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Money, success don’t bring happiness, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Money, success, power and political ideologies can never give someone a foundation for a life that has real joy and real meaning, Pope Benedict XVI said. Jesus helps “us feel the joy of being sons and daughters of the father who is in heaven, showing us the solid basis on which […]

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‘Birth control culture’ is topic March 15 in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Pope Paul VI’s prophetic words about artificial birth control and the problems that would result from its use will be the focus of a “Life Is Sweet” presentation on Tuesday, March 15, in the parish hall of St. Matthew’s Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. The guest speaker will […]

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Love and faith are at the heart of good works

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, March 6 Deuteronomy 11:18,26-28; Psalm 31:2-3,3-4,17,25; Romans 3:21-25,28; Matthew 7:21-27 A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her 5- and 6-year-olds. After explaining the commandment to “Honor thy father and thy mother,” she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us […]

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Wise managers will attend faith-based leadership day

Budget crunching is all over the news, whether it be in government buildings in places like Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wis., or in business or civic board rooms in communities around central Illinois. While the bottom line is important, for Catholic business leaders it’s not the only concern. There’s stewardship. There’s empathy. There’s justice. There’s […]

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‘Growing diocese’ to welcome hundreds for Rite of Election

By: By Jennifer Willems When nearly 1,500 people come together at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria next Sunday for the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion, they will witness “an outward sign of the work of the Holy Spirit in the Diocese of Peoria.” “The bishop has recently made the comment that […]

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Day of Summer Institute to be devoted to changes in Mass texts

By: By Jennifer Willems Even as parishioners across the Diocese of Peoria prepare to enter Lent, plans are well under way to make certain that they will be ready to welcome the new translations of the Roman Missal by the first Sunday of Advent. One major educational effort will take place at the Summer Institute […]

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Volunteers pray as Annual Diocesan Appeal planning begins

By: By Tom Dermody Editor’s note: Photos from the day, including images of the prize drawing winners with Bishop Jenky, may be viewed (and purchased) by clicking on the camera icon on the left of this page. The 2011 Annual Diocesan Appeal will seek a goal of $5.5 million next month under the theme: “One […]

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Women invited to Nauvoo March 26 for reflection, tours

NAUVOO — Sts. Peter and Paul Church will host a day of recollection sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria Council of Catholic Women on Saturday, March 26. The speaker for the day, which begins with registration and refreshments at 9 a.m., is Father Tony Trosley, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul and all the parishes […]

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Father Royer, longtime pastor in Champaign, to senior status

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has granted senior status effective March 1 to Father Tom Royer, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Champaign since 1973. Father Joseph Hogan, pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Urbana, is the new pastor of St. Mary’s. He will retain his duties with the Urbana parish. Father Royer, who turned […]

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St. Bede Abbey, Peru, plans major senior housing development

By: By Jennifer Willems PERU — In an effort to support its monastic community and its ministry to the people of the Diocese of Peoria and beyond, St. Bede Abbey intends to develop about 80 acres of its property for senior housing. The first phase would be an assisted living center with 70 units, including […]

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