Deacon Charles “Chuck” Murray, 99, dies; served St. Joseph in Pekin for 27 years

Deacon Charles Murray

PEKIN — A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery here for Deacon Charles “Chuck” Murray, who served St. Joseph Parish as a permanent deacon for 27 years until his move to senior status in 2015. Deacon Murray died on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Autumn […]

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Live streamed Masses keep central Illinois family of faith connected

St. Matthew Church in Champaign is one of several churches around the Diocese of Peoria that has arranged to live stream Masses while public liturgical celebrations in central Illinois are suspended in an effort to prevent possible transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

Public celebrations of the Mass may be suspended for the foreseeable future, but parishes across the Diocese of Peoria, as well as St. Bede Abbey in Peru, are making it possible for people to stay connected to their family of faith in central Illinois and beyond by following the example of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. […]

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‘Abundance of caution’ led to closing of Catholic schools in diocese March 16-20

Maureen Bentley, principal at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights, discusses an art project with two members of the kindergarten class in this Catholic Post file photo. The Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Peoria has directed its 42 elementary and secondary schools to close March 16-20 because of coronavirus concerns. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Citing an “abundance of caution” after the World Health Organization termed the COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Peoria has directed its 42 elementary and secondary schools to close March 16-20. The directives were sent to the principals, school pastors and chaplains March 12 after […]

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Pastor, new club ensure that Abp. Sheen’s parents are remembered at St. Mark, Peoria

Msgr. Brian Brownsey, pastor of St. Mark Parish in Peoria, stands at the church’s high altar. He is now referring to it as “the Sheen Altar” because Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen celebrated several Masses on it, including the funeral liturgies for his parents in 1943 and 1944. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Seventy-seven years ago, Msgr. Fulton Sheen offered the funeral Mass for his mother, Delia, at St. Mark Church in Peoria. On Saturday, March 28 — the anniversary of her death — Mrs. Sheen will be the intention when the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mark is offered on the same altar. Doing so is a […]

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Eucharistic adoration ‘cut me to the heart,’ says RCIA candidate from Morton

Henry Wefer, who is preparing to be received into the church at St. Monica in East Peoria at the Easter Vigil, enjoys a moment with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. “He was very quick to a joke, which I think suits him well,” he said of the bishop. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While many people who attended the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion were at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the first time, it has become something of a spiritual home for Henry Wefer from Morton. In fact, it was encountering Jesus in the Eucharist during adoration that brought him to where he is now. […]

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Sr. Mary Jane, 90, shares children’s wisdom in ‘Whatever Happened to the Sandbox?’

Longtime educator Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, holds her newly published book, “Whatever Happened to the Sandbox? Enjoying the Creative Wisdom of Children.” (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — When you’re teaching classes with 45 and 60 students at a time, it doesn’t take long to amass a large collection of stories that amuse and inspire. Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, tells some of her favorites in a new book, “Whatever Happened to the Sandbox? Enjoying the Creative Wisdom of Children.” […]

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Deacon Raymond Van Wassenhove, 89, dies; funeral Mass is March 13 in Kewanee

Deacon Raymond Van Wassenhove

KEWANEE — A funeral Mass was to be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 13, at Saint John Paul II Parish here for Deacon Raymond J. Van Wassenhove, who served as a permanent deacon at the parish from 1990 to 2005 when it was known as St. Mary. Deacon Van Wassenhove, who was ordained […]

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Judy Mueller from Manito joins Bishop’s Commission on Women in Church, Society

Judy Mueller of Immaculate Conception Parish in Manito, center, is flanked by Kimberly Lange, chairperson, and Father David Whiteside, chairperson, of the Bishop's Commission on Women in the Church and in Society. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The Bishop’s Commission on Women in the Church and in Society has welcomed a new member, Judy Mueller of Immaculate Conception Parish in Manito. She received her binder and pin of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from Kimberly Lange, chairperson, and Father David Whiteside, spiritual director, at a recent meeting. Mueller learned more about the […]

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Casting call this week for movie about a Catholic family set for filming in Peoria

A promotional poster for "Say It in German," a feature-length movie about a Catholic family in central Illinois during World War II that is set to be filmed in the Peoria area this summer.

Roles for adults and youth are being cast for “Say It in German,” a feature-length movie which will be filmed in the Peoria area and surrounding communities this summer. Select speaking roles are available, those not chosen may be considered as extras. Especially needed are boys, ages 9 to 15; girls, ages 5 to 7; […]

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Sheen scholar, camera expert join team planning 12-part television miniseries

A scholar on the life and virtues of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen and a Chicago-based production partner to the motion picture industry have joined Sean Fahey and Dieterich Gray to support development and production of “Wolves and Sheep,” a 12-part miniseries about Sheen. The first is Dr. Peter Howard, a popular speaker in the Diocese […]

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