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Boldly proclaiming the kingdom

By: By Sharon Priester The Solemnity of Christ the King, Nov. 22 Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93:1,1-2,5; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33b-37 THIS WEEKEND, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, we celebrate the solemnity of Christ the King. Reflecting on kings or queens, the one I quickly thought of living today was Queen Elizabeth II, ruler […]

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Franciscans to unveil ornament

hnson Christmas Ornament to benefit the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception will be unveiled at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Immaculate Conception Convent, 2408 W. Heading Ave. in West Peoria. In 1995, Johnson gave the community the right to use his unique Christmas card designs to create a collectible ornament series. […]

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Celebrities lend support to St. Augustine Manor event

WANT TO have dinner with Bishop Jenky at his residence? Or would you prefer to talk politics over a meal with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood? Those are two of several celebrities who have stepped forward to support St. Augustine Manor in Peoria by being part of the 7th annual Celebrity Auction planned for […]

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Catholics Returning Home series to open in Coal Valley

COAL VALLEY — Don’t hesitate. That’s what Jean Briggs would like people to know if they have been away from the Catholic Church but are now looking for a way to come “home.”The Alpha woman knows what she’s talking about. After 24 years of not being part of the church she loved so much, Briggs […]

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Bringing the exiles home

By: Father Doug Grandon Thirtieth sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 25 Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 “BIGGEST THING to happen ecclesiologically since the Reformation!” That’s how my friend, Church of England Bishop Andrew Burnham, described the Vatican’s announcement last Tuesday about “personal ordinariates” for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church. “Desperate bishops invited […]

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Grief journey is never easy, pastoral care ministers told

Photo Caption: In prayer at the Pastoral Care Day of Reflection are Anna Sykes of Holy Family Parish and Provena Hospice, Danville; Lou Lowe of Sacred Heart, Peoria; and Georgia Kelm of St. Teresa, Earlville. By: By Jennifer Willems There is no escaping grief. It touches everyone for different reasons, in different ways and for […]

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CCI: Same-sex marriage motivates civil union legislation

The real motivation behind civil union legislation in Illinois is not access to benefits but advancing the cause of same-sex marriage, according to a document published Oct. 15 by the Catholic Conference of Illinois.titled “Promoting Civil Unions to Undermine Marriage,” the document — available online and in a 12-page booklet — gives background on current […]

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Funeral services in Princeville for Fr. Ed Purcell, 82

PRINCEVILLE — A funeral Mass was to be offered at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at St. Mary of the Woods Church here for Father James Edward Purcell, a native of Princeville whose 56 years of priestly life included parish work as well as service to hospitals and schools. Father Purcell, who had been on […]

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St. Dominic Society will link groups serving needy in Haiti

GROUPS WITHIN the Diocese of Peoria serving the impoverished people of Haiti will now be linked under a new organization approved by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. The umbrella organization, called “St. Dominic’s Society for Haitian Outreach,” will first identify and unite those moved to action by concern for the Caribbean nation considered the poorest […]

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Teacher Institute: Give God two grateful minutes daily

Teaching in a Catholic school is important work, but educators cannot be truly present to their students if they do not take steps to insure their own health and spend “at least two minutes of silence and solitude, wrapped in gratitude before God” every day. “Prayer is not nice — I don’t know where we […]

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