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First Communicants told sacrament brings Jesus even nearer than a hug

Dressed in her First Communion attire, 7-year-old Alemie Claire I. Cuizon joined cathedral cantor Rosa Beyer in leading the responsorial psalm during the Mass with First Communicants at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on June 11. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

When we receive Jesus in Holy Communion, the Lord is as near to us as if we were with him in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago and he gave us a hug. That’s one message Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, shared with First Communicants and their families from around the Diocese of Peoria who joined him […]

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Faith, family strengthen Caterpillar executive Ed Rapp for challenges of ALS

Family has always been a priority for Ed Rapp, seen here with (from left) daughters Ali and Steph, wife Ann, grandson Cole Edward, daughter-in-law Katy, and son Jay. “For me now it’s not a question of going places, it’s a question of being with the people you want to be with,” he said. (Provided photo)

Ed Rapp has ALS. Learning that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis came as a total surprise to Rapp, group president of the Resource Industries Group at Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria. There is no cure for the disease, which affects the nervous system and impairs physical function. While ALS still raises more questions than answers for […]

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Joy as the latest expansion at St. Jude Parish and School in Peoria is blessed

Bishop Jenky greets David and Nellie Gould and their daughters Norah, Bridget and Charlotte, who are students at St. Jude, and Margaret. Holding baby Sally is Sister Teresa Paul, OP. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Members of St. Jude Parish in Peoria have been enjoying their spacious new parish hall, and they invited Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to make himself at home there, too, as he blessed the facility after Mass on April 24. In addition to Hettinger Hall, he extended his blessing to the new preschool and kindergarten […]

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Students design award-winning compost project, invite other schools to follow

LJ Higgs drops a banana peel into the compost bin after lunch hour at St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria. The bin is part of the "Kids Can Create Compost" project that repurposes more than 100 pounds of food scraps a month. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

While they are very good with robot design, members of the First Lego League team from St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria – known as the Firecrackers – are also making noise for their skills in cooperating with God’s design for the planet. A composting project the eight-member team organized at their school helped the […]

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EWTN’S Mother Angelica spoke in Peoria, and with The Catholic Post, in 1985

Mother Angelica, founder of Eternal Word Television Network, died March 27 at the age of 92. (CNS files)

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Mother Angelica, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network, died on Easter Sunday, March 27. The following account of her 1985 visit to Peoria appeared on the front page of the March 31, 1985 issue of The Catholic Post. It was written by then-editor Albina Aspell. By Albina Aspell She calls herself “a […]

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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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Annual Diocesan Appeal is under way; seeks $6,216,000 to support ministries

Pledges for the Annual Diocesan Appeal will be sought in most parishes the weekend of April 9-10.

When the 2016 Annual Diocesan Appeal opens this weekend in parishes around the Diocese of Peoria seeking funding for diocesan ministries, it will also educate on mercy and stewardship — with a special focus on the next generation of Catholics. “Blessed are the Merciful” is the theme of this year’s appeal, to be conducted in […]

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Run, Mother, run

The story of Mother Angelica's visit to Peoria from the front page of the March 31, 1985, edition of The Catholic Post.

When Mother Angelica died on Easter Sunday, March 27, we searched our files for a time the foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network visited the Diocese of Peoria. It turned out to be 31 years ago almost to the day. It wasn’t Easter that brought Mother Angelica, then a 61-year-old dynamo, to Peoria on […]

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Bishop invites all Catholic men to annual march and Mass in Peoria on April 23

A scene from the men's march at the 2015 "A Call to Catholic Men of Faith." This year's event is Saturday, April 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has encouraged all men of the Diocese of Peoria to take part in the 13th annual “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith” in downtown Peoria on Saturday morning, April 23 — and to arrive a little early. Noting the 2016 men’s march and Mass takes place during the Holy […]

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Meet 9 to be honored at ‘Night of Knights’ Mass, dinner April 16 in the Quad Cities

ROCK ISLAND — Nine members of the Knights of Columbus from throughout the Diocese of Peoria will be honored for outstanding service to the organization, the church, and their communities during the 28th annual “Night of Knights” recognition dinner on Saturday, April 16. The evening begins with a 4:30 p.m. Mass at Christ the King […]

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