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Monday, August 18, 2014

Mass With Admission to Candidacy Permanent Deacon Class X August 17, 2014

For the Homily click here: HOMILY

Rite of Candidacy for Deacon Class X
Todd Weber, Michael Sigwalt, Marshall Plumley, Anthony Nickrent, Joseph McCleary, Edmund Mallow, Wendell Lowry, Faustino Lopez, Joseph Knapp, Michael Harris Michael Driscoll, Robert DePauw, Ronald Wackerlin, Mark Scamp, Daniel O'Connor, Daniel Moffitt, Thomas Mann, Albert Lundy, Guadalupe Lopez, John Kusek, Mark Jackson, Michael Evers, Hector Diaz, Robb Caputo.































Thursday, August 7, 2014

St. Mary's Cathedral



THE STORY OF THE OLD ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL in Peoria, IL, began in 1851. In the diary of Bishop James O. VandeVelde of Chicago, occurs the entry stating, “Rev. Aplhonse Montouri, CM left for Peoria where it is proposed to have an addition made to an old brick church. The Bishop insists upon having a new spacious church built, and has offered $200 to Father Montouri to try to carry the plan into execution.” On June 16, 1851, the cornerstone of the new St. Mary’s church was laid, located on the front of the corner of Eaton (now Bryan) and Jefferson Street. A year later, on July 4, 1852, the first services were held in the new church, with about 800 people attending. On April 17, 1853, the church was blessed by the Bishop James O. VandeVelde. St. Mary’s church was said to be one of the finest churches between Chicago and St. Louis, and presented a beautiful appearance in a new and undeveloped city. With the arrival of the first Bishop of Peoria, John L. Spalding, in 1877, St. Mary’s church became St. Mary’s Cathedral which served its purpose until August 26, 1898, when it was torn down. It was replaced with the new Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception built in 1889.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Cathedra - Episcopal Chair

The Cathedra


























Explanation of the Coat of Arms
Blazon
Impaled Arms
On the dexter for the Diocese of Peoria; Azure, on a cross throughout and in the first quarter a mullet of eight points Or, a calumet fesswise between two fleurs-de-lis in pale of the field. On the sinister for Bishop Jenky: per fess Gules and Azure, on a pale indented Or between in dexter chief a crescent Argent and in sinsiter base two anchors in saltire Argent surmounted by a Latin cross Or, a seraph Gules nimbed Or.
Motto
"HIS WILL IS OUR PEACE."
Significance
The entire "achievement" or coat of arms as it is generally called, is composed of a shield with its charges, the motto and external ornaments. As one looks at the shield, the terms dexter and sinister must be understood contrariwise, as the shield was worn on the arm in medieval days, and these terms were used in the relationship of the one behind the armor.
The dexter impalement, on the left of the viewer, bears, according to custom in ecclesiastical heraldry, the jurisdictional arms of the Diocese of Peoria.
The arms consist of a blue field charged with a gold (yellow) cross of Faith bearing two fleurs-de-lis and a calumet-"peace pipe" also tinctured blue. In the first quarter is a gold (yellow) eight-pointed star. The gold cross and two fleur-de-lis honor the French missionaries who brought the faith to the Indians of the Mississippi Valley. Gold and blue fleur-de-lis were the colors and charges on the ancient arms of France. The two fleur-de-lis also commemorate the first missionary, Fr. Jacques Marquette and his companion, Louis Joliet, who passed through the territory which is now the Diocese of Peoria in the state of Illinois.
The calumet, the name given by the French to the "peace pipe" of the American Indians, occupies the traverse member of the cross. When Fr. Marquette and Joliet made their memorable voyage down the Mississippi River, the chief of the Peoria, a branch of the Illinois Indians, gave a calumet to Fr. Marquette. The report of the voyage says about the calumet: "There is nothing more mysterious or respected among them. Less honor is paid to crowns and scepters of kings than the savages bestow upon this." The star in the dexter chief is derived from the coat of arms of LaSalle, who established Fort Creve Coeur across the river from Peoria in 1680.
The sinister impalement, on the right of the viewer, displays the personal Arms of Bishop Jenky. By combining the personal Arms on same shield with those of the Diocese of Peoria the spiritual unity of the Bishop with his flock is signified, a thought also conveyed by the ring, which the Bishop wears on his right hand.
The personal Arms of Bishop Jenky consist of a shield divided "per fess" across the center, the upper portion red and lower portion blue. Overall is a"pale," or band indebted from the top to the base of the shield tinctured gold (yellow). The pale is charged with a seraph (red) with a gold (yellow) nimbus. In the dexter chief is silver (white) crescent in the sinister base base the charges of the Arms of the Congregation of the Holy Cross: two silver (white) anchors in saltire surmounted by a Latin Cross gold (yellow).
The red and blue of the surface of the shield honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The gold (yellow) indented "pale" honors the Holy Trinity. The silver (white) crescent and the red seraph with gold (yellow) nimbus are to be found on the Arms of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in the state of Indiana. These charges honor the patrons of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne, and the Co-Cathedral of St. Matthew in South Bend.
The red upper portion of the Arms and the silver (white) of the crescent honor the Polish heritage of the family of Bishop Jenky.
It is customary for members of religious orders to display the Arms, or incorporate the insignia of their order on the personal Arms when ordained to the Episcopate. This custom has been continued by Bishop Jenky with the two silver (white) anchors in saltire and gold (yellow) Latin Cross overall in the sinister base. The emblems on a blue background are the Arms of the Congregation of the Holy Cross.
The motto, "HIS WILL IS OUR PEACE," is from the Divine Comedy-Paradiso, Canto 3, line 85, by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) and succinctly summarizes the spiritual advice of the prophets and saints from ancient times.
Behind the Arms is placed a Gold processional cross and ensigning the whole achievement is a pontifical hat with its six tassels on each side, disposed in three rows all in green. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop in accordance with the instruction of the Holy See, dated 31 March, 1969. Before 1870 the pontifical hat was worn at solemn cavalcades in conjunction with Papal ceremonies. The color of the hat and the number of tassels were signs of the rank of the prelate, a custom still preserved in ecclesiastical heraldry.
The Arms of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois were devised c. 1937, by Pierre de Chaigon La Rose (1871-1941) of Cambridge, Massachusetts (the Arms were first displayed in the 1938 edition of the Official Catholic Directory published by P.J. Kenedy and Sons).
The personal Arms of Bishop Jenky were devised by James-Charles Noonan, Jr., October 1997.

The impalement of the Arms of the Diocese of Peoria with those of the Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, DD, was undertaken by A.W.C. Phelps (Cleveland, Ohio), February, 2002.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Celebration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

For the Homily in both English & Spanish click here: HOMILY

To celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 27, 2014 at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria, Illinois.
8:00 pm Opening Mass homily by the Most Reverend Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.
9:00 pm Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and reflection about the life of Archbishop Fulton Sheen                by Msgr. Stanley Deptula
10:00 pm Music by the Cathedral Choir
10:30 pm Participation of Cursillo
11:30 pm Music by the Moline Choir
12:00 am Mass, celebrant Fr. Thomas Gibson
1:00 am Music by choir
2:30 am Music Bloomington Choir
3:30 am Fr. Antonio Dittmer reflections about the Immaculate hearts of Jesus and Mary
4:40 am Community of Moline sharing the Encyclical "The Joy of the Gospel"
5:30 am Praises and songs by the Cathedral Choir
6:00 am Morning Prayer
6:30 am Neocatechumenal Way
7:00 am Closing Mass, celebrant Fr. timothy Hepner and Mass music by Monmouth choir.









Archbishop Fulton Sheen youth group