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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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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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Why Brittney Morales will walk 3,000 miles for pro-life cause this summer

Brittney Morales of St. Philomena Parish in Peoria shows the southern route across the United States she will walk this summer as part of the Crossroads pro-life mission. (Provided photo)

At 28, Brittney Morales knows that people her age are targeted by a culture that promotes a contraceptive mentality and casual attitude toward abortion. She is committed to fighting that, even if it means walking 3,000 miles this summer to prove it. Morales, an active member of the young adult group at St. Philomena Parish […]

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Hundreds begin St. Patrick’s Day at cathedral Mass with Bishop Jenky

Students from Peoria Notre Dame High School carry a relic of St. Patrick into St. Mary's Cathedral at the start of the annual St. Patrick's Day Mass celebrated by Bishop Jenky. Truman Ralph is in the foreground, Andrew Winschel is to his left, Luke Shadid is in back and hidden in back is Luc Jackson. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

St. Patrick’s Day is “a festival of faith,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, reminded hundreds of Catholics who began the feast by joining him for an 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “It is a day when we remember and give thanks for a heroic missionary and for Catholic tradition in Ireland,” […]

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St. Philomena, Peoria, blesses ground for new parish center, campus renovation

Pictured with a sample of dirt from the building site and the foundation stone for the new St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria during ground blessing ceremonies March 13 are, from left, Tracy Coker of Dewberry Architecture; Eric Bursott of River City Construction; Churck Grayeb, Peoria City Council representative; Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis; Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC; Father David Richardson, pastor; Steve Knecht and Allyson Schneider, parish trustees; Mike Mahoney and Kris Coulter, representing the building and capital campaign committees. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As a gentle rain fell on the building site March 13, holy water was sprinkled inside St. Philomena Church in Peoria on the foundation stone of a new parish center. “Jesus is the unshakable cornerstone of your kingdom,” prayed Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during ground blessing ceremonies for a 20,200-square- foot facility that will […]

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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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Seminarian’s road hasn’t been straight, but every step has been worth it

Taylor Caputo (third from left) takes a break while hiking with other men discerning their call to priesthood. He said the idea of being a priest filled him with joy and more peace than he had ever known. (Provided photo)

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Taylor Caputo was working in an architecture studio at the University of Illinois when he started to wonder if that career path was taking him in the right direction. “What’s the purpose of all this? Don’t you want your life to have meaning?” he asked himself. “Maybe I could be a priest.” […]

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Diocese’s permanent deacons convene, renew commitment to service

Deacon Antonio Herrera of St. Mary Parish in Blomington joins permanent deacons from around the diocese in renewing commitment to diaconal service during a Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on march 5. The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody

Permanent deacons from throughout the Diocese of Peoria who convened March 5 were told by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, that “you are my hands in the corporal works of mercy and the needs are unending.” “We need deacons to give example and to help in the living function of feeding the hungry, clothing the […]

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Rite of Election: 350 take major step to reception into church at Easter Vigil

Father David Whiteside of St. Patrick Parish in Havana and Immaculate Conception in Manito presents Sara Frye to Bishop Jenky at the Rite of Election Feb. 21 at St. Philomena Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

More than 350 people who are “longing for the Easter sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist” or to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church were recognized by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion as Lent began. Because St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria […]

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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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