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Thanksgiving dinner to be ‘takeout’ at Sophia’s Kitchen: how you can help

Courtney Curtis, assistant director of Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria, and Claire Crone, director, fill bags that will be given out at the food pantry, which is held on the last Friday of the month. In a few days, the tables will be filled with items that will go into the kitchen's first-ever Thanksgiving takeout dinner and then restocked for Christmas bags. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Hunger doesn’t take a holiday and neither will Sophia’s Kitchen this Thanksgiving and Christmas, despite COVID-19 restrictions. Director Claire Crone said how they provide for their clients in downtown Peoria will look different, however. Instead of inviting people into the parish hall at St. Joseph Church, 103 S. Richard Pryor Place, for a sit-down Thanksgiving […]

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Sister Estelle Wiltz, OP, dies; Peoria native was a former principal in Peoria, Kewanee

Sister Estelle Wiltz, OP

SINSINAWA, Wis. — A funeral Mass was offered on Oct. 29 at the Dominican motherhouse here for Sister Estelle Wiltz, OP, a longtime educator who served as principal at St. Mark School in Peoria and Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee. Burial followed in the Motherhouse Cemetery. Sister Estelle died Oct. 21, 2020, at St. Dominic […]

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Sr. Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, dies; funeral Mass is Thursday at St. Mary Monastery

Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, a longtime classroom and music teacher who published a book about her experiences earlier this year, died at St. Mary Monastery on Oct. 27, 2020. She was 91. Because of restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, a private visitation and Christian wake service are planned for […]

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Founder’s beatification Oct. 31 is inspiring local Knights of Columbus members

The beatification ceremony for Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be celebrated Oct. 31, 2020, in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. Father McGivney is pictured in an undated portrait. (CNS file photo)

Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be beatified on Oct. 31 during a special Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut. Members of the Knights of Columbus in councils throughout the Diocese of Peoria are joining the celebration spiritually and virtually. Jack Swan, president of the Peoria […]

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Moline parishioners’ rosary group on Facebook Live draws hundreds to prayer

"When I hold my rosary . . . I sense a cord of connection to Our Lord and Our Lady," writes columnist Paul Thomas Moore.

MOLINE — Deb Erickson would prefer that her name not be used in this story. “Give God the glory,” she said. But God has been active in her life. So perhaps he’ll understand if her name is used a few times to tell how she became a founding member of the CTK Rosary Group on […]

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Diocesan Museum exhibit explores the history, mission of Catholic health care

A photograph from the OSF HealthCare archives shows members of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis assisting in surgery. The photo, believed to be from the 1940s, is part of a new exhibit "A Look into the Catohlic Health Care in the Diocese of Peoria" now on display at the Diocesan Museum at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria.

In a year when matters of health are in the daily news, a museum exhibit on Catholic health care in the Diocese of Peoria is both timely and itself impacted by the pandemic. “This historic exhibit was planned before the COVID outbreak,” said Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, archivist and caretaker of the diocesan museums located […]

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Diocesan Council of Catholic Women convenes via Zoom, installs officers

In this screenshot from the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women's virtual convention on Oct. 10, keynote speaker Judy Hehr talks about the paradox of the cross and says that when we forget that we are called to be Christ and see Christ in one another, what we do is in vain.

As COVID-19 has continued to linger as a health concern, many organizations wondered what to do about annual events. Some, like the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, lost their venue when parishes had to limit gatherings due to safety precautions. That didn’t stop the PDCCW, however. The board decided to switch to a virtual […]

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OSF HealthCare opens new medical office facilities in Champaign and Chillicothe

Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi blesses the new OSF Medical Group Primary Care facility at Union Square in Champaign during ceremonies on Oct. 12. Father Deus is chaplain of OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville. (Provided photo/OSF HealthCare)

Blessing and ribbon cutting ceremonies were recently celebrated at newly opened OSF HealthCare medical office complexes in Champaign and Chillicothe. In Champaign, a new primary care office has been opened at Union Square, 1712 W. Springfield Ave. The location has seven exam rooms, a procedure room, lab and x-ray services, an exam room for rehabilitation […]

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Bishop Tylka meets student leadership during visit to St. Joseph Newman Center

Msgr. Brian Brownsey, chaplain and director of the St. Joseph Newman Center in Peoria, introduced Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka to student leadership teams at the end of a Mass with the Newman community at St. Mark Church on Oct. 18. Pictured are leaders of a campus evangelization movement called New Renaissance, which seeks to form and send students as disciples. The Bradley University students are, from left, Renée Samp, Lindsey Wetle, Thomas Shaw, Johnny Berlinger and Robert Pitts. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

On a night when Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka urged Catholic college students to give their lives to God, he met several who are finding ways to do just that at St. Joseph Newman Center at Bradley University in Peoria. Bishop Tylka was the celebrant of a 9 p.m. Mass at St. Mark Church on Sunday, […]

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