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Four priests give thanks for blessings received during 25 years of priesthood

This year has been memorable for many reasons, including a global pandemic that changed everyone’s lives in ways no one could imagine. Despite everything, however, four priests of the Diocese of Peoria are giving thanks to God for blessings received during 25 years of priesthood. Father Patrick DeMeulemeester, Father Joseph Dondanville and Father John Verrier […]

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Options for First Communion, visiting sick, confirmation, offices addressed

Noting that “the life of the Church must go on,” Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria, has sent a letter to priests addressing options for First Communion, confirmation and visiting the sick now that public Masses have resumed. The June 9 communication also discussed considerations for opening parish offices and holding […]

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Deacon James Haneghan, 76, dies; served St. Patrick Parish in Galesburg since 1997

Deacon James Haneghan

GALESBURG — Deacon James Haneghan, who served St. Patrick Parish here since his ordination as a permanent deacon in 1997, died on Saturday, June 13, 2020. He was 76. The rosary will be prayed privately at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home in Galesburg on Tuesday, June 16, at 5 p.m. Open visitation will follow from 6 to […]

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Rock Island artist Jill Rodts’ chalk creations are inspiring area parishioners

Jill Rodts, a member of St. Pius X Parish in Rock Island, is pictured with her chalk depiction of the Blessed Mother quietly meditating while holding her Son and a lamb. She told The Catholic Post this image was inspired after she received Holy Communion May 15 at St. Pius X Church. (Provided photo)

SILVIS — The Holy Spirit invited artist Jill Rodts to get creative during the COVID-19 pandemic and she responded by inspiring others with chalk art left on the sidewalks of Quad Cities churches and her own driveway. Among her latest creations, drawn at the invitation of Father Peter Zorjan, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe […]

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Construction begins on addition for historic St. Mary of Lourdes Church

An architect's drawing shows the new entrance and addition planned for St. Mary of Lourdes Church near Germantown Hills. During construction this summer, Masses will be celebrated in the nearby parish center. (Provided sketch/O'Shea Builders)

GERMANTOWN HILLS — Groundbreaking ceremonies took place at St. Mary of Lourdes Church here on May 18 for an addition to the rural church that has welcomed Catholics to its prairie location west of Metamora for 150 years. The addition will serve as the entrance to the church and will include a multipurpose room, restrooms, […]

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Vandals damage Peoria church windows; donations welcomed to assist repairs

This detail shows where one of the rocks thrown by vandals on May 25 broke the stained glass window at St. Joseph Church in Peoria. (Provided photo)

Windows depicting the Queenship of Mary and the Assumption of Mary were damaged over Memorial Day at St. Joseph Church in Peoria. Father Alexander Millar, pastor, said large rocks were thrown through the protective glass and two of the panes, perhaps with a slingshot. Police estimated the damage at $15,000. Bids are being taken to […]

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Benedictine Sister Rosemary Murphy dies at 95; funeral Mass will be livestreamed

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Rosemary Murphy, OSB, will be livestreamed at 10:30 a.m. on June 1. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 1, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery here for Sister Rosemary Murphy, OSB. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. and be livestreamed by the monastery. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, also in Rock Island. Sister Rosemary died on […]

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