Newly ordained Father Kevin Stolt, IVE, grateful for example of Galesburg priests

Father Kevin Stolt, IVE, celebrates his first Mass at St. John Baptist de la Salle Church in Chillum, Maryland, on Dec. 13. (Provided photo)

GALESBURG — It wasn’t in big ways that Father Kevin Stolt, IVE, realized God was calling him to priestly ministry. Rather, it was by staying focused on God’s will in the little things of everyday life, and he couldn’t happier. “I feel a great joy and a peace in my heart, to share in the […]

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October is Respect Life Month: Events include Life Chains, 40 Days, dinners

Catechist Joanne Dorn (right) and members of the confirmation class from St. Luke Parish in Eureka take part in a Life Chain in this 2016 file photo. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life” is the theme chosen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for Respect Life Month in October. Among the observances in the Diocese of Peoria is Life Chain, which will be held next Sunday, Oct. 6. Founded in 1987, this peaceful, prayerful witness is intended as a […]

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Online survey opens regarding possible new “western” Catholic high school

What do you think about building or opening a new Catholic high school in the Galesburg-Monmouth-Macomb area? The Diocese of Peoria is conducting a feasibility study and has taken the next step by publishing a survey online to see what families with school-age children think about the proposal. It is being conducted by Meitler, a […]

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Galesburg RCIA co-leaders stepping down after decades of sharing faith journeys

Kate Larson, left, and Cindy Edmonson are stepping down from their RCIA ministry for the Galesburg Catholic community after 22 and 35 years, respectively. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GALESBURG — “We can’t stop smiling.” Kate Larson stole a glance at Cynthia Edmonson as she said this, standing side by side in a pew at St. Patrick Church as the Easter Vigil began, and it only made their smiles that much bigger. One wouldn’t have blamed them for crying, since this was their last […]

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Survey interest in a Catholic high school for Galesburg-Monmouth-Macomb area

The proposed Catholic high school would serve the Galesburg-Monmouth-Macomb region.

Interest in Catholic secondary education in the western part of the Diocese of Peoria has led to a feasibility study to determine if a new Catholic high school should be established there. Meitler, a consulting firm from Wisconsin, has been retained to design and conduct a survey in May, according to Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent […]

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Avon woman finds what she was looking for as she is baptized at Easter Vigil

Father Jacob Rose lights the paschal candle, held by Deacon Robert Rodriguez, with a flame taken from the new fire built outside St. Patrick Church in Galesburg. Looking on is Father William Miller, pastor, who blessed the candle as part of the Service of Light at the Easter Vigil April 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GALESBURG — In the waters of baptism, Max and Owen De Smit received a new life in Christ last spring, and at the Easter Vigil on April 20, their mother Hannah joined them. She was one of two people baptized at the Holy Saturday liturgy at St. Patrick Church here, and one of nine received […]

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Mass with Bishop Jenky on Jan. 25 among Respect Life activities planned in January

A group from the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal sings as they process up Dearborn Avenue with thousands of other participants in last year's March for Life Chicago. The Diocese of Peoria is sponsoring a bus to this year's event on Jan. 13. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

Respect life advocates from around the Diocese of Peoria are planning to pray together and march locally, regionally and nationally as the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy approach. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is inviting all clergy, religious and faithful to join him at St. […]

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Galesburg Life Chain a prayerful, public witness and ‘the right thing to do’

Msgr. Ernest Pizzamiglio offers a prayer before the Life Chain in Galesburg began on Oct. 7. He would then take his sign and sit among other participants at the intersection of Henderson and Fremont streets. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

GALESBURG — Prayers, smiles and signs proclaiming Jesus’ love and forgiveness and the sanctity of human life greeted motorists driving through the intersection of Henderson and Fremont streets here last Sunday as dozens of pro-life advocates participated in Life Chain. The peaceful, prayerful witness is held on the first Sunday of October — known as […]

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Life Chains, 40 Days for Life, dinners, will mark October as Respect Life Month

"Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent" is the theme of the 2018-19 Respect Life Program of resources made available to parishes through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. October is observed as Respect Life Month.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, motorists and passersby will find men, women and children lining major intersections in their communities to form a Life Chain. This is the 31st year for the prayerful, peaceful witness, which is intended as a reminder of the sanctity and dignity of human life. October is Respect Life Month and Oct. […]

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Msgr. Pizzamiglio to senior status after 52 years of priestly service, 28 in Galesburg

GALESBURG — As Msgr. Ernie Pizzamiglio prepares to move to senior status at age 84 and after 52 years of priestly service, he repeatedly sums up his feelings with one word: Gratitude. That’s not surprising for someone who begins each day with the prayer: “Thank you, God, for this new day. May I glorify you […]

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