mourning, prayer and a resolve to rebuild shattered lives, homes and businesses in Mayfield followed […]

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Schools office names distinguished educators for the 2021-2022 academic year

The honorees will be profiled in the Catholic Schools Week section of The Catholic Post next month and recognized at a Mass and luncheon marking the end of the school year in May.

This week the Office of Catholic Schools announced the names of the Distinguished Pastor, Principal and Teacher who are being honored for outstanding service this year. They are Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., pastor of Holy Family Parish and School in Peoria; Patsy Santen, principal of St. Vincent de Paul School, Peoria; and Vanessa […]

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National Eucharistic Revival ‘a great opportunity’ for diocese: Bishop Tylka

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka celebrates Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Bishop Tylka took part in the fall assembly of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore in late November at which a three-year National Eucharistic Revival was approved. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

A three-year National Eucharistic Revival plan approved by the U.S. bishops on Nov. 17 presents “a great opportunity” for Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria to “deepen our appreciation for the gift of the Eucharist and its central place in our life of faith and in the church.” So said Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka after […]

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‘Greatest experience’ — Diocesan teens, Bishop Tylka among 11,000 at NCYC 2021

Pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria are pictured in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during a Nov. 19 general session of the National Catholic Youth Conference. (Provided photo/Phil Lee)

Celie Leibach will remember the “amazement” of being with nearly 11,000 teens from across the country at Lucas Oil Stadium for the closing Mass of the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. “I could feel the Holy Spirit in the room,” said the junior at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, adding […]

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Supreme Court justices seem willing to allow Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban

A pro-life advocate is seen near the U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 1, the day justices heard oral arguments in a case about a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of gestation. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

By Carol Zimmermann / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In the Supreme Court’s first major abortion case in decades — which looked at Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy — the majority of justices Dec. 1 seemed willing to let that ban stay in place. But it was unclear if they […]

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Dangers of ‘screen addiction’ explored in presentation at Rock Island parish

Dr. Timothy Millea, president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities, makes a point during his Nov. 20 presentation "We Become What We Behold: The 'Other Pandemic' of Screen Addiction" at Farrell Hall of St. Pius X Church in Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

ROCK ISLAND — Do you stop what you’re doing — conversations, dinner, your job, even attentive driving — every time your smartphone pings a notification? Do you check your social media constantly to see if your latest post has another “like” or comment? Do you scroll through your Facebook feed repeatedly even though little has […]

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