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Three Catholic centers among those sharing in state rep’s gift of 12,000 diapers

State Rep. Ryan Spain (73rd District) delivers diapers from his Holiday Diaper Drive to the Family Resources Center in Peoria for the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois and St. Gianna Baby Pantry, an outreach of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. Accepting them are Therese Peck (left) of the Christ Child Society and Suzie Meismer of Catholic Charities. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The Christ Child Society of Central Illinois, St. Gianna Baby Pantry and Women’s Care Center, all in Peoria, have more diapers to provide for at-risk mothers and their babies thanks to an early visit from Santa Claus. This year he took the form of State Rep. Ryan Spain (73rd District), who delivered 12,000 diapers of […]

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Christmas hymn, video witness to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

"Like Shepherds to the Stable" is a eucharistic-themed Christmas hymn composed by Tom Dermody, editor of The Catholic Post.

In his 2020 Festival Letter titled “The Real Presence,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky asked that all in the Diocese of Peoria “look for ways to reinforce our teaching and witness regarding the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist.” While The Catholic Post continues to do that with various columns and news […]

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Catholic schools prepare for Christmas: prayer, service projects, plays, concerts

Surrounded by the Whos, Grinch Isaac Kidder prepares to carve the roast beast in a production of "How the Grinch Found Christ in Christmas" presented by St. Mary School in Metamora. It was one of many plays and concerts offered by Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria this year. (Provided photo)

As it turns out, the Grinch didn’t dislike Christmas at all, but was upset about how hypocritical people were about it. At least that’s the approach the students at St. Mary School in Metamora took when they presented “How the Grinch Found Christ in Christmas” on Dec. 16. The Metamora school was one of many […]

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Catholic Charities’ 2019 Christmas Project distributes gifts to 235 families in need

Peoria City Council member Sid Ruckriegel and Julie Enzenberger help load the car of Trish Giger (right) with gifts for a family from St. Mary’s in Kickapoo during the Dec. 13 distribution day for Catholic Charities’ Christmas Project. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

About 235 families were assisted by this year’s Christmas Project sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria, according to Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, executive director. The project combines generosity at several parishes — which host “Giving Trees” with tags listing items requested by the families in need — as well as funds and […]

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It’s the season of giving (back) for these women in Grand Ridge and East Moline

Nympha White of Grand Ridge has worked on Cross Catholic Outreach's Box of Joy project for two years. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

FROM ‘BOX OF JOY’ TO ‘SIMBANG GABI’ GRAND RIDGE — Giving thanks to God is all part of giving back for Nympha White, a member of St. Columba Church in Ottawa who also serves on the board of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. As the PDCCW’s chair of international concerns, she has worked […]

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Sister Irene Krogmeier, OSB, 97, dies; funeral will be Dec. 13 in Rock Island

Sister Irene Krogmeier, OSB, died Dec. 10.

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for Sister Irene Krogmeier, OSB, on Friday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. West. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation was planned for Thursday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m., also […]

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Founding community happy traditions part of OSF Center for Health – Streator

Cutting the ribbon for the new OSF Center for Health – Streator are (from left) Sister Jomary Trstensky, Sister Christia Ann Struewing, and Sister Maureen O'Connor of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, and Sister Agnes Joseph Williams, Sister Diane Marie McGrew, and Sister M. Mikela Meidl of OSF HealthCare. The building formerly served as St. Mary's Hospital, part of Hospital Sisters Health System. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

STREATOR — When there was a need for health care in Streator, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis responded to the call. Arriving in 1887, they started St. Mary’s Hospital a year later. The hospital closed in 2016 and has found new life as the OSF Center for Health – Streator, something that makes the […]

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‘Everybody stepped up’: Parish hall blessed at Immaculate Conception, Carthage

Father Thomas Szydlik leads Immaculate Conception parishioners in prayer before they share a pancake breakfast in celebration of their new parish hall being blessed in Carthage on Nov. 24. The hall can accommodate 225 people. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CARTHAGE — Members of Immaculate Conception Church celebrated the blessing of their new parish hall on Nov. 24 the same way they saw the project through to completion — with prayer and fellowship. “May all who come here know the presence of Christ, experience the joy of his friendship, and grow in his love,” Father […]

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Seminarian Austin Bosse — and his author Mom — are embraced by Macomb parish

Author Rosie Bosse talks with students of St. Paul School in Macomb about farming, her book, "Curley, the Orphan Calf," and her son, seminarian Austin Bosse, who served at the Macomb parish over the summer. She also visited Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth and read to the students there. Provided photo

MACOMB — As seminarian Austin Bosse served at St. Paul Church here over the summer, the parish families fell in love with him and the children grew a little bit closer to God as he guided them through the ins and outs of being altar servers and helped with Totus Tuus. The connection grew even […]

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