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Diocesan events celebrate marriage on Valentine’s Day

On the evening of Valentine’s Day, Tim Roder had a question for the more than 100 married couples enjoying a candlelight dinner on a “date night” sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria: “What have you done for your marriage today?” There was one catch. Roder told the couples they couldn’t say the best thing many […]

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St. Vincent de Paul Society retools as tough times loom

A daylong orientation and formation session last Saturday at St. Ann’s Parish in Peoria gave about 30 Vincentians a chance to meet the new leadership team of the Peoria Diocesan Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The orientation session for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, known internationally for its outreach to […]

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‘Post’ invites passengers aboard cruise with Sheen theme

Remember the bone-chilling temperatures of early January in central Illinois? The Catholic Post and the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation extend a “warm” invitation to spend a week next January celebrating faith while enjoying a cruise through the eastern Caribbean. “Ship, Sunshine & Sheen” is the theme of a seven-day cruise aboard Holland America’s newest […]

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Central Catholic girls finish 26-0

BLOOMINGTON — For the second year in a row, the Central Catholic High School girls basketball team has finished the regular season with an undefeated record. Their victories include championships at the InterCity Tournament in November and the State Farm Holiday Classic. Last Thursday’s 63-41 victory over Prairie Central secured the Corn Belt Conference championship […]

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A life of love, music and dance

PERU — Love fills Johnnie Kaye’s life and perhaps that’s only natural since he was born on Valentine’s Day 84 years ago. “I always said he was a born lover and he is,” quipped his wife, Rita, as they sat in the living room of their comfortable Peru home last week. In June, the Kayes […]

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Priest-artist shares gift with parish family

To Father Alejandro Lopez, art is a gift meant to be shared. Visitors to Holy Family Parish in Peoria can see for themselves how he has been sharing his own artistic gift with his parish family. A framed colored drawing of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph — the work of this Conventual […]

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Father L. P. Morrissey dies; funeral at cathedral on Feb. 10

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Peoria, for Father Lawrence P. Morrissey, 82, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will be principal celebrant. Visitation is planned on Monday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. […]

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Scout Mass Feb. 15 to feature youth, adult recognition

Boys and girls from throughout the Diocese of Peoria will receive medals, badges and patches in recognition of their efforts to strengthen their moral character and virtue at the annual Diocesan Scout Mass on Sunday, Feb. 15, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Eleven men and women will be honored with them for their support of Scouting […]

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10 commissioned to assist with marriage cases

By: By Jennifer Willems Translating something from English to Spanish isn’t just a matter of finding comparable words. It often involves explaining concepts that may be more difficult to understand than the language, according to Esmeralda Cruz of St. Hyacinth’s Parish, LaSalle. On Saturday, she became the first bilingual notary-auditor to be commissioned for service […]

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Morton parish looks back, ahead on 50th anniversary

MORTON — Fifty years ago, members of then-new Blessed Sacrament Parish might have thought their first church was a bit large for the 200 registered families. After five decades, the perspective has changed. The growing parish now embraces 1,200 families, and the church is undergoing a $2 million renovation and expansion as it observes its […]

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