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Native son of New Orleans installed to head archdiocese

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — As a native New Orleanian, Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond had walked through the front doors of venerable St. Louis Cathedral hundreds of times as a seminarian, priest and auxiliary bishop. But as applause erupted inside a packed cathedral Aug. 20, he suddenly realized he was walking not only into the cathedral […]

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Wine tasting to benefit Catholic Charities Aug. 27

Catholic Charities’ Peoria Area Community Advisory Board is planning its fifth annual wine tasting benefit on Thursday, Aug. 27, at Two25, 225 N.E. Adams St., Peoria. It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. More than 20 wines from around the world will be available for sampling and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. […]

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Morning for catechists planned Aug. 29 in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — “An Awakening,” a morning of reflection for catechists in parish religious education programs, Catholic schools, and RCIA teams, will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, at Holy Trinity Church, 704 N. Main St. The morning begins with Mass at 8 a.m. and includes time for meditative prayer, processing and sharing, using materials prepared by […]

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As schools open, principals commissioned and awards bestowed

Before students stepped foot in their parish schools this week, their principals took time to pray together, to honor their colleagues for distinguished service, and to look to the future of Catholic education in the Diocese of Peoria. The opening liturgy for the 2009-2010 school year brought the principals from the diocese’s 49 Catholic elementary […]

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First students “make history” at new St. Jude Catholic School

Photo Caption: Father R. Anthony Lee presents hard hats to 3-year-old pre-schools students as part of their initiation into the “St. Jude Builder’s Club” By: Jennifer Willems Before he cut the maroon ribbon that stretched across the doors that led to the classrooms of the new St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria, Father R. Anthony […]

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Widowed, divorced urged to find peace in deeper faith

GERMANTOWN HILLS — “God never promised us a rose garden. He promised us eternal life.” Speaking to about 60 people from throughout the diocese who have lost a spouse through death or divorce, Archabbot Lambert Reilly, OSB, used personal stories and straight talk in urging them to find peace through deeper faith and trust in […]

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New DVD tells story of Christ Child Society, foundress

Twenty-one people from the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois gathered recently at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria to preview a new video on the society’s foundress. The cause for sainthood of Servant of God Mary Virginia Merrick opened in 2003 and is being promoted by the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.To help with the […]

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Faith on Draft series begins in Washington Saturday

WASHINGTON — “Faith on Draft,” a series of fellowship nights hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Father John Menco Council No. 6707, will begin Saturday, Aug. 22, with a presentation on “Catholics and Mary.” The speaker will be Father Joseph Donton, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Washington. He will talk at 7 p.m. and […]

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We will serve the Lord

By: Fr. Dominic Garramone, OSB Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 23 Joshua 24:1-2a,15-17,18b; Psalm 34:2-3,16-17,18-19,20-21; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69 A CLEAR THEME emerges from an examination of the three readings: commitment. In the first reading, Joshua renews the covenant and the people of Israel commit themselves to living according to the Mosaic Law. Husband […]

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