Father Michael Bies dies; funeral in Odell on Tuesday

ODELL — A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, at St. Paul’s Church here for Father Michael J. Bies, pastor of St. Paul’s Parish as well as Sacred Heart in Campus. Father Bies, 54, a priest of the Diocese of Peoria since 2004, died on Thursday, Dec. 16, […]

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CNS capsule reviews of recently released movies

The following movie reviews are supplied 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 regularly, and all reviews are copyright (c) 2010 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference […]

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Don’t focus on miraculous deeds and fail to see meaning

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 12 Isaiah 35:1-6a,10; Psalm 146: 6-7,8-9,9-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11 Many times the writing in the Bible is influenced as much by geography as by theology, and in the first reading from the book of Isaiah we have examples of both. The prophet uses […]

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Parishes adjust as Guadalupe feast falls on Advent Sunday

In Advent wreaths at churches around the Diocese of Peoria this weekend the rose candle will be lit, marking the Third Sunday of Advent. That rose connection is an important one since Sunday, Dec. 12, is also the day on which the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe traditionally is celebrated. “We will be wearing […]

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Has a Religious priest, Sister, Brother impacted your life?

By: By Jennifer Willems EDITOR’S NOTE: Across the nation this weekend people are being encouraged to offer support for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Last year more than $28 million was raised — including $132,478 from the Diocese of Peoria — to offer direct assistance to 477 religious institutes. But we know these dedicated women […]

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Clock is ticking: Proposed hospice home needs support

By: By Jennifer Willems EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles about the proposed OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria and hospice care in general. Future stories will look at how local patients and their families have benefited and the role of volunteers. The clock is ticking. While great […]

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Regrettable legislation

Editor’s Note: Following is the full text of a Dec. 1 statement from the Catholic Conference of Illinois on the passage of Senate Bill 1716 in Springfield. (See related story, and for updated information on this and other legislation of interest to Catholics in the state, visit The Catholic Conference of Illinois regrets the […]

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Catholic leaders regret passage of Illinois civil unions bill

By: By CNS, with Catholic Post staff SPRINGFIELD — The Catholic Conference of Illinois, which represents the state’s bishops on public policy matters, said it regretted passage of a bill legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples. The legislation, approved by the House Nov. 30 and the Senate Dec. 1, provides spousal rights to same-sex partners […]

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Sisters of Life, blogger will keynote women’s event March 5

WASHINGTON — The Sisters of Life and Catholic blogger Jennifer Fulwiler will be guest speakers at a one-day Catholic women’s conference planned for Saturday, March 5, at Five Points Washington. “Behold — A Conference on the Dignity and Vocation of Women,” is the theme for the event, which will also include live musical performances by […]

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