Franciscan Footprints

Corpus Christi 2013

Sunday June 2, 2013 was the Feast of Corpus Christi. Traditionally in parishes and religious communities there is a public procession with the Blessed Sacrament to various outside altars. Eucharistic hymns are sung while processing and we also pray the Divine Praises. It is a most precious Feast set aside by Holy Mother Church in which we can publicly witness to our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Here is some more information on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.

Ordination Mass

On the 25th of May, Peoria Diocese was blessed with Four Newly Ordained Priests.
The Newly Ordained Priests
Above the Newly Ordained Priests with Bishop Daniel Jenky, CSC

Bishop Daniel Jenky, CSC presided the Holy Orders Mass and ordained Father Jeremy Freehill from St. Joseph’s Parish in Pekin, Father Thomas Otto from St. Edward’s Parish in Chillicothe, Father Scott Pottoff from St. Anthony’s Parish in Spring Valley, and Father Jacob Rose from Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Peterstown. It was a beautiful mass, full of magnificent music, family and friends of the four men, almost all priests of the Peoria Diocese, and also the religious and sisters from most communities were there.

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Memorial Day

Philippine Sea: Flag detail members stand at parade rest during remembrance ceremonyToday Americans celebrate Memorial Day, a day to remember our soldiers who fought for our freedom and paid the ultimate price. We should especially remember those who went missing and their families who may never know what happened to them, or have no closure in dealing with their deaths. May the families of all soldiers, especially the missing and the fallen soldiers know that they are in our thoughts and prayers this day and always. May God grant the families of the fallen and missing soldiers courage, strength, and every consolation.

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Solemn Jubilee Mass and Renewal of Vows

Last Friday, May 17, 2013 we celebrated with our Sisters, Sister M. Noreen, Sister M. Loretta, and Sister M. Patricia their 50th, 60th, and 70th Jubilee.

The Liturgy was celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C. and many of the diocesan and religious order priests who serve in the Diocese. It was so rich in meaning and brought back to my mind the joy of the day of my First Profession.

During the Mass, all the professed religious were invited to devotionally renew our vows. We are so happy for our Sister Jubilarians. They are, and continue to be, an inspiration to us of love of and union with God and of steadfast fidelity to their vows.

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USCCB Announces 2013 Fortnight for Freedom

Immaculate ConceptionThe USCCB recently announced it's promotion of a second Fortnight for Freedom. It will be held June 21st through July 4th, 2013.

Below is an excerpt from the News Release on May 13, 2013

Fortnight For Freedom Planned For June 21 To July 4

May 13, 2013

Baltimore and Washington Masses planned to open and close 2013 Fortnight Threats to religious liberty at home and abroad remain

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WASHINGTON—The second annual Fortnight for Freedom will take place from June 21 to July 4, and will consist of national and local efforts to educate Americans on challenges to religious liberty both at home and abroad. As with last year's Fortnight, the event will begin and end with a special Mass.

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