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Catholic Charities’ 2019 Christmas Project distributes gifts to 235 families in need

Peoria City Council member Sid Ruckriegel and Julie Enzenberger help load the car of Trish Giger (right) with gifts for a family from St. Mary’s in Kickapoo during the Dec. 13 distribution day for Catholic Charities’ Christmas Project. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

About 235 families were assisted by this year’s Christmas Project sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria, according to Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, executive director. The project combines generosity at several parishes — which host “Giving Trees” with tags listing items requested by the families in need — as well as funds and […]

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Charity on wheels: St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry is blessed and ministry launched

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses a van that will serve as the St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry, a new outreach of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. Looking on at left during the ceremony at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria are Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, director of Catholic Charities, and Suzie Meismer, who will provide case management at the van’s various stops throughout the diocese. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

There is now a St. Nicholas Day every week in the Diocese of Peoria. On Tuesday morning, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blessed a white Ford Transit cargo van as the “St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry,” a new outreach of Catholic Charities to serve needs throughout the 26-county diocese. Each week, usually on a Tuesday, the […]

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