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Hundreds expected Oct. 8 for eucharistic procession that ‘bridges’ the Quad Cities

Hundreds of Catholics from both Illinois and Iowa are expected to take part in the Emmaus Procession with the Blessed Sacrament that will cross the Centennial Bridge (pictured) between Davenport and Rock Island during a 5-mile walk on Oct. 8. (Photo from Wikimedia.org/By Farragutful - Own work)

Only two disciples had the blessing of walking with Jesus on the road to Emmaus, but everyone is welcome to accompany the Lord, present in the Eucharist, as part of an Emmaus Procession through the Quad Cities on Saturday, Oct. 8. It will begin with Mass at 8 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 422 E. […]

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‘Gift’ of St. Teresa of Kolkata remembered by diocese, world 25 years after her death

Sister M. Zita, MC, gives a reading at the Sept. 5 Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria marking the 25th anniversary of the death of St. Teresa of Kolkata, foundress of the Missionaries of Charity. Looking on are Father Donald Roszkowski and Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general, who concelebrated the Mass. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The Diocese of Peoria joined Catholics worldwide Sept. 5 in prayerfully remembering St. Teresa of Kolkata — known popularly as Mother Teresa — on the 25th anniversary of her death. “Mother Teresa is a gift that God gave to the Church,” said Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria, at a Mass […]

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John Paul I, ‘the smiling pope,’ is beatified; communicated God’s goodness

Pope Francis leads the beatification of Pope John Paul I in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sept. 4. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Carol Glatz / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Beatifying Blessed John Paul I, Pope Francis praised the late pope for showing the world God’s goodness and for living the Gospel without compromise. “Our new blessed lived that way: in the joy of the Gospel, without compromises, loving to the very end,” the […]

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At Irish Fest Mass, Bishop Tylka asks prayers for Rome trip, meetings on Sheen cause

Bishop Louis Tylka blesses the assembly at the conclusion of the Mass for Peace and Justice celebrated Aug. 28 beneath a tent on the riverfront grounds of the Peoria Irish Fest. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As he prepares to leave for Rome on Aug. 30, Bishop Louis Tylka is requesting prayers for his participation in “baby bishops school” and especially for planned meetings with Vatican officials regarding the sainthood cause of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Bishop Tylka was the principal celebrant Sunday at an outdoor Mass for Peace and […]

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New chapter at Rock Island parishes; Conventual Franciscans welcomed

Two members of the Conventual Franciscans of the Krakow Province in Poland are now serving Rock Island's three Catholic parishes. Father Peter Sarnicki, OFM Conv., is pastor of St. Pius X Parish, while Father Witold is pastor of both Sacred Heart and St. Mary parishes. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody and provided photo/Chris Mandle)

ROCK ISLAND — A new chapter in the rich Catholic history of Rock Island began this month as two Conventual Franciscan priests of the Krakow Province in Poland became pastors of the city’s three parishes. Father Peter Sarnicki, OFM Conv., is the new pastor of St. Pius X Parish, while Father Witold Adamczyk, OFM Conv., […]

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St. Mary of the Fields Church in rural Grand Ridge set to celebrate 150 years

St. Mary of the Fields Church in Grand Ridge, built in 1872, is still a beacon of faith in the fields of rural Grand Rapids Township. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GRAND RIDGE — One of the oldest churches still in use in the Diocese of Peoria, St. Mary of the Fields in rural Grand Rapids Township east of Grand Ridge, will host a Mass on Sunday, Sept. 4, to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria, will be […]

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Excitement, joy as Catholic schools open, including Marquette Academy in Ottawa

Principal Brooke Rick shepherds Liam Gretencord, fourth grade, and Ariana Miller, second grade, as they arrive for the first day of school at Marquette Academy in Ottawa on Aug. 17. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

OTTAWA — Students returning to classes at Marquette Academy this week packed more than school supplies and classroom supplies for the first day of school. They also brought heaping doses of joy and excitement that were matched by teachers, aides and their pastor, Msgr. Mark Merdian, and principal, Brooke Rick, who waited to greet them. […]

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New academic year brings 11 new leaders to Catholic schools around the diocese

The new leaders of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria include (front row, from left) Trevor Knipe, administrator at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Nauvoo; Jeanette Holmes, principal, St. Thomas School in Philo; Dr. Susie Cicciarelli, interim principal at Peoria Notre Dame High School; Melissa Scholl, principal at Blessed Sacrament School in Morton; and Victoria McCollum, principal at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, East Moline, and (back row, from left) Grant McInnis, chief operating officer at Peoria Notre Dame; Julie Hampton Purl, lead teacher at Costa Catholic Academy, Galesburg; Sarah Hogan, principal at St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria; Chris McGraw, principal at Central Catholic High School, Bloomington, and Ron Kiesewetter, principal at St. Mary School, Metamora. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

A new academic year is bringing new leadership to 10 Catholic schools within the Diocese of Peoria. That includes some creative approaches to staffing and strengthening the head office at two diocesan high schools. The new principals are Jeanette Holmes at St. Thomas School, Philo; Sarah Hogan at St. Vincent de Paul School, Peoria; Ron […]

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Bittersweet farewell, exciting future as St. Jude in Peoria to build new church

After two weeks of asbestos abatement, hand demolition and preparation of the site, an excavator started taking down St. Jude Church in Peoria on Aug. 16. Construction of the new church is expected to take 14 months. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

On a day that was tinged with sadness yet filled with thanksgiving, parishioners at St. Jude Church in Peoria came to the altar on July 31 for one last Mass in what had been their spiritual home for nearly 50 years. Then they started to strip the church of its altar, tabernacle, ambo, Stations of […]

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Beyond ‘a good conference,’ Charismatic Renewal event was transformational

Dr. Carol Razza, one of the keynote speakers for the 36th annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference on July 30, talks about the theme, "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus," as the conference image looks over her shoulder. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Leaving the 36th annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference on July 30 and thinking, “That was a good conference,” wasn’t good enough for Dr. Carol Razza. “No. We say to each other, ‘I’ve been transformed. I’ve been changed. I believe the Lord has a purpose and a plan for my life. I can’t sit idle anymore,’” […]

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