Remote learning for diocesan schools to end May 15; year-end activities pending

The faculty and staff at St. Michael the Archangel School in Streator, starting with principal Emily Blumenshine, show how much they miss the students. Also taking part is Father Ryan Mattingly, parochial vicar and chaplain at Marquette Academy in Ottawa, (next to last square). Remote learning in diocesan schools will end May 15. (Provided photo)

Remote learning for Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria will end on Friday, May 15. Teachers and school administrators will use the remaining two weeks of the month to assess what worked in terms of instruction as students and their families sheltered in place, and what adjustments need to be made to the schools’ […]

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Class of 2020 senior disappointed, but is maintaining perspective and positivity

Josie Carmien, a senior at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, picked up her cap and gown by driving through the back parking lot at the school on April 20, but doesn't know if or when she'll get to wear it for a graduation walk. She and her classmates will have "a very unique story to tell for the rest of our lives," Josie told The Catholic Post. (Provided photo)

PHILO — If everything had gone according to plan, Josie Carmien would be putting on a red ball gown Saturday night and joining her friends at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign for her senior prom. It was a color she saved for this particular dance. The coronavirus had other plans, however. […]

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Priests of diocese share Easter joy with absent faithful via livestreamed Masses

Flowers surround the altar as Father Bowan Schmitt, pastor of St. Paul Parish in Danville, celebrates a recently livestreamed Mass.

It is only natural that some sadness and fear would be mixed with Easter joy this year, as COVID-19 restrictions kept people from gathering inside their churches and celebrating with family, but joy must have the greater claim according to homilies given by priests around the Diocese of Peoria this year. After all, Jesus’ first […]

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Divine Mercy Sunday is seen as a chance to receive Christ’s mercy ‘anew’

Pope Francis walks near an image of Jesus of Divine Mercy after celebrating a Mass marking the feast of Divine Mercy in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 8, 2018. Masses for Divine Mercy Sunday, celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, are expected to be livestreamed in Catholic churches throughout the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic. CNS photo/Paul Haring

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, supreme chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, will celebrate a special livestreamed Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. (Central Time) at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. The archbishop also will join members […]

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Bishop offers Good Friday blessing to diocese, pandemic victims via helicopter

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses the Diocese of Peoria from aboard an OSF Life Flight helicopter on Good Friday, April 10. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the bishop offered prayers in the air for its victims, their loved ones, and all those providing care. From above downtown Peoria, he offered a blessing in all four directions. (Photo by Msgr. Philip Halfacre)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, took to the skies via an OSF Life Flight helicopter on Good Friday, April 10,  to offer a blessing to the entire Diocese of Peoria as well as to pray for all affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “I was happy to do something that may give some comfort to people, […]

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Catholic schools report that remote learning, while not ideal, is working

The kitchen counter makes a fine work space for Cooper Behrends, a fourth-grader at St. Joseph School in Pekin. The flexibility of remote learning, which can be done during the day or at night, makes it easer for some families with more students than devices to keep everyone moving forward. (Provided photo)

It may not be what anyone would have chosen, but remote learning is working for Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria. Not only are teachers, principals and parents working together to move the curriculum forward, but they’re also paying special attention to the spiritual, emotional and social needs of the young people in their […]

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Bishop Jenky offers encouragement, blessing in video message for Holy Week

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, speaks from the sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria in a video message released at the start of Holy Week. The bishop is regularly recording videos to address the faithful during these weeks of coronavirus separation.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full transcription of a video message for Holy Week released April 4 by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. — Today we celebrate Palm Sunday. And in the 18 years I have served as your bishop, this has got to be the strangest Palm Sunday and Holy Week I have ever […]

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Hundreds turn out in Normal to receive a blessing and Holy Week Survival Kit

Msgr. Eric Powell sprinkles holy water on one of the hundreds of cars filled with parishioners from Epiphany Parish in Normal that drove by to receive a blessing and Holy Week Survival Kit on Palm Sunday. They lined College Avenue to wait for an opportunity to turn into the entrance to the church parking lot. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

NORMAL — For four precious hours on Palm Sunday, priests and parishioners at Epiphany Catholic Church were able to share smiles and greetings as between 800 and 900 cars drove through the parking lot to pick up Holy Week Survival Kits. Due to the cancellation of public Masses, it was the first time they had […]

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Drive through confessions offered by some parishes as Holy Week approaches

Among the priests of the Diocese of Peoria offering drive through confessions is Father Peter Zorjan, right, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Colona and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Silvis. At left, a penitent (foreground car) pulls up beside Father Zorjan's car outside of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church last Saturday. (Photos by Brian Wellner and provided)

By Brian Wellner / For The Catholic Post SILVIS — Parking lot confessions are the new normal in the Diocese of Peoria as more parishes take the private, intensely personal sacrament outside in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Last Saturday, Father Peter Zorjan heard confessions for the first time in front of Our Lady of […]

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Galesburg woman’s effort to connect hearts embraced around world

Designed as a "social distance scavenger hunt," Heart Hunters has turned into a way for people to come together by sharing love and kindness, according to founder Krista Wynes of Galesburg. This is one of the photos shared by the group's 600,000 Facebook followers. (Provided photo)

GALESBURG — As precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 caused people to shelter in place, Krista Wynes offered them a way to connect by sharing their hearts. They responded to her call for a “social distance scavenger hunt” by placing hearts on windows and doors, making her new Heart Hunters Facebook group a […]

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