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Bloomington couple begin year of volunteering in Namibia

IT ISN’T unusual for James and Sharon McNamara of Holy Trinity Parish in Bloomington to travel outside their comfort zone to help others. After building homes for the poor in El Salvador and visiting southern Africa, they decided it was time for an extended service opportunity. Last month, the McNamaras started a year of service […]

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Education for Life Week opens throughout the diocese

Photo Caption: The annual Walk for Life through downtown Peoria on Tuesday is one of several activites throughout the diocese planned during Education for Life Week. EDUCATION for Life Week has begun. Sponsored by the Respect Life Board of the Diocese of Peoria, the week’s activities are designed to inform people about what is being […]

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Service fosters love, grace

By: Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 17 Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 NOTICE THAT Jesus’ first public miracle in the Gospel of John involves (of all things!) kitchen service. Of course for the evangelist the changing of water into wine has a significance far beyond concern […]

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Business leaders invited to faith-based management seminar

How do I integrate my faith into my work? That question and a variety of others will be addressed at a first of its kind faith-based management seminar to be sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The theme of the daylong event, which will […]

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Sanctity of Human Life Rally planned Tuesday in Peoria

James Lansberry knows that business is all about supply and demand, and he says it’s time to address the demand for abortion. That means ministering to young women in crisis pregnancies in such a way as it removes any reason to have an abortion, he said. “It’s a more complete view of Christian charity,” according […]

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Diocese teams with CatholicTV to offer video on Web site

Finding Catholic programming for the whole family got easier in central Illinois last week when a video player called CatholicTVjr was added to the Web site of the Diocese of Peoria. It can be launched by clicking on the link on the left side of the page, which is located at www.cdop.org. The feature has […]

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Memorial Mass Jan. 16 for Father Marne Breckensiek, OFM

A MEMORIAL Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in Peoria at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, for Father Marne Breckensiek, OFM, who served as pastor of the downtown Peoria parish for 24 years. Father Marne died on Dec. 29, 2009, at St. Margaret Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was 71. A Mass […]

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We’re God’s children now

By: Msgr. Stuart Swetland Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 10 Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7 or Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; Psalm 29:1-4,9-10 or Psalm 104:1b-2,3-4,24-25,27-28,29-30; Acts 10:34-38 or Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16,21-22 ONE OF my favorite passages in sacred Scripture is 1 John 3:1-2. It reads “See what love the Father has given us that we should be called […]

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Diocese, Bradley Newman Center win the ‘FOCUS Bowl’

As this is written Wednesday, the winner of the college football championship game between Texas and Alabama on Thursday night had yet to be decided. It was the scheduled highlight of dozens of bowl games during recent weeks, and a television audience of tens of millions was expected to view the contest. In this space, […]

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Benedictines offer book club study, retreats in Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND — Retreats and programs planned for this month by the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery include a book club that will focus on the challenge of being a Christian in a difficult time. “Compassion,” a book by Father Henri Nouwen, Donald McNeill and Douglas Morrison, will be studied on six […]

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