Catholic cemetery officials meet, discuss new state regulations

By: By Tom Dermody Catholic cemeteries in the Diocese of Peoria are impacted by tighter state regulations that took effect this spring, but the anxiety level for managers at Catholic parishes or cemetery associations should be low. “This is a ministry and mission of the church. I think our code of ethics is much higher […]

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Words of healing, hope at Catholic Charismatic Conference

Photo Caption: “Jesus knows where we need to be healed,” said Father Paul Burak, one of the speakers at the July 30-31 Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference in Peoria. By: By Jennifer Willems In a world that moves quickly, constantly and with a great deal of noise, the concept of healing can be puzzling. “Healing often […]

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Atkinson parish center to be built on foundation of generosity

ATKINSON — A new parish center is being built for St. Anthony’s Parish here on a firm foundation of parishioner generosity. While groundbreaking for the $1.2 million facility took place after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, July 25, the project really began months ago when parishioners dug deep into their wallets and shattered expectations […]

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Faith of ‘strangers and aliens’ call us to lives of service

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 8 Wisdom 18:6-9; Psalm 33:1,12,18-19,20-22; Hebrews 11:1-2,8-19; Luke 12:32-48 Are Christians “strangers and aliens?” This is the type of question that theologians hear from people who are closely studying the Bible. When I get such a question I am reminded of the old axiom […]

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Pro-life baby shower, brunch in Galesburg Saturday

GALESBURG — Five years ago, Knox County Right to Life started a community baby shower and brunch to benefit the Women’s Pregnancy Center of Galesburg. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 7, at Lake Storey Park, Shelter 3. It will be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and those who attend are invited […]

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Capsule reviews and ratings of recently released movies

Following are capsule reviews and ratings of recently released films. The reviews are by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film and Broadcasting. For full reviews of these films, as well as earlier releases, visit This list will be updated periodically as the reviews are […]

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