Speaker: vote values, but don’t stop there

Photo Caption: Keynote speaker John Carr is applauded after his keynote speech at the 2008 diocesan Institute of Catholic Social Ministry hosted by Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton. By: By Tom Dermody MORTON — The task for Catholics in these days before the national election is to “bring our deepest values to the voting booth” […]

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Beyond baby steps

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 26 Exodus 22:20-26; Psalm 18:2-3,3-4,47,51; 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10; Matthew 22:34-40 At first glance, Jesus’ answer to the scribe in today’s Gospel is deceptively simple: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your […]

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Catholic ifs, ands and buts

Catholicism has a lot of weighty words such as transubstantiation, catechetical, and canonization. But one of the best ways to understand Catholics, and especially Catholic social teaching, is to see the importance of the three-letter words “and” and “but.” Those attending last Saturday’s diocesan Catholic Social Ministry Institute in Morton heard a wonderful explanation of […]

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Christ’s humility shows love is powerful, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christ’s extreme humility and his willingness to die for the sins of all humanity demonstrate that love is far more powerful than pushiness and pretension, Pope Benedict XVI said during his Oct. 22 general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Discussing St. Paul’s faith in and teaching about Jesus Christ, the pope […]

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Sr. Sophie Petro, OSF, 89, native of Streator, dies

JOLIET — A funeral Mass was offered Oct. 8 at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home here for Sister Sophie (M. Firmina) Petro, OSF, a native of Streator who taught at the former St. Stephen’s School from 1969 to 1978. Sister Sophie died at the retirement home on Saturday, Oct. 4, after a long illness. […]

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TEC for boys Nov. 1-3 in Peterstown

PETERSTOWN — The Peters-town Teens Encounter Christ has scheduled a TEC weekend for boys for Nov. 1-3. The program is open to youths of all faiths who are between the ages of 16 and 20. TEC weekends include meditations on faith, prayer, reconciliation, Eucharist, discipleship and love, as well as time for reflection on serious […]

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Funeral Mass in Peru for Fr. Bawiec

PERU — Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, celebrated a funeral Mass on Monday at St. Valentine’s Church here for Father Edward J. Bawiec, 83, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and pastor emeritus of St. Valentine’s Parish. Father Bawiec, a native of Oglesby and a World War II veteran, died at 4:10 p.m. […]

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Rating: A-III (PG-13) NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Largely speculative but generally absorbing dramatization of George W. Bush (an uncannily accurate Josh Brolin) making the decision to invade Iraq and its […]

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