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Holy Cross School, Champaign, becomes pioneer in the study of aquaponics

Among the dignitaries who attended the ribbon cutting for the Tryon Aquaponics Tower at Holy Cross School in Champaign was Miss Wisconsin Angelica Niemann, who went to the University of Illinois and ran on a platform of "Eat Right, Future Bright." Joining principal Greg Koerner at the other end of the ribbon is fourth-grader Lydia Durdan, third-grader Camille Christhilf, and fifth-grader Emma Lwao. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — With the snip of an oversized pair of scissors, Holy Cross School took a giant leap into the future as a new Tryon Aquaponics Tower and lab was blessed on March 24. It is only the second such tower in the country and the first one in Illinois. Aquaponics is a method of […]

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New altar consecrated at Holy Family Church in Lincoln; sanctuary redesigned

Incense rises as Bishop Louis Tylka leads the rite of consecration for a new altar at Holy Family Church in Lincoln on April 3. A redesign of the sanctuary -- including newly crafted furnishings, paintings, and a restoration of the back wall – is the first phase of a total church renovation. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

LINCOLN — Calling it a “day of blessing for this community and for the church at large,” Bishop Louis Tylka consecrated a new altar in the renovated sanctuary of Holy Family Church during a Mass on April 3. “It is a great joy to be with you today to celebrate this Mass and to consecrate […]

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Pope apologizes for treatment of Indigenous in Canada; promises to visit

Pope Francis greets Rhoda Ungalaq, a representative of Canada's Inuit, during a meeting with members of three Canadian Indigenous groups in the Vatican's Clementine Hall on April 1. (CNS/Vatican Media)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Expressing “sorrow and shame” for the complicity of Catholics in abusing Indigenous children in Canada and helping in the attempt to erase their culture, Pope Francis pledged to address the issue more fully when he visits Canada. “For the deplorable conduct of those members […]

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Meet the 8 whose service will be honored at the ‘Night of Knights’ on April 30

Eight members of the Knights of Columbus from across the Diocese of Peoria will be recognized for outstanding service to their councils, communities, and the church during the “Night of Knights” on Saturday, April 30. The evening will begin with a 5 p.m. Mass at Holy Family Church, 3720 N. Sterling Ave. in Peoria. Mass […]

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Bishop Tylka leads Act of Consecration to Mary with students in Champaign

With Msgr. Stanley Deptula, pastor, kneeling to his left in front of the statue of Mary, and the students of St. Matthew School in Champaign filling the church, Bishop Louis Tylka prays the Act of Consecration of humanity, especially the nations of Ukraine and Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25. They were among Catholics from around the world praying with Pope Francis. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Joining people around the world, Bishop Louis Tylka offered the Act of Consecration of the human family, especially the nations of Ukraine and Russia, not once but twice during a visit to St. Matthew School and St. John’s Catholic Newman Center on March 25. The prayer at St. Matthew, on the Solemnity of […]

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“Grant that war might end” — Pope consecrates Ukraine, Russia to Mary

Pope Francis consecrates the world and, in particular, Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary during a Lenten penance service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 25. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Junno Arocho Esteves / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Russia’s violent monthlong invasion continued to devastate Ukraine, Pope Francis laid the fates of both countries at the feet of Mary in the hopes that peace would finally reign. “Mother of God and our mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust […]

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Input of deaf Catholics sought via online survey in advance of Synod of Bishops

Worshippers use American Sign Language while praying during a Palm Sunday Mass. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

CHAMPAIGN — They may not be able to participate in a traditional listening session for the Synod of Bishops 2023, but that doesn’t mean Catholics who are deaf or hard of hearing have nothing to say. Their input is being sought by the National Catholic Office for the Deaf by means of a survey that […]

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Bishop Tylka addresses permanent deacons, candidates, and their wives

Bishop Louis Tylka takes questions during his visit with the permanent deacons of the Diocese of Peoria at their Deacon Convocation March 5. He thanked them for their ministry and said he looked forward to working with them for many years to come. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As they gathered for the first time since COVID-19 shut down many public meetings and events in March 2020, permanent deacons from around the Diocese of Peoria had the joy of seeing one another in person and hearing words of gratitude and support from their new spiritual father. “Your ministry is valued. I appreciate what […]

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Sunday Mass obligation dispensation to be rescinded on Palm Sunday: Bishop Tylka

Father James Pankiewicz, pastor, greets parishioners as they leave St. Mary Church in Kickapoo following Mass on Sunday, March 20. Bishop Louis Tylka has announced that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass -- granted in the Diocese of Peoria two years ago near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States -- is being rescinded effective on Palm Sunday, April 10. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of a letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Peoria from Bishop Louis Tylka announcing that “the time has come to rescind the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass” that had been in place in the Diocese of Peoria since March 14, 2020, near the […]

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Bishop Tylka calls diocese’s faithful to prayer March 25 for peace in Ukraine

Bishop Louis Tylka has encouraged the faithful in the Diocese of Peoria to specially pray for peace in Ukraine through the intercession of Mary on March 16. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As the invasion of Ukraine by Russia continues to devastate that nation and “shock and frighten the world,” Bishop Louis Tylka has encouraged the faithful of the Diocese of Peoria to join Pope Francis in offering prayers for God’s mercy and peace through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Friday, March 25. Pope […]

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