Mobile ‘holy ground’ — OSF Care-a-Van blessed, will serve Vermilion County

Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi, manager of pastoral care at OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, blesses the new OSF Care-a-Van that will serve Vermilion County. Also pictured during the March 29 ceremonies is Jennifer Compton, vice president of ancillary and support services at the medical center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

DANVILLE — A new OSF Care-a-Van, the third such mobile health center to serve in the Diocese of Peoria, was blessed as “holy ground” during ceremonies March 29 at OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center here. The 40-foot van will provide residents throughout Vermilion County who may not easily access health care with services including […]

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Sister Mary C. Core, OSB, dies; longtime teacher also served as youth minister

Sister Mary C. Core, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — A private Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Mary C. Core, OSB, is planned for Wednesday, March 30, at St. Mary Monastery. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, also in Rock Island. The Mass will be livestreamed through the Facebook page of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery at 10 a.m. […]

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Holy Trinity, Bloomington, to host exhibit, talk on ‘Eucharistic Miracles’

BLOOMINGTON — Holy Trinity Church will host “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World,” an international exhibit designed and created by Blessed Carlo Acutis, from Friday, April 8, through Palm Sunday, April 10. In addition, the parish will welcome back Michael O’Neill, also known as “The Miracle Hunter,” for a presentation on “Miracles of the Eucharist […]

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Use of Spalding Renewal Center, in need of repairs, to be ‘significantly’ restricted

For more than three decades, the Spalding Renewal Center at 401 N.E. Madison, Peoria, has been home to ministries including Peoria Cursillo, Spanish Cursillo, and Teens Encounter Christ. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Use of the Spalding Renewal Center in Peoria will be “significantly” restricted effective May 15, the Diocese of Peoria has announced. “A recent facilities study determined the need for considerable repairs” to the historic building at 401 N.E. Madison Ave., according to a news release issued by the diocese on March 18. The statement emphasized […]

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President-principal model coming to Central Catholic, Bloomington, in July

BLOOMINGTON — After nearly two years of research and planning, Central Catholic High School will transition to a president-principal model of governance, effective July 1. Sean Foster, who has served as principal since 2014, has been named the school’s first president. A search is being conducted for the next principal. “This is an exciting time […]

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March ‘gladness’! Two state volleyball titles for Corpus Christi, Bloomington

Members of the IESA Class 8-2A volleyball state champion Saints of Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington include, front row from left, Ruthie Doering, Lauren Sears, Molly Kinsella, and Aubrey Fair; back row from left, Carly Young, Josie Certa, Addison Hoeniges, Kampbell Niepagen, Avery Duff, and Madison Bradbury. Provided photo

BLOOMINGTON — Forget about your busted NCAA basketball brackets for a moment and celebrate a rare state championship sweep in girls volleyball accomplished in March by Corpus Christi Catholic School of Bloomington. On Saturday, March 12, the Saints’ seventh grade team won the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 7-2A girls volleyball state championship with a […]

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Input of deaf Catholics sought via online survey in advance of Synod of Bishops

Worshippers use American Sign Language while praying during a Palm Sunday Mass. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

CHAMPAIGN — They may not be able to participate in a traditional listening session for the Synod of Bishops 2023, but that doesn’t mean Catholics who are deaf or hard of hearing have nothing to say. Their input is being sought by the National Catholic Office for the Deaf by means of a survey that […]

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St. Padre Pio glove relic is venerated by hundreds at Milan and Peoria churches

Among the many venerating the relic at St. Ambrose Church in Milan on March 14 was Sheila Herman, pastoral assistant at the parish. (Provided photo/Laura Boemecke)

MILAN — To the hundreds who came to venerate a relic of St. Padre Pio at St. Ambrose Church here on March 14 and again six days later in Peoria, Father Bill Kneemiller offers a suggestion. “This is a wonderful time to start a Padre Pio prayer group,” said Father Kneemiller, a senior priest of […]

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Morton parish joins area churches in hosting day of prayer for peace, Ukraine

Msgr. Gerald Ward, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton, lights candles around the exposed Blessed Sacrament at the start of a Day of Prayer for World Peace and the People of Ukraine" hosted by the parish on Wednesday, March 16. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MORTON — Blessed Sacrament Parish here was among six area faith communities hosting days of prayer for world peace and for the people of Ukraine during the week of March 14-18. Msgr. Gerald Ward, pastor, presided at an 8 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, March 16, that was followed by seven hours of prayer before the […]

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Priest brings “Mark’s Gospel LIVE” performances to St. Bede Abbey March 24

Father Joseph Morris in an image from the website

PERU — Father Joseph Morris will return to central Illinois with “Mark’s Gospel LIVE” on Thursday, March 24, at St. Bede Abbey, 24 W. U.S. Highway 6. It will be presented at 10 a.m. (abbreviated) and 7 p.m. (the complete Gospel). There is no set admission fee, but a free-will offering will be accepted. “Mark’s […]

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