Bishop Jenky suspends Mass obligation, educational programs over coronavirus

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, citing coronavirus precautions, suspended all public Masses in the Diocese of Peoria effective with the Vigil Masses of Saturday, March 14. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

BREAKING: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has suspended for the time being the obligation for Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria to participate at Sunday Mass. In a directive just released on the coronavirus and pastoral care, the bishop also announced the suspension of all Catholic educational programs for the next week and the cancellation […]

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Local packs, troops will continue, remain strong during national ‘restructuring’

Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and American Heritage Girls of all ages and ranks participated in the flag procession at the beginning of the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 16, showing the impact Scouting has on the church and local communities. "I think it's the best program for kids," said Dr. Linda Atherton, who chairs the Diocese of Peoria's Catholic Committee on Scouting. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

When the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court on February 18, many people were surprised and wondered if their local packs and troops would continue — or should continue. The answer to both questions is yes, according to Dr. Linda Atherton of Champaign, who chairs the Diocese of Peoria’s Catholic […]

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More than 100 Scouts, leaders and units honored at Scout Mass, in parishes

Surrounding Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, are the Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts who received religious emblems and medals at the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 16 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Another 50 young people, including members of American Heritage Girls troops, were recognized at Masses in their home parishes. Standing at left is Deacon Roger Hunter, who serves on the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Following is a list of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls from around the Diocese of Peoria who earned religious emblems and awards this year at the Diocesan Scout Mass. Many were at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 16 to receive them from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, but some celebrated […]

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Deacon Dr. Eugene John Landry, 94, dies in Florida; served in Moline for 21 years

Deacon Landry

LAKE WALES, Florida — A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Church here on Feb. 20 for Deacon Dr. Eugene John Landry, a former permanent deacon of the Diocese of Peoria who served at Sacred Heart Parish in Moline from 1979 to 2000. Deacon Landry, a retired podiatric surgeon who was a member of […]

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Return to Christ’s arms this Lent

By Lindsey Weishar Here we are again at the start of Lent. Admittedly, this season has never been my favorite. In past Lents I’ve noticed a certain anxiety inhabits my soul. It’s almost as if I must become hardened to fast, to pray, to change. The result is that Lent weighs on me until I […]

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Priest hopes that being in spotlight at Josh Groban concert can inspire good

Singer Josh Groban and Father Patrick Setto, assistant pastor of Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church in Southfield, Mich., are pictured in a Youtube screenshot during a Feb. 9, 2020, concert in Windsor, Ontario. Groban, a world-famous tenor, passed the microphone to the priest, who began singing "To Where You Are" and was met with immediate cheers and applause. (CNS photo/Youtube)

By Gabriella Patti / Catholic News Service WINDSOR, Ontario (CNS) — Everything about that Sunday night was a surprise for Father Patrick Setto, starting with his cousins surprising him with tickets to a Josh Groban concert in Windsor, across the border from Detroit, and ending with the world-famous tenor passing off his microphone to the […]

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Catholic Relief Service health official, U.S. bishops keep close eye on coronavirus

Catholics celebrate Mass at Hong Kong's Catholic Cathedral with protective masks on Feb. 2. The threat of spreading the coronavirus has forced Catholic officials in Hong Kong to suspend all public Masses on Sundays and weekdays from Feb. 15 to Feb. 28. (CNS Photo/Francis Wong)

By Carol Zimmermann / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The coronavirus has the world’s attention. The disease, which surfaced in China last year, has infected more than 64,000 people and killed at least 1,383 by mid-February. It has spread to 24 countries and been labeled a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. […]

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Distinguished teacher invites his students to explore their world, faith

Jim Taber, who has taught at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington for 36 years and chaired the science department there for 35 of them, can't help but teach, even in conversation. Everything becomes a lesson in science and faith for the Distinguished Teacher of the Year. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Jim Taber can’t help himself. Conversation with him is filled with lessons in biology, chemistry, botany, math and physics and it’s done in such a joyful and spontaneous way that anyone listening will learn something and be happy to do it. That’s a good thing for his students at Central Catholic High School, […]

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Peoria principal shares credit with team, community for top schools honor

During a classroom visit, St. Mark principal Noreen Dillon works on a word game with first-grader Tommy Tomlins. Helping people discover their strengths and use them is one of the reasons she went into teaching. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Dr. Noreen Dillon accepts that she has been named the Distinguished Principal of the Year by the Office of Catholic Schools, but says, “It really had nothing to do with me.” “It had more to do with the really good team I’m working with and the families that we have here supporting the school, and […]

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‘Distinguished’ Rock Island pastor always ‘a big fan of Catholic education’

Msgr. Mark Merdian, pastor of St. Pius X in Rock Island, shows students from Jordan Catholic School what can be found in a sacristy. "As a priest, you're always teaching," said the Distinguished Pastor of the Year. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — Most Wednesday afternoons you can find Msgr. Mark Merdian at Jordan Catholic School, where he teaches religion. He had the seventh-graders before the Christmas break, and is working with the eighth-graders this semester. It’s not really an option for him. “Ever since I’ve become a pastor, I’ve made a commitment to teach […]

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