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March ‘gladness’! Two state volleyball titles for Corpus Christi, Bloomington

Members of the IESA Class 8-2A volleyball state champion Saints of Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington include, front row from left, Ruthie Doering, Lauren Sears, Molly Kinsella, and Aubrey Fair; back row from left, Carly Young, Josie Certa, Addison Hoeniges, Kampbell Niepagen, Avery Duff, and Madison Bradbury. Provided photo

BLOOMINGTON — Forget about your busted NCAA basketball brackets for a moment and celebrate a rare state championship sweep in girls volleyball accomplished in March by Corpus Christi Catholic School of Bloomington. On Saturday, March 12, the Saints’ seventh grade team won the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 7-2A girls volleyball state championship with a […]

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Input of deaf Catholics sought via online survey in advance of Synod of Bishops

Worshippers use American Sign Language while praying during a Palm Sunday Mass. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

CHAMPAIGN — They may not be able to participate in a traditional listening session for the Synod of Bishops 2023, but that doesn’t mean Catholics who are deaf or hard of hearing have nothing to say. Their input is being sought by the National Catholic Office for the Deaf by means of a survey that […]

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St. Padre Pio glove relic is venerated by hundreds at Milan and Peoria churches

Among the many venerating the relic at St. Ambrose Church in Milan on March 14 was Sheila Herman, pastoral assistant at the parish. (Provided photo/Laura Boemecke)

MILAN — To the hundreds who came to venerate a relic of St. Padre Pio at St. Ambrose Church here on March 14 and again six days later in Peoria, Father Bill Kneemiller offers a suggestion. “This is a wonderful time to start a Padre Pio prayer group,” said Father Kneemiller, a senior priest of […]

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Morton parish joins area churches in hosting day of prayer for peace, Ukraine

Msgr. Gerald Ward, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton, lights candles around the exposed Blessed Sacrament at the start of a Day of Prayer for World Peace and the People of Ukraine" hosted by the parish on Wednesday, March 16. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MORTON — Blessed Sacrament Parish here was among six area faith communities hosting days of prayer for world peace and for the people of Ukraine during the week of March 14-18. Msgr. Gerald Ward, pastor, presided at an 8 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, March 16, that was followed by seven hours of prayer before the […]

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Priest brings “Mark’s Gospel LIVE” performances to St. Bede Abbey March 24

Father Joseph Morris in an image from the website gospelofmark.us.

PERU — Father Joseph Morris will return to central Illinois with “Mark’s Gospel LIVE” on Thursday, March 24, at St. Bede Abbey, 24 W. U.S. Highway 6. It will be presented at 10 a.m. (abbreviated) and 7 p.m. (the complete Gospel). There is no set admission fee, but a free-will offering will be accepted. “Mark’s […]

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Easter egg coloring project brought back to help Sophia’s Kitchen, guests

Coloring an Easter egg and writing a note of encouragement, would brighten the lives of those who receive meals at Sophia's Kitchen. Adding a donation and sending it to Sophia's Kitchen, c/o Sacred Heart Church, 504 Fulton St., Peoria, IL 61602, along with the artwork and Easter greeting would help to keep the meals coming. (Provided graphic)

Brightly colored Easter eggs can lift spirits, even when they’re made of paper. Add a note of encouragement and it can make someone’s day. Volunteers at Sophia’s Kitchen in Peoria have seen that firsthand. That’s why the Easter project and fundraiser are back for a second round of cheer. “It was very successful last year. […]

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Glove relic of St. Padre Pio will be displayed for veneration in Milan, Peoria

St. Padre Pio is depicted in a stained-glass window. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

At least two sites in the Diocese of Peoria this month will host a glove relic of St. Padre Pio, a Capuchin priest who bore the stigmata of Jesus, for veneration. On Monday, March 14, the glove relic will be at St. Ambrose Church in Milan. A Holy Hour is planned at 5:30 p.m., followed […]

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Father Paul Joseph Langevin is elected to lead Conventual Franciscan province

Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., has been elected minister provincial of the St. Bonaventure Province of the Conventual Franciscans. He has been pastor of Holy Family Parish in Peoria since 2018. (Provided photo)

Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., pastor of Holy Family Parish in Peoria, has gained a new title — minister provincial of the St. Bonaventure Province of the Conventual Franciscans. He succeeds Father Michael Zielke, OFM Conv. With his election on Jan. 31, Father Paul Joseph becomes the 14th leader of the St. Bonaventure Province. […]

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Those grieving a loved one are invited to gather via Zoom on Wednesday evenings

Those mourning the loss of a loved one are invited to take part in a biweekly gathering via Zoom sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria starting on Wednesday evening, March 9. Six spring sessions of the “Wounded Healers” grief group have been scheduled. Registration materials and the link for the Zoom meetings […]

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Make it 3: Bement woman among 276 expected for Rite of Election March 5-6

David Lansford, daughter Jerrica, and wife Jill surround his mother, Gretchen, who will be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil on April 16 at St. Matthew Church, Champaign. They are standing in front of Our Lady of St. Matthew in the parish center. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Jill Lansford of Bement didn’t know what she was looking for, but she knew she wasn’t finding it in the other faith traditions she was exploring with her husband, David, and daughter, Jerrica. It wasn’t until she heard another person’s story of faith after they entered the Catholic Church and started to delve […]

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