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Prayerful Pontiac March for Life ‘felt like Chicago’ for more than 40 participants

Christine Stark (foreground) and more than 40 other participants in a March for Life sponsored by the Ignite Youth Ministry of St. Mary Parish in Pontiac pass the church on their way to the steps of the Livingston County Courthouse on Jan. 11. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

PONTIAC — They were separated by 100 miles and a mix of winter precipitation, but a renewed March for Life through downtown Pontiac last Saturday prayerfully marked the same cause as March for Life Chicago, the largest pro-life event in the Midwest that also took place Jan. 11. (See related story on diocesan pilgrims in […]

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God’s hand evident throughout 55 years of teaching for Sr. Janet Cassidy, OSB

For most of her 55 years in Catholic education, Sister Janet Cassidy, OSB, taught first and second grade. Now she serves as the math interventionist at Seton Catholic School in Moline. "My life has been blessed," she said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — When Sister Janet Cassidy entered the Benedictine community at St. Mary’s Monastery in Nauvoo, she was willing to do whatever was asked of her. She just wanted to be a Sister. “I did not intend to become a teacher. They must have seen something in me that I did not see in myself,” […]

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Couples invited to post-Valentine’s Day Marriage Mass, date night on Feb. 15

Pianist, composer, and inspirational speaker Eric Genuis will perform as part of the date night evening that follows the Diocesan Marriage Mass on Feb. 15.

The day after Valentine’s Day, couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria are invited to join Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, for a celebration of the gift of Christian marriage. The Diocese of Peoria’s annual Marriage Mass and Date Night will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15. It begins with a 4 p.m. Mass celebrated […]

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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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