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Entire student body of St. Joseph, Pekin, celebrates patron’s feast with pilgrimage

Sister Merlinda, FAS, greets Kim Terry and her third-graders from St. Joseph School in Pekin, who are decorating brown bags that will be used to serve lunch to patrons of Sophia's Kitchen at St. Joseph Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Say “pilgrimage” and people usually think of the Holy Land or Ireland or Spain. For students at St. Joseph School in Pekin, however, Peoria proved to be a wonderful destination when they celebrated their patron’s feast day on March 19. The entire student body — 131 students — boarded buses to travel to St. Joseph […]

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Cambridge church celebrates 50th anniversary with Mass, breakfast

Designed by Father Cyril Schlarman, St. John Vianney Church in Cambridge put a Catholic church in every county seat in the Diocese of Peoria when it was dedicated on March 31, 1968. (Provided photo)

CAMBRIDGE – Members of St. John Vianney Parish were joined by those who helped found the parish for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the church. The 8 a.m. Mass on March 11 was followed by a breakfast hosted by the Altar and Rosary Society in the church hall. While they […]

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An invitation to women who feel disengaged from the church

Kim Padan

By Kim Padan On Jan. 21, The Catholic Post published an article from CNS discussing a survey of Catholic women indicating a high level of disengagement from the Church. As I read more details online, I felt both heartbroken and concerned. Even more, I felt compelled to reach out to my sisters in faith. The […]

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‘We have so much in common,’ new OSF mission partners in Urbana, Danville told

Longtime and new OSF HealthCare mission partners applaud a speaker during a welcoming program Feb. 1 at the newly renamed OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

While transitioning two medical centers to new ownership was a complicated task that involved months of preparation across the business spectrum, the common Catholic health care traditions and missions of the facilities in Urbana and Danville also made it a time of grace. “We have so much in common,” said Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, […]

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Family finds meaning at Christmas despite damage left by Washington tornado

This picture of Jesus "is a copy of the one I had hanging in my house when the tornado hit.," said Lisa Hines. "When I found it among the rubble it was still intact. It is again hanging on my living room wall and continues to be the Jesus that I go to."

By Lisa Hines EUREKA — Christmas 2014 was a Christmas like no other. On Nov. 17, 2014, a tornado hit Washington, Illinois, at approximately 11:05 a.m. and destroyed our house. That day our world was literally turned upside down. My husband, John, my dad, Leo, 91 (who had been living with us since 2011), and […]

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Death couldn’t stop gift of hope organist received from collaborator

Longtime collaborators Sonny Huffman and Carol Wake do what they loved to do most --- make music together. Her death devastated him, but her last Christmas present to him gave him hope. Provided photo

FROM THE EDITOR: In the following reflection, Sonny Huffman talks about his friend, Carol Wake, a longtime music teacher and church musician who served at St. Bernard and St. Vincent de Paul, both in Peoria, until her death. He continues to live in Peoria and minister as an organist for Masses at St. Vincent de […]

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Office of Catholic Schools names Distinguished Pastor, Teacher for 2017-18

In addition to Distinguished Principal Maureen Bentley, two other “distinguished” members of Catholic school communities in central Illinois are being honored by the Diocese of Peoria’s Office of Catholic Schools this year. They are: Distinguished Pastor: Msgr. Thomas Mack of Immaculate Conception School, Monmouth. He has been pastor at the Monmouth parish, as well as […]

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Let the season of Advent be one of hope

Sharon Priester

By Sharon Priester First Sunday of Advent/Dec. 3 Isaiah 63:16b-17,19b; 64:2-7; Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37 During this Advent season, we are preparing for the celebration of the birth of Christ, renewing our desire for “His second coming.” Each of the readings this Sunday, and those for the next three weeks, helps us focus […]

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