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U.S. Catholics weigh in with mixed reaction on projected Biden win

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden joins vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris onstage at a rally in Wilmington, Del., Nov. 7, 2020, after news media declared they had won the presidential election. (CNS/Jim Bourg, Reuters)

By Rhina Guidos / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The bishop of the Delaware Catholic diocese where the nation’s future 46th president has worshipped for decades offered his congratulations Nov. 8, as well as hopes that voters set aside political differences and heed the Gospel’s call for unity. “Today I congratulate President-elect (Joe) Biden. […]

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Schools office recognizes outstanding pastor, principal, and teacher for 2020-21

The honorees will be recognized at a Mass and luncheon on May 5, 2021.

During a school year that has required extraordinary amounts of patience, adaptability and faith, the Office of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Peoria offered three reasons to celebrate by recognizing its outstanding pastor, principal and teacher. They are Father Johndamaseni Zilimu, pastor of Saint John Paul II Parish and Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee, […]

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First-ever Harvest Mass for Bishop Tylka unites grateful Raritan-area farmers

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka started his visit to St. Patrick Church in Raritan by climbing up into the cab of a combine owned by the Brokaw family. Richard Brokaw said he answered as many questions as he could before they had to move on. The church and cemetery can be seen on the left. (The Catholic Post/Richard Brokaw)

RARITAN — After a challenging growing season, farmers in this Henderson County community gave thanks for yields of corn and soybeans that were better than expected at a Harvest Mass on Oct. 24. Joining them for the liturgy at St. Patrick Church was Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka. “This is my first-ever Harvest Mass, but not […]

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‘Beautiful before, amazing now’: windows restored, blessed at Sacred Heart, Moline

The Resurrection window, which was sponsored by the people of Sacred Heart Church in Moline, can be seen by standing in front of the altar and looking toward the choir loft. It is Father Mark DeSutter's favorite stained glass window in the church and he said it is really striking when the sun is in the south during the winter. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — It was hard not to look up at the newly restored windows at Sacred Heart Church here during Mass on Oct. 10. The liturgy that afternoon and those that followed the next morning celebrated the completion of the yearlong project, which involved 34 of the church’s 52 windows. Father Mark DeSutter, pastor, blessed […]

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Catholic schools adapt, students happy to be “in person” at end of first quarter

Led by Father Matthew Deptula, pastor, the children in Katie Grivetti's kindergarten class at St. Edward School in Chillicothe show Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka how they can make the sign of the cross. Bishop Tylka visited each classroom during his vist on Oct. 13, the feast of St. Edward. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Administrators at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria admitted to having some concerns about the pandemic as they welcomed students back for in-person instruction in August, but as the first quarter ended last week they said the students are happy and doing well — masks included. “We couldn’t be happier,” said Mike Domico, principal […]

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Delayed Chrism Mass celebrated; holy oils are blessed, priests renew their promises

Father Don Roszkowski, assistant chaplain at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, presents the Oil of the Sick at the Chrism Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral on Oct. 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Despite the fact that for many this is still a “painful time of quarantine,” the good news is that the faith of the Catholic Church has not been quarantined, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said as he celebrated the Chrism Mass on Oct. 20 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “Our hope has not been […]

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Bishop Tylka welcomed into the family at St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka smiles as he talks about his collection of Chicago Blackhawks jerseys, sweatshirts and t-shirts and how he instructed his sister and nephew from New Jersey to put one on if they wanted to go to a game with him. In the same way, we must put on Christ if we hope to live as a disciple, he said during his visit to St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal on Oct. 11. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

NORMAL — Family is an important concept at St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka was welcomed into that family when he celebrated Mass here on Oct. 11. It marked his first official visit to a Newman Center in the Diocese of Peoria since his episcopal ordination on July 23. […]

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Bishop Jenky’s Respect Life Month message: Work, pray tirelessly for Gospel of Life

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, leads a rosary outside the former abortion clinic in Peoria in this file photo. In a message for the 2020 Respect Life Month, the bishop says the right to life is the first of all our human rights, and "the destruction of human life in the womb is an intrinsic evil." (The Catholic Post file photo/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a letter released Oct. 5, 2020, by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to mark Respect Life Month: — Human beings are made in the very image and likeness of God.  It is for this reason that, although abortion is not the only evil that afflicts human society, the right to life […]

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Backyard grotto is a peaceful place of prayer as Dr. Michele Couri fights illness

Dr. Michele Couri sits in the new grotto that was built over the summer in a wooded area in back of her house in Peoria. The statue of Mary and Jesus was carved in Lebanon. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In a wooded area in the back of her north Peoria home, Dr. Michele Couri finds the peace she needs to face challenges big and small, with help from the Virgin Mary, the Child Jesus and St. Sharbel. It comes in the form of a grotto constructed over the summer by a family friend, Patrick […]

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