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Champaign vicariate parishes ‘connect’ June 3

URBANA — Catholics of East Central Illinois are being invited to “come celebrate being Catholic!” with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, next month at a multi-parish gathering on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Organized by a team of representatives from all 19 parishes in the Champaign vicariate, “Catholic Connected: Beyond the […]

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603 seniors set to graduate from high schools in diocese

Beginning this weekend and continuing to the end of the month, 603 seniors will don caps and gowns as the seven Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria hold their annual commencement ceremonies. Thirty-seven students will receive diplomas at Schlarman High School’s commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Holy Family […]

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Ordination for two set May 23

Years of discernment, prayer, study and ministry among the people of God will culminate at the altar of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria next Saturday as Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, ordains Deacon David Sabel and Deacon Adam Stimpson for priestly service. The May 23 ordination Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Following the liturgy […]

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53 ‘prayer warrior’ women answer Mary’s invitation

Photo Caption: Gail Mary Cummings places a crown of flowers on the statue of Mary during the DCCW day of reflection May 7 at King’s House, Henry. By: By Jennifer Willems HENRY — Not only does prayer allow people to grow in relationship with God and the Mother of God, but it deepens relationships with […]

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Love one another

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 17 Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 In last week’s Gospel, Jesus described the relationship between himself, his Father and his disciples. Jesus is the true vine, the Father is the vinedresser, and the disciples are the branches. Each branch is from the true vine and subject […]

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Worth a thousand words

On the Catholic News Service Web site one can find the full text of every speech or homily Pope Benedict XVI gave during his historic visit to the Holy Land. And there are powerful, inspirational words throughout, such as his proclamation at the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem that the church will work tirelessly “to ensure […]

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‘Post Poll’: Your advice to engaged, newlywed couples?

As we enter wedding season, we invite readers to respond to two related questions: 1) What one piece of marriage advice would you offer to a couple getting married in 2009? 2) What one piece of wedding day advice would you offer to engaged couples to help the planning and celebration go more smoothly and […]

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Religious figures join in push to pass Employee Free Choice Act

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Church teaches that unions are indispensable for “a just social order,” said Manhattan College religious studies professor Joseph Fahey, but “we won’t have a just social order unless we have labor associations that contribute.” Fahey feels labor associations can make greater contributions if Congress passes the Employee Free Choice Act. […]

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Pope affirms support for Palestinian state, says Mass in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the Palestinian territories May 13 and immediately declared the Vatican’s support for an independent Palestine. “The Holy See supports the right of your people to a sovereign Palestinian homeland in the land of your forefathers, secure and at peace with its neighbors, within internationally recognized […]

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Fewer than 100 Gazans receive Israeli permits to travel to papal Mass

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Israel issued fewer than half the travel permits the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem had requested for Christians from the Gaza Strip to attend Pope Benedict XVI’s Mass May 13 in Bethlehem. “We gave 250 (names). We should have at least gotten 200. There was no explanation for anything,” said Father […]

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