Full text of homily by Father Steffen at Mass following the 2018 Men’s March

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily given by Father Johnathan Steffen on April 28 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria following the annual diocesan Men’s March. Father Steffen is pastor of St. Mary Parish in El Paso and a chaplain at the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal.  […]

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‘What do you know for sure?’ Columnist poses question, how would you answer?

Christina Capecchi

“Twenty Something” column / By Christina Capecchi When Oprah Winfrey was first asked the question, the talk-show queen was left tongue-tied. She was doing a live television interview with the late film critic Gene Siskel to promote her film “Beloved,” and he concluded by asking, “Tell me, what do you know for sure?” “I got […]

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Laughter and tears, joy and sorrow: A reflection on the death of my father

Sister M. Clementia, FSGM, is pictured with her parents, Brenda and Carey Toalson. Mr. Toalson died suddenly on Feb. 25, 2018, at the age of 62. (Provided photo)

By Sister M. Clementia, FSGM A severe mercy. This is what C.S. Lewis described of death to his friend in the book with the same title. At the mourning of his wife’s untimely death, Sheldon Vanauken was struck by Lewis’ description: A mercy that was as severe as death, a death that was merciful as […]

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Funeral homily: Fr. DeBisschop cared for his people, they returned the affection

Father James DeBisschop

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the homily from the April 6 funeral Mass for Father James DeBisschop. (Read his obituary here.) The Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in Moline and the homilist was Father Mark DeSutter, pastor. — Christians believe that Jesus is the template of our lives. Also, we feel that when people […]

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Funeral homily: Father Richard Mullen was generous, devoted, a “priest’s priest”

Father Richard L. Mullen

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the homily from the March 28 funeral Mass for Father Richard Mullen, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria. (Read his obituary here.) The funeral was celebrated at Holy Cross Church in Champaign, and the homilist was Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. — The early Christians called themselves “The Living.” […]

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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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