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Lenten reading suggestions to draw close to the cross of our Savior

By Katie Bogner Lent: It’s a time to give up and take up. Alongside your Lenten sacrifices, we suggest you take up one of these powerful books as a guide to draw you closer to the Cross of our Savior. The Cries of Jesus from the Cross: An Anthology, by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, from […]

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Lenten opportunities will be offered throughout the Diocese of Peoria

A cross is marked on the forehead of a woman during an Ash Wednesday Mass last year. In 2019, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. (CNS/Reuters)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following are some of the spiritual enrichment opportunities being offered at parishes and institutions around the Diocese of Peoria before and during Lent. To add to this list, email cathpost@cdop.org or call The Catholic Post at 1-800-340-5630. For a round-up of fish dinners, click here. — Soup suppers, speakers planned in Germantown Hills GERMANTOWN […]

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“God’s Message of Divine Mercy” is focus of a Lenten day of reflection March 21

Dr. Bryan Thatcher, founder and director of the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy, will present a Lenten day of reflection on Thursday, March 21, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The theme will be “Mercy Is a Way of Love: God’s Message of Divine Mercy.” It is being sponsored by the Eucharistic Apostles of […]

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Looking for a Lenten fish fry? Check our list of dinners around the diocese

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. New listings will be added as they are received. To make us aware of your fish fry, email details to cathpost@cdop.org. Click here for a roundup of Lenten spiritual offerings. EAST PEORIA: There will be a Knights of Columbus fish fry on Friday, […]

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Opportunities for spiritual enrichment offered around diocese as Lent begins

Bible studies, parish missions, and retreats are just some of the offerings parishes and institutions have planned to help Catholics on their Lenten journey. (CNS/Octavio Duran)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Parishes and Catholic organizations around the Diocese of Peoria are planning special activities for the penitential season of Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. Following are just some of the opportunities made known to The Catholic Post, listed in order of date. This round-up will be updated as new activities are […]

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‘Awesome’ response to Lenten lunch boxes brings in $4,672 for Sophia’s Kitchen

More than 750 Sophia's Lenten Lunch Boxes were taken by Peoria-area Catholics and used to collect spare change and other sacrificial giving for Sophia's Kitchen.

Lenten sacrifices continue to bring Easter joy at Sophia’s Kitchen in Peoria. Before Lent began, people in the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community were invited to help feed the hungry at Sophia’s Kitchen by placing spare change or the price of a cup of gourmet coffee or nice meal into little catering boxes that were […]

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Looking for a Lenten fish fry? Consult this list, add to it if we’ve missed yours

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following list was compiled from information provided to The Catholic Post. New listings will be featured as we are made aware. To add a fish fry, email details to cathpost@cdop.org. Put “Fish Fry” in the subject line.   BLOOMINGTON: The Knights of Columbus, Father Joseph Boylan Jr. Council No. 15175, will have […]

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Rite of Election, one of most ‘beautiful’ and ‘happiest’ events, welcomes 437

Sister Paulette Joerger, OP, of St. Malachy Parish in Rantoul introduces a candidate to Bishop Jenky during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion last spring. This year's ceremonies will take place Feb. 18 and Feb. 25. (The Catholic Post file/Jennifer Willems)

As a Marine traveling the world, Matt Bidwell of Lincoln witnessed many ceremonies, but the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Sunday eclipsed them all. “It was honestly one of the most beautiful events I’ve ever seen. This was so powerful,” said Bidwell, who will be […]

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Filling Sophia’s Lunch Boxes helps to feed the hungry Jesus in downtown Peoria

MacKenzie Brown, a confirmation student from St. John Parish in Woodhull, affixes a sticker giving instructions for the use and return of a Sophia's Lunch Box during a recent day of service at Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Jesus is hungry. The volunteers at Sophia’s Kitchen in downtown Peoria see him in 300 to 700 faces every day as they place sandwiches, nutritious snacks and something warm to drink into waiting hands, and words of encouragement and prayer into aching hearts. This Lent, they’re inviting you to help by filling Sophia’s Lunch Box […]

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