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Annual Diocesan Appeal is under way; seeks $6,216,000 to support ministries

Pledges for the Annual Diocesan Appeal will be sought in most parishes the weekend of April 9-10.

When the 2016 Annual Diocesan Appeal opens this weekend in parishes around the Diocese of Peoria seeking funding for diocesan ministries, it will also educate on mercy and stewardship — with a special focus on the next generation of Catholics. “Blessed are the Merciful” is the theme of this year’s appeal, to be conducted in […]

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Sister Sandra Brunenn re-elected prioress by Rock Island Benedictine community

Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, is pictured with (left) Sister Kerry O'Reilly, OSB, president of the Federation of St. Benedict, and (right) Sister Mary Jane Vergotz, OSB, discernment facilitator for the process leading to Sister Sandra's election as prioress. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, has been chosen by the Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery to continue as prioress for the next four years. She was installed during a simple ceremony immediately after her election on April 4. A festive brunch followed for the community’s 39 members and their guests. Among them […]

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Meet 9 to be honored at ‘Night of Knights’ Mass, dinner April 16 in the Quad Cities

ROCK ISLAND — Nine members of the Knights of Columbus from throughout the Diocese of Peoria will be honored for outstanding service to the organization, the church, and their communities during the 28th annual “Night of Knights” recognition dinner on Saturday, April 16. The evening begins with a 4:30 p.m. Mass at Christ the King […]

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Regional Divine Mercy Sunday events planned around Diocese of Peoria April 3

Regional celebrations of Divine Mercy Sunday are planned April 3 in Champaign, LaSalle, Nauvoo, Normal, Peoria, and Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

One of the highlights of the Holy Year of Mercy comes next weekend, with the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday on April 3. Long observed on the Second Sunday of Easter, it has held a special place on the church calendar since St. John Paul II canonized St. Maria Faustina Kowalska on April 30, 2000. […]

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Chrism Mass: Prefer nothing to the love, glory of the Lord, urges Bishop Jenky

Priests from throughout the Diocese of Peoria concelebrate the Chrism Mass with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on March 22. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Serving God is no little thing and should fill us with wonder, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those who filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for the annual Chrism Mass on March 22. Even so, it is possible to “go through the motions of outward service to God and neighbor without any inward sense […]

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Why Brittney Morales will walk 3,000 miles for pro-life cause this summer

Brittney Morales of St. Philomena Parish in Peoria shows the southern route across the United States she will walk this summer as part of the Crossroads pro-life mission. (Provided photo)

At 28, Brittney Morales knows that people her age are targeted by a culture that promotes a contraceptive mentality and casual attitude toward abortion. She is committed to fighting that, even if it means walking 3,000 miles this summer to prove it. Morales, an active member of the young adult group at St. Philomena Parish […]

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Hundreds begin St. Patrick’s Day at cathedral Mass with Bishop Jenky

Students from Peoria Notre Dame High School carry a relic of St. Patrick into St. Mary's Cathedral at the start of the annual St. Patrick's Day Mass celebrated by Bishop Jenky. Truman Ralph is in the foreground, Andrew Winschel is to his left, Luke Shadid is in back and hidden in back is Luc Jackson. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

St. Patrick’s Day is “a festival of faith,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, reminded hundreds of Catholics who began the feast by joining him for an 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “It is a day when we remember and give thanks for a heroic missionary and for Catholic tradition in Ireland,” […]

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St. Philomena, Peoria, blesses ground for new parish center, campus renovation

Pictured with a sample of dirt from the building site and the foundation stone for the new St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria during ground blessing ceremonies March 13 are, from left, Tracy Coker of Dewberry Architecture; Eric Bursott of River City Construction; Churck Grayeb, Peoria City Council representative; Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis; Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC; Father David Richardson, pastor; Steve Knecht and Allyson Schneider, parish trustees; Mike Mahoney and Kris Coulter, representing the building and capital campaign committees. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As a gentle rain fell on the building site March 13, holy water was sprinkled inside St. Philomena Church in Peoria on the foundation stone of a new parish center. “Jesus is the unshakable cornerstone of your kingdom,” prayed Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during ground blessing ceremonies for a 20,200-square- foot facility that will […]

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Priests invite all to experience God’s love, mercy in sacrament of reconciliation

Father Don Roszkowski contemplates a picture of the Prodigal Son in the confessional at St. Mary Church in El Paso. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It doesn’t matter what you call it. It doesn’t matter how you celebrate it. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been. What does matter is that the sacrament of reconciliation is a sacrament of healing that offers God’s love and mercy over and over and over again, according to priests around the Diocese of Peoria. […]

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Living Stations tradition continues Sunday night at St. Malachy in Geneseo

The cast of the Living Stations of the Cross rehearse a scene in the sanctuary of St. Malachy Church in Geneseo. The annual performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. this Sunday, March 13, in the church. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

GENESEO — Ryan Hartsock’s brother was Jesus. Now Ryan is Jesus. Rachel Sears’ brother was Jesus, too. Now Rachel is Mary. And so it goes in what has for decades been a Lenten tradition at St. Malachy Church in Geneseo — a dramatic portrayal of the Living Stations of the Cross presented by the parish’s […]

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