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Priests marking milestone anniversaries are thanked, thankful at Jubilarian Mass

In his homily, Msgr. Dale Wellman, a senior priest of the diocese, said his 55 years of ministry have made for a "happy, long life" and that he has "lived and loved being in the service of God's people." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

When Jesus talked to the disciples about offering his flesh and blood for the life of the world, they found it hard to accept and some walked away. But Simon Peter remained and said, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Msgr. Dale Wellman has found truth in those […]

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The full text of Bishop Jenky’s homily at Peoria Notre Dame all-school Mass Feb. 20

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, joined the Peoria Notre Dame High School community Feb. 20 to offer a Mass in remembrance of principal Randy Simmons, who died unexpectedly on Feb. 19. Many of the priests from Peoria-area parishes concelebrated and provided spiritual support and comfort to the students after the liturgy. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Peoria Notre Dame High School community gathered Feb. 20 for a rosary and Mass to remember principal Randy Simmons, who died unexpectedly at home the previous day at the age of 61. (See related stories here.) Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, was the main celebrant for the all-school Mass, which was offered […]

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Bishop Jenky leads prayers that ‘Gospel of Life with have victory in our time’

As the Mass for the Legal Protection of the Unborn began Jan. 25, a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the unborn, was carried down the main aisle of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria by Aaron Rapp of St. Joseph Catholic Newman Center in Peoria, and Kevin Ellis, Will Gustafson and Sam Menacher of St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In the midst of all the activity that surrounds the anniversary of Roe v. Wade each January, respect life advocates took time to pray quietly before the Blessed Sacrament at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria and ask God for healing, forgiveness and the legal protection of unborn children. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, celebrated Mass […]

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Citing flu outbreak, Bishop Jenky suggests temporary changes in liturgy practices

EDITOR’S NOTE: Citing flu outbreak concerns being reported by area hospitals, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has suggested a series of temporary changes for liturgical practices in the Diocese of Peoria.  Following is the full text of his letter sent to all parishes on Thursday, Jan. 16. — To the Pastors, Priests, Deacons, Religious, and […]

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All invited to Mass with Bishop Jenky opening charismatic conference July 27

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC (The Catholic Post file photo)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will celebrate the opening Mass for the Catholic Charismatic Conference on Friday, July 27, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Everyone is welcome for the rosary at 6 p.m. and the liturgy at 6:30 p.m., whether or not they have registered for the conference. A social with snacks and beverages […]

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School year ends with words of praise and hope for principals, pastors

Msgr. Paul Showalter, vicar general, presents a token of appreciation to Judy Clark during the end of the school year luncheon hosted by the Office of Catholic Schools. Clark led Corpus Christi School in Bloomington after principal Gwenn Roche moved away midyear. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Looking out over the Catholic school administrators and priests from the Diocese of Peoria, Msgr. Paul Showalter had nothing but words of praise for their work of passing on the faith to the young people in their care. “Each of you, as we gather together today, gives me hope,” Msgr. Showalter said during a Mass […]

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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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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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38 awarded religious emblems, honors at diocesan Scout and AHG Mass

Bishop Jenky and Father Harris lead applause for adult Scout honorees Jennifer DeWitt, left, of Sacred Heart, Moline, who was awarded the Bronze Pelican, and Patricia Scott of Christ the King, Moline, and Paul Harris of St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria, who received the St. George Emblem. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Little things done for others mean a lot to God, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told Catholic Cub, Boy and Girl Scouts from around the Diocese of Peoria who helped fill St. Mary’s Cathedral on Feb. 7 for the annual Scout and American Heritage Girls Mass. At the conclusion of the Mass, the bishop presented […]

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“Wine” offered now prepares us for eternal banquet

By Father Timothy Hepner Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 17 Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 The first great work of Jesus’ public ministry was the act of the Jewish bridegroom, whose job it is to provide wine for the wedding as Grant Pitre explains in his book, “Jesus the Bridegroom.” Another […]

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