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Corpus Christi processions in diocese unite Catholics around eucharistic Lord

Hundred of Catholics walk down Tonti Street in LaSalle in a Corpus Christi procession June 3 that included prayerful stops at all three Catholic churches in the city. In addition to uniting the parishes, the public demonstration of faith in praise of the Blessed Sacrament also brought together both English and Spanish-speaking Catholics. The LaSalle celebration was one of several processions on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. (Provided photo/LaSalle Catholic parishes)

ROCK ISLAND — Jesus desires to bring together people and that happened in parishes around the Diocese of Peoria as processions were held to celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi, on June 3. In Rock Island, members of Sacred Heart Parish left church after […]

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Commissioned song, quilt among parish’s surprises for Msgr. Merdian on jubilee

Msgr. Merdian thanks Rita Kirk, Karen Boyle and Kate Elliott for their work on the quilt made to mark the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — With St. Pius X Church filled with family, friends and current and former parishioners from as far away as Louisiana and Chicago, Msgr. Mark Merdian thanked God for his 25 years of priestly ministry on June 3. “I love being a priest, if you can’t tell,” he told them with a smile. […]

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Laughter and tears, joy and sorrow: A reflection on the death of my father

Sister M. Clementia, FSGM, is pictured with her parents, Brenda and Carey Toalson. Mr. Toalson died suddenly on Feb. 25, 2018, at the age of 62. (Provided photo)

By Sister M. Clementia, FSGM A severe mercy. This is what C.S. Lewis described of death to his friend in the book with the same title. At the mourning of his wife’s untimely death, Sheldon Vanauken was struck by Lewis’ description: A mercy that was as severe as death, a death that was merciful as […]

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Visiting Rock Island, Gov. Rauner reiterates tax credit scholarship support

Gov. Bruce Rauner gestures as he takes questions from students at Jordan Catholic School in Rock Island during a visit on Feb. 2. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — Before the Jordan Catholic School community wrapped up Catholic Schools Week, they received a special visit from Gov. Bruce Rauner, who thanked the teachers for their hard work and expressed his support for tax credit scholarships. The Invest in Kids Act, which he signed into law on Aug. 31, 2017, provides tax […]

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‘Art of Faith’ sacred art show, sale, presentations set Feb. 24-25 in Rock Island

"The Triumph the Cross," the theme of this year's sacred art show and sale, is depicted in this iullustration by Art of Faith founder and organizer Jill Rodts.

ROCK ISLAND — “The Triumph of the Cross” is the theme for Art of Faith, a juried sacred art show and sale that will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, in McCarthy Hall at St. Pius X Church, 2901 […]

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Benedictine’s ‘eclectic’ Christmas village puts Nativity at the center of it all

Sister Mary Core, OSB, said it delights her to watch children enter into “the wonderland of little houses and people and motion” of her Christmas village at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — Benedictine Sister Mary Core didn’t start out to make a Christmas village that enchants children and adults who visit St. Mary Monastery from late Advent through the Christmas season. It just sort of happened. What is more intentional is the focus on why Christmas is such a meaningful — as well as […]

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Mission trip to Chicago a timely one for Augustana College Catholic students

Catholic students from Augustana College in Rock Island are pictured outside a soup kitchen operated by the Missionaries of Charity on the south side of Chicago during their Nov. 18-19 mission trip. They include, front row from left, William Fabyan, Laura Heuermann, Christine Vincent, Ruth Iradukunda, Madison Baxter, Julianna Furlano, and Brian Gueerero; middle, Emily Stelnicki; back row, Father Jeremy Freehill, Catholic ministries coordinator of Augustana College, and Isabelle Bartscher. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — Laura Heuermann and nine other Catholic students from Augustana College here picked the perfect way to observe the first World Day of the Poor established by Pope Francis — direct service to the poor during an overnight mission trip to Chicago Nov. 18-19. A freshman from Washington, Heuermann told The Catholic Post […]

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Life lesson when Biking for Babies team stop in Rock Island didn’t go as planned

Father Charles Klamut welcomes Biking for Babies co-founder Jimmy Becker and a team of cyclists to a stop at St. Mary Church in Rock Island July 13. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

ROCK ISLAND — An evening stop at St. Mary Parish here July 13 after a day of bicycling that began in Madison, Wisconsin, didn’t go as planned for the Biking for Babies team, but organization co-founder Jimmy Becker saw a pro-life lesson even in the flat tires and route changes that led to their two-hour […]

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1,000 Burmese-American Catholics gather in Coal Valley and Rock Island

Archbishop Emeritus Paul Zinghtung Grawng of the Archdiocese of Malay conveys his thanks to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, for his hospitality to the National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics. Among those looking on is Father Anthony Co, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Rock Island, the spiritual home of the Quad Cities Myanmar Catholic Community. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

COAL VALLEY — Small in numbers, the Quad Cities Myanmar Catholic Community proved to be large in spirit and faith when they hosted the National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics from June 30 to July 4. The event drew 1,000 people, including three Burmese bishops and 30 priests, to The Rock in Coal Valley for Masses, […]

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Public praise, adoration offered at Corpus Christi processions in diocese

Priests from the Peoria and Pekin vicariates, including Father Patrick Henehan carrying the Blessed Sacrament beneath a canopy, leard 150 participants in a Corpus Christi procession across the grounds of the motherhouse of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in East Peoria on June 18. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Hundreds of Catholics in the Diocese of Peoria joined in public demonstrations of their love for Jesus in the Eucharist during several Corpus Christi processions hosted by parishes and institutions on June 18, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This year, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, gave enhanced significance to […]

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