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Snow can’t hold back the Holy Spirit as teens stirred up at Diocesan Youth Rally

Msgr. Stanley Deptula blesses palm branches held by Diocesan Youth Rally participants prior to the Mass closing the event at the Spalding Pastoral Center on March 24, the eve of Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

On the eve of Holy Week, in the middle of a spring snowstorm, the time was right for more than 100 Catholic teenagers from around the Diocese of Peoria to choose a life of greatness. “If you want to be a saint, you have to start right now living it,” said Jackie Francois Angel, keynote […]

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All high school students are invited to diocese’s Youth Rally 2018 on March 24

The keynote speaker at Youth Rally 2018 will be singer, songwriter, and youth minister Jackie Francois Angel from Orange County, California.

High school students from throughout the Diocese of Peoria are invited to take part in Youth Rally 2018, which this year is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 — the vigil of Palm Sunday. The rally will begin at noon at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria and conclude with participants carrying blessed palms in an […]

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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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First “Abide in Me” diocesan youth retreat draws 150 deeper into the Catholic faith

The gym at Corpus Christi School in Bloomington was transformed into a place of worship for the Diocese of Peoria's Abide in Me high school youth retreat, including a "burning bush" tower of candles in the center that often held the Blessed Sacrament exposed for adoration. Pictured is the procession at the close of Mass on Sunday. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — Some of the 150 high school youth who took part in a diocesan retreat Nov. 3-5 came tired and stressed from busy school and activity schedules. Others attended reluctantly, prodded by parents or friends. But after spending 40 hours with Catholic peers from around the diocese — and in the constant presence of […]

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Karley Bates joins staff of diocesan Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation

Karley Bates

Karley Bates, a native of Galesburg and now a member of St. Jude Parish in Peoria, has joined the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation as programs coordinator. “We’re excited to have Karley on board,” said Shirley Plaag, director. “She’s extremely enthusiastic about working here.” Bates, a product of Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg […]

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