African Catholic community celebrates 20 years at Christ the King Parish, Moline

The Chorale Seraphique (“angelic choir”) led the assembly in song -- and dance -- at a Mass celebrating the 20th anniversary of the welcoming of the African Catholic community at Christ the King Parish in Moline on Sept. 24. The choir and most of the assembly wore ceremonial dress with fabric from Africa created especially for the occasion. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore MOLINE — Every Mass is a celebration, but two Diocese of Peoria parishes hit some high notes — in more ways than one — on Sunday, Sept. 24. At Christ the King Parish in Moline, the African Catholic community celebrated the 20th anniversary of its establishment in the parish. Bishop Louis […]

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Macomb family an example of how end of scholarship program would ‘devastate’

Members of the Nelson family of Macomb are shown at St. Paul School during an assembly in their honor on Sept. 11. On Sept. 8, after three years as foster siblings, David, Victoria, Mylee, Anthony, and Mystori officially joined Zachary and Elizabeth as children of Brandon and Kelly. The Nelsons are praying the Illinois Invest in Kids Act Tax Scholarship Program will be extended so the six younger children can continue to attend St. Paul School together. From left are Laura Cody, principal of St. Paul School, and Nelson family members Anthony, 10, father Brandon, David, 5, Elizabeth, 9, Mylee, 9, Victoria, 6, Zachary, 11, and mother Kelly. Mystori, 12, not pictured, is in junior high. (Provided photo)

By Paul Thomas Moore MACOMB — A Macomb family has become the “face” of the Illinois Invest in Kids scholarship program, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Kelly and Brandon Nelson have two biological children, Zachary, 11, and Elizabeth, 9, who attend St. Paul School in Macomb through the program, […]

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Streator parish to relocate Masses due to foundation issues at St. Stephen Church

St. Stephen Church in Streator, built in 1908, has been the primary worship site of St. Michael the Archangel Parish since it was formed in 2010. A badly deteriorating foundation means the edifice will be permanently abandoned following a final Mass on Oct. 1, with future parishes Masses taking place in St. Anthony Church. (Photo from

STREATOR — St. Stephen Church, built in 1908 and the principal worship site for St. Michael the Archangel Parish here since it was formed from the consolidation of four Streator faith communities in 2010, will be “permanently abandoned” in the coming days for safety reasons because of a badly deteriorating foundation. “We are not going […]

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Last Mass offered at St. Elizabeth Church in Washburn as community says farewell

The last Mass at St. Elizabeth Church in Washburn was celebrated on July 29. It has been relegated to “profane but not sordid use” by a decree from the Diocese of Peoria and closed. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WASHBURN — For 87 years, Marie Beltramea Bond called St. Elizabeth Church here her spiritual home. So it gave her great joy to return with her extended family last weekend for one last Mass and potluck. “It’s marvelous,” she said as she looked around at the basement parish hall that was filled with people and […]

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Walls come down as Spirit brings new life at Catholic charismatic conference

Merlyn Sondag of Immaculate Conception parish in Manito is surrounded with prayer for healing from an arthritic left leg at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference July 22 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore l The Catholic Post Many walls of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual resistance came down during the 37th Annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference, “I Have Loved You with an Everlasting Love.” It took place at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. At one point, presenter Michael Nolan of Shadow on the […]

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