Easter egg coloring project brought back to help Sophia’s Kitchen, guests

Coloring an Easter egg and writing a note of encouragement, would brighten the lives of those who receive meals at Sophia's Kitchen. Adding a donation and sending it to Sophia's Kitchen, c/o Sacred Heart Church, 504 Fulton St., Peoria, IL 61602, along with the artwork and Easter greeting would help to keep the meals coming. (Provided graphic)

Brightly colored Easter eggs can lift spirits, even when they’re made of paper. Add a note of encouragement and it can make someone’s day. Volunteers at Sophia’s Kitchen in Peoria have seen that firsthand. That’s why the Easter project and fundraiser are back for a second round of cheer. “It was very successful last year. […]

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Glove relic of St. Padre Pio will be displayed for veneration in Milan, Peoria

St. Padre Pio is depicted in a stained-glass window. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

At least two sites in the Diocese of Peoria this month will host a glove relic of St. Padre Pio, a Capuchin priest who bore the stigmata of Jesus, for veneration. On Monday, March 14, the glove relic will be at St. Ambrose Church in Milan. A Holy Hour is planned at 5:30 p.m., followed […]

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Father Paul Joseph Langevin is elected to lead Conventual Franciscan province

Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., has been elected minister provincial of the St. Bonaventure Province of the Conventual Franciscans. He has been pastor of Holy Family Parish in Peoria since 2018. (Provided photo)

Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., pastor of Holy Family Parish in Peoria, has gained a new title — minister provincial of the St. Bonaventure Province of the Conventual Franciscans. He succeeds Father Michael Zielke, OFM Conv. With his election on Jan. 31, Father Paul Joseph becomes the 14th leader of the St. Bonaventure Province. […]

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Those grieving a loved one are invited to gather via Zoom on Wednesday evenings

Those mourning the loss of a loved one are invited to take part in a biweekly gathering via Zoom sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria starting on Wednesday evening, March 9. Six spring sessions of the “Wounded Healers” grief group have been scheduled. Registration materials and the link for the Zoom meetings […]

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Make it 3: Bement woman among 276 expected for Rite of Election March 5-6

David Lansford, daughter Jerrica, and wife Jill surround his mother, Gretchen, who will be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil on April 16 at St. Matthew Church, Champaign. They are standing in front of Our Lady of St. Matthew in the parish center. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Jill Lansford of Bement didn’t know what she was looking for, but she knew she wasn’t finding it in the other faith traditions she was exploring with her husband, David, and daughter, Jerrica. It wasn’t until she heard another person’s story of faith after they entered the Catholic Church and started to delve […]

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Lenten retreats, days of recollection offer opportunities for spiritual growth

EDITOR’S NOTE: To add your Lenten activity to this list, email information to — Fish fry dinners return; see online list That staple of Lent, the fish fry, is being offered by organizations and parishes around the Diocese of Peoria. With an eye toward safety, there are a mix of options this year, with guests […]

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Looking for a Lenten fish dinner? Here’s our growing list; your updates welcome

Fried haddock and other items are seen on a guest's plate during a parish fish fry. (CNS/Bob Roller)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following list was compiled from information provided to The Catholic Post. It will be updated as more Lenten meals are made known. To add a fish fry to this list, send an email to BLOOMINGTON: The Bloomington Knights of Columbus will have a fish fry each Friday during Lent, from 5:30 […]

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Vermilion County faithful rally to support burn victim Sam Matthews, family

Sam Matthews is only allowed one visitor at a time at the burn center at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis and Alyssa Alwardt makes the trip from Hoopeston faithfully. She and Kari Matthews, Sam’s mother, have been supporting one another. (Provided photo/Kari Matthews)

DANVILLE — He is only allowed one person in his room during visiting hours in the burn center at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, but Sam Matthews is never alone. He has been surrounded by prayers from people all over Vermilion County — and beyond — since the devastating fire on Feb. 5 that left him […]

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St. Bede Academy renovations retain historic character, modernize campus

As part of the renovation of the north wing, second floor, 49 of St. Bede’s 185 windows will be replaced to provide effective insulation year round. (Provided photo)

PERU — Phase III of the Legacy Project at St. Bede Academy has resumed, bringing with it the promise of 39,460 square feet of renovated teaching and learning space for the 132-year-old building. First up, the north wing of the second floor. Starting there will allow the students to be in session while the work […]

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60 U of I students deepen love for Jesus at SEEK22 in Tennessee; ripples are spreading

Students from the University of Illinois in Champaign pose with cutouts of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, and St. John Paul II at a regional gathering of SEEK22 at the Knoxville Convention Center in Tennessee. (Provided photo/Ava Aubry)

Nearly 60 students from the University of Illinois in Champaign traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, in early February for a regional gathering of SEEK22, a three-day event sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) to help college students grow deeper in their love for Jesus and call them to mission. And while the dates […]

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