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Msgr. Ham to senior status; plans 10-week trip to Vietnam

By: By Jennifer Willems OTTAWA — For 32 of his 43 years as a priest, Msgr. Jerome Ham has called LaSalle County home and “just about everyone here knows me now.” On June 15 he will take the many kindnesses of the people he has served and the hugs and smiles of the children with […]

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30 priests of diocese begin new assignments June 15

Eighteen parishes and missions in the Diocese of Peoria will receive new pastors in clergy assignments affecting 30 priests announced this week by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Among the appointments, which take effect June 15, is the move to senior status of Msgr. Jerome N. Ham, 71, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish […]

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Yes, the end is coming

The jokes were flying last week concerning fundamentalist radio preacher Harold Camping’s claim that the world was going to end on May 21. We’re not sure why some people can’t accept Jesus’ own words in the Gospel of Matthew that “no one knows the day or the hour” of his return, but we suppose predictions […]

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Catholic Women’s League awards $16,000 in grants

Peoria Notre Dame High School students will have more help with tuition. The Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception will be able to provide more resources to the elderly. Those who depend on the food and friendship they receive through the Sacred Heart Sandwich Program at St. Joseph’s Church will continue to be […]

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Celebration of four new deacons to continue at home parishes

By: By Tom Dermody Editor’s note: Several photos from the ordination Mass may be viewed by clicking here Dozens of photos may be viewed and, if desired, purchased by clicking on the Post Photos camera icon at left. —– The joy experienced at a packed St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday will echo in the coming […]

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Learning to proclaim the reason for our hope

By: By Sister Agnes Cunningham, SSCM Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 29 Acts of the Apostles 8:5-8,14-17; Psalm 66:1-2,4-5,6-7,16,20; 1 Peter 3:15-18 or 1 Peter 4:13-16; John 14:15-21 or John 17:1-11a The Catholic Diocese of Peoria belongs to one of the ecclesiastical provinces in the United States that have transferred the feast of the Ascension […]

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Catholic Charities raises funds, awareness at “Light of Hope”

Who says performing a work of mercy can’t be joyful? About 200 supporters of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria raised more than $115,000 (minus expenses) for the agency on Saturday night while enjoying a “Party on the Patio” of the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. “We really appreciate your presence,” said Sister Ana […]

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440 Catholic men make a stand for faith, family, priesthood

By: By Jennifer Willems Editor’s note: Dozen’s of photographs from this event may be viewed at Daryl Wilson Photography —– With manhood and fatherhood under attack from the media, mass culture and even the state’s elected officials, it is more important than ever for Catholic men to pass on the story of faith “no matter […]

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18 Champaign area parishes to celebrate with bishop June 6

URBANA — Members of all parishes in the Champaign vicariate are invited to celebrate their Catholic faith and connection with one another during an evening that will include a Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, June 6. Priests from the 18 parishes in […]

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Bishop Jenky presents Sheen cause papers to Pope Benedict

By: By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, presented Pope Benedict XVI with two thick volumes about the life of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the pope surprised him by saying he had worked with the late archbishop. Pope Benedict “told me something I hadn’t known: he […]

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