St. Nick’s Closet a collaboration between Catholic Charities and OSF in Danville

Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi, manager of pastoral care at OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, holds one of the bags ready for distribution to a needy family through the St. Nick's Closet program, a collaboration between Catholic Charities and OSF HealthCare. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

DANVILLE — While the OSF Care-a-Van makes medical care mobile (see related story), a new collaboration between Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria and OSF HealthCare is bringing a mobile ministry indoors. More than two years after Catholic Charities launched the St. Nicholas Charity on Wheels program — in which a van delivers supplies […]

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Deacon William Gray, former diocesan rural life director, dies; funeral is April 9

Deacon William Gray

HAMILTON — A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Nauvoo for Deacon William Joseph “Bill” Gray, 83, of Hamilton. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Hamilton. Deacon Gray died on Monday, April 4, 2022, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Visitation is planned […]

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Men’s March and Mass to return April 30 after two-year COVID-19 absence

A scene from the 2019 "A Call to Catholic Men of Faith." All men of the diocese are invited to take part in the 2022 Men's March and Mass in Peoria on Saturday morning, April 30. (The Catholic Post file photo/Tom Dermody)

UPDATE — Because thunderstorms are in the forecast for Saturday morning, the men will gather at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 N.E. Madison Ave. in Peoria, for confessions and the pre-march rally beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Mass with Bishop Tylka and the lunch to follow at the pastoral center will continue as scheduled. Catholic […]

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Divine Mercy Lenten Day of Reflection explores redemptive suffering, hope

Sister Faustina Thomas, OP, one the speakers at the Divine Mercy Lenten Day of Reflection, catches up with (from left) Peggy Shane, Jessica Shane and Pat Franzoni of St. Jude in Peoria, during a break. She offered a reflection on Divine Mercy. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Suffering is not something we seek, but it offers an invitation to surrender to God and trust in his infinite love for us, Father John Verrier told more than 200 people who gathered at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria for a Divine Mercy Lenten Day of Reflection. “The cross and suffering is the way […]

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Public is invited to join Bishop Tylka, priests of diocese at Chrism Mass April 12

The oils to be blessed for sacramental anointing at parishes around the Diocese of Peoria are pictured prior to the 2020 Chrism Mass. This year's Chrism Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

Bishop Louis Tylka will gather with the priests of the Diocese of Peoria for the Chrism Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Tuesday, April 12. It will begin at 1 p.m. At this Mass, traditionally celebrated during Holy Week, the priests and bishop will renew the promises they made at their priestly ordination. It takes […]

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Mobile ‘holy ground’ — OSF Care-a-Van blessed, will serve Vermilion County

Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi, manager of pastoral care at OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, blesses the new OSF Care-a-Van that will serve Vermilion County. Also pictured during the March 29 ceremonies is Jennifer Compton, vice president of ancillary and support services at the medical center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

DANVILLE — A new OSF Care-a-Van, the third such mobile health center to serve in the Diocese of Peoria, was blessed as “holy ground” during ceremonies March 29 at OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center here. The 40-foot van will provide residents throughout Vermilion County who may not easily access health care with services including […]

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Sister Mary C. Core, OSB, dies; longtime teacher also served as youth minister

Sister Mary C. Core, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — A private Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Mary C. Core, OSB, is planned for Wednesday, March 30, at St. Mary Monastery. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, also in Rock Island. The Mass will be livestreamed through the Facebook page of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery at 10 a.m. […]

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Holy Trinity, Bloomington, to host exhibit, talk on ‘Eucharistic Miracles’

BLOOMINGTON — Holy Trinity Church will host “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World,” an international exhibit designed and created by Blessed Carlo Acutis, from Friday, April 8, through Palm Sunday, April 10. In addition, the parish will welcome back Michael O’Neill, also known as “The Miracle Hunter,” for a presentation on “Miracles of the Eucharist […]

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Use of Spalding Renewal Center, in need of repairs, to be ‘significantly’ restricted

For more than three decades, the Spalding Renewal Center at 401 N.E. Madison, Peoria, has been home to ministries including Peoria Cursillo, Spanish Cursillo, and Teens Encounter Christ. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Use of the Spalding Renewal Center in Peoria will be “significantly” restricted effective May 15, the Diocese of Peoria has announced. “A recent facilities study determined the need for considerable repairs” to the historic building at 401 N.E. Madison Ave., according to a news release issued by the diocese on March 18. The statement emphasized […]

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President-principal model coming to Central Catholic, Bloomington, in July

BLOOMINGTON — After nearly two years of research and planning, Central Catholic High School will transition to a president-principal model of governance, effective July 1. Sean Foster, who has served as principal since 2014, has been named the school’s first president. A search is being conducted for the next principal. “This is an exciting time […]

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