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Pioneering aquaponics tower yields first harvest at Holy Cross School, Champaign

Seventh-grader Lara Rand holds the fruits -- or rather, lettuce -- of their labors in the the aquaponics lab at Holy Cross School in Champaign. The school is the first in the country to have this technology and plans to share what they have learned with others. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — Lettuce might not be the top food choice for most seventh-graders, but most seventh-graders aren’t growing their own lettuce in an aquaponics lab like they are at Holy Cross School. The technology being piloted at the Champaign school uses a water-based, nutrient-rich solution to grow food instead of soil. The lab was dedicated […]

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Where will the Diocesan Traveling Monstrance be in December?

Some changes have been made to the schedule for Holy Hours with the Diocesan Traveling Monstrance in December. The corrected schedule is: Dec. 1, Immaculate Conception, Carthage; Dec. 5, Sacred Heart, Warsaw; Dec. 8, Sacred Heart, Dallas City; Dec. 12, St. Patrick, Raritan; Dec. 15, St. Theresa, Alexis; Dec. 19, St. Ambrose, Milan; Dec. 22, […]

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As Advent begins, opportunities for missions, music and reflection revealed

A lit candle is seen on an Advent wreath. Advent, which begins this Sunday, Nov. 27, is a season of waiting. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St Louis Review)

Cathedral Nativity loaned to community festival An historic Nativity that has graced the sanctuary of St. Mary’s Cathedral since 1933 is one of 750 that will be displayed at the Peoria Area Community Festival of Nativities, planned for Dec. 1-4, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Peoria. The theme for this […]

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Rebuilding music programs around diocese starts Sunday at cathedral

With organist Jon Kroepel accompanying, Andrew Earnest encourages the young members of the St. Jude Choir in Peoria to give a little more expression to the music they're singing for Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral on Nov. 13. Rebuilding music programs at St. Mary's Cathedral and throughout the Diocese of Peoria is a goal in the new year, according to Kroepel, director of sacred music in the Office of Divine Worship. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Music isn’t just nice to have at Mass. It helps people to engage in the celebration and Jon Kroepel, director of sacred music in the diocesan Office of Divine Worship, said it’s time to focus on that again not just at the mother church of the Diocese of Peoria but throughout central Illinois. He took […]

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New book from local author can help start adoption discussion with children

Lindsey and Kevin Spangler are pictured moments after being handed their 3-day-old, newly adopted daughter Naomi Louise outside a medical center in Mississippi on April 9, 2020. Lindsey is author of a new book, "We Were Always Meant to Be." (Provided photo)

“We Were Always Meant to Be,” a new children’s book by Lindsey Spangler, was written and created for a readership of one — the Spanglers’ adopted daughter, Naomi Louise, now age 2 years and 7 months. “I wanted a book for when she gets a little bit older to get the conversation started on adoption,” […]

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Bishop: Revival ‘an important moment’ for us to refocus on gift of the Eucharist

Father Luke Spannagel answers questions from parish representatives of the Galesburg Vicariate at an encounter in preparation for how the diocese will celebrate the National Eucharistic Revival. They are (from left) Alicia Ward of Immaculate Conception, Monmouth; Jennifer and Galen Baxter of St. Patrick, Raritan; Nancy Wong of Corpus Christi, Galesburg; and Christopher Admire of St. Patrick, Galesburg. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Parish representatives for the diocesan observance of the National Eucharistic Revival heard words of gratitude and encouragement from Bishop Louis Tylka when they met for the first time on Oct. 29. “I thank you for your willingness to serve your parishes as representatives in this effort,” the bishop said in his homily at the opening […]

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Kickapoo carnival brings saints to life for confirmation students, their guests

Ben Heinz makes friends with a kitten held by Anya Long of SAMS (Stray Animals Midway Shelter) in Hanna City as part of the Saints Carnival at St. Mary in Kickapoo on Oct. 30. Looking on Kerry Heinz, his mother, and Sam Hershman, who were also visiting a booth devoted to St. Francis of Assisi. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Wiillems)

KICKAPOO — Saints came calling on the religious education students from St. Mary Church in Kickapoo last Sunday, but they did it in a different way this year. Instead of the children dressing up as saints, they learned about these holy men and women at a carnival that focused on what each was known for. […]

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It’s not too late to give gifts, bring smiles to children’s faces with Box of Joy

The pandemic was tough for the Box of Joy campaign, with 61,422 boxes received by Cross Catholic Outreach in 2020. Donations bounced back in 2021 when 106,276 boxes filled with small toys were received.

While Christmas brings to mind mornings filled with wonder and excitement as children open their gifts, that isn’t the case for many children around the world. Cross Catholic Outreach is working to change that and now is the time to take action with Box of Joy. Those who participate in the program — now in […]

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Abide in Me high school youth retreat puts focus on the Eucharist Nov. 5-6

Registration for the fifth Abide in Me Youth Retreat is available online and due this Tuesday, Oct. 25.

GERMANTOWN HILLS — High school students are invited to spend 26 hours with Jesus as part of the Abide in Me eucharistic retreat planned for Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6. It will be hosted by St. Mary of Lourdes Church, 424 Lourdes Church Road, where Father Eric Bolek, organizer, is the administrator. Mass, […]

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Hancock County Catholic parishes plan eucharistic mission with Fr. Spannagel

Father Luke Spannagel

The Catholic parishes of Hancock County are focusing on the Eucharist in the coming days with the help of Father Luke Spannagel, one of 58 priests chosen as preachers for the National Eucharistic Revival. The dates, topics and locations for the eucharistic mission are: Sunday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 125 […]

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