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Budding catechetical leaders serve parishes

Even as parishes and schools throughout the Diocese of Peoria prepare to celebrate Catechetical Sunday this weekend, four young women are hard at work exploring the role they will play as ministers of “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of Church.” Laura Scrafford, Rebecca Mosca, Kathy Haninger and Anna Waechter are graduate […]

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Sheen Endowment awards 60 grants for faith formation

Bible studies for teens and adults, parish missions, a pioneering preschool religious education venture and a fall retreat for parish catechetical leaders are among the projects receiving grants from the Diocese of Peoria’s Fulton Sheen Endowment for Religious Education and Adult Faith Formation this fall. Sixty grants to 29 parishes totaling $26,973 were approved by […]

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Muslim-Catholic women’s dialogue planned in Moline

For the last two years, the Muslim-Catholic Women’s Dialogue has been hosted by the Sisters of St. Benedict at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. This year, the Muslim women will welcome their Christian friends to the Islamic Center of the Quad Cities, 6005 34th Ave., Moline. The first part of the dialogue, planned for […]

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Rivers flood in diocese

OTTAWA — A third major flood of 2008 has impacted the Diocese of Peoria, this time brought on by heavy weekend rains that swelled the Illinois River and other waterways to historic levels, especially in the LaSalle County area. Among the Catholic properties sustaining damage was Gould Stadium, the football field at Marquette High School, […]

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Looking for heroes? Catechists

This weekend we celebrate “Catechetical Sunday” in parishes around our diocese, yet many Catholics might stammer if asked to define the word or its root, “catechist.” For starters, there’s a one-word definition that works well for us: Hero. OK, the official definition of catechist is one who teaches in the name of the church. And […]

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The grace of our generous God

By: By Father Douglas Grandon Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 21 Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145:2-3,8-9,17-18; Philippians 1:20c-24,27a; Matthew 20:1-16a If you have ever been tempted to grumble about your employer or your salary, consider the plight of the common laborer living in first-century Israel: The normal working day was 10 hours long, not counting […]

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250 reflect on findings of Catholic schools study

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky is pictured among the 250 representatives of the diocesan Catholic school community discussing long-range planning Sept. 13 in Peoria. By: By Jared Olar Now halfway through an 18-month long-range planning study, the Catholic school community of the Diocese of Peoria took time Saturday to reflect on what the study’s findings are […]

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Bishops invite McCain, Obama to meet before election

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has extended invitations to Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama to meet before the Nov. 4 election and discuss their views on a variety of election issues. Invitations to the major presidential candidates were sent in August, The Wall Street Journal reported Sept. […]

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Obama, McCain to address Al Smith dinner in New York Oct. 16

NEW YORK (CNS) — The Democratic and Republican presidential nominees both have agreed to be guest speakers at the Al Smith dinner Oct. 16 in New York, the Archdiocese of New York announced Sept. 17. The archdiocese said Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain would “share nonpartisan good humor before an audience of civic, […]

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