Annual Diocesan Appeal

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“Divine Revelation is the way that Almighty God personally invites us to know, love, and serve Him.” That is the first line of my Festival Letter this year, The Real Presence, and also the theme to this year’s Annual Diocesan Appeal—to Know God, to Love God, and to Serve God.

When you support the Annual Diocesan Appeal, not only do you support the Diocese, but you also support your parishes, schools, and communities. You enable everyone to grow in knowing, loving, and serving God. We are helping one another on our journey to be with God for eternity.

Thanks to your generosity, I believe that the Catholic Diocese of Peoria is alive in the practice of knowing, loving, and serving our good God. I thank you and I bless you for your prayerful gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal this year.

+Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.
Bishop of Peoria

Additional Church Sanitation Crew Members and Ushers Needed

~ Given the volume of weekly Masses, the required time for sanitizing our church buildings after each Mass, and the limited number of volunteers, we are in need off additional volunteers as sanitizers and specialized ushers.  Please consider helping to keep safe your fellow brothers and sisters who worship in-person at our church buildings by volunteering as a sanitizer or as a specialized usher (who escorts fellow parishioners to their pews when arriving at weekend Masses).  Just a  little training is necessary . . . as well as a generous and willing heart!  To volunteer as a sanitizer or specialized usher for Holy Trinity, please contact Karen Walch, at and for Historic St Patrick, please contact Alan McDowell,   [Additionally, I wish to thank those currently serving so generously as sanitizers and specialized ushers in our church buildings!  May God reward you for these very important tasks!

~Fr Stirniman~]

Holy Trinity Farewell Note

September 1, 2020

Dear Friends at Holy Trinity,

I would like to announce that I have accepted a new full-time position as Director of Worship Arts and Organist in Florence, Alabama and will be relocating shortly. Though my time at Holy Trinity was short, and particularly cut short due to the ongoing pandemic, I enjoyed my time as I worked in ministry with many of you. I have been blessed to work with so many wonderful colleagues in the music ministry. Please pray for and support the fantastic parish organists, cantors, choir members, and other musicians who bring life to our worship and liturgical celebrations. Pray for the music ministry at Holy Trinity to thrive during this time of transition. And pray for the organ that it will keep working! (If you have ever talked to me about the organ, you know what I mean!)

I leave you with my love of sacred music and more importantly my love of the Lord as I embark on this new adventure. May God bless you in your ministries and in all of your lifelong endeavors.

Soli Deo gloria,

Sam Fleming

Bishop Tylka Keepsake Photobook

BISHOP TYLKA KEEPSAKE – July 23 was a special day in the history of the Diocese of Peoria, and the highlights of the episcopal ordination of Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka have been beautifully captured in a special keepsake program, “A Moment of Grace.” The 8.5-by-11, 56-page high quality commemorative includes nearly 40 color photos from the day, the full texts of homilies and other remarks by church leaders, background on Bishop Lou and his family, and more. It is available by sending $12 ($10 per booklet, plus $2 for shipping) to Bishop Tylka Commemorative, c/o The Catholic Post, PO Box 1722, Peoria, IL, 61656. Make checks payable to The Catholic Post.