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Sister Cor Marie, SSND, has lived up to her name for 70 years of religious life

Father Chales Klamut presents a flower arrangement to Sister Cor Marie Cielocha, SSND, who renewed her vows and received a blessing from him at Mass on April 25 at St. Anthony Church in Bartonville. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BARTONVILLE — Sister Cor Marie Cielocha would have been satisfied to teach as a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 25 or even 40 years. Instead the Lord gave her 70 years and she couldn’t be happier. “I’m grateful — grateful to God that he let me teach the little children,” she […]

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After a year apart, PDCCW gathers volunteers for Mass, awards for service

Seventeen of the 25 women recognized with certificates of appreciation at the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Volunteer Appreciation Mass celebrate by having their photo taken with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, who presided at the April 29 liturgy at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women was forced to cancel last year’s Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Luncheon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the good work done by women around the Diocese of Peoria continued. That service was recognized at a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on April 29. Certain aspects of […]

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Intentionally set fire won’t stop the mission of Women’s Care Center in Peoria

Local and state fire inspectors examine the damage from an early morning fire May 3 at the Women's Care Center, 7319 N. University in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“Our doors are open. We just don’t have any doors.” That’s how Connie McClure, director of client care at the Women’s Care Center in Peoria, assured a shocked pro-life community that the pregnancy center’s mission continues despite an early morning fire on May 3 that gutted its facility at 7319 N. University St. Fire investigators […]

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St. Mary Church in Lexington damaged by fire; Masses temporarily moved to Chenoa

Charred pews, smoked-stained walls and holes in the flooring are seen following the April 28 fire at St. Mary Church in Lexington. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

LEXINGTON — An early morning fire on April 28 caused extensive smoke and flooring damage to St. Mary Church here and will likely close the church for several months of restoration. “There’s a lot of disbelief — total shock” said Father David Sabel, pastor, in describing initial parishioner reaction to the apparently deliberately set fire […]

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Pope calls for monthlong global prayer marathon in May for end of pandemic

A health care worker wearing personal protective equipment pulls a patient suffering from COVID-19 on a stretcher outside Guru Teg Bahadur hospital in New Delhi on April 24. COVID-19 is claiming thousands of lives daily in India. (CNS/Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has called for a global prayer marathon for the entire month of May, praying for the end to the pandemic. “The initiative will involve in a special way all shrines in the world” in promoting the initiative so that individuals, families and communities all take part in reciting the […]

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Catholic leaders across U.S. see Chauvin verdict as a call for more action

People in New York City are seen near a makeshift memorial April 20 after jurors issued their verdict convicting former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. CNS/Eduardo Munoz, Reuters)

By Carol Zimmerman / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Although Catholic leaders across the country called the April 20 jury verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial a moment of justice, they also stressed there is still a lot of work to do to move toward healing. Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of Minneapolis and St. […]

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Rosary rally for police draws nearly 100 to downtown Ottawa park on April 17

Father Gary Caster leads about 100 people in the rosary and other prayers for the protection and guidance of police on April 17 at Washington Square Park in Ottawa. The public square rosary was one of many across the United States on a theme planned months in advance by the organization America Needs Fatima. (The Catholic Post, Peoria/Tom Dermody)

OTTAWA — Before leading nearly 100 people who gathered April 17 in Washington Square Park here in the rosary and other prayers for the protection and guidance of police, Father Gary Caster acknowledged this is “a difficult time in our country.” The April rally was one of many across the United States whose theme was […]

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Second-graders at Trinity Catholic Academy, LaSalle hear from Pope Francis

Students in Barb Crew's second grade class at Trinity Catholic Academy in LaSalle wrote letters to Pope Francis and received a reply on April 19 (being held by William Orteza). It came at a good time, since they were preparing to make their First Reconciliation that evening and had asked for the Holy Father's prayers. (Provided photo)

LASALLE — Second-graders at Trinity Catholic Academy had a little extra prayer support as they received the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time on April 19. It came in the form of a letter from Pope Francis himself. Accompanying the letter, sent by Msgr. L. Roberto Cona of the Vatican Secretariat of State, was […]

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Hispanic ministry eases vaccine anxiety for 400 Spanish-speaking at LaSalle clinic

Registered nurse Candice Espinoza administers the Moderna vaccine against COVID-19 to Constantino Ramirez, one of 400 recipients during a daylong clinic for the region’s Spanish-speaking community coordinated by the LaSalle and diocesan Hispanic ministry. (Provided photo)

LASALLE — Father Fabian Alberto Cabarcas Rua was first in line April 6 to receive a vaccination for COVID-19. Nearly 400 more of this region’s Spanish-speaking population would follow during a daylong clinic at the Flamingo Banquet Center here. “We put him there so people could see him, so they would not be afraid,” said […]

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Easter 2021 resurrects hope, joy: “It’s so wonderful to see all of you here!”

Marc Prosper Awuya lights his candle from the Paschal Candle held by Father Donald Levitt, pastor, at the beginning of the Easter Vigil at Christ the King in Moline. He would make a profession of faith, be confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time at the liturgy. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — As he looked out at Christ the King Church here during last year’s Easter Vigil, Father Donald Levitt only saw the photos of parishioners that were taped to the pews. It was the beginning of the pandemic and public celebrations of the Mass were suspended. What a difference a year makes. “It is […]

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