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Early distribution of Easter lilies, palms a sign of hope in Westville, Georgetown

Father Timothy Sauppé, pastor of St. Mary in Westville and St. Isaac Jogues in Georgetown, holds a blessed palm in front of tables with 400 Easter lilies that are available for pick up by every household of his two parishes ahead of Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. (Provided photo)

WESTVILLE — Normally, Father Timothy Sauppé would not have 400 Easter lilies in his parish center a week before Palm Sunday. But this is not a normal Lent. So the pastor of St. Mary, Westville, and St. Isaac Jogues, Georgetown, purchased a plant for every registered household of both faith communities. And he is inviting […]

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COVID-19 is not God’s judgment, but a call to live differently, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis holds the monstrance as he delivers his extraordinary blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) during a prayer service in the portico of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 27. The service was livestreamed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS/Vatican Media)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The worldwide coronavirus pandemic is not God’s judgment on humanity, but God’s call on people to judge what is most important to them and resolve to act accordingly from now on, Pope Francis said. Addressing God, the pope said that “it is not the […]

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Diocese’s schools now closed through April 13; e-learning plans implemented

Aimé Blankenship, a first-grader in Abby Brancaleon’s class at St. Patrick School in Washington, practices the skills she’ll need for e-learning before all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria closed at the end of the day on March 13. The schools will remain closed through Easter Monday, with online learning beginning March 31. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has directed that all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria remain closed through Easter Monday, April 13. The announcement was made March 23 in conjunction with a letter from the bishop informing the faithful that public Masses would continue to be suspended through Easter Sunday. The schools are scheduled […]

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Public Masses suspended though Easter, Catholic school closings extended

The light of Christ, taken from the paschal candle, is shared by those who were received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil last April at St. Patrick Church, Galesburg. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“With great sadness” on Monday evening, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, announced that the suspension of all public worship — first implemented as a coronavirus precaution on March 14 — will continue in the Diocese of Peoria at least through Easter Sunday, April 12. “Holy Week and Easter rank as the most important moments we […]

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In video message, Bishop Jenky offers encouragement during pandemic

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, speaks words of encouragement during the coronavirus pandemic in a video recorded March 21 in the chapel of the cathedral rectory in Peoria.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the text of a video message from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to the Diocese of Peoria released on March 21. It is published, along with updated directives from the Diocese of Peoria during the coronavirus pandemic, on the diocese’s web page, cdop.org. Dear friends: I am speaking to you […]

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Spiritual hunger awakened by suspension of Masses can lead to growth, grace

As public celebrations of the Mass continue to be suspended, many people are finding spiritual comfort and consolation in the Masses that are being livestreamed by parishes around the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As the faithful adjust to the new reality of watching Masses that are being live streamed from their churches or rectory and convent chapels in an effort to prevent transmission of COVID-19, many are wondering what they should be doing as they sit in front of their computer, television or cellphone. Father Jacob Rose advises […]

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Bishop Jenky suspends all public Masses in the Diocese of Peoria effective March 14

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, citing coronavirus precautions, suspended all public Masses in the Diocese of Peoria effective with the Vigil Masses of Saturday, March 14. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has suspended all public Masses in the Diocese of Peoria beginning with the Vigil Mass on this Saturday, March 14. Following is the full text of his statement, released on the afternoon of Friday, March 13, 2020. Click here for his March 12 statement with directives also affecting Catholic schools […]

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Latest updates on coronavirus-related cancellations in the Diocese of Peoria

A sign on a church door in Peoria tells of the suspension of public Masses and all parish activities as a coronavirus precaution. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic is a fast-breaking story around the globe, nation, and now in the Diocese of Peoria. This site, along with The Catholic Post’s Facebook page, will be a source for latest developments affecting Catholic life and events in our diocese. We invite parishes and schools to make cancellations known to […]

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Parish, school leaders are challenged to know, share the ‘why’ behind all they do

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, welcomes 140 people from around the Diocese of Peoria to a stewardship and evangelization conference at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on March 5. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Why do our Catholic parishes and schools exist? There are many answers to that question, but the one that encompasses them all takes only three words, a gathering of parish and school leaders from around the Diocese of Peoria was told on March 5. “To make disciples,” is the answer suggested by Katie Herzing, the […]

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285 continue faith journey at Rite of Election, Call to Continuing Conversion

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, greets Donald Kotsikpa, a catechuman from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Silvis during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion on Feb. 29 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Facilitating the introduction is Deacon Al Angelo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Henry Wefer of Morton can’t wait until the Easter Vigil, when he will be confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time. “It’s what I want more than anything,” said the 18-year-old college freshman, who will be received into the Catholic Church at St. Monica in East Peoria on April 11. “I’m burning for […]

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