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Polka Mass to open parish festival in East Moline Saturday

EAST MOLINE — A Polka Mass at 4 p.m. will open the annual Fall Festival at St. Anne’s parish this Saturday, Oct. 23.The festival also includes a dinner to be served in Cleary Hall from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The menu includes grilled pork chops, potato salad, baked beans, applesauce and roll for $6 per […]

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Social Ministry Institute speakers say look to cross for solutions

By: By Tom Dermody Father Bud Grant proposes a solution to saving the planet that isn’t quite as marketable — or simple — as reduce, re-use and recycle. His idea? Embrace suffering, out of love for both God’s creation and future generations. “I’m going to suggest suffering is an environmental virtue — in fact, the […]

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Go to Mass as a family, urge parents of 14 children

By: By Tom Dermody Ever feel it’s not worth taking potentially noisy children to Mass? “Don’t buy into that lie,” said Kathleen Littleton. Kathleen is the mother of 14. And she, her husband Jim, and their children have been daily Mass-goers for a decade. “We sit in back,” said Kathleen, whose children range in age […]

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Bartonville parish to thank longtime music director Nov. 14

By: By Sandra Post Saint Augustine said it first, “Those who sing well pray twice.” Based on that calculation, Gayle (Morgan) Mirande has offered countless prayers throughout her life — and encouraged countless more from others. “I always felt God was using my music as my extra prayer,” she says.After nearly 40 years of music […]

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168 priests advised on implementing of new Mass texts

By: By Jennifer Willems When Abraham Lincoln penned the Gettysburg Address, he used the words “four score and seven years ago” to establish a framework for his remarks. He could have said “87 years ago,” but the context of that November day in 1863 called for a different tone, a different way of entering into […]

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Many religious images in the rescue of Chile miners

How many religious images came to mind during the amazing scenes that played out Wednesday as the trapped miners in Chile ascended safely to the surface! The rescue of the 33 miners after weeks of prayer and effort seemed like souls being freed from Purgatory. And their reception with joyous family and friends waiting above […]

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Widowed, divorced can find comfort, healing in faith

Those who are grieving the loss of a spouse through death or divorce can take comfort through the knowledge that God reigns both in this world and the next, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said Oct. 3. “Faith in God can finally comfort and heal even the searing pain of separation,” said the bishop in […]

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Green Party’s Whitney: involve citizens in solutions

By Tom DermodyFor the Catholic Conference of Illinois Instead of looking for someone in politics to “save us,” citizens need to be more involved themselves in organizing a better society, according to Rich Whitney. Now making a second run for Illinois governor as a Green Party candidate ? the Carbondale attorney garnered 10 percent of […]

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Libertarian candidate Green: Fan of limited government

Ask Lex Green about political issues with moral and ethical overtones, and his answer will likely include a statement such as “I don’t believe that the government should be involved.” “I’m a fan of limited government,” said Green, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor of Illinois. In an interview with the Catholic Conference of Illinois […]

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Independent candidate Cohen: ‘We have to change’

By Tom DermodyFor the Catholic Conference of Illinois Illinois gubernatorial candidate Scott Lee Cohen feels that his status as an Independent will help often-divided sides find common ground. “As an Independent,” said Cohen in a recent interview with the Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI), “one of the most important things I bring to the table […]

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