At convocation, diocese’s permanent deacons urged to witness to God’s mercy

Permanent deacons from throughout the Diocese of Peoria pose with Bishop Jenky in the sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral after a Mass that opened their convocation on March 4. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Thanking the permanent deacons of the Diocese of Peoria for being his “hands out in the trenches,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, challenged the diaconate community to continually “look for opportunities to witness to God’s tremendous love and mercy.” “Let’s be ready to carry God’s amazing love which he revealed in Jesus Christ to everyone […]

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Join 17-mile ‘Walk to Mercy’ pilgrimage from Dallas City to Nauvoo on Sept. 24

The "Walk to Mercy" begins at Sacred Heart Church in Warsaw, left, and ends 17 miles away at the Holy Door at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Nauvoo, right.

DALLAS CITY — Catholics in Hancock County are going the extra mile — 17 of them, in fact — to enter the Holy Door at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Nauvoo. The “Walk to Mercy” will begin at Sacred Heart Church, Fifth and Cedar, at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Citing pilgrimage as […]

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Only one sin can’t be forgiven, explains missionary of mercy Archabbot Lambert

After his talk to deacons of the Diocese of Peoria, Archabbot Lambert Reilly, OSB, greets Deacon Nicholas Simon of St. Anthony Parish in Atkinson and Sacred Heart, Annwan, as Deacon Rod Gray of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Galesburg looks on. The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody

The only sin that can’t be forgiven is our own refusal to have the sin forgiven, a missionary of mercy said in the Diocese of Peoria on Aug. 20. “There is no sin beyond the salvific power of Jesus Christ,” said Archabbot Lambert Reilly, OSB, who guided St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana from 1995 […]

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Charismatic Renewal Conference draws 155 to encounter with mercy, praise

Barbara Lanzdorf-Heil leads conference participants in prayer during the 30th annual Charismatic Renewal Conference on July 30. She encouraged them to remember God's promises and believe that "what has been written in the book of your life has not been erased." The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

EAST PEORIA — With the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis is inviting people to a new, personal encounter with Jesus not once, but every day. That doesn’t just apply to Catholics or people of good will. “The Father’s mercy is for everyone,” according to Walter Matthews. “It is for all of humanity until the […]

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With new Spiritual Center, Sophia’s Kitchen feeds hungry bodies, spirits

With her hair tinted pink, the signature color of the Sophia Sunday celebration, Claire Crone stands next to the photo of Sophia Donald, while the girl's parents, Vicky and Barry Donald, stand to the right. Proceeds from the July 17 benefit go to Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

They come to the window of Sophia’s Kitchen for a meal every day, but the couple who attended the Sophia Sunday celebration on July 17 saved all week to buy the pork chop sandwiches, baked beans and chips that were being served. “They said it was their one chance to give back,” according to Claire […]

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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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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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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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Director to be present when Divine Mercy image film is shown in Peoria March 19

A new documentary film exploring “The Original Image of Divine Mercy” will be shown at two Peoria locations, with director Daniel diSilva in attendance and a six-foot replica and Class 3 relic of the image, blessed by Pope Francis, on display during a showing on March 19. The full-length film, which traces diSilva’s yearlong search […]

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Sisters invite prayer intentions to take to Lourdes ‘fountain of mercy’ Easter week

The apparition grotto at Lourdes, France.

Everyone is capable of performing acts of mercy. If they have a generous heart that cares for others, the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary will help them take the next step. The religious community is collecting prayer intentions that will be taken to Lourdes by 100 missionaries from their spiritual family […]

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