Lenten retreats, days of recollection offer opportunities for spiritual growth

EDITOR’S NOTE: To add your Lenten activity to this list, email information to — Fish fry dinners return; see online list That staple of Lent, the fish fry, is being offered by organizations and parishes around the Diocese of Peoria. With an eye toward safety, there are a mix of options this year, with guests […]

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Looking for a Lenten fish dinner? Here’s our growing list; your updates welcome

Fried haddock and other items are seen on a guest's plate during a parish fish fry. (CNS/Bob Roller)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following list was compiled from information provided to The Catholic Post. It will be updated as more Lenten meals are made known. To add a fish fry to this list, send an email to BLOOMINGTON: The Bloomington Knights of Columbus will have a fish fry each Friday during Lent, from 5:30 […]

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Vermilion County faithful rally to support burn victim Sam Matthews, family

Sam Matthews is only allowed one visitor at a time at the burn center at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis and Alyssa Alwardt makes the trip from Hoopeston faithfully. She and Kari Matthews, Sam’s mother, have been supporting one another. (Provided photo/Kari Matthews)

DANVILLE — He is only allowed one person in his room during visiting hours in the burn center at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, but Sam Matthews is never alone. He has been surrounded by prayers from people all over Vermilion County — and beyond — since the devastating fire on Feb. 5 that left him […]

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St. Bede Academy renovations retain historic character, modernize campus

As part of the renovation of the north wing, second floor, 49 of St. Bede’s 185 windows will be replaced to provide effective insulation year round. (Provided photo)

PERU — Phase III of the Legacy Project at St. Bede Academy has resumed, bringing with it the promise of 39,460 square feet of renovated teaching and learning space for the 132-year-old building. First up, the north wing of the second floor. Starting there will allow the students to be in session while the work […]

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60 U of I students deepen love for Jesus at SEEK22 in Tennessee; ripples are spreading

Students from the University of Illinois in Champaign pose with cutouts of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, and St. John Paul II at a regional gathering of SEEK22 at the Knoxville Convention Center in Tennessee. (Provided photo/Ava Aubry)

Nearly 60 students from the University of Illinois in Champaign traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, in early February for a regional gathering of SEEK22, a three-day event sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) to help college students grow deeper in their love for Jesus and call them to mission. And while the dates […]

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The sick must be cared for in body and soul, says Pope Francis

People in wheelchairs wait for the start of Mass marking World Day of the Sick, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Feb. 11. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Junno Arocho Esteves / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Caring for the sick means not only healing the wounds of the body but also those that afflict the soul, Pope Francis said. “Care cannot be divided because the human being cannot be divided. We could — paradoxically — save the body and […]

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An open letter from OSF HealthCare

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following guest commentary from OSF HealthCare was received by The Catholic Post on Feb. 3 and published in The Catholic Post dated Feb. 13, 2022. It was signed by Sister Diane Marie McGrew, OSF, president of OSF HealthCare, and Mike Cruz, MD, chief operating officer of OSF HeathCare. — Throughout OSF HealthCare, […]

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Host of ‘The Miracle Hunter’ to speak at Holy Trinity, Bloomington, on March 6

Michael O'Neill

BLOOMINGTON — “How the Catholic Church Investigates the Supernatural” will be presented by Michael O’Neill — also known as “The Miracle Hunter” — on Sunday, March 6, at Holy Trinity Church, 711 N. Main St. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. There will be time for questions after his presentation. O’Neill is the host of […]

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Catholic Schools Week Masses, activities are being planned with a nod to safety

“Catholic Schools: Faith, Excellence, Service” is the theme for National Catholic Schools Week, which begins this Sunday, Jan. 30, and runs through next Saturday, Feb. 5. This the 48th year for the observance, which is sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association. The pandemic may be making things difficult, but the 43 Catholic schools and […]

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Peoria Notre Dame teacher prepares for the gift of consecrated virginity

Christine Pinheiro teaches Latin and theology at Peoria Notre Dame High School and said some of her students may attend her consecration to the Order of Virgins on Feb. 5 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Christine Pinheiro smiles even before she answers a question about consecrated virginity. “I love my vocation and talking about my vocation,” she said. Pinheiro will be consecrated to the Order of Virgins during a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria next Saturday, Feb. 5. It will take place at 10:30 a.m. with Coadjutor Bishop […]

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