Urbana parish’s Festival of Lessons and Carols showcases both unity, diversity

As the St. Patrick Bell Choir plays at left and Dr. Franklin Gallo accompanies on organ, a combined choir of nearly 100 voices sings at the close of A Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. Patrick Church in Urbana on the evening of Dec. 9, the Second Sunday of Advent. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

URBANA — Just as Jesus’ birth brought joy to local shepherds and kings from far-off lands, the anticipation of celebrating the miracle 2,000 years later united diverse groups in an evening of song and prayer Dec. 9 at St. Patrick Church here. Eight choirs, representing several ethnic communities, took part in the third annual A […]

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Retreat speaker urges faithful to call on Mary during journey through Advent

Father Adam Cesarek encouraged those who attended an Advent retreat sponsored by the Bishop's Commission on Women in the Church and in Society to celebrate the season by preparing well, protecting their relationships with God and others, and deepening their spiritual lives through prayer and the sacraments, especially the sacrament of reconciliation. The retreat took place Dec. 1 at St. Vincent de Paul in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Advent can be a time of incredible grace with a little preparation, protection, participation and prayer, Father Adam Cesarek told those who attended a morning retreat planned by the Bishop’s Commission on Women in the Church and in Society. It took place last Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul in Peoria. Father Cesarek’s theme was […]

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Advent celebrations planned across the diocese include prayer, song, retreats

An Advent wreath is depicted in a stained-glass window. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Following are Advent observances made known to The Catholic Post in recent days. More will be posted here as they become available. Vesper prayer services offered at Sacred Heart, Moline MOLINE — Quiet evenings of prayer and song continue on the Second and Third Sundays of Advent, Dec. 9 and 16, at Sacred Heart Church, […]

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As witnesses to Christ, we must change our lives, prepare the way of the Lord

Sharon Priester

By Sharon Priester Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)/Dec. 17 Isaiah 61:1-2a,10-11; (Psalm) Luke 1:46-48,49-50,53-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28 This week, the Third Sunday of Advent, the Gospel begins with “A man named John was sent from God.” Who is this John? Why did he come? As we listen, we hear that he came for […]

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From stress to holiness: young adults get seasonal advice at first “Fourth Watch”

Father Adam Cesarek offers suggestions on how to lessen pre-Christmas stress by keeping the focus on Christ during Advent. He was the featured speaker at the Diocese of Peoria's first "Fourth Watch" gathering on Dec. 4 that drew more than 60 young adults to the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Overwhelmed by the approach of Christmas? Father Adam Cesarek suggests making a different kind of list during Advent to “change your season of stress into a season of holiness.” “It’s hard to keep our eyes on the things that are most important as we prepare for Christmas,” said Father Cesarek, the featured speaker Dec. 4 […]

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Pekin teacher, blogger designs liturgical season coloring book for free download

Katie Bogner, a fifth grade teacher at St. Joseph School in Pekin, has designed a Coloring Book of the Signs and Symbols of the Liturgical Seasons. The Advent and Christmas drawings were colored by Olivia Draher and Addison Goessman.

PEKIN — With Advent comes the beginning of a new church year, and Katie Bogner has given families a new way to walk through it together. A fifth grade teacher at St. Joseph School, Bogner has designed a Coloring Book of the Signs and Symbols of the Liturgical Seasons. The book, as well as ideas […]

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