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Diocese’s permanent deacons convene, renew commitment to service

Deacon Antonio Herrera of St. Mary Parish in Blomington joins permanent deacons from around the diocese in renewing commitment to diaconal service during a Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on march 5. The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody

Permanent deacons from throughout the Diocese of Peoria who convened March 5 were told by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, that “you are my hands in the corporal works of mercy and the needs are unending.” “We need deacons to give example and to help in the living function of feeding the hungry, clothing the […]

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Rite of Election: 350 take major step to reception into church at Easter Vigil

Father David Whiteside of St. Patrick Parish in Havana and Immaculate Conception in Manito presents Sara Frye to Bishop Jenky at the Rite of Election Feb. 21 at St. Philomena Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

More than 350 people who are “longing for the Easter sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist” or to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church were recognized by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion as Lent began. Because St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria […]

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Father Mirabelli: the ‘backbone’ of Alleman High School for 50 years

Father Daniel Mirabelli, CSV, is pictured with the Alleman Ambassadors during a recent visit to Seton Catholic School in Moline. Father Mirabelli has served at Alleman High School in Rock Island for 50 years. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — In many ways the ministry of Viatorian Father Daniel Mirabelli is like the sugar maple tree that was planted to mark his 50th anniversary at Alleman High School: sturdy, dependable, full of color and life, and capable of great things. The tree, which sits at the front of the school building, replaces […]

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Couples renew vows at Marriage Mass, later enjoy Valentine Date Night

Couples renew their vows at a previous Diocesan Marriage Mass in this Catholic Post file photo.

It takes three to make Christian marriage work, “a husband, a wife, and God at the center,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, reminded couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria at the annual Marriage Mass on Feb. 13 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Prior to leading the couples in renewing their marriage vows, Bishop Jenky thanked […]

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‘Blessing bags’ help Metamora students enter into Year of Mercy spirit

Joyce Heiple of St. Mary School in Metamora guides Ben Cronkhite and Anna Schmitz is assembling "blessing bags" of bottled water, socks, snacks, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and an apple for the people served at Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria. The "blessing bags" were delivered by the eighth-graders at the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

METAMORA — What words would you use to describe “mercy” to a child? “I told them when I think of mercy I think of love, caring, kindness, forgiveness. Those are words they can understand,” said Joyce Heiple, the second grade teacher at St. Mary School in Metamora. It was important for them to understand that […]

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Looking for a Lenten fish fry? Consult — or add to — our list

A young volunteer displays food prepared for dinners served at a Friday evening fish fry. CNS/Jim West

The following list was compiled from information provided to The Catholic Post. Should your parish or organization’s future fish fry not appear on this list, email cathpost@cdop.org with “Fish Fry” in the subject line. Sponsoring organizations receive one free notice in the print edition of The Catholic Post, and this online list will be constantly […]

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38 awarded religious emblems, honors at diocesan Scout and AHG Mass

Bishop Jenky and Father Harris lead applause for adult Scout honorees Jennifer DeWitt, left, of Sacred Heart, Moline, who was awarded the Bronze Pelican, and Patricia Scott of Christ the King, Moline, and Paul Harris of St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria, who received the St. George Emblem. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Little things done for others mean a lot to God, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told Catholic Cub, Boy and Girl Scouts from around the Diocese of Peoria who helped fill St. Mary’s Cathedral on Feb. 7 for the annual Scout and American Heritage Girls Mass. At the conclusion of the Mass, the bishop presented […]

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Alleman’s Lynn VanDeHeede is diocese’s Distinguished Teacher for 2015-2016

Lynn VanDeHeede meets with seniors Ally Zahringer, Rachel Elliott and Kyler Yodts to plan an activity at Alleman High School in Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

  ROCK ISLAND — Counseling at Alleman High School changed when Lynn VanDeHeede became the director of the department 11 years ago. A teacher who enjoyed her time in the classroom, she didn’t want to be isolated from the students or see them only when something got serious enough to require intervention. With Kathy Miller […]

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Meet Fr. Stephen Willard, the diocese’s Distinguished School Pastor for 2015-16

Father Stephen Willard prays with a class at St. Patrick School in Washington. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WASHINGTON — If Father Stephen Willard had his way, every child would receive a Catholic school education, and ability to pay should not be an obstacle, according to the Diocese of Peoria’s Distinguished School Pastor for 2015-16. “People are very generous in the parishes. We have tuition assistance funds. Sometimes it might be difficult, but […]

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‘Painful decision’: Franciscans will leave St. Mary, Bloomington after 135 years

Father Ric Schneider, OFM, who has served as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Bloomington for 23 years, receives a hug from a parishioner following the 9 a.m. Mass on Jan. 24. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — After 135 years of pastoral leadership at St. Mary Parish in Bloomington, the Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province will return care of the faith community to the Diocese of Peoria in June. The announcement was made “with a very heavy heart” at all parish Masses the weekend of Jan. 23-24 […]

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