Women ‘connect’ at Christmas cookie decorating workshop at Metamora parish

Heather Ladwig decorates a sugar cookie during a workshop hosted by Women Connect, a ministry of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Mary Parish, Metamora. She came with her mother and grandmother as a way for the three of them to do something together. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

METAMORA — Who doesn’t like to make and eat Christmas cookies? Exactly. That’s what made for a winning event hosted by Women Connect, a ministry of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Mary Church here. Held over two nights just before Thanksgiving, the holiday sugar cookie decorating workshop drew about 50 women, which exceeded […]

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Office of Catholic Schools will ‘err on the side of caution’ to nationwide school threat

The Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria will be on a “soft lockdown” on Friday, Dec. 17, due to a viral TikTok post threatening school violence across the United States. Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of the Diocese of Peoria’s 42 Catholic schools, sent an email to the pastors, chaplains, principals and diocesan school communities […]

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Christmas concert planned Dec. 12 in Bartonville is rescheduled for Jan. 2

Photo from the St. Anthony Camerata Chorale Festival Choir Facebook page.

BARTONVILLE — At the recommendation of the Peoria Health Department and in keeping with ongoing COVID-19 safety measures, the St. Anthony Camerata Chorale Festival Choir has rescheduled its holiday concert, “A Christmas Hallelujah,” for Sunday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. The program was originally planned for this Sunday, Dec. 12, at St. Anthony Church, 2525 […]

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Advent a fitting time for rededication of St. Mary of Lourdes, Germantown Hills

Father Vien Van Do, administrator of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Germantown Hills, symbolically "hands over the building" to Bishop Tylka by presenting him with the keys, legal documents, and renovation plans at the start of the Mass of Rededication on Dec. 5. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

GERMANTOWN HILLS — The Second Sunday of Advent, with its focus on preparation for the coming of Christ, proved a fitting time for a Mass of Rededication at St. Mary of Lourdes Church here. “It is so wonderful to have a place like this to come home to,” said Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, principal celebrant […]

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Altar cloth from pioneer days is returned to family of deacon in Nauvoo

Deacon Dan Moffitt (left) stands with Father Thomas Szydlik, parochial vicar of the five parishes in the Hancock County Catholic Community, and Deacon Bob Seidler. Father Szydlik is holding the nearly 200-year-old altar cloth, which has been folded and preserved in a box. They are standing in the 1820s Moffitt home. (Provided photo)

NAUVOO — A piece of family history has been returned to Deacon Dan Moffitt, thanks to a promise kept by another permanent deacon and distant cousin from Santa Clarita, California. That promise involves an altar cloth used in the cabin of Thomas Moffitt of Nauvoo by priests who traveled up and down the Mississippi River […]

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After vows, Sister Clara Maria continues her ‘campus ministry in a habit’ at ISU

Sister Clara Maria of the Visitation and the Precious Blood of Christ smiles as she professes her perpetual vows as a member of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Receiving those vows is Mother Adela Galindo, foundress. Sister Clara Maria is assistant director of the St. John Paul II Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal. (Provided photo)

NORMAL — At one point in her life, Sister Clara Maria Malay, SCTJM, discerned that she was being called to marriage. Little did she know then that the call she had received was to be a bride of Christ as a member of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She entered […]

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Grateful Morton parishioner Louis Hofer creates a sacred space in his backyard

Louis Hofer of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton is pictured near the backyard religious display he is happy to show all visitors to his home. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MORTON — Louis Hofer woke up one morning and had an idea to do something for Jesus. “He’s been so good to me,” says the 82-year-old member of Blessed Sacrament Parish here. But then Hofer already had much experience in serving his Savior, including through the Knights of Columbus and as a supply driver for […]

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Schools, parishes, families respond generously to ‘Box of Joy’ project

Nympha White (right) accepts 90 Boxes of Joy from Deena Pavinato of Holy Family in Oglesby. It was the first year the parish participated in the Cross Catholic Outreach project to benefit children in need at Christmas. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Christmas will be merrier for 1,203 children in need because caring people of all ages around the Diocese of Peoria sent them a Box of Joy through Cross Catholic Outreach. That includes 769 boxes brought to the drop-off center sponsored by St. Joseph in Brimfield and St. James in Williamsfield. Tina Windish, project leader, said […]

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Funeral Mass planned Nov. 29 for Sister Cecile Baer, OSB, founding member of SPEC

Sister Cecile (Muriel) Baer, OSB, a longtime teacher and principal, was also one of the founders of Special People Encounter Christ (SPEC) in Moline.

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Cecile (Muriel) Baer, OSB, a founding member of Special People Encounter Christ in the Quad Cities, is planned for Monday, Nov. 29, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery. The liturgy is private, but will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. through the Facebook page of […]

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Father shares gratitude, faith, hope in story of daughter’s cancer journey

Jeff Hoskins and his daughter Ava, members of St. Pius X Parish in Rock Island, are pictured with their newly published book "From Cancer to Kinnick: Love Finds a Wave." The book shares gratitude for the support that Ava, now a freshman at Alleman High School, and the family received through her cancer treatment and recovery. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

ROCK ISLAND — Jeff Hoskins and his daughter Ava didn’t wait until Thanksgiving to give thanks to God and the many others who have accompanied them through Ava’s cancer journey. Their gratitude is voiced throughout a newly published book written by Jeff and featuring an introduction by 14-year-old Ava — a freshman at Alleman High […]

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