Baby Fulton Joseph a blessing surrounded by love, joy, faith, music, and many prayers

Knowing that babies in the womb can hear at around 18 weeks, Royce Hood wrote a song for his unborn son that uses the baby's heartbeat as its metronome and foundation. Here he sings "Fulton's Song" to the child and mother Elise. The YouTube video is embedded in our story below. (Provided photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: See update on this story here. Even though he hasn’t been born yet, Fulton Joseph Hood of Dunlap has showered blessings on his parents, Royce and Elise, and five older siblings. He has also made friends around the world, who have joined the Hoods in praying for a miracle for this tiny miracle […]

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Diocesan seminarian is chaplain of NCAA basketball tournament’s Mount St. Mary’s

Deacon Austin Bosse, a seminarian from the Diocese of Peoria and chaplain of the Mount St. Mary's basketball team, is pictured March 16 with team members, coaches, and support staff at the site of the Mountaineers "First Four" NCAA basketball tournament game against Texas Southern. Deacon Bosse is third from left in the front row. (Provided photo/Liz Moir, Mount St. Mary's Athletics)

INDIANAPOLIS — When the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament begins late Thursday afternoon, the very first game will feature a seminarian who is just two months away from being ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Peoria. No, Deacon Austin Bosse won’t be shooting 3-point shots or making soaring dunks. But he […]

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Illinois bishops urge action to stop repeal of state’s Parental Notice of Abortion Act

The Catholic Bishops of Illinois have urged citizens to contact their state represenatives, state senators, and the Governor to oppose legislation before the General Assembly that would repeal Illinois' Parental Notice of Abortion Act. (Photo of State Capitol from

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was released March 16 by the Catholic Conference of Illinois. It was signed by the bishops heading the Archdiocese of Chicago and the dioceses of Belleville, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We, the diocesan bishops of Illinois, write today out of great concern.  Bills […]

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Pastors’ creativity, desire to provide sacraments continue year into pandemic

Assisted by Deacon Donald Koeberlein, Father Keith Walder celebrates Mass at Calvary Cemetery just east of Philo for members of St. Thomas Parish. He has been celebrating Mass there and at St. Mary Cemetery in Pesotum since permisson for outdoor Masses as given last June. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

With towering pine trees for a steeple and bright sun providing warmth, members of St. Thomas Parish in Philo gathered in Calvary Cemetery east of town for Mass on March 7. The joy of being together was evident on the faces of those sitting in cars and lawn chairs and in their ability to receive […]

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Susan Stolt is retiring; fiscal oversight of diocese’s Catholic schools restructuring

Dr. Susan Stolt, associate superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria, is flanked by Russ Courter, diocesan director of parish and school finance, and Lynn Hutton, who works in the diocesan Office of Finance. They will assume fiscal responsibility for Catholic schools when Stolt retires on March 12. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Dr. Susan Stolt wasn’t looking for a job as financial services coordinator for the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Peoria. She was happy as the business manager at Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg, where she served for six years. The job came to her, so to speak. Brother William Dygert, CSC, superintendent […]

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St. Joseph’s Day will be a meaty one with many reasons to celebrate on March 19

The March 19 Solemnity of St. Joseph is a highlight of the "Year of St. Joseph" declared by Pope Francis and is also the beginning of a special year in the church dedicated to love expressed within the family. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

By Catholic News Service and Catholic Post staff WASHINGTON (CNS) — St. Patrick’s Day has its corned beef and cabbage and St. Joseph’s Day has zeppoles, Italian cream-filled doughnuts. The two feasts days, just two days apart, fall in the middle of Lent this year. St. Joseph’s Day, on March 19, is on a Friday […]

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Bishops address concern over Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s abortion link

Vials of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine are seen during the phase 3 ensemble period in this undated photo. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved use of the company's one-shot vaccine Feb. 27. (CNS photo/Johnson & Johnson, Handout via Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, approved Feb. 27 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raises moral concerns because it was “was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines,” the chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees said March 2. The bishops concluded, however, that “while we should […]

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Catechumens, candidates take next step in their faith journeys at Rite of Election

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, engages in some light banter with Father Adam Cesarek, pastor of of St. Mary Parish in Pontiac, before he signs the parish's Book of the Elect at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion Feb. 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Each parish and Newman Center has taken a different path to prepare adults and children to receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist at the Easter Vigil over the last year, but all of them converged at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last weekend for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing […]

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