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Record-setting run for Notre Dame’s C. J. Elward

Setting a new record and making history, Peoria Notre Dame junior C.J. Elward’s state title helped blaze a new trail last month at the Illinois High School Association Class 2A boys state finals track and field meet. Elward won the gold medal in the 3,200 meter run at the May 30 state finals held in […]

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Central Catholic girls top Class 1A track and field

Teamwork and perseverance paid off May 23 for the Lady Saints of Bloomington Central Catholic High School, who made school history by securing the Class 1A state title in the Illinois High School Association’s state track and field meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Under the guidance of DeWayne Griffin, head coach, the Central […]

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First communicants get an assignment

Children should respect their parents, but there is one time when Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, says it’s OK for them to be disagreeable. “I give you authority to put your foot down and throw a tantrum if your parents don’t take you to Sunday Mass,” Bishop Jenky told the hundreds of children who came […]

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New convent joyfully blessed

PEORIA HEIGHTS — Building a new home for the Franciscan Sisters of John the Baptist started with a blessing and ended with a blessing. It was Feb. 24, 2008, that Msgr. William Watson, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Peoria Heights, blessed the site of their future convent, located just down the street […]

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‘Light of Hope’ event raises $65,000 for Catholic Charities

When the lights dimmed in the Peoria Civic Center ballroom on Saturday night, the room still glowed with the flames of candles held by those who helped raise about $65,000 to benefit Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. “We are all here tonight because each and every one of us truly believes in the […]

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Oppose civil union legislation

SPRINGFIELD — The Catholic Conference of Illinois is urging Catholics and all concerned citizens of Illinois to contact their state representatives and express opposition to a bill that would establish civil unions in state law for same-sex couples. Passage of that law is all but certain to result in the legal redefinition of marriage to […]

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Services in Bloomington for Deacon Jerry Hozie

BLOOMINGTON — A funeral Mass was offered at St. Mary’s Church here on Saturday, June 6, for Deacon Jerry M. Hozie, a permanent deacon ordained in 2002. Deacon Hozie died on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Normal, following a lengthy illness. He was 72. Born in Streator on May 3, […]

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Confirmands join new Catholics at Pentecost Mass

Confirmation students from around the diocese were invited to join the women and men who had been received into the Catholic Church at Easter for Mass on Pentecost Sunday with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on May 31. In addition to greetings from their bishop, they heard words of welcome from Msgr. Stanley Deptula, director […]

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1,100 ‘savor the moment’

Photo Caption: A 75-voice combined choir performs at “Catholic Connected: Beyond the Pew” at Krannert Hall in Urbana on June 3. By: By Tom Dermody URBANA — On a night when more than 1,000 Catholics from 19 faith communities made an historic regional “connection” through shared song and social time at the Krannert Center here, […]

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Our very identity

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), June 14 Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-13,15-16,17-18; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16,22-26 I am so taken with the response of the people to Moses in today’s first reading from Exodus. As was their custom, Moses was readying for the […]

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