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Schlarman Academy video wins diocesan contest, then international recognition

Schlarman Academy Class of 2020 member Wade Huddleston tells how students at the Danville school give back to the community in this screen grab from a student-produced video that won a diocesan contest to promote “Stewardship in Action.” It was later part of a diocesan video that received first place honors from the International Catholic Stewardship Council.

DANVILLE — Video editing is a “fun hobby” for Jack Girouard. But the senior at Schlarman Academy now has an international award on his film resume. The success began when an entry that Girouard and a few Schlarman friends submitted last school year was named the winner in the Diocese of Peoria’s first video contest […]

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‘Christmas in the Age of COVID’ is topic of Zoom webinar offered Saturday, Dec. 19

Michaela Ebert

The St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities invites all interested persons to a Zoom presentation “Christmas in the Age of Covid” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. The featured speaker will be Michaela R. Ebert, an ethicist for Ascension, a Catholic health system headquartered in St. Louis. In a year marked by […]

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Funeral Mass set Dec. 23 at cathedral for Msgr. Soseman; 4 visitation opportunities

Msgr. Richard Soseman

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for Msgr. Richard Soseman, the pastor of three parishes in Peru and vice postulator of the sainthood cause for Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Msgr. Soseman, who was an author and radio host and […]

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Deacon John Skender, 84, dies; served St. Mark, Peoria, and active in Cursillo

Deacon John Skender

EAST PEORIA — A private family funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, at St. Mark Church in Peoria for Deacon John Ethelbert Skender, a permanent deacon at St. Mark Parish who was active in the Cursillo community. Deacon Skender, 84, died on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist […]

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Guadalupe events in diocese modified for 2020; plenary indulgence conditions set

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Saturday, Dec. 12.

The Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a major gathering day for Hispanic Catholics, but across the Diocese of Peoria plans are being modified to reflect the health concerns of 2020. “We will still celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe but with the (pandemic) restrictions,” said Rosie Romero, diocesan director of Hispanic Ministry. […]

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While teaching, Sr. Stefanie keeps a safe distance from Benedictine community

Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — As a preschool teacher at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in East Moline, Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB, knows that creativity is the name of the game, especially when it comes to remote learning due to the pandemic. It also comes in handy as she tries to remain connected to her Benedictine […]

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Deacon Tom DeBernardis, 85, dies; served St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Peoria

Deacon Tom DeBernardis

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria for Deacon Thomas “Tom” N. DeBernardis, a permanent deacon on senior status who served the parish from 2002 to 2010. Deacon DeBernardis died in Peoria on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. He was 85. Visitation […]

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Youth group at Orion parish to host live drive-through Nativity in church lot

Just on of the scenes from the live drive-through Nativity planned outside Mary, Our Lady of Peace Church in Orion on the evenings of Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12. (Provided photo)

ORION — “Journey to Joy” is the theme of a live drive-through Nativity experience to be presented the next two weekends by the youth group of Mary, Our Lady of Peace Parish. “We thought a drive-through event would be wonderful for our community as they could safely enjoy the Nativity from the comfort and safety […]

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Who are your Catholic school heroes providing light in this challenging year?

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Despite the pandemic, Catholic education continues to be delivered to nearly 10,000 students across the Diocese of Peoria through remote learning. Making this possible are teachers, principals, staff members and parents who are working closely with Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent, and the diocesan Office of Catholic Schools. For Catholic Schools Week, The Catholic Post would […]

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Share your plans for Christmas 2020

A child is pictured in an illustration lighting a candle on an Advent wreath. (CNS/ KNA)

It looks like Christmas will be very different this year, as families are asked to limit their gatherings in order to safeguard the health of all concerned. In what ways will you connect with your loved ones over the holidays? What traditions will be a little sweeter? What will you be praying for? Or perhaps […]

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