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Love wears many hats in Geneseo

The students at St. Malachy Catholic School in Geneseo model hats knitted for them by their “lunch lady” Chelsie Pettie. Katrina Jensen/St. Malachy School

By Kimberly Souba for The Catholic Post Online GENESEO — When Chelsie Pettie, a cafeteria worker employed by Geneseo Public School District arrived at her post at St. Malachy Catholic School here last month, she had no idea of the distinction she was about to receive. Pettie, who has served lunch to St. Malachy students […]

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On Eagle’s Wings: Aledo teen’s restored grotto beautifies St. Catherine Church

Ray Leon proudly stands at the beautiful new grotto that is now located on the south lawn of St. Catherine Church. The new stone wall serves as a backdrop to the restored statues of Our Blessed Mother and the children of Fatima. Supplied photo

By Courtney Grussing for The Catholic Post Online   ALEDO — St. Catherine Church in Aledo has a renovated Our Lady of Fatima grotto thanks to 15-year-old Ray Leon. As part of his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout project, Ray designed and rebuilt a new stone grotto that now serves as a peaceful spot for […]

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Women, “backbone of our parishes,” honored at volunteer recognition day

Bishop Louis Tylka stands with volunteers being honored for their volunteer service after Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on April 12. The Catholic Post Online/Paul Thomas Moore

On April 12 in Peoria, the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (PDCCW) gathered to recognize the outstanding contributions of volunteers across the diocese. As outgoing president Mary Ann Hughes said at a luncheon at Spalding Pastoral Center following Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, “I want to . . . thank all the honorees who […]

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Kids’ Books that Carry the Light of Easter

Three books to carry the spirit of Easter through the full 50 days of the season: The Narrow Gate; The Snail and the King; and The Holy Spirit and the Greatest Adventure

Reviewed by Katie Bogner As we carry on through the 50 days of the Easter season, books are a great way to share the story of Jesus’ resurrection with kids, and books can also be a tool to continue teaching them about the lasting impact of Easter on each of our lives. Here are three […]

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Bishop Tylka’s September prayer calendar for parishes and religious communities

Bishop Tylka's prayer calendar for September has Holy Cross Parish in Mendota slated for special remembrance on Sept. 14, the feast of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for each parish in the Diocese of Peoria by name this year, thanks to a calendar he developed with the assistance of Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). The prayer calendar also includes days special to the religious […]

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Six new seminarians formally received

At a Mass celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on July 31, six men were accepted as seminarians for the Diocese of Peoria. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka presided at the Rite of Reception, which came at the end of the annual St. Joseph Days retreat. The new seminarians pictured above and where they will […]

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‘Fiat’ discernment retreat scheduled for Nov. 11-13 at Nazareth House

The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary have served in the Diocese of Peoria since 2008.

HENRY — The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary are planning a discernment retreat for Nov. 11-13 at Nazareth House Retreat Center. The theme is “Fiat,” which is taken from Luke 1:38: “Behold the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your Word.” The retreat is designed […]

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103 candles grace birthday cake for Princeville woman Oct. 23

Dorothy Gilles is observing her 103rd birthday this Sunday, Oct. 23. Her family is planning a celebration of her life at her residence and readers of The Catholic Post can join in by sending cards to her at Cornerstone Rehab and Care Center, 5533 N. Galena Road, Peoria Heights, IL 61616. She received more than 200 […]

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