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Deacon Charles “Chuck” Murray, 99, dies; served St. Joseph in Pekin for 27 years

Deacon Charles Murray

PEKIN — A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery here for Deacon Charles “Chuck” Murray, who served St. Joseph Parish as a permanent deacon for 27 years until his move to senior status in 2015. Deacon Murray died on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Autumn […]

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Bishop appoints Fr. Michael Andrejek as the new vicar of the Pekin Vicariate

Father Michael Andrejek

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has appointed Father Michael Andrejek, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Pekin, as the new vicar of the Pekin Vicariate. Father Andrejek succeeds Father Steven Willard, who was recently named pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Peoria. Ordained in 1998, Father Andrejek has served as pastor of the […]

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Entire student body of St. Joseph, Pekin, celebrates patron’s feast with pilgrimage

Sister Merlinda, FAS, greets Kim Terry and her third-graders from St. Joseph School in Pekin, who are decorating brown bags that will be used to serve lunch to patrons of Sophia's Kitchen at St. Joseph Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Say “pilgrimage” and people usually think of the Holy Land or Ireland or Spain. For students at St. Joseph School in Pekin, however, Peoria proved to be a wonderful destination when they celebrated their patron’s feast day on March 19. The entire student body — 131 students — boarded buses to travel to St. Joseph […]

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St. Joseph School, Pekin, donates 77 ‘Boxes of Joy’ to children living in poverty

Members of the eighth grade confirmation class at St. Joseph School in Pekin are shown with Box of Joy packages they prepared for distribution through Cross Catholic Outreach to children living in poverty. (Provided photo)

PEKIN — Children living in poverty in Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic will have a brighter Christmas, thanks to the 180 students at St. Joseph School in Pekin. Led by the eighth grade confirmation class, the students prepared 77 gift boxes as part of the Box of Joy Ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach. […]

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Why Pekin students cheered when pope recognized Fr. Rother’s martyrdom

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States. (CNS/Charlene Scott)

PEKIN — While they were convinced Father Stanley Rother deserved to be beatified, the junior high students in Joan Moore’s religion classes at St. Joseph School here didn’t expect that step to come this fast. Less than a month after the students voted for the Oklahoma priest’s cause to advance during their “Sainthood Ballot”, Pope Francis […]

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‘Sainthood Ballot’ educates students on election process, holy men and women

Eighth-grader Andrew Lambe, deputy manager for Dorothy Day's "campaign," casts his vote in the "Sainthood Ballot" at St. Joseph School in Pekin on Election Day. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PEKIN — Elections end with winners and losers, unless the contest is held at St. Joseph School. Students here used Election Day to cast votes in a “Sainthood Ballot” where all the candidates are winners ultimately. The ballot included six candidates — two Servants of God, two Venerables and two Blesseds — who are being […]

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