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St. Jude’s, Peoria, plans parish-school expansion

By: By Jennifer Willems “Building God’s Kingdom” is the theme for a capital campaign that will provide funding for construction of a 32,000-square-foot expansion for St. Jude’s Church and School in Peoria. Parishioners are learning the details for the $6 million project in a series of 12 informational receptions that are taking place through the […]

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Macomb couple grateful for prayers after tense days in Egypt

By: By Jennifer Willems MACOMB — It could have been worse. Sightseeing in Egypt when the anti-government demonstrations broke out, Dr. Subhash and Linda Jani of Macomb were stuck at the Cairo International Airport for nearly three days before they were evacuated. “It’s awfully good to be home,” said Linda, a member of St. Paul’s […]

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New Knights of Columbus Council chartered in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — The newest Knights of Columbus council in the Diocese of Peoria received its charter Saturday night and officers were installed during ceremonies at St. Patrick’s Church of Merna here. There are 49 charter members in the Father Joseph Boylan Jr. Council No. 15175, based at the parish on Bloomington’s growing east side, and […]

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How you could beat Jeopardy’s “Watson”

I’ll take Catholicism for $1,000, Alex.The answer is:“A division of the church headed by a bishop.”Yes, Watson?“What is a diocese?”Correct! OK, that scene didn’t play out this week as the IBM-created artificial intelligence supercomputer named Watson impressed viewers in soundly defeating two Jeopardy champions and earning a $1 million prize. But should it bother us […]

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Scouting is about being a giver, says bishop at diocesan Mass

St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria was filled with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts last Sunday, dressed in their uniforms and wriggling with excitement to receive from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, the religious emblems they had earned. Surrounding them at the annual Diocesan Scout Mass were their proud parents and Scout leaders. They also had […]

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WPMJ Catholic Radio 94.3 FM temporarily off the air

Our friends at WPMJ have asked us to share the following notice: “WPMJ 94.3FM, Catholic radio for the Peoria area, is off the air and may be for the foreseeable future due to tower problems. We are grateful for the patience of our listeners as we work through this technical problem. Updates will be coming […]

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Sr. Theresa Ann, Champaign native and TEC pioneer, dies

SINSINAWA, Wis. — A funeral Mass was celebrated on Feb. 10 in Queen of the Rosary Chapel here for Sister Theresa Ann (Augustino) Palmisano, OP, who ministered in Champaign, Urbana and Peoria for 13 years. Burial followed in the motherhouse cemetery. Sister Theresa Ann died on Feb. 5, 2011, at the Dominican motherhouse in Sinsinawa. […]

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Feminists for Life president to speak at Bradley U. Feb. 17

Serrin M. Foster, president of Feminists for Life of America, will answer the question “Is it possible to be a feminist and be pro-life?” during a presentation next Thursday, Feb. 17 at Bradley University. The lecture, which begins at 7 p.m. in Baker Hall, Room B51, is sponsored by the BU Students for Life. Serrin […]

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Recently released movies reviewed by Catholic News Service

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 www.usccb.org/movies This list will be updated regularly, and all reviews are copyright (c) 2011 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference […]

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Defend doctrine, but don’t attack others, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Even in the midst of the upheaval of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, St. Peter Canisius knew how to defend Catholic doctrine without launching personal attacks on those who disagreed, Pope Benedict XVI said. St. Peter, a 15th-century Jesuit sent on mission to Germany, knew how to “harmoniously combine fidelity to […]

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