Epiphany Parish in Normal to host Eucharistic Miracles exhibition Oct. 1-6

NORMAL — Epiphany Parish here will host “Eucharistic Miracles of the World,” a Vatican International Exhibition, from Tuesday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 6. The exhibit — comprised of poster panels with descriptive texts and images — tells the stories of more than 120 church-recognized miracles involving the Eucharist from around the globe. The event […]

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Catholic-run senior facility in Normal to add nursing and memory care units

Msgr. Eric Powell sprinkles holy water during blessing ceremonies Aug. 21 at The Village at Mercy Creek in Normal. Among those looking on are two members of the leadership of Franciscan Ministries, which acquired the senior living facility a year ago -- John Glover, chief operating officer, and Dan Noonan, chief financial officer. (The Catholic Post, Tom Dermody)

NORMAL — The Village at Mercy Creek on Aug. 21 marked one year as a Franciscan Ministries senior living community by announcing plans to expand in 2020. “We think there is a real need in this marketplace to extend our mission through skilled nursing and memory care units we want to construct here,” said Dan […]

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Transfer of Pontiac station expands the network, reach of Catholic Spirit Radio

The coverage map for Pontiac-based WPJC, 88.3 FM.

NORMAL — Catholic Spirit Radio of Bloomington-Normal, WSPI 89.5 FM, is undergoing network expansion. Public Reality Radio, WPJC, 88.3 FM was transferred to WSPI ownership on Nov. 30. The talk radio station in Pontiac was deeded to Catholic Spirit Radio by Goodrich Radio, which simulcasts its sister flagship station WPRR from Grand Rapids, Michigan. WPJC began broadcasting in […]

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More schools and parishes are adopting the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Everything in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium is made of real materials that are child-sized. Here, St. Philomena kindergarten teacher Debbie Salander works with Claire King, who is learning more about the Mass at an altar with a real chalice, ciborium and candles. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As children around the Diocese of Peoria returned to school this week, they were greeted by their principals, teachers, and the best friend they will ever have: Jesus, the Good Shepherd. While he is the primary teacher in every Catholic school, Jesus is the only teacher for a religion program known as the Catechesis of […]

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Relic’s two stops in Bloomington-Normal included a rosary walk and a Mass

Amy Snell, a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Monmouth, contemplates the relic of St. John Paul II as it rests in the St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel at the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal Aug. 18. The traveling relic has been entrusted to the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, who minister at the Newman Center. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — As he did in life, St. John Paul II continued to inspire people to pray and draw closer to Jesus when a first class relic, a vial of his blood encased in a Book of the Gospels, was brought to the Bloomington-Normal area on Aug. 18. At the Newman Center that bears his […]

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Imagination, faith blossom at outdoor classroom at Epiphany School, Normal

Preschool pupils and their siblings enjoy the opportunity to dig in the dirt in the new outdoor classroom at Epiphany Catholic School. (Provided photo)

NORMAL — Digging in the dirt. Rearranging blocks of wood and pieces of tree trunks. Walking a balance beam. Playing a large wooden xylophone. Climbing from one platform to another. Getting up close and personal with insects. This may look like play, but there’s some serious learning going on in the new Nature Explore Classroom […]

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As Year of Mercy nears Nov. 20 end, its fruits are evident around diocese

Father Tom Otto opens the Holy Door at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Nauvoo at the conclusion of a 17-mile Walk to Mercy pilgrimage on Sept. 24. The Year of Mercy ends on Nov. 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As the Jubilee Year of Mercy draws to a close, it is with grateful hearts that pastors, chaplains and pastoral ministers note that people of all ages accepted the invitation to experience God’s mercy for themselves and extend it to others. “I’ve had the grace of being the pastor of two Holy Doors — the […]

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Year of Mercy bags boost home prayer for Epiphany School families in Normal

Molli Wey and Summer Clark look over the materials in the Year of Mercy bag before the Epiphany School third-grader takes it home. She's the first one in her family to get the bag and said she was looking forward to praying the rosary. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

NORMAL — It’s not unusual for homework and other important information to go home with the students of Epiphany Catholic School each week, but that looks a little different during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Msgr. Eric Powell, pastor, and religion teacher Karen Overby collaborated to develop 10 Year of Mercy bags filled with prayer […]

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