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Diocese receives, celebrates and shares the gift of Divine Mercy at services

Father Daniel Gifford offers a reflection on Divine Mercy at St. John's Catholic Chapel in Champaign, the site of one of several regional celebrations in the Diocese of Peoria on April 3. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — The Door of Mercy at St. John’s Catholic Chapel was well used on Divine Mercy Sunday as people entered to seek the sacrament of reconciliation, pray before the Blessed Sacrament, and sing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy together. The door swings both ways, however, Father Daniel Gifford reminded them during his reflection on […]

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Bishop invites all Catholic men to annual march and Mass in Peoria on April 23

A scene from the men's march at the 2015 "A Call to Catholic Men of Faith." This year's event is Saturday, April 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has encouraged all men of the Diocese of Peoria to take part in the 13th annual “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith” in downtown Peoria on Saturday morning, April 23 — and to arrive a little early. Noting the 2016 men’s march and Mass takes place during the Holy […]

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Regional Divine Mercy Sunday events planned around Diocese of Peoria April 3

Regional celebrations of Divine Mercy Sunday are planned April 3 in Champaign, LaSalle, Nauvoo, Normal, Peoria, and Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

One of the highlights of the Holy Year of Mercy comes next weekend, with the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday on April 3. Long observed on the Second Sunday of Easter, it has held a special place on the church calendar since St. John Paul II canonized St. Maria Faustina Kowalska on April 30, 2000. […]

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Chrism Mass: Prefer nothing to the love, glory of the Lord, urges Bishop Jenky

Priests from throughout the Diocese of Peoria concelebrate the Chrism Mass with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on March 22. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Serving God is no little thing and should fill us with wonder, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those who filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for the annual Chrism Mass on March 22. Even so, it is possible to “go through the motions of outward service to God and neighbor without any inward sense […]

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Priests invite all to experience God’s love, mercy in sacrament of reconciliation

Father Don Roszkowski contemplates a picture of the Prodigal Son in the confessional at St. Mary Church in El Paso. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It doesn’t matter what you call it. It doesn’t matter how you celebrate it. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been. What does matter is that the sacrament of reconciliation is a sacrament of healing that offers God’s love and mercy over and over and over again, according to priests around the Diocese of Peoria. […]

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Seminarian’s road hasn’t been straight, but every step has been worth it

Taylor Caputo (third from left) takes a break while hiking with other men discerning their call to priesthood. He said the idea of being a priest filled him with joy and more peace than he had ever known. (Provided photo)

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Taylor Caputo was working in an architecture studio at the University of Illinois when he started to wonder if that career path was taking him in the right direction. “What’s the purpose of all this? Don’t you want your life to have meaning?” he asked himself. “Maybe I could be a priest.” […]

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Diocese’s permanent deacons convene, renew commitment to service

Deacon Antonio Herrera of St. Mary Parish in Blomington joins permanent deacons from around the diocese in renewing commitment to diaconal service during a Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on march 5. The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody

Permanent deacons from throughout the Diocese of Peoria who convened March 5 were told by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, that “you are my hands in the corporal works of mercy and the needs are unending.” “We need deacons to give example and to help in the living function of feeding the hungry, clothing the […]

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Rite of Election: 350 take major step to reception into church at Easter Vigil

Father David Whiteside of St. Patrick Parish in Havana and Immaculate Conception in Manito presents Sara Frye to Bishop Jenky at the Rite of Election Feb. 21 at St. Philomena Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

More than 350 people who are “longing for the Easter sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist” or to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church were recognized by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion as Lent began. Because St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria […]

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Couples renew vows at Marriage Mass, later enjoy Valentine Date Night

Couples renew their vows at a previous Diocesan Marriage Mass in this Catholic Post file photo.

It takes three to make Christian marriage work, “a husband, a wife, and God at the center,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, reminded couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria at the annual Marriage Mass on Feb. 13 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Prior to leading the couples in renewing their marriage vows, Bishop Jenky thanked […]

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Looking for a Lenten fish fry? Consult — or add to — our list

A young volunteer displays food prepared for dinners served at a Friday evening fish fry. CNS/Jim West

The following list was compiled from information provided to The Catholic Post. Should your parish or organization’s future fish fry not appear on this list, email cathpost@cdop.org with “Fish Fry” in the subject line. Sponsoring organizations receive one free notice in the print edition of The Catholic Post, and this online list will be constantly […]

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