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Construction begins on addition for historic St. Mary of Lourdes Church

An architect's drawing shows the new entrance and addition planned for St. Mary of Lourdes Church near Germantown Hills. During construction this summer, Masses will be celebrated in the nearby parish center. (Provided sketch/O'Shea Builders)

GERMANTOWN HILLS — Groundbreaking ceremonies took place at St. Mary of Lourdes Church here on May 18 for an addition to the rural church that has welcomed Catholics to its prairie location west of Metamora for 150 years. The addition will serve as the entrance to the church and will include a multipurpose room, restrooms, […]

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Vandals damage Peoria church windows; donations welcomed to assist repairs

This detail shows where one of the rocks thrown by vandals on May 25 broke the stained glass window at St. Joseph Church in Peoria. (Provided photo)

Windows depicting the Queenship of Mary and the Assumption of Mary were damaged over Memorial Day at St. Joseph Church in Peoria. Father Alexander Millar, pastor, said large rocks were thrown through the protective glass and two of the panes, perhaps with a slingshot. Police estimated the damage at $15,000. Bids are being taken to […]

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Benedictine Sister Rosemary Murphy dies at 95; funeral Mass will be livestreamed

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Rosemary Murphy, OSB, will be livestreamed at 10:30 a.m. on June 1. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 1, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery here for Sister Rosemary Murphy, OSB. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. and be livestreamed by the monastery. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, also in Rock Island. Sister Rosemary died on […]

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Catholic Charities receives $100,000 grant to assist area COVID-19 impacted families

Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, is director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria has received a $100,000 grant to assist families impacted economically by the COVID-19 pandemic with housing and/or utilities payments. The grant is from the third round of disbursements generated by the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF). Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is among 31 nonprofit organizations […]

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‘Totus Tuus’ summer youth program plans to offer its teaching content online

Totus Tuus participants take part in an exercise of trust led by team member Jacob Martini in this 2017 file photo from St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington.

People who were sad to hear that Totus Tuus, the popular, parish-based faith formation program for children and teens, might not be able to take place this summer can rejoice. While the weeklong sessions with Totus Tuus missionaries and teachers is not possible due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings, Father Timothy Hepner and Amy […]

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Fr. Joseph Santa Bibiana, SDB, 87, dies in Florida; served in Champaign, Rantoul

Father Joseph Santa Bibiana, SDB

BELLE GLADE, Florida — A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at St. Philip Benizi Church here for Father Joseph Santa Bibiana Gisbert, SDB, former parochial vicar of Holy Cross Parish in Champaign and superior of the Salesian community there. Father Santa died on May 15, 2020, at Wellington […]

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Sister Anne Newcomer, OSB, dies May 15; celebrated 70th anniversary in March

Sister Anne Newcomer, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Anne Newcomer, OSB, a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery for 70 years, died May 15, 2020, at the monastery. She was 92. Because of restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, a private wake service and Mass of Christian Burial were planned for May 18 […]

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‘Longing in a Time of Exile’: In solidarity, solace with those desiring the Eucharist

A tabernacle lamp burns in this photo illustration by Taryn Watkins.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following prose poem was written by Taryn Watkins, a consecrated virgin for the Diocese of Peoria, an artist, and a teacher at St. Philomena School in Peoria. She submitted her work “in the hope that it it could be a source of solace and solidarity” in this time of suspended public Masses […]

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Bishop Jenky encourages Marian devotion in video message released on Fatima feast

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, addresses Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria in this screen grab from a video message released on May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Speaking from the tomb of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, he noted the media pioneer's devotion to Our Lady and how she leads the world to Jesus.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the transcript of a video message released by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on May 13, 2020, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. The video itself is embedded below. I love all the wonderful  feasts of Our Lady and I think I have special devotion to today, Our Lady of […]

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Sister Roberta Houlihan, CSJ, Peoria native, dies May 9; funeral services pending

Sister Roberta Houlihan, CSJ, who served in Peoria for 38 years as a social worker, teacher and school counselor, died May 9, 2020, in St. Louis. She was also active in Cursillo.(Provided photo)

ST. LOUIS — Sister Roberta Cecile Houlihan, CSJ, a longtime social worker and counselor in Peoria who was also active in Cursillo, died May 9, 2020, at Nazareth Living Center here. She was 93. Funeral arrangements are pending. Born on Sept. 5, 1926, in Peoria, and baptized Phyllis, Sister Roberta was the daughter of Leo […]

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