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Catholic Charities baby pantries in Peoria, Streator providing help and hope

Newly appointed volunteer coordinator Stefanie Tarr is pictured in the St. Gianna Baby Pantry, located within the Bessette Center at 1825 N.E. Adams St. in Peoria. It is one of two baby pantries under the umbrella of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Stefanie Tarr can get emotional listening to the stories of parents she assists at the St. Gianna Baby Pantry in Peoria, one of two baby pantry outreaches in the Diocese of Peoria operated through Catholic Charities. “I was a single parent of four kids,” said Tarr, formerly of Champaign and now living in Peoria. “They […]

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Respect Life director Cecilia Soñé shares her mid-summer struggle with COVID-19

Cecilia Soñé, director of Respect Life Ministry for the Diocese of Peoria and a family nurse practitioner, speaks during the 2019 Respect Life Conference in Peoria. She told The Catholic Post that her experience of being hospitalized with COVID-19 in July helped her to grow spiritually because “you realize you have to let go and let God because you don’t know if you’re going to get out of there or not.” (Courtesy photo/Daniel Soñé Photography)

EDITOR’S NOTE: There are hundreds of persons in the Diocese of Peoria who have battled COVID-19 in 2020, or are struggling with it now. All have their own experiences to share. Following is just one story of faith. COVID-19 did its best to take down Cecilia Soñé and it came close. What the coronavirus didn’t […]

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Teachers sub for volunteer cooks, save pie fundraiser at St. Mary, Metamora

Rather than let go of the Thanksgiving pie fundraiser at St. Mary School in Metamora when pandemic restrictions meant volunteers were not allowed into the building, the faculty and staff pitched in to fill the 166 orders themselves on Nov. 24. (Provided photo)

METAMORA — When Catholic schools across the Diocese of Peoria closed to in-person instruction in November and switched to remote learning, it looked like the popular pie fundraiser for St. Mary School here would shut down, too. The only people allowed in the school building were teachers and staff and that meant the volunteers lined […]

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Newly renovated sanctuary is blessed at St. Thomas the Apostle, Peoria Heights

In this screenshot from the YouTube video broadcast of the dedication Mass on Nov. 22, Msgr. Jason Gray prepares to bless elements of the renovated sanctuary at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Peoria Heights.

PEORIA HEIGHTS — With an eye toward incorporating elements found in the original church built in 1940 into the church that was built onto it in 2002, the sanctuary of St. Thomas the Apostle Church has been renovated in a way that invites people to raise their hearts and minds to God. Msgr. Jason Gray, […]

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Food pantries adapt to pandemic, continue and deepen outreach to needy

Volunteers at the food and clothing pantry operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Holy Trinity Conference in Bloomington load supplies into a client's car on Nov. 14. Volunteer Ron Yoder is pictured emptying the cart, Teresa Dubravec brings a watermelon and potatos, and Tom Fenger assists at left. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

When is giving away a large turkey for Thanksgiving not the kindest thing to do for a family in need? “A lot of people who come to us aren’t able to cook a Thanksgiving dinner,” said Nancy Elson, who assists with the food pantry at St. Mary Church in Canton. Perhaps they don’t have a […]

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Catholic schools of diocese switching to remote learning only for next 2 months

Students carry crates of books and supplies as they leave Trinity Catholic Academy in LaSalle at the end of the school day on Nov. 13. Schools of the diocese are switching to remote only learning for the next two months as COVID-19 cases continue to escalate across the state. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

(UPDATED NOV. 17) With confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the rise throughout Illinois, the 42 elementary and secondary schools of the Diocese of Peoria returned to remote learning on Nov. 16. In-person instruction is expected to resume on Jan. 19, 2021, according to a letter sent by email on Nov. 13 to school pastors, chaplains […]

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Spalding Pastoral Center closes as virus spreads in state; staff working from home

The Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria -- home to the Chancery, The Catholic Post, and many diocesan ministries -- will be closed until further notice. With coronavirus cases spreading across the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health has recommended that residents work from home and only participate in essential activities. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria closed on Friday, Nov. 13, and diocesan staff will work from home until further notice. “With the virus spreading uncontrolled across the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommended Wednesday that residents work from home and only participate in essential activities,” wrote Patricia Gibson, chancellor, in an advisory […]

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Diocese on McCarrick report release: ‘Lessons learned must shape response’

Then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington faces the press in the shadow of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 24, 2002. (CNS photo/Paolo Cocco, Reuters)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Diocese of Peoria on Nov. 10 issued the following statement after the release by the Vatican of  its “Report on the Holy See’s Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick.” A Catholic News story on the summary of that report follows the diocesan statement. Today we received the […]

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St. John’s Catholic Newman Center visit concludes Bishop Tylka’s ‘Welcome Tour’

Father Robert Lampitt, center, head chaplain at St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois, presents a gift to Bishop Tylka at the close of the Nov. 8 Mass as a "reminder of your time here and our affection for you." Holding the gift bag -- which included a Newman Hall sweatshirt, a book about the growth of the Newman Foundation on campus, and more -- is Ana Rodas, head sacristan. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

CHAMPAIGN – The three-month “Welcome Tour” for Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka officially ended with a visit to St. John’s Catholic Newman Center on the campus of the University of Illinois on Nov. 8. But that doesn’t mean his travels around the Diocese of Peoria are slowing. “The calendar just gets busier and busier,” Bishop Tylka […]

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