U.S. Transportation Secretary grateful for Catholic education

One hour before President Barack Obama addressed school children around the country Tuesday via television and the Internet, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation was in Peoria telling students that his own Catholic school education means “everything” to him. “I’m a product of Catholic schools,” said Ray LaHood in addressing more than 500 students in the […]

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Ottawa Catholic schools to merge, utilize three campuses

OTTAWA — Accepting a recommendation that would allow them to continue to offer Catholic school education while maintaining the financial viability of their parishes, two Ottawa pastors announced last week that initial steps have been taken to merge St. Patrick’s School, St. Columba’s School and Marquette High School into one school on three campuses. Father […]

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‘All About Steve’

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. “All About Steve” (Fox) Tiresome romantic comedy about a motormouthed, trivia-spouting crossword-puzzle writer (Sandra Bullock) whose isolated life is transformed when she falls instantly for a […]

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‘Be opened’

By: By Barbara Roedel Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 6Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146:7,8-9,9-10; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37 IN OUR FIRST reading today we hear the prophet Isaiah proclaiming restoration to the Israelites at the end of the exile. He promises God will vindicate and save them at which time the blind will see, ears […]

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VIPs at our Catholic funerals

The guest list at the funeral Mass in Boston for U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy was long and impressive: the President and Vice President of the United States, three former presidents and three former vice presidents, and a host of senators, representatives, governors, and foreign dignitaries. Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley presided at the packed Our […]

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Teacher shares her passion for multicultural education

What did you do on your summer vacation?” It’s a common question when students return to class in the fall, and this year Michelle Willi’s third-graders at St. Mark’s School in Peoria weren’t the only ones with adventures to talk about on the first day of school. Her passion for multicultural education took Willi to […]

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Rosary focus of day for Champaign-area catechists

CHAMPAIGN — What are some responses that directors of religious education, catechists and Catholic school teachers get when they teach the rosary? Veteran and beginning educators attending a regional Equip Catechist Training Day at St. Matthew’s Parish here on Saturday offered a range of reactions. One said she thought students and families have fallen away […]

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‘Post’ seeks freelance writers and photographers

Do you have a degree in journalism or a related field? Are you a photographer looking for an occasional assignment? The Catholic Post is establishing a network of freelance writers and photographers to assist in covering the many activities and stories of faith in our 26-county diocese. Contributors will be paid on a per-assignment basis. […]

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Students’ reaction praised after flood at Newman Center

CHAMPAIGN — More than 200 students who had just moved into the north wing of Newman Hall at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois had to find new living arrangements last weekend after a flash flood knocked out power to the one-year-old building. Nearly five inches of rain fell in the […]

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