‘Every couple should take NFP’

Tim Roder doesn’t mince words when he talks about the benefits of learning natural family planning. “Every couple should take NFP. Every couple should just take it,” said Roder, who is the director of the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family. “Everybody should have a basic knowledge of their fertility.” Couples preparing for marriage in […]

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As wedding nears, Darin and Molly get marriage insurance

Third in a series GENESEO — Darin Ries and Molly McKean aren’t getting married until next month, but they’ve already taken out insurance on their life together. They call it natural family planning. “The thing that almost every NFP teacher will tell you is that studies have shown that this is marriage insurance,” Darin said. […]

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Two incredible gifts: Our daughter, the rosary

Editor’s note — The Diocese of Peoria will celebrate a Year of the Most Holy Rosary from Aug. 15, 2009, through May 31, 2010. A Rosary Festival at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Oct. 26, 2008, will serve to kick off a year of preparation for the rosary year. Further details will appear in […]

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Good investment? Our time

As this is written on Wednesday, it’s hard to predict where the U.S. economy — let alone our personal retirement accounts, investments, or savings plans — will stand by this weekend. Some of us may be a little, or a lot, less comfortable, depending on how or if the current crisis is eventually resolved. But […]

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Comfort, warning

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 5 Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:9,12,13-14,15-16,19-20; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43 The image of a vineyard appears frequently in the Bible, for a variety of reasons. Local water was not always safe to drink, so wine was the preferred beverage. Grapes could be dried and […]

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Cardinal Rigali calls upon Catholics to ‘build a culture of life’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — All Catholics are called “to help build a culture of life in which every human life without exception is respected and defended,” the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities said in a message for Respect Life Sunday Oct. 5. Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia invited Catholics […]

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End food commodities speculation, religious groups, others urge

WASHINGTON (CNS) — While much of the nation’s attention has been focused on the stock market, a coalition of religious, social justice, rural and environmental groups is working to bring attention to damage it says has been caused worldwide by a speculative commodities futures market. “Food is not a speculative investment,” said the coalition in […]

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Rating: A-I (PG) 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. Slight but entertaining animated horror spoof in which the titular character (voice of John Cusack), a hunchbacked assistant to an evil inventor (voice […]

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