POST POLL: Do graphic signs help or harm pro-life?

James Pouillon, a pro-life activist murdered in Michigan on Sept. 11, was known as the “sign guy” because he often carried graphic images to show the victims of abortion. Such images make us all uncomfortable as they show the results of the violence that is abortion. Our question for readers: Do you believe such graphic […]

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East Moline, Silvis parishes plan Women’s Day Oct. 3

EAST MOLINE — “Can We Talk,” a day designed to celebrate Mary, woman to woman, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cleary Hall of St. Anne’s Church, 555 18th Ave. Bev Bryan, regional director of religious education for the Galesburg and Macomb vicariates of the Diocese of […]

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Women’s role in Year for Priests is convention focus on Oct. 24

DEVELOPING A theme for the annual convention of the Peoria Diocese Council of Catholic Women came very easily after a conversation with Father Don Roszkowski, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Metamora. Joan Weber, DCCW president, said he talked to the organization’s board about “Vianney,” a one-man show by Leonardo Defilippis that will be coming […]

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Church in Cambridge invites prayers for priests on Sundays

CAMBRIDGE — Visitors now have more time to pray for the clergy of central Illinois in the only church named for the patron saint of parish priests in the Diocese of Peoria. Father John Burns has announced that St. John Vianney Church, 313 S. West St., will remain open between the 8 a.m. Mass and […]

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Students, grandparents in Peru recall victims, lessons of 9-11

PERU — Father Harold Daztman, OSB, was about to ask the younger students at Peru Catholic School where they were when they learned of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, when he stopped short. “It dawned on me these people hadn’t even been born,” Father Harold, pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, said at a […]

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Muslim-Catholic Women’s Dialogue set in Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND — Living together in respect, peace and love is the focus of the fourth annual Muslim-Catholic Women’s Dialogue, which is being hosted by Benet House Retreat Center at St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. West. The dialogue opens on Monday, Oct. 5, by looking at “Finding and Maintaining Inner Peace Among Family and […]

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A servant’s heart

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 20 Wisdom 2:12,17-20; Psalm 54:3-4,5,6,8; James 3:16 — 4:3; Mark 9:30-37 THIS WEEK’S Gospel is similar to last week’s story. Namely, Jesus predicts his death and resurrection, the disciples misunderstand, and Jesus teaches what it means to be a true disciple. Jesus knows there is a plot to silence […]

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We all teach, but this weekend thank those called as catechists

S ome people in the public eye behaved rather badly in recent days. In sports, there was Serena Williams, the magnificent tennis player, using foul language as she threatened to stuff a ball down the throat of a line judge who called her for an infraction near the end of a semifinal match at the […]

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Centennial Mass on Sept. 19 at St. Joseph’s in Hopedale

HOPEDALE — When the members of St. Joseph’s Church gather to celebrate their faith community’s centennial on Saturday, Sept. 19, they’ll have one very proud pastor cheering them on. “The people of St. Joseph’s have always amazed me,” said Father Gerald Verdun, who has served them since 2000. “They are spread out over six different […]

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