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Annawan parish invites others to show kindness for Katelyn

ANNAWAN — Cradled in the love and prayers of her family and her parish since before she was born, 10-month-old Katelyn Hope DeRycke will once again receive the support of her parish next weekend when a benefit raises money to help pay her rising medical expenses. Katelyn, daughter of Adam and Hope DeRycke, members of […]

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Deacons convene, welcome 34 candidates for Class IX

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky joins the candidates for the Diocese of Peoria’s ninth class of permanent deacons on the steps of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Saturday. By: By Jennifer Willems Surrounded by the permanent deacons of the Diocese of Peoria, 34 men aspiring to join them in service to the people of God […]

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Putting ourselves on the line

By: By Barbara Roedel Third Sunday of Lent, March 15 Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:8,9,10,11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25. (When the First Scrutiny is celebrated, these readings may be used: Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,8-9; Romans 5:1-2,5-8; John 4:5-42) Last week the disciples got a peek at who Jesus was and what he was about in […]

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Urge ‘no’ vote on Illinois FOCA

One week after 4,000 Catholics filled the Capitol Rotunda for the first “Catholics at the Capitol” gathering, the Illinois House’s Human Services Committee voted out a bill Wednesday that should motivate action from Catholic households around the state. The Reproductive Health and Access Act — dubbed Illinois’ version of the “Freedom of Choice Act” being […]

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Czech church spokesman criticizes Supreme Court ruling on cathedral

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The spokesman for the Czech Catholic bishops’ conference has criticized a Supreme Court judgment confirming that Prague’s historic Catholic cathedral belongs to the state and not the church. “It’s true that a large part of the public is against giving anything to the church, especially this cathedral,” said the spokesman, Jiri […]

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Cardinal Egan says possibility of married priests not to be dismissed

ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) — The possibility the Catholic Church will allow married priests shouldn’t be dismissed, New York Cardinal Edward M. Egan said March 10 during a radio interview. “It’s a perfectly legitimate discussion,” he said during a talk radio program in Albany hosted by Fred Dicker. “I think it has to be looked at.” […]

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In letter, pope responds to criticisms over Lefebvrite decision

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a letter to the world’s bishops, Pope Benedict XVI expressed regret that his lifting of the excommunications of four traditionalist bishops gave rise to a storm of protests and bitterness. The pope said the controversy over Bishop Richard Williamson’s statements denying the extent of the Holocaust was “an unforeseen mishap” […]

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Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience

Rating: A-I (G) 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. Upbeat concert film capturing performances during the popular boy band’s 2008 “Burnin’ Up” tour, interspersed with some behind-the-scenes footage of real-life siblings Kevin, […]

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Brooklyn’s Finest

Brooklyn’s Finest (Overture) Seamy New York police drama chronicling a week in the lives of a cynical patrolman (Richard Gere) on the verge of retirement, an undercover operative (Don Cheadle) desperate for promotion to a safe desk job and a narcotics officer (Ethan Hawke) tempted to steal drug money to provide for his ill wife […]

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Philo school restructuring next year to meet challenges

PHILO — Though summer break is still three months away, the community of St. Thomas School is looking ahead to important changes next fall that will address the challenges of rising costs and declining student enrollment. The changes are part of a new strategic plan that includes a restructuring of classrooms, reducing the number of […]

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