A slight change is coming soon to the opening prayer priests offer at Mass

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, offers a prayer during a Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, people will notice a slight change to the opening prayer at Mass that is intended to bring the English translation into greater alignment with the Latin text and correct the focus of the prayer. “The prayer begins, ‘We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ That makes it clear we’re praying […]

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Lenten Stations at Peoria church link injustices inflicted on Jesus, others today

"The Injustice in Justice" is the theme of the Friday Stations of the Cross this Lent at Holy Family Church in Peoria. (Art by Jim Matarelli)

Jesus’ journey to Golgotha will play out in a very different way this Lent as Holy Family Parish in Peoria looks at “The Injustice in Justice” during its Friday Stations of the Cross. Those begin this Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., pastor, and Ron Budzinski, who helped to […]

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Cathedral to host Rite of Election, Call to Continuing Conversion Feb. 20, 21

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, greets Donald Kotsikpa, a catechumen from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Silvis during last year's Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Facilitating the introduction is Deacon Al Angelo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In what may be one of the most normal signs of Catholic life in the Diocese of Peoria after a difficult year, those who are preparing to celebrate the Easter sacraments will gather at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion next weekend, the first weekend in Lent. Bishop […]

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‘Virtual’ March for Life still a special experience for Peoria Notre Dame group

Some members of the Peoria Notre Dame Teens for Life group take a turn walking on the school track on Jan. 29 in solidarity with those at the national March for Life in Washington, D.C., and local observances around the nation. (Provided photo)

Owen Lynch had made three pilgrimages to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., and the senior at Peoria Notre Dame doubted a virtual experience in the high school gym could measure up. He was proven wrong. “It’s not what we hoped for, but I think this has been as special, if not more special, […]

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Bloomington sixth-grader Bryce Smeltzer already shows a big heart for service

With a donation from an out-of-school sponsor, Bryce Smeltzer was able to buy enough stockings and small gifts for 100 residents at a nearby retirement community so they would know they were not forgotten at Christmas. Helping were parents Michael and Shannon Smeltzer and younger brother Lucas. (Provided photo)

BLOOMINGTON — When Bryce Smeltzer gets bored he doesn’t look for trouble. He gets creative. Good thing, too. A burst of creativity last fall enabled the Corpus Christi sixth-grader to provide 100 stockings filled with small gifts for the residents at Westminster Village, a retirement community just across the street from the Bloomington school. The […]

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Fr. Anthony Labedis, OFM Conv., 87, dies; funeral is Saturday at Holy Family, Peoria

Father Anthony Labedis, OFM Conv.l

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Holy Family Church in Peoria for Father Anthony Labedis, OFM Conv., a Kewanee native who was in residence at the parish for 10 years before moving to Palatine a year ago. Father Tony, as he was known, died on Monday, Feb. […]

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Diocesan Marriage Mass on Feb. 13 to feature concert, renewal of vows

Performing in a 3:30 p.m. concert on Feb. 13 prior to the Marriage Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral will be Dr. Todd Kelly on trumpet and vocalist Maria Hercik.

All married couples are invited to get an early start on Valentine’s Day activities this weekend by attending the Diocese of Peoria’s Marriage Mass and Concert on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 13, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka will be the principal celebrant of the 4 p.m. Mass and will lead the […]

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Sr. M. Alphonse Husak, DSF, dies; pioneer helped establish Lacon Franciscans

In this 2018 file photo, Sister M. Alphonse Husak, DSF, a longtime nurse, enjoys the time she spends with caregivers (from left) Becky Lamie, CNA; Renee Perrin, RN; and Sydnie Angel, CNA, at St. Joseph Home of Lacon. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LACON — A private Mass of Christian Burial was offered Jan. 30 for Sister M. Alphonse Husak, DSF, one of 15 members of the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi who traveled from Slovakia to central Illinois in 1946 to establish a new branch of the religious community in the United States. The Mass took […]

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Bishops, pro-life leaders decry Biden decision to rescind ‘Mexico City policy’

President Joe Biden signs an executive order about climate change at the White House in Washington on Jan. 27. The following day, he signed a memo rescinding the so-called "Mexico City" policy that blocked U.S. funding for nongovernmental organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a form of family planning in other nations. (CNS/Reuters)

By Julie Asher / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairmen of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life and international policy committees said President Joe Biden’s memo rescinding the so-called “Mexico City policy” Jan. 28 is a “grievous” action that “actively promotes the destruction of human lives in developing nations.” “(It) is antithetical to reason, violates […]

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Clergy appointments affect leadership in LaSalle, Peru and Oglesby parishes

CLERGY APPOINTMENTS Father Gary Blake, while remaining vicar forane of the LaSalle Vicariate, from pastor, Holy Family Parish, Oglesby, to pastor, St. Valentine Parish, St. Mary Parish, and St. Joseph Parish, all in Peru Father Paul Carlson, from pastor, St. Hyacinth Parish and St. Patrick Parish, both in LaSalle, and rector of Queen of the […]

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