Sunday, February 26, 2023

Time to Magnify the Lord!

All women of the Peoria Diocese are invited to join us for a Lenten Mini-Retreat.  This beautiful event is sure to enhance your Lenten journey.  (Contact numbers are at the bottom of the graphic.) 

Friday, February 24, 2023

Lenten Calendar for Laudato Si


We are thankful for the generosity of our neighbors in the Joliet Diocese for sharing this resource with us. This would be a great way to involve families in your parishes and schools.

You can download a copy of this calendar HERE. 

If you follow a few days of this (or many!) comment below and let us know how it worked.  

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Join us for Convention!

The Peoria DCCW Board is so excited to hold our Biennial Convention in person this year!  We met via Zoom in 2020 (didn't everybody?) but there's nothing like gathering face-to-face!

Our good friends and sisters in faith of the St. Louis (Princeton) Council of Catholic Women will host this year's event.  Our theme is "Receive and Be Filled with Joy." We are especially happy to have Father Luke Spannagel as our Keynote Speaker.

New officers will be voted in and installed to serve for the 2022-2024 term.  We will also have lots of fun information about council projects on the diocesan and national levels, as well as how you can boost your local parish women's organization.

Download the Registration form HERE

Download the schedule and proposed slate of new officers HERE

For your convenience, here is the schedule for the day (subject to minor changes.)  Send this to your friends and bring a carpool to Princeton!

8:30 – 9:00                  Sign-In; coffee, tea, donuts, Ice-Breaker, Tickets for Prize Baskets**

9:00 – 9:30                  Opening Prayer, Welcome, & Introductions

9:30 – 10:30                Speaker – Rev. Father Luke Spannagel, with Q&A                

10:30 – 11:00              Business Meeting:

Treasurer’s Report, Election & Installation of Officers* (See info below)

11:00                           Holy Sacrifice of the Mass                 

12:00                           Angelus, Grace led by Msgr. Wellman, Lunch

1:00 – 1:45                  How to get involved:  Goals for the next term, Commission “Round-Up”

1:45 – 2:00                  Break

2:00 – 2:15                  Rosary

2:15 – 2:30                  Prizes, Closing Comments & Final Blessing: Msgr. Wellman

We hope to see women from across the Peoria Diocese at this special event!

Friday, August 12, 2022

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Change in NCCW Affiliate Renewal Dates


In a unanimous decision on July 12, 2022, via a special meeting convened on Zoom, the NCCW Board of Directors voted to align affiliate membership renewal due dates with individual membership due dates, having them renew on a rolling year basis. Currently all affiliates renew on January 1, with an expiration date of December 31. This new structure will apply to all new memberships and renewals effective immediately.

This new structure will provide the opportunity for new affiliate membership throughout the year, as well as provide the National Council of Catholic Women with a more consistent and even cash flow.

Below are several examples for further clarification.

Example 1:

Affiliate “A” joins on June 1, 2022 their expiration date would be May 31, 2023 with a renewal due on June 1, 2023.  

Example 2:

 Affiliate "B"  has a renewal date of  December 31, 2022, they pay their renewal on December 1, 2022, their  next renewal date will be Dec. 31, 2023

Example 3 :

Affiliate "C" has a renewal date of  December 31, 2022, they pay their renewal on February 1, 2023 their membership will expire on January 30, 2024 and renew on February 1, 2024.  They will not have membership rights between January 1, 2023 and February 1, 2023 as the membership will be considered expired.

If you have any questions, contact Peoria DCCW President Mary Ann Hughes.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

US Bishops Call for a Special Day of Prayer and Fasting

The following is a quote from the USCCB's Respect Life office, during all the faithful to pray and fast this Friday: 

May 10, 2022

WASHINGTON - In response to the leak of a draft opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, some abortion advocates are calling for nationwide demonstrations, disruptions of church services, and the personal intimidation of specific Supreme Court justices. Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities invited the faithful to unite in fasting and prayer:


“In the midst of current tensions, we invite Catholics around the country to join us in fasting and praying the Rosary on Friday, May 13, the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Let us offer our prayers and fasting for these intentions:


·     For our nation, for the integrity of our judicial system, and that all branches of government be dedicated to seeking the common good and protecting the dignity and rights of the human person, from conception to natural death.

·     For the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson.

·     For the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who advocate for abortion.

·     For a new commitment to building an America where children are welcomed, cherished, and cared for; where mothers and fathers are encouraged and strengthened; and where marriage and the family are recognized and supported as the true foundations of a healthy and flourishing society.

·     For Our Blessed Mother’s intercession and guidance as the Church continues to walk with mothers and families in need, and continues to promote alternatives to abortion, and seeks to create a culture of life.


As Catholics, let us witness to the beautiful gift of life with civility and love, and with our peaceful prayers and our compassionate service to all those in need.


Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.”

The NCCW Rosary Call will be held Friday at 6:30 pm Central time.  You can find call in information HERE.

Friday, May 6, 2022

"Sharing the love that God has given us."

On April 29th, the Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena, the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women gathered to honor 44 women volunteers from across the diocese.  Everyone was happy to be together again, not just in the Cathedral but afterwards at the Spalding Pastoral Center for a luncheon and awards.

Bishop Louis Tylka presided at the Holy Mass and offered these words in his homily: 

"Let us raise or eyes, open our eyes, and see the way God is calling us today, at this time, this moment, reading the signs of the times, so that we can be effective in our discipleship and sharing the love that God has given us."

Learn more about the honorees in The Catholic Post.  Thank you, Jennifer Willems, for your coverage of our event! 

Time to Magnify the Lord!

All women of the Peoria Diocese are invited to join us for a Lenten Mini-Retreat.  This beautiful event is sure to enhance your Lenten journ...