Bloomington sixth-grader Bryce Smeltzer already shows a big heart for service

With a donation from an out-of-school sponsor, Bryce Smeltzer was able to buy enough stockings and small gifts for 100 residents at a nearby retirement community so they would know they were not forgotten at Christmas. Helping were parents Michael and Shannon Smeltzer and younger brother Lucas. (Provided photo)

BLOOMINGTON — When Bryce Smeltzer gets bored he doesn’t look for trouble. He gets creative. Good thing, too. A burst of creativity last fall enabled the Corpus Christi sixth-grader to provide 100 stockings filled with small gifts for the residents at Westminster Village, a retirement community just across the street from the Bloomington school. The […]

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Fr. Anthony Labedis, OFM Conv., 87, dies; funeral is Saturday at Holy Family, Peoria

Father Anthony Labedis, OFM Conv.l

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Holy Family Church in Peoria for Father Anthony Labedis, OFM Conv., a Kewanee native who was in residence at the parish for 10 years before moving to Palatine a year ago. Father Tony, as he was known, died on Monday, Feb. […]

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Diocesan Marriage Mass on Feb. 13 to feature concert, renewal of vows

Performing in a 3:30 p.m. concert on Feb. 13 prior to the Marriage Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral will be Dr. Todd Kelly on trumpet and vocalist Maria Hercik.

All married couples are invited to get an early start on Valentine’s Day activities this weekend by attending the Diocese of Peoria’s Marriage Mass and Concert on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 13, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka will be the principal celebrant of the 4 p.m. Mass and will lead the […]

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Sr. M. Alphonse Husak, DSF, dies; pioneer helped establish Lacon Franciscans

In this 2018 file photo, Sister M. Alphonse Husak, DSF, a longtime nurse, enjoys the time she spends with caregivers (from left) Becky Lamie, CNA; Renee Perrin, RN; and Sydnie Angel, CNA, at St. Joseph Home of Lacon. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LACON — A private Mass of Christian Burial was offered Jan. 30 for Sister M. Alphonse Husak, DSF, one of 15 members of the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi who traveled from Slovakia to central Illinois in 1946 to establish a new branch of the religious community in the United States. The Mass took […]

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Clergy appointments affect leadership in LaSalle, Peru and Oglesby parishes

CLERGY APPOINTMENTS Father Gary Blake, while remaining vicar forane of the LaSalle Vicariate, from pastor, Holy Family Parish, Oglesby, to pastor, St. Valentine Parish, St. Mary Parish, and St. Joseph Parish, all in Peru Father Paul Carlson, from pastor, St. Hyacinth Parish and St. Patrick Parish, both in LaSalle, and rector of Queen of the […]

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First walk for life at St. Mary of Lourdes, Germantown Hills, takes unique paths

The first-ever walk for life at St. Mary of Lourdes in Germantown Hills took people past the monument for the unborn in the parish cemetery. Here Ileen Grebner, director of faith formation (left), stands with members of the Verdun, Cox and Hogan families and their friends. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GERMANTOWN HILLS — In some ways, the first-ever walk for life at St. Mary of Lourdes Parish last Sunday was like any other walk for life in that people braved the cold of a January day to show their support for human life from the moment of conception until natural death. That doesn’t mean it […]

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Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton to affiliate this year with OSF HealthCare

Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton

PRINCETON — The Boards of Directors for Perry Memorial Hospital here and OSF HealthCare, along with the Princeton City Council have adopted an affiliation agreement that will allow for a transfer of ownership of Perry Memorial Hospital from the City of Princeton to OSF HealthCare. “Our longstanding relationship with Perry Memorial Hospital, which spans nearly […]

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President of U.S. bishops’ statement on the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States as his wife, Jill Biden, holds a Bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 20, 2021. (CNS/ Reuters)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following statement was released Jan. 20 by Most Rev. José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angelesand the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. My prayers are with our new President and his family today. I am praying that God grant him wisdom and courage to lead this great nation […]

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Deacon Lawrence DeCapp, 72, dies; served Germantown Hills, Metamora parishes

Deacon Lawrence DeCapp

EAST PEORIA — A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, at St. Mary of Lourdes Church in Germantown Hills for Deacon Lawrence Leroy DeCapp, 72, a permanent deacon who served that parish as well as St. Mary in Metamora. Deacon DeCapp, who was also active in Cursillo leadership, died […]

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