Looking for a Lenten fish fry? A variety of options available around the diocese

Mary Ralph of Holy Family Parish in Peoria hands fish dinners to Jim Stomberg during the parish’s Lenten fish fry on Friday, Feb. 24, at Holy Family School. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The following list was compiled from information provided to The Catholic Post. New listings will be added as they become available. If you would like to add a fish fry, send an email to Jennifer Willems at — BLOOMINGTON: The Knights of Columbus, Father John D. Ring Council 574, will hold a fish fry every […]

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Champaign vigil remembers lives lost to abortion; proposed clinic raises alarm

Kristi Hofferber, the speaker for the Community Ecumenical Memorial Prayer Vigil on Jan. 22, places a rose in a vase at Holy Cross Church in Champaign during a candlelight procession to remember the more than 60 million lives lost to abortion in the United States. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Kristi Hofferber knows she is the face of the “exceptions” to every argument against abortion. Born as the result of rape and incest — her mother was abused by her father — she said 60 percent of people who are pro-life will make exceptions in those two instances. While she doesn’t condone how […]

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Thanks given in LaSalle for Roe reversal, but prayer and work still needed

Alicia Garcia, 10, was among members of the St. Hyacinth Children's Choir lending their voices to the Mass in Thanksgiving for the Reversal of Roe v. Wade at St. Hyacinth Church in LaSalle on Jan. 24. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

LASALLE — The evening Mass at St. Hyacinth Church here on Jan. 24 was in thanksgiving for the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion last June, so why was Father Tom Otto wearing purple vestments, a penitential color? “The overturning of the ruling does not mean that abortion is […]

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Peoria Mass focuses on prayer for the legal protection of the unborn

Father William Miller and Father John Verrier concelebrate Mass at St. Joseph Church in Peoria on Jan. 23, the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn. Father Miller encouraged prayers not just for the unborn, but for their mothers, and those who defend life. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Praying for the legal protection of the unborn is what brought people to St. Joseph Church in Peoria on Jan. 23. What they took away was the determination to keep praying for the children and their mothers, and for the conversion of those who promote abortion. “As we enter into these sacred mysteries we know […]

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Diocesan traveling monstrance starts February Holy Hours at St. Patrick, Seneca

Eight parishes across the Diocese of Peoria are planning Holy Hours with the diocesan traveling monstrance in February. Hosting are: Feb. 2, St. Patrick, Seneca; Feb. 6, St. Patrick, Ransom; Feb. 9, St. Patrick, Dwight; Feb. 13, St. John the Baptist, Fairbury; Feb. 16, St. Mary, El Paso; Feb. 20, Epiphany, Normal; Feb. 23, St. […]

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Catholic Schools Week activities highlight prayer, academics and fun

Brantley Drake and Charley Franey, pre-kindergarten students at Schlarman Academy in Danville, show that there is fun to be had while learning. Catholic Schools Week, which runs from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, features both, along with opportunities for prayer and service. (Provided photo)

“Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” is the theme for National Catholic Schools Week, which begins Sunday, Jan. 29, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 4. It is sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association. While the 44 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria may celebrate in different ways on different days, these themes from the […]

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Catholic schools known for excellence, embrace church’s evangelizing mission

Jerry Sanderson

By Dr. Jerry Sanderson The annual observance of Catholic Schools Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the Christ-centered mission of Catholic schools and the impact that a Catholic education has on the lives of students. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” We see this theme lived out in our diocesan schools as […]

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Webinars still open to train people to talk to lawmakers about assisted suicide

Noting that legislation to legalize assisted suicide is coming to Illinois, the Catholic Conference of Illinois is planning training sessions to help people formulate “well-thought, organized, and respectful responses” when talking to lawmakers. Leading the webinars will be Bob Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, and Dawn Fitzpatrick, senior coordinator of Human […]

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Funeral held for Sister Joanne Feist, 88; Bloomington native taught for 46 years

Sister Joann Feist, OP

SINSINAWA, Wis. — A funeral Mass was offered Dec. 17 for Sister Joann (Antonia) Feist, OP, at the motherhouse of the Sinsinawa Dominicans here. A natural burial took place on Dec. 8 in the Motherhouse Cemetery. Sister Joann died Dec. 6, 2022, at St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. She was 88. Born in […]

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