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Morton school adds tool to purify air, fight COVID, seasonal flu and colds

This is an inside look at how the ultraviolet lights are working on the gym ventilation system at Blessed Sacrament School in Morton. “Note the coil is clean, no build-up of biofilm,” said John Huser, buildings and maintenance supervisor. “The only build-up of biofilm is on the bottom and that is slowly being killed.” (Provided photo)

MORTON — Like every other Catholic school in the Diocese of Peoria, Blessed Sacrament School has made it a priority for its 217 students to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer often, and wear masks in order to keep COVID-19 at bay. Last November, they added one more safety measure that sets them apart, however. […]

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Round-up of Respect Life events in diocese to mark abortion ruling anniversary

Several prayerful and educational events are planned in the Diocese of Peoria near the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

Parishes, schools and organizations around the Diocese of Peoria will make the case for life from conception until natural death by hosting Masses and a variety of other events in the days to come in commemoration of the Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion in 1973. On the diocesan level, a Mass for the Legal […]

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COVID surge changes plans for diocese’s high school March for Life pilgrims

Students from Peoria Notre Dame High School are shown at the 2020 National March for Life in Washington, D.C. The COVID-19 surge led Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to cancel diocesan high school participation in this year's march Jan. 21, but the pilgrims are now invited to a Mass and program in Peoria on the same day. (Provided photo)

There will be no Catholic high school groups from the Diocese of Peoria traveling to the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., this year. Citing the dramatic increase in the number of transmissions and positive cases of COVID-19, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on Jan. 7 canceled diocesan high school participation in the annual […]

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Sacred Heart Parish, Rock Island, is a pioneer in the use of QR codes

A business card-sized welcome message including a QR code for scanning by smartphone cameras is seen on the back of a pew at Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — Are QR codes coming to a church pew near you? That question would make no sense to Catholics just a few years ago. But as the square bar codes — the QR stands for “quick response” — become more utilized by restaurants and other businesses, the church is giving them a try […]

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Bishop Tylka’s January parish prayer list

Bishop Tylka was scheduled to pray for Epiphany Parish, whose church is pictured here, on Jan. 3. (Photo from epiphanyparish.com)

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for each parish in the Diocese of Peoria by name, as well as the religious communities serving in central Illinois. Everyone is invited to join Bishop Tylka in praying for the following parishes and religious communities that are being remembered in January: Jan. 1: Our Lady of the Lake […]

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Local author Bogner takes children, adults ‘Through the Year with Mary’

Katie Bogner holds a copy of her new book, "Through the Year with Mary: Ponder and Pray Together with Children." A popular blogger at looktohimandberadiant.com, Bogner is the director of religious education at Immaculate Conception Parish in Lacon and a junior high faith formation teacher at St. Philomena School in Peoria. (Provided photo)

Reviewed by Katie Faley “Through the Year with Mary: Ponder and Pray Together with Children” is a grand way to start 2022. Katie Bogner, local author and active Catholic young adult, wrote this definitive companion for living out the entire year with the Mother of God. It is the follow up to her first book, […]

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St. Patrick, Urbana, postpones planned screenings of ‘The Chosen’ episodes

Catholic actor Jonathan Roumie, who plays Christ in the series "The Chosen," is pictured in a promotional poster for the series. (CNS/The Chosen)

UPDATE — The screenings described below have been postponed until further notice because of the COVID-19 surge. The parish plans to reschedule the series in the near future.   URBANA — The first eight episodes of “The Chosen,” a television drama about the life of Christ, will be shown on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 11, in St. […]

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Fr. Spilman dies on Christmas Day; funeral Mass will be in Spring Valley on Dec. 30

Father Robert Spilman

SPRING VALLEY — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, at The Nativity of Our Lord Parish (St. Anthony Church) here for Father Robert Spilman, former pastor and a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria. Father Spilman died Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2021, at St. Joseph […]

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