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The wait is over: Bishop allows parishes to offer Communion outside churches

Father Jeffrey Stirniman, pastor, places the Blessed Sacrament in the hands of Connie Ley outside Historic St. Patrick Church in Bloomington on May 13. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is permitting parishes to make Communion available to the faithful until Masses are able to resume. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — When Feli Sebastian heard that Communion would be distributed at Historic St. Patrick Church for the first time since March 14, she put on her coat and got in the car. “Two months I’ve waited. There’s no delay,” she told The Catholic Post after receiving the Eucharist and spending a long time in […]

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Multi-phase plan for reopening churches announced by bishops of Illinois

Signs such as this one at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria have been posted on church doors across the Diocese of Peoria for two months because of coronavirus pandemic restrictions. On May 13, the bishops of Illinois released a multi-phased plan for reopening churches. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

UPDATED May 20 Consulting with state and local public health officials and civil authorities, including the Office of the Governor, the Catholic bishops of Illinois have developed a plan for reopening churches and resuming public worship. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, released an executive summary of the multi-phase plan on May 13. Phase I allows […]

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Diocese’s Coadjutor Bishop-elect Tylka always strives to be a ‘gentle shepherd’

Father Louis Tylka celebrates Mass at St. Julie Billiart Church in Tinley Park in this photo posted May 2 on the parish's Facebook page. Pope Francis has appointed Father Tylka, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as Coadjutor Bishop for the Diocese of Peoria.

TINLEY PARK — When Father Lou Tylka was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago 24 years ago this week, among the gifts he received was a small statue of a shepherd kneeling to pet a lamb. The newly appointed Coadjutor Bishop-elect of Peoria still displays the statue and it has been a […]

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Pope Francis appoints Father Louis Tylka as Coadjutor Bishop for Diocese of Peoria

Coadjutor Bishop-elect Father Louis Tylka

Pope Francis has appointed Father Louis Tylka, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Peoria. A coadjutor is an assistant bishop with the right of succession. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who has shepherded the Diocese of Peoria since 2002, will continue as diocesan bishop. When Bishop Jenky […]

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Pandemic alters funeral, graduation, and wedding plans for Washington family

The May 30 wedding plans of Sam Vohsen and Teresa Schneider, shown in an engagement photo, have been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 10 will be in attendance when they exchange vows that day at St. Patrick Church in Washington. The couple plans a Mass of Thanksgiving next March during which they will renew those vows before family and friends, with a reception to follow." (Provided photo/Katelyn Turner Photography)

WASHINGTON — As May began, members of the Marvin and Mary Grace Schneider family of St. Patrick Parish here were praying a novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots. “For obvious reasons,” says Grace. “It’s challenging to go through all this.” In ordinary times, this family’s experiences in a five-week period would produce a rollercoaster of […]

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Bishop Jenky: Turn to Mary, intercession of Archbishop Sheen, to end pandemic

May 8 is the 125th anniversary of the birth of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. The stained glass image of Mary is from near his tomb at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, while the photo of Archbishop Sheen is courtesy of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith / Missio.org.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was released on May 8, 2020, by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. It was written on the stationery of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation. Dear Friend of Sheen, Bishops across the United States joined in a renewed consecration of our nation to the Blessed Virgin Mary as we entered the […]

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Alleman community gathers in school parking lot to pray for accident victims

People hold out their cellphone flashlights during a prayer service for Alleman High School seniors Roberto Torres and Alicia Casas the evening of May 2 in the Rock Island school’s parking lot. Torres and Casas were injured in a car crash the previous day in Moline. More than 150 cars reportedly were present for the service. (Photo © Meg Mclaughlin/Dispatch Argus via ZUMA Wire)

ROCK ISLAND — It didn’t take long for word to spread through the Alleman High School community that two of their own, seniors Alicia Casas and Roberto Torres, had been involved in a car accident in Moline on May 1 and flown to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. School administrators, […]

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As this historic school year comes to an end, Bishop Jenky addresses Class of 2020

Ben Carroll of Kickapoo received a surprise visit from Sister Lucia Sol, SCTJM, and Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM, principal at Peoria Notre Dame High School, on May 2. They dropped off a yard sign, letter and "air hugs" for him and his parents, Joan and Tom Carroll. Ben was one of 200 seniors honored this way by faculty and staff who were eager to make the visits, Sister Sara said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Students in Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria are preparing to end their studies for this school year on May 15, but before they sign off from remote learning they are hearing words of thanks and praise from Bishop Daniel E. Jenky, CSC. In a video message posted this week on the diocesan website, […]

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Bloomington pastor’s photo of rainbow spreads hope, reminds of God’s presence

A rainbow arches over St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington in this photo taken April 23 by Father Dustin Schultz, pastor. The photo has been widely shared on social media with the rainbow being viewed as a symbol of hope by Catholics longing to return to their churches for Mass and all praying for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Provided photo/Father Dustin Schultz)

BLOOMINGTON — Father Dustin Schultz noticed the rainbow as he pulled his car out of the rectory driveway after storms rolled through the city early on Thursday evening, April 23. His photo capturing the colorful bow arching over St. Patrick Church of Merna, which Father Schultz serves as pastor, has now been noticed by thousands […]

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Vehicle parades among ways separated parishioners are showing love for priests

Msgr. Thomas Mack, pastor, and Father Daniel McShane, parochial vicar, wave as more than 100 cars filled with parishioners pass by the rectory at Immaculate Conception in Monmouth on April 18. Similar vehicle parades elsewhere in the Diocese of Peoria have been one way that parishioners are expressing love and gratitude for the priests during this historic time of separation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Provided photo)

When the rectory doorbell rang at about 5 p.m. on a recent Sunday, Father Johndamaseni Zilimu thought it was a couple from the parish bringing him a meal. It turned out more than 400 parishioners were delivering a feast of love in a parade of vehicles. “They really made my day,” said Father Zilimu, pastor […]

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