Have we got a fish fry for you!

If you would like to add a fish fry, please send an email to Paul Thomas Moore at BLOOMINGTON: Corpus Christi School will host their annual fish fry on Friday, Feb. 23. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Serving will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner includes cod fish or pizza, cheesy […]

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Fasting regulations for Lent and the Easter Triduum

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we enter into this Lenten season, the Church once again invites us to use this opportunity to share more fully in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ.  It is essential that we cultivate a deeper sense of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to better offer our lives to […]

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Onyx, therapy-dog-in-training, is a quick learner

Katie Wahl, grade seven at St. Michael the Archangel School in Streator, gives Onyx one of his numerous daily hugs. Onyx is undergoing training under the supervision of her handler, Principal Emily Blumenshine, to learn how to provide emotional support to students and staff. Provided photo

STREATOR — If the story of Bailey (Dec. 10 issue), was about a veteran therapy dog, the chronicle of Onyx, at St. Michael the Archangel School in Streator, is about a relative rookie. Onyx, a one-year-old English Doodle, came to St. Michael on the first day of school in August, courtesy of Streator United Way, who […]

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Catholic Schools Week bestows mid-winter blessings across diocese

Riley Haas, a first grade student at St. Mary School in Bloomington, participates in the presentation of the intentions at the all-area Catholic Schools Week Mass at St. Patrick Church of Merna on Friday, Feb. 2. Seminarian JohnPaul Stedwill (class of 2026) stands beside her. The Post Online/Paul Thomas Moore

PHILO — In the midst of winter, blessings were abundant in the Diocese of Peoria during Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 28 — Feb. 3). To cite just a few examples: Students at St. Thomas School in Philo made thank you cards for local first responders, as well as cards for elderly parishioners and community members […]

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Agriculture Teacher of the Year connects with the “true vine”

Amanda Stanko (right), a STEM teacher (science, technology, engineering, and math) with Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington, was recently selected as the 2024 Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) Teacher of the Year. Stanko, who teaches pre-K and elementary, celebrated her recognition with principal Adrienne Wilson. The Catholic Post / Paul Thomas Moore

BLOOMINGTON – Amanda Stanko, who teaches at Corpus Christi School in Bloomington, was recently selected as the 2024 Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) Teacher of the Year. Stanko teaches STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), to pre-K and elementary school students. Speaking with some fourth-grade students taught by Stanko, it quickly becomes clear why […]

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Update letter from Bishop Tylka on The Catholic Post closure

Dear Friends of The Catholic Post, By now, many of you have probably heard of my difficult decision to cease publication of The Catholic Post newspaper. As I noted in a letter to readers in early January, rising costs and staffing challenges — in particular a lack of success over many months in finding a […]

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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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