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POST POLL: “What’s your favorite Bible verse?”

The “Post Poll” regularly invites readers to share thoughts on current matters of Catholic interest. Next month, the Bible will be the topic when bishops from throughout the world meet in Rome. And so we ask: “What is your favorite Bible verse?” Respondents are invited to briefly explain why the verse has such meaning to […]

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Darin and Molly set the wedding date, make plans

Second in a continuing series GENESEO — It took some work, but Darin Ries and Molly McKean have set their wedding date. Darin proposed to Molly through an ad in the June 15 issue of The Catholic Post, and she said “yes.” She plans to say “I do” on Saturday, Nov. 8, at St. John […]

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Priests compose blessing for hunters as deer season opens

MACOMB — While hunters across central Illinois are preparing for the opening of whitetail deer season Oct. 1, two priests of the Diocese of Peoria have declared open season on the souls of hunters by devising a special blessing for them. The “Blessing of Hunters,” which has received approval from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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Manito native promoting new pro-marriage movie

Monique Sondag has seen the new pro-marriage movie “Fireproof” dozens of times, even though the film doesn’t open in theaters until this weekend and Monique, 24, isn’t married. But the daughter of Deacon Bob and Theresa Sondag of Immaculate Conception Parish in Manito has criss-crossed the country promoting “Fireproof,” especially among church groups. She is […]

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Mass, concert send messages of hope to cancer victims

The powers of music, medicine, generosity and faith combined Saturday in Peoria to renew a “Spirit of Hope” among cancer patients and their families. Noted Irish tenor John McDermott was the featured vocalist during prelude music and an afternoon Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria and then later at a fundraising concert at the […]

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Mass at Holy Family Oct. 5 marks decade of adoration

As the members of Holy Family Parish in Peoria prepare to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its perpetual adoration program next month, they have some good news for area Catholics: “The Doctor is in,” and, “Walk-ins are welcome.” Those and similar messages are found on the back of promotional cards, the size of a business […]

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Holy Trinity School marks 150th anniversary

BLOOMINGTON — On its journey of 150 years, the community of Holy Trinity School in Bloomington has grown from a one-room parish academy for boys to a thriving community of pre-, grade and junior high school students on two campuses. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, led a celebration of that journey at an all-school sesquicentennial […]

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St. Francis of Assisi, Otttawa, hosts jubilee Mass this Sunday

OTTAWA — When Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, travels to Ottawa on Sunday for the Mass and dinner celebrating the 150th anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, he will see what a lot of faith and a little German determination can accomplish. Bishop Jenky will serve as the presider and homilist at the jubilee […]

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Money follows mission

Mission, not money, should be the primary focus of any Catholic institution that aims for ongoing development and growth. That theme was repeated throughout the Diocese of Peoria’s Development Conference last Thursday at the Cornerstone Building near downtown Peoria. John Gibson, diocesan director of development and stewardship, welcomed the largest crowd yet to the annual […]

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Respect Life events planned in October

Since 1972, the year before the United States’ Supreme Court legalized abortion, the U.S. bishops have designated the first Sunday of October as Respect Life Sunday. This year’s observance is Oct. 5. Throughout the Diocese of Peoria and across the country on that day, Catholics and likeminded people will form “Life Chains” in silent and […]

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