Perfection: State champions x 2 (x 2) for girls teams from St. Patrick, Washington

The 8th grade girls basketball team from St. Patrick School in Washington is shown Dec. 14 with the IESA 8-1A state championship trophy. This team won the state 7th grade title a year ago and has a two-season record of 54 wins and no losses. (Provided photo)

WASHINGTON — This year’s girls basketball season at St. Patrick School in Washington will long be remembered by the school community. On Dec. 14, the 8th grade Irish earned the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Class 8-1A girls state championship by defeating previously undefeated Sigel St. Michael 38-30 to complete a perfect 26-0 season. That […]

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Darlene Klein retiring after 68 years as organist at St. Mary, Metamora

Darlene Klein at the organ at St. Mary Church in Metamora. (Provided photo)

METAMORA — Her musical numbers are noteworthy: Darlene F. Klein has played organ for more than 650 weddings, nearly 800 funerals, and in more than 80 churches — six of which were in Europe and the Holy Land while on a pilgrimage in 2000. But there is no count of the number of Masses that […]

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Women of diocese invited to open 2024 with PDDCW ‘Magnify’ retreat Jan. 13

Women from throughout the Diocese of Peoria are invited to begin 2024 by taking part in a one-day retreat on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. “Magnify: Growing in Holiness” is the theme of the retreat, sponsored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (PDCCW) and Women Connect. Doors open […]

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Deacon James Gore, 87, dies; visitation, Memorial Mass in Normal on Wednesday

Deacon James Gore

NORMAL — A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Epiphany Church here for Deacon James J. Gore, a permanent deacon who formerly served Holy Trinity Parish in Bloomington until being granted senior status in 2013. Deacon Gore died on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, in Bloomington. He was 87. […]

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Bailey is still on the job welcoming 9 a.m. Mass-goers to Sacred Heart, Rock Island

Father Witold Adamczyk, OFM Conv., pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Rock Island, poses with therapy dog Bailey and her owner and trainer, parishioner Sharon Cramer. (Provided photo)

By Paul Thomas Moore ROCK ISLAND — When The Catholic Post first visited Labradoodle Bailey and her owner/trainer Sharon Cramer at Sacred Heart Church here in 2016, the therapy dog was only months into her role as greeter at the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass. Now, Bailey’s got it down to an art. Upon arrival, she […]

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Seminarian Justin Ramza to be ordained transitional deacon in Streator Dec. 16

Justin Ramza

STREATOR — Bishop Louis Tylka will ordain seminarian Justin Ramza to the transitional diaconate during a 10:30 a.m. Mass on Saturday, Dec. 16, at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 407 S. Park St. in Streator. The public is invited to the ordination, but seating is limited and tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained online […]

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Nine churches will host ‘Simbang Gabi’ pre-Christmas novena of Masses Dec. 14-22

Catholics hold up "parols," or Christmas lanterns, for blessing during a “Simbang Gabi” Mass in Seattle. The novena of pre-Christmas Masses, popular among Filipinos, will be hosted by nine Peoria-area churches Dec. 14-22. (CNS file photo)

One of the oldest and most revered pre-Christmas traditions in the Philippines, “Simbang Gabi,” will be observed in nine parishes of the Diocese of Peoria from Dec. 14-22. “Simbang Gabi” is Filipino for “Night Mass,” and the 2023 observance — coordinated by the Filipino-American Catholic Community — will include a novena of nine evening Masses […]

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750 Nativity scenes, including cathedral’s, will be on display at Peoria-area festival

This is just a section of the historic Nativity scene from St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. It will be among more than 750 Nativities on display at the Peoria Area Community Festival of Nativities Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

“O Holy Night” is the theme of the 2023 Peoria Area Community Festival of the Nativities, which will feature more than 750 manger scene depictions from around the world. It also celebrates the 800th anniversary of the first crèche exhibit by St. Francis of Assisi. The display will be available for viewing on four days […]

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