Clarity and Love symposium: Annulment is all about the healing

By Paul Thomas Moore of the Catholic Post Annulment is an often misunderstood topic even among the Catholic faithful, sometimes derisively referred to as “Catholic divorce.” A symposium held at the Spalding Pastoral Center on Feb. 17 entitled “Clarity and Love: Abuse, Divorce, Annulment,” went a long way toward dispelling misunderstandings. The session was organized by […]

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Priests birthdays: Feb. 21 to March 31

13  priests serving in the Diocese of Peoria — including our Bishop Emeritus — are celebrating a new year of life  between Feb. 21 and March 31. Be sure to wish them a Happy Birthday! Msgr. Douglas Hennessy (Feb. 21); Msgr. Richard Pricco (Feb. 22); Msgr. Gerald Ward (Feb. 23); Father Alexander Millar (Feb. 25); Father […]

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“Welcome to draft day,” Bishop Tylka greets catechumens and candidates

As the catechumens and candidates gather in the sanctuary during the Rite of Election at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Feb. 17, Bishop Louis Tylka, on behalf of the Church, “recognizes your desire to be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and to have a place at Christ’s Eucharistic table.” The Catholic Post/ Paul Thomas Moore

By Paul Thomas Moore “Welcome to draft day,” Bishop Louis Tylka said to the catechumens and candidates gathered for their Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 17 and 18. During the Rite of Election, these who are preparing to be received into the church at […]

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Bishop Tylka blesses new OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute — because “cancer stinks”

Bishop Louis Tylka blessed the new OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute on the campus of Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria on Feb. 13. In his final blessing, he prayed, “May the God of mercy strengthen you by his grace so that in serving the sick with tender charity, you may serve Christ himself.” The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore

By Paul Thomas Moore On Feb. 13, in a ceremony where the OSF Choir (directed by John Evancho), sang hymns including “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” and “Dona Nobis Pacem” (Latin for “grant us peace”), Bishop Louis Tylka officially blessed the new OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute in Peoria. The week before he had […]

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Have we got a fish fry for you!

If you would like to add a fish fry, please send an email to Paul Thomas Moore at BLOOMINGTON: Corpus Christi School will host their annual fish fry on Friday, Feb. 23. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Serving will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner includes cod fish or pizza, cheesy […]

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Onyx, therapy-dog-in-training, is a quick learner

Katie Wahl, grade seven at St. Michael the Archangel School in Streator, gives Onyx one of his numerous daily hugs. Onyx is undergoing training under the supervision of her handler, Principal Emily Blumenshine, to learn how to provide emotional support to students and staff. Provided photo

STREATOR — If the story of Bailey (Dec. 10 issue), was about a veteran therapy dog, the chronicle of Onyx, at St. Michael the Archangel School in Streator, is about a relative rookie. Onyx, a one-year-old English Doodle, came to St. Michael on the first day of school in August, courtesy of Streator United Way, who […]

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Full text of Bishop Tylka’s homily at dedication of St. Jude Church, Peoria

"This space will be a place where many lives are changed," said Bishop Tylka at the Dedication Mass for the new St. Jude Church in Peoria, "because here we will always remember that it is all about Jesus, and allowing him to do the necessary work in making us his disciples." (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a transcript of the homily by Bishop Louis Tylka at the Dedication Mass for the new St. Jude Church in Peoria. The Mass was celebrated on the evening of Nov. 29, and our story is found here. — This is awesome! Take a moment and look around. Look what has been […]

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Homily: Father Harold Datzman has taken his place ‘among the heroes of the faith’

Abbot Michael Calhoun, OSB

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily given by Abbot Michael Calhoun, OSB, at the funeral Mass for Father Harold Datzman, OSB, who died June 24, 2023. — On behalf of all at St. Bede I want to extend our condolences to Father Harold’s family, especially his sisters who are here with […]

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