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Death of loved ones during pandemic can leave grieving families feeling ‘in limbo’

Family members guide a casket through a cemetery in this April 15 Catholic News Service photo. (CNS /Jim Urquhart, Reuters)

“A private graveside service is planned. A memorial Mass will take place at a later date.” Some variation of those sentences has appeared in almost every Catholic obituary since COVID-19 directives were implemented in mid-March. Following are stories behind those words shared by readers of The Catholic Post. We deeply thank them for speaking with […]

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Paul Moore column: Being away from homeland when tragedy happens

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the unedited version of the “In My Father’s House” column by Paul Thomas Moore that appeared in the May 10, 2020, edition of The Catholic Post.) Most of the time, when writing this column, I approach the blank page with a sense of anticipatory curiosity — as a traveler might approach […]

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New outdoor grotto at St. Jude, Peoria, invites prayers for those in COVID-19 fight

A new outdoor prayer grotto has been established at St. Jude Church and School in Peoria in support of all those in the fight against COVID-19. Information on how to light a candle on behalf of health care workers, first responders, or those in peril is found by clicking the "Shine a Light" banner on the parish website, stjudechurchpeoria.org. (Photo by Daryl Wilson)

A new outdoor prayer grotto has been established on the grounds of St. Jude Church and School in Peoria to support all those in the fight against COVID-19. The public is invited to have a candle lit by submitting prayers — for themselves or on behalf of others — via the parish website, stjudechurchpeoria.org. Click […]

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Bishops of U.S., Canada will consecrate their nations to Mary on Friday, May 1

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has announced the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops May 1 in consecrating the two nations to the care of the Blessed Mother under the title “Mary, Mother of […]

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Diocesan school leader takes part in conference call with President Trump

President Donald Trump talks to reporters after signing the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act at the White House in Washington April 24, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program was among topics covered during a conference call that included President Trump and Catholic school leaders around the United States on April 25. (CNS/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

Of all the things Dr. Sharon Weiss expected to be doing last Saturday, sitting in on a conference call with President Donald Trump wasn’t one of them. And yet she was invited to join Catholic school superintendents and leaders from around the United States to hear words of praise and reassurance from the president, who […]

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East Peoria Franciscans are beginning a new chapter in their vocations ministry

The new vocations team of Sister Teresa Paul Selamat, OSF, and Sister Rose Therese Mann, OSF, stand at the entrance to the East Peoria motherhouse of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and the new sign for Mount Alverno Novitiate. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EAST PEORIA — In religious formation, there is a delicate balance between giving people enough space to pray and discern what God is calling them to and offering enough community to provide example and support. To provide that balance, The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis have moved their formation program from Peoria […]

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In message to priests, Bishop Jenky hopes for renewed diocese post-pandemic

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, addresses priests of the Diocese of Peoria in this image taken from his April 7 message posted on YouTube.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the transcription of a video message from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to the priests of the Diocese of Peoria released April 7. Normally the priests renew their priestly promises when they gather with the bishop during Holy Week for the annual Chrism Mass. That liturgy was postponed because of COVID-19 […]

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Holy Hours for Vocations move online to keep needed and fruitful prayers coming

Father Timothy Hepner, vocation director of recruitment for the Diocese of Peoria, livestreams a Holy Hour for Vocations on the Facebook page of the Office of Priestly Vocations on April 14. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

At some point the COVID-19 pandemic will end, but the need for holy priests and consecrated women and men won’t. That’s why prayers for vocations must continue, according to Father Timothy Hepner, vocation director of recruitment for the Diocese of Peoria. Until people are able to gather in churches again, the Office of Priestly Formation […]

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Brother George Matsuoka, OSB, 98, dies; recalled for welcoming handshake, smile

Brother George Matsuoka, OSB

PERU — Brother George Matsuoka, OSB, a monk of St. Bede Abbey in Peru who for decades was beloved for his outstretched hand and smile that greeted St. Bede Academy students and guests as they arrived to and departed from school, died on Easter Sunday morning, April 12, 2020. He was 98. Reception of his […]

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PDCCW holds prayer service via phone, cancels Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is surrounded by the volunteers honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women last April. This year's Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Luncheon has been canceled because of coronavirus restrictions. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Prayer knows no social distancing and on Palm Sunday the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invited people to join them across the miles — and phone lines — to seek God’s aid in ending the COVID-19 pandemic. The prayer service, conducted by conference call, was the first of its kind for the PDCCW. “I […]

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