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Hurts, hopes, healing blend as Streator parishes consolidate

By: By Tom Dermody STREATOR — Expressing both hurts and hopes, the Catholic community of Streator prepared for the approaching transition from four parishes to one consolidated parish by coming together Monday night under one roof to pray, listen, and learn together. “It’s going to take everyone’s generosity, everyone’s good will, and everyone’s faith to […]

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Series of talks on the Mass begins Sept. 29

The Cathedral Chant School is working in conjunction with the diocesan Office of Divine Worship to present “Mass Inspiration: A Series of Talks on the Mass” at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 N.E. Madison Ave., Peoria. All of the sessions in the six-part series, which will be held on Wednesday evenings, will begin at 8 […]

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St. Vincent de Paul School, Peoria, earns national honor

St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria has been recognized as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. It is believed to be the first time since the awards began in 1982 that a Catholic school of the Diocese of Peoria has achieved this recognition. Nationwide, 254 public and […]

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Diocesan Catholic Social Ministry Institute planned Oct. 9

Environmental ethics and a spiritual discipline for those promoting peace are among the topics to be discussed at the Diocese of Peoria’s Institute for Catholic Social Ministry on Saturday, Oct. 9. The institute — open to all interested persons and coordinated by Msgr. Doug Hennessy and Father Dick Bresnahan, diocesan co-moderators of social justice — […]

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A plea for intolerance

We are a “diverse and tolerant” nation, President Obama said in his remarks on the Sept. 11 anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. And as a Florida preacher threatened to burn the sacred text for Muslims, the Quran, the chairmen of three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops rightly joined […]

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Widowed, divorced invited to Oct. 3 Mass at cathedral

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has invited all widowed and divorced persons in the Diocese of Peoria to join him for a Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. A reception with the bishop will follow at the Spalding Pastoral Center. The bishop said the event is designed to […]

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Parents of large family to speak at Respect Life Dinner

James and Kathleen Littleton, parents of 14 living children and authors of the book “Better by the Dozen, Plus Two,” will be the featured speakers at the diocesan Respect Life Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. at the Cater Inn, 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway, Peoria. The Littletons, who have appeared on numerous Catholic […]

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As diocese honors catechists, marriage is a teaching priority

In most parish religious education programs, sacramental preparation covers first reconciliation, first Communion and confirmation, but this year’s theme for Catechetical Sunday focuses on “Matrimony: Sacrament of Enduring Love.” Don’t start planning any weddings, however. “Most of the kids we have in those classes will get married, so I think we have to talk about […]

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St. Bede Abbey, Peru, celebrates 100 years of service, witness

Photo Caption: Archabbots, abbots, and monks exchange a sign of peace during a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sept. 6 commemorating the centennial of St. Bede Abbey’s elevation to an independent abbey. By: By Jennifer Willems (For more photos from the celebration as well as from a day at St. Bede Abbey spent by Catholic Post […]

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Joliet bishop named to succeed Archbishop Brunett in Seattle

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Joliet, Illinois, 58, to succeed Archbishop Alexander Brunett of Seattle, 76. At the same time, the pope accepted Archbishop Brunett’s resignation from the pastoral governance of the Seattle Archdiocese. The appointment and resignation were publicized in Washington, September 16, by Archbishop Pietro […]

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