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Stewardship is “good news” for culture, church, individuals

The remedy for a culture sick from the “toxic venom of ‘isms” — individualism, materialism, relativism, and even hedonism — is a healthy dose of lived stewardship, said the keynote speaker at the Diocesan Stewardship Conference on Tuesday. “The good news is the body of Christ is alive and well and does make a tremendous […]

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Spiritual Care of Dying focus of Pastoral Care Assembly Day

By: By Jennifer Willems Pastoral care ministers don’t stop reaching out to others, even when they’re at a day designed to recharge their own spiritual and theological batteries. They proved that at last Saturday’s diocesan Pastoral Care Assembly Day when the presenter, Msgr. Michael Bliss, spoke about the sacramental ministry his own mother, Mary E. […]

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10-year-old ‘hero’ inspired Rantoul school, community

By: By Tom Dermody RANTOUL — St. Malachy’s School here is blessed with a caring, talented faculty, but if a vote were taken for 2010 Teacher of the Year, the unanimous winner would be an inspirational 10-year-old boy. Family and the many friends of young Luke Remington filled St. Malachy’s Gym on April 21 for […]

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Champaign weekend project packs 1 million meals for Haiti

By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — When the idea of packing 1 million meals in one weekend for earthquake victims in Haiti was proposed to her by a friend in late February, Alice Foreman had an understandable reply. “You’re nuts,” was the first reaction of the college senior who serves as president of University of […]

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Diocese awards nearly $700,000 in tuition grants

The Diocese of Peoria has awarded nearly $700,000 in tuition assistance grants to 575 Catholic school students for the 2010-2011 academic year. Parents who applied to the John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship Fund for grants for their children were notified concerning awards in mid-April. The fund was established by contributions to the diocesan Rooted in Faith […]

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What can’t we do together?

What was accomplished under one roof in Champaign last weekend should inspire big hopes, dreams and actions among the people of God throughout the Diocese of Peoria. After all, if 5,100 Champaign-area volunteers could assemble and package more than 1 million meals for earthquake victims in Haiti in less than 12 hours (see our related […]

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At “spiritual spa day,” women urged to “give God permission”

By: By Nancy Piccione METAMORA — “Give God permission” to use you powerfully in the world, more than 100 women were told at a first-time conference on April 17. The Behold Conference at St. Mary’s Parish here was a “spiritual spa day” for women of all ages, according to conference organizer Rose Marie Rudolph. Speakers […]

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Catholic radio comes to Peoria area with WPMJ 94.3 FM

By: By Tom Dermody Catholic radio programming is now being aired in the Peoria area thanks to a group headed by a man from El Paso, the birthplace of Catholic radio pioneer and sainthood candidate Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. WPMJ 94.3 FM — a Chillicothe-based station whose call letters now stand for “With Prayer Meet […]

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