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Share your plans for Christmas 2020

A child is pictured in an illustration lighting a candle on an Advent wreath. (CNS/ KNA)

It looks like Christmas will be very different this year, as families are asked to limit their gatherings in order to safeguard the health of all concerned. In what ways will you connect with your loved ones over the holidays? What traditions will be a little sweeter? What will you be praying for? Or perhaps […]

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OSF Transportation Center blessed in Streator; new clinic opens in Savoy

The new transportation center is located adjacent to the OSF Center for Health-Streator. It will house four ambulances and the OSF King Care-A0Van, seen parked outside. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

STREATOR — With gratitude to the generous donors who supported its construction and to OSF HealthCare for its commitment to this community and region, a new transportation center was blessed Nov. 13 adjacent to the OSF Center for Health-Streator. The 6,600-square-foot transportation center is part of a new approach to rural health care delivery being […]

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‘Pray hard, play hard’: Visits help seminarians, Bishop Tylka get acquainted

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka blesses the seminarians from the Diocese of Peoria and Fort Wayne-South Bend at the First Annual Bishop Jenky Classic baseball game during a recent visit to Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. (Provided photo)

Father Patrick Henehan, vocation director of formation for the Diocese of Peoria, had company when he made his fall visits to seminarians at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Minnesota and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Maryland. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka took the opportunity to go along and learn more about the seminaries and his […]

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Roland Johnson Christmas Ornament sales benefit Heading Avenue Franciscans

WEST PEORIA — “Jesus Blesses the Children” is depicted on the 26th annual Rolan Johnson Christmas ornament that is being sold by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception, also known as the Heading Avenue Franciscans. Two sided and encased in a gold-plated brass frame, the ornaments come gift boxed with a numbered […]

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New president of Diocesan Council of Catholic Women looks to visit parishes

Mary Ann Hughes

WESTVILLE — After more than 30 years as president of the busy Altar and Rosary Society at St. Mary Parish here, Mary Ann Hughes knows firsthand the benefits that membership offers to Catholic women and parishes alike. As the new president of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, she’s hoping to spread the word. […]

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Thanksgiving dinner to be ‘takeout’ at Sophia’s Kitchen: how you can help

Courtney Curtis, assistant director of Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria, and Claire Crone, director, fill bags that will be given out at the food pantry, which is held on the last Friday of the month. In a few days, the tables will be filled with items that will go into the kitchen's first-ever Thanksgiving takeout dinner and then restocked for Christmas bags. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Hunger doesn’t take a holiday and neither will Sophia’s Kitchen this Thanksgiving and Christmas, despite COVID-19 restrictions. Director Claire Crone said how they provide for their clients in downtown Peoria will look different, however. Instead of inviting people into the parish hall at St. Joseph Church, 103 S. Richard Pryor Place, for a sit-down Thanksgiving […]

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Sister Estelle Wiltz, OP, dies; Peoria native was a former principal in Peoria, Kewanee

Sister Estelle Wiltz, OP

SINSINAWA, Wis. — A funeral Mass was offered on Oct. 29 at the Dominican motherhouse here for Sister Estelle Wiltz, OP, a longtime educator who served as principal at St. Mark School in Peoria and Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee. Burial followed in the Motherhouse Cemetery. Sister Estelle died Oct. 21, 2020, at St. Dominic […]

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Sr. Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, dies; funeral Mass is Thursday at St. Mary Monastery

Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, a longtime classroom and music teacher who published a book about her experiences earlier this year, died at St. Mary Monastery on Oct. 27, 2020. She was 91. Because of restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, a private visitation and Christian wake service are planned for […]

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Founder’s beatification Oct. 31 is inspiring local Knights of Columbus members

The beatification ceremony for Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be celebrated Oct. 31, 2020, in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. Father McGivney is pictured in an undated portrait. (CNS file photo)

Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be beatified on Oct. 31 during a special Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut. Members of the Knights of Columbus in councils throughout the Diocese of Peoria are joining the celebration spiritually and virtually. Jack Swan, president of the Peoria […]

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Moline parishioners’ rosary group on Facebook Live draws hundreds to prayer

The rosary is live at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at "CTK Rosary Group" on Facebook and is recorded so people can view it later, if they wish. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

MOLINE — Deb Erickson would prefer that her name not be used in this story. “Give God the glory,” she said. But God has been active in her life. So perhaps he’ll understand if her name is used a few times to tell how she became a founding member of the CTK Rosary Group on […]

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