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Historic changes for parishes proposed; feedback sought throughout the diocese

Deacon John Murphy distributes feedback forms during a "Growing Disciples" parish meeting Oct. 5 at Harkrader Hall of St. Louis Parish in Princeton. All parishes in the Diocese of Peoria are hosting gatherings in October to discuss and offer feedback regarding a second draft of parish models in the pastoral planning process. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Tom Dermody Proposals to historically reorganize the network of parishes throughout the Diocese of Peoria in order to strengthen the local church for present and future realities are being reviewed in every parish during October. “Your feedback is needed, welcomed, and necessary to this process,” says Bishop Louis Tylka in a video message played […]

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Emmaus Procession unites Quad Cities in a powerful bi-state witness to the Eucharist

As more than 500 participants in the Emmaus Procession cross the new I-74 bridge over the Mississippi River between Moline and Bettendorf on Saturday morning, Oct. 7, Father Patrick Wille elevates the monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament to bless all residents of the Quad Cities region. (Provided photo/Armando Calderon)

By Anne Marie Amacher, courtesy of The Catholic Messenger  As the gathering sang out “Alleluia,” the sun shone intensely through the stained glass windows, filtering rainbows throughout Sacred Heart Church in Moline. The Oct. 7 Mass drew a standing-room-only crowd of Catholics from the Diocese of Peoria and the Diocese of Davenport. The liturgy preceded […]

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‘Jesus is walking with us,’ bishop reminds those coping with the burden of cancer

Peggy Kocher of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Peoria, accompanied by her son Bob, comes in for a hug from Bishop Louis Tylka following the Spirit of Hope Mass for Cancer at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Oct. 7. Kocher’s daughter Mary Couri had passed away three days before from pancreatic cancer, the same disease that took Bishop Tylka’s mother Norma and youngest sister Mary Lou Bryant. Bishop Tylka had anointed Couri prior to her death. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore In his homily at the Spirit of Hope Mass for Cancer on Oct. 7, Bishop Louis Tylka revealed that he had just arrived at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria “literally 15 minutes ago” from Chicago. He had been attending the funeral of his friend, Bishop Kevin Birmingham, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, […]

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‘Absolutely gorgeous’: St. John’s Catholic Chapel at U of I is renovated, blessed

The newly renovated interior of St. John’s Catholic Chapel at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is seen from the choir loft as those who filled it for the Oct. 8 Mass of Blessing come forward for Communion. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — Calling the newly renovated St. John’s Catholic Chapel “absolutely gorgeous” and congratulating all involved in the $2.5 million project, Bishop Louis Tylka on Sunday blessed the church that since 1928 has been a place of encounter with Jesus Christ for tens of thousands in the heart of the University of […]

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Pope more urgent on climate crisis in new teaching document, ‘Laudate Deum’

Pope Francis listens during an ecumenical prayer vigil before the assembly of the Synod of Bishops in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sept. 30. (CNS/Vatican Media)

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After warning the world against ignoring the cries of the earth and the poor with his 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis intensified his critique with “Laudate Deum” (“Praise God”), warning against the selfish obsession with human power and the “irresponsible derision” […]

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‘We loved our church’: Streator faithful bid emotional goodbye to St. Stephen

The final procession -- including Msgr. Philip Halfacre, pastor, and Father Ignacio Cárdenas, parochial vicar -- leaves St. Stephen Church in Streator at the conclusion of the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Oct. 1. The church is now permanently closed for safety reasons following the discovery of a badly deteriorating foundation. All liturgical activities of St. Michael the Archangel Parish are now taking place at St. Anthony of Padua Church. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Tom Dermody STREATOR — The emotional final Mass at St. Stephen the King Church on Oct. 1 blended tears, memories, love, gratitude, and most especially, faith. “We loved our church,” said Carole Hall as she sat in a side pew reminiscing with her cousin Mary Ann Melvin long after the 10:30 a.m. Mass had […]

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Prayer? There’s an app for that now for every student at diocese’s high schools

Ella Griffith, a freshman at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, shows the newly installed Hallow app on her phone. Bishop Louis Tylka has provided the popular prayer app to all Catholic high school students in the diocese to help remind them to pray, teach them new ways to pray, and deepen their prayer lives. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Tom Dermody It’s no secret that high school students are connected to their phones. At Catholic high schools across the Diocese of Peoria, however, the students are now using their phones to better connect with God. “I’m someone who struggles with routines and it’s always been difficult for me to remember to pray,” said […]

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African Catholic community celebrates 20 years at Christ the King Parish, Moline

The Chorale Seraphique (“angelic choir”) led the assembly in song -- and dance -- at a Mass celebrating the 20th anniversary of the welcoming of the African Catholic community at Christ the King Parish in Moline on Sept. 24. The choir and most of the assembly wore ceremonial dress with fabric from Africa created especially for the occasion. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore MOLINE — Every Mass is a celebration, but two Diocese of Peoria parishes hit some high notes — in more ways than one — on Sunday, Sept. 24. At Christ the King Parish in Moline, the African Catholic community celebrated the 20th anniversary of its establishment in the parish. Bishop Louis […]

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Macomb family an example of how end of scholarship program would ‘devastate’

Members of the Nelson family of Macomb are shown at St. Paul School during an assembly in their honor on Sept. 11. On Sept. 8, after three years as foster siblings, David, Victoria, Mylee, Anthony, and Mystori officially joined Zachary and Elizabeth as children of Brandon and Kelly. The Nelsons are praying the Illinois Invest in Kids Act Tax Scholarship Program will be extended so the six younger children can continue to attend St. Paul School together. From left are Laura Cody, principal of St. Paul School, and Nelson family members Anthony, 10, father Brandon, David, 5, Elizabeth, 9, Mylee, 9, Victoria, 6, Zachary, 11, and mother Kelly. Mystori, 12, not pictured, is in junior high. (Provided photo)

By Paul Thomas Moore MACOMB — A Macomb family has become the “face” of the Illinois Invest in Kids scholarship program, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Kelly and Brandon Nelson have two biological children, Zachary, 11, and Elizabeth, 9, who attend St. Paul School in Macomb through the program, […]

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