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Charity on wheels: St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry is blessed and ministry launched

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses a van that will serve as the St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry, a new outreach of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. Looking on at left during the ceremony at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria are Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, director of Catholic Charities, and Suzie Meismer, who will provide case management at the van’s various stops throughout the diocese. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

There is now a St. Nicholas Day every week in the Diocese of Peoria. On Tuesday morning, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blessed a white Ford Transit cargo van as the “St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry,” a new outreach of Catholic Charities to serve needs throughout the 26-county diocese. Each week, usually on a Tuesday, the […]

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‘Spectacular’ new St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria is completed, blessed

Guests arrive for the April 26 celebration dinner and blessing ceremony for the new St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After describing it with superlatives including “spectacular” and “beautiful,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blessed the newly completed St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria before a celebration dinner at the $4 million facility on April 26. “This is going to be an engine for all the things you do,” said Bishop Jenky of the 20,000-square-foot […]

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St. Philomena, Peoria, blesses ground for new parish center, campus renovation

Pictured with a sample of dirt from the building site and the foundation stone for the new St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria during ground blessing ceremonies March 13 are, from left, Tracy Coker of Dewberry Architecture; Eric Bursott of River City Construction; Churck Grayeb, Peoria City Council representative; Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis; Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC; Father David Richardson, pastor; Steve Knecht and Allyson Schneider, parish trustees; Mike Mahoney and Kris Coulter, representing the building and capital campaign committees. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As a gentle rain fell on the building site March 13, holy water was sprinkled inside St. Philomena Church in Peoria on the foundation stone of a new parish center. “Jesus is the unshakable cornerstone of your kingdom,” prayed Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during ground blessing ceremonies for a 20,200-square- foot facility that will […]

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‘Blessing bags’ help Metamora students enter into Year of Mercy spirit

Joyce Heiple of St. Mary School in Metamora guides Ben Cronkhite and Anna Schmitz is assembling "blessing bags" of bottled water, socks, snacks, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and an apple for the people served at Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria. The "blessing bags" were delivered by the eighth-graders at the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

METAMORA — What words would you use to describe “mercy” to a child? “I told them when I think of mercy I think of love, caring, kindness, forgiveness. Those are words they can understand,” said Joyce Heiple, the second grade teacher at St. Mary School in Metamora. It was important for them to understand that […]

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