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High schools discuss mission, how to integrate faith throughout the day

Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM, principal of Notre Dame High School in Peoria, welcomes those who are attending the Institute Day presented by the school and the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. The event was offered in person and virtually on Feb. 12. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Williems)

People tend to think the “Catholic” in Catholic education refers only to theology class, campus ministry, or prayer before all other classes. Educators across the Diocese of Peoria and beyond dug deeper, however, during a daylong discussion that took place virtually and in person on Feb. 12. “Science and Faith at the Crossroads: Catholic Academic […]

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‘Art of Faith’ show opens online Feb. 18; brings hope, connection despite pandemic

After much thought, Jill Rodts decided to hold the Art of Faith Sacred Art Show and Sale as a way of reminding people that God remains faithful and close during these challenging days. (Provided photo)

UPDATED ON FEB. 25 ROCK ISLAND — Art has a reach that goes well beyond what the eye can see, and that became evident as the 10th annual Art of Faith Sacred Art Show and Sale kicked off on Feb. 18. “The reality of art is that it inspires us, it lifts our minds and […]

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100 couples renew vows, encouraged in vocation at Diocesan Marriage Mass

Kevin and JoAnn Emery of St. Mary Parish in Metamora renew their vows at the Diocesan Marriage Mass on Feb. 13 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The Emerys celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on Feb. 9. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

A marriage that is seen as a vocation, includes and embraces God’s love, and in which each person gives themselves fully to the other only gets better as the years pass. That was one message that Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka shared with more than 100 couples braving frigid cold and taking pandemic precautions such as […]

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Pandemic safety means a new way of receiving ashes as Lent is set to begin

The distribution of ashes by sprinkling them on the head is seen during Ash Wednesday Mass at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Manila, Philippines last February. The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has issued a note on how priests can distribute ashes on Feb. 17 while taking precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19. (CNS/Reuters)

Practicing the faith during a pandemic has required equal amounts of creativity and flexibility as people continue to seek out encounters with God. That will be needed again as Catholics approach Ash Wednesday on Feb. 17 and a new way of receiving ashes. To minimize physical contact between those who are receiving ashes and those […]

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The Catholic Post opens subscription campaign with a focus on renewal, hope

The Catholic Post has opened its 2021 Delivering Unity Campaign with a theme of renewal following a year of pandemic and its historic impacts on society and the church. “It will be an exciting time,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, expressing hopes that the Diocese of Peoria emerges from the pandemic “like roaring lions.” […]

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Street outside St. Mary’s Cathedral is now ‘Honorary Bishop Fulton Sheen Avenue’

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka applauds as Gregg Mulligan, a Peoria city traffic operations worker, unveils a newly erected sign designating Madison Avenue outside of St. Mary's Cathedral as "Honorary Bishop Fulton Sheen Avenue." Bishop Tylka then blessed the sign during ceremonies on Feb. 4. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

In a celebration blending religious and civic pride in one of Peoria’s most famous and influential historic residents, the street outside St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria was given the honorary designation of “Bishop Fulton Sheen Avenue” on Feb. 4. “These were the streets where Fulton Sheen grew up,” said Msgr. Stanley Deptula, executive director of […]

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Bishop Tylka visits Peoria Heights school virtually for Catholic Schools Week

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka offers a blessing for the Feast of St. Blase on the middle school students at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights during a virtual visit for Catholic Schools Week on Feb. 3. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PEORIA HEIGHTS — Many of the Catholic Schools Week activities that involve visitors had to be curtailed this year, but where there’s a will there’s a way. With determination and a little creativity, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka was able to make a virtual visit to St. Thomas the Apostle School on Feb. 3. Students in […]

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Catholic Schools Week celebrations continue despite pandemic realities

Student Council members Mitch Sager, seventh grade, and Reese Welker, eighth grade, hand out decorated cups filled with hot chocolate mix, mini marshmallows and peppermint candies as a token of gratitude to members of St. Mary Parish in Kickapoo as Catholic Schools Week begins. A few of the activities planned by the Diocese of Peoria's 42 Catholic elementary schools, high schools and academies are listed below. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

KICKAPOO — It was all about gratitude as Catholic Schools Week kicked off on Jan. 31 around the Diocese of Peoria. At St. Mary Church here, those warm wishes were accompanied by a decorated cup filled with a packet of hot chocolate mix, mini marshmallows and peppermint candy all wrapped up in cellophane and a […]

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Meet the diocese’ s 2020-2021 distinguished education principal, teacher and pastor

From left to right are Jane Barrett of Seton Catholic School in Moline, Distinguished Principal of the Year; Kathy Mazander of St. Mary School in Kickapoo, Distinguished Teacher of the Year; and Father Johndamaseni Zilimu, pastor of Saint John Paul II Parish and Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee, Distinguished Pastor of the Year.

In its Catholic Schools Week section published Jan. 31, The Catholic Post profiled the 2020-2021 outstanding principal, teacher and pastor named in early November by the diocesan Office of Catholic Schools. Following are links to the profiles of Jane Barrett of Seton Catholic School in Moline, Distinguished Principal of the Year; Kathy Mazander of St. […]

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Mass for the Unborn: Now is the time to ‘live the Beatitudes, change the world’

With a bronze image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on his left and the banner for the Diocese of Peoria's Respect Life Ministry on his right, Father William Miller offers the homily for the Mass for the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on Jan. 22 at St. Mary's Cathedral. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Mourning the lives ended by abortion, those who attended the Mass for the Unborn at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Jan. 22 were encouraged not to give in to despair, but to trust that God hears and answers prayers. “These times are giving us a great opportunity to live the Beatitudes; to change the […]

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