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A Christmas message from Bishop Tylka

Following is the message for Christmas 2023 from Bishop Louis Tylka, Bishop of Peoria. Each year during the holiday season, we hear many wonderful hymns and songs filled with faith, joy, and cheer. Some of the classics invite us to recall the central truth of Christmas: the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Indeed, many […]

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Catholic Charities Christmas program distributes 2,300 gifts across the diocese

Jessica Anderson of LaSalle receives Christmas presents from Bishop Tylka for her two girls, ages 9 and 10, during a distribution from the Catholic Charities St. Nicholas Van outside St. Patrick Church in LaSalle on Dec. 12. Assisting is Chris McAtee, director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore LASALLE — The Catholic Charities St. Nicholas van rolled into the parking lot of St. Patrick Church here on Dec. 12, and soon the gift-giving commenced. Distributing the Christmas gifts — donated by Catholics throughout the diocese and given through Catholic Charites to more than 2,300 people — on this day […]

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OSF Sisters, Diocese of Peoria align for future of Catholic health care ministry

The OSF HealthCare logo is seen at the ministry's new headquarters in downtown Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After “great prayer and discernment,” The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis have aligned with the Diocese of Peoria in a new partnership to build on the religious community’s 147-year legacy in health care. The planned creation of a Diocesan Public Juridic Person was announced on Dec. 19 to “ensure OSF HealthCare continues […]

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Donkey drew attention, but preparing for Jesus was focus of Advent ‘journey’

Father Don Roszkowski, chaplain, checks on Buckeye the donkey as Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is recreated on the motherhouse grounds of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in East Peoria on Dec. 3. Helping to guide Buckeye are Sister Theresa Ann Brazeau, OSF, and “shepherd”-owner Renee Humphrey. Joseph and Mary are portrayed by Phillip Rupert and Faustina Hoerdeman. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

EAST PEORIA — The 150 voices sweetly singing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” as they recreated Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem were joined by a shrill shout as the procession neared a stable erected on the Franciscan motherhouse grounds. “Hee-haw, hee-haw,” chimed in Buckeye the donkey, making his voice heard for the first time […]

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‘Awesome . . . job well done’ — dedication of new St. Jude Church, Peoria, is celebrated

The interior of the new St. Jude Church in Peoria is seen as the procession makes its way through the packed assembly at the close of the Dedication Mass on Nov. 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

With two three-word phrases, Bishop Louis Tylka summed up the thoughts of many who packed the new St. Jude Church in Peoria for its Dedication Mass on Wednesday evening, Nov. 29. “This is awesome,” said Bishop Tylka as he began his homily. Moments later, as the bishop thanked and congratulated Father Patrick Henehan, pastor, and […]

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Pope Francis cancels Dec. 1-3 Dubai trip, but Vatican says his health is improving

Pope Francis gives his blessing to people gathered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican and watching a livestream of the midday Angelus prayer on Nov. 26. The pope did not go to his window overlooking the square because, he said, he had a "problem with inflammation of my lungs." (CNS/Vatican Media)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — “With great regret,” Pope Francis has accepted his doctors’ advice to not travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 1-3 and is looking at alternative ways the Vatican can participate in the U.N. Climate Change Conference, the director of the Vatican press office said. The pope was scheduled to be among […]

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Parish grateful as new St. Jude Church, Peoria, to be dedicated on Nov. 29

Father Patrick Henehan, pastor, is pictured Nov. 16 as finishing touches are made on the new St. Jude Church in Peoria --- the first newly built parish church in the Diocese of Peoria since Immaculate Conception Church in Manito was dedicated in 2015. The $11.4 million edifice will be dedicated by Bishop Louis Tylka during a 6:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, Nov. 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

That this Wednesday evening’s Dedication Mass for the new St. Jude Church in Peoria falls between Thanksgiving and the first Sunday of Advent is wonderfully fitting, according to Father Patrick Henehan, pastor. “We’re extending Thanksgiving,” he told The Catholic Post last week as dozens of workers applied finishing touches inside and outside the spacious $11.4 […]

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Diocesan teens among joyful 13,000 at National Catholic Youth Conference

Fifty-six high school students from the Diocese of Peoria pose with Bishop Louis Tylka and chaplains from their schools at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. The Nov. 16-18 gathering drew nearly 13,000 teens to Lucas Oil Stadium. Note the group’s identifying banner at right -- “BLT” with an image of a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. But “BLT” is also the abbreviation, and an occasional nickname, for Bishop Louis Tylka. (Provided photo/Carla Wizieck)

INDIANAPOLIS — The joy that young people bring to the church was on full display when nearly 13,000 high school students filled Lucas Oil Stadium here with it during the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC). “The joy we all felt after Mass and all throughout the conference is the same joy that we are called […]

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Chris McAtee named Catholic Charities director for the Diocese of Peoria

Chris McAtee, the new director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria, is pictured at his desk in the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

One adjective wasn’t enough for Chris McAtee to describe his enthusiasm at being named the new director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. “This is amazing, blessed, providential, great news for me and my family,” said McAtee, who comes to the diocese after two years with the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, where he […]

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