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Cathedral to host monthly devotions for Sheen cause

The Diocese of Peoria is about to introduce monthly devotions at St. Mary’s Cathedral seeking the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercessionin the canonization cause of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Archbishop Sheen is a native of El Paso who was ordained a diocesan priest and later gained worldwide fame as a radio and television host, prolific author, […]

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Catholic school year to open with Mass, luncheon Aug. 14

School pastors, parochial vicars and principals will gather at St. Mary’s Church in Kickapoo on Thursday, Aug. 14, to open the new school year with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. It will begin at11 a.m. At the luncheon and meeting that follow at Kickapoo Creek Winery, the Diocese of Peoria will […]

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Nearly 400 at weekend Catholic charismatic conference

Patti Gallagher Mansfield lived out a childhood dream during Friday night’s opening of the Diocese of Peoria’s 22nd Annual Charismatic Renewal Conference. For a half-hour, the pioneer in the charismatic renewal in the CatholicChurch became a cheerleader. “Give me an ‘H’!” she urged a crowd of almost 400 at the Holiday Inn City Centre in […]

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‘Humanae Vitae’ wisdom is even clearer 40 years later

Four decades after its release, the message of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on married love and procreation, “Humanae Vitae,” is more necessary today than ever, say natural family planning educators in the Diocese of Peoria. That is because the years since the encyclical’s publication on July 25, 1968, have witnessed widespread use of contraceptives, legalization […]

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Hearts broken, but not spirits

BLOOMINGTON — When they arrived in El Salvador to build houses for families in need, missionaries from Holy Trinity Parish in Bloomington were told that their hearts would break many times as they encountered the Salvadoran people. Little did they know the first heartbreak would come before they even began their work with the Fuller […]

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Says floats spread pro-life awareness

CHAMPAIGN — Want to promote a pro-life theme within your community? Enter a float with a message in a local parade. Better yet, design the float so well that it becomes a prize winner. So suggests Myrna Buyno, a member of St. Matthew’s Parish in Champaign. And she speaks from experience. A float she helped […]

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Ottawa prays for Marquette student-athlete

OTTAWA — “Totally unexpected, and nice.” That’s how Kristal LeRette describes a prayer service that was organized last Wednesday by the Marquette High School football and basketball teammates of her son Bryan, who was undergoing heart surgery that day. “Bryan is recovering just miraculously,” Bryan’s mother told The Catholic Post. Bryan, 16, a Marquette student […]

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State cuts to impact Catholic services

Clients of Catholic agencies and institutions serving the poor, the abused, the sick and the elderly are among those who will suffer from ongoing budget woes in the State of Illinois, say leaders in the Diocese of Peoria. On July 9, Gov. Rod Blagojevich cut $1.4 billion from an out-of-balance $59 billion budget for fiscal […]

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Earlville parish to celebrate 150th anniversary July 19

EARLVILLE — Members of St. Teresa of Avila Parish will begin a celebration of the faith community’s 150th anniversary on Saturday, July 19, with a One-Day-Fun-Day event. It starts at 11 a.m. with games for people of all ages. Other activities include face painting and a silent auction. Msgr. Raymond Boyle, pastor of St. Patrick’s […]

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Geneseo man pops the question in ‘Post’ ad

GENESEO — She said “yes.” The question — posed by Darin Ries in an ad in the June 15 issue of The Catholic Post — was, “Molly McKean . . . will you marry me?” “She giggled for at least half an hour,” said Ries, 34, as he sat in the dining room of his […]

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