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To 2011 graduates: Be guided by the Holy Spirit

Pentecost Sunday, like Easter, will be later than usual this year, but wise members of the Class of 2011 should be especially mindful of the Holy Spirit as their days of celebration arrive on university and high school campuses. College graduates, after all, are entering a difficult job market. Life-changing decisions await. For the fortunate, […]

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Christ Child Society now active at Galesburg hospitals

GALESBURG — The Christ Child Society of Central Illinois has started to offer layettes to OSF St. Mary Medical Center and Cottage Hospital in Galesburg. The hospitals received their first layettes last Saturday, May 7. A group of Christ Child Society members, including Sharon Gerdes of Gridley, Joan Weber and Ingrid Ruscheinski of Peoria, and […]

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Service of 47 women in diocese noted at appreciation luncheon

By: By Jennifer Willems “We couldn’t do what we do without you.” Msgr. Dale Wellman offered those simple and heartfelt words to the 47 women who were honored at the Annual Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. The event drew the women, who came from 23 parishes throughout central Illinois, […]

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Catholic leaders seek swift action on adoption concerns

SPRINGFIELD — Catholic Charities directors from all five downstate Illinois dioceses gathered at the state capitol May 4 to call for quick legislative action to preserve vital adoption and foster care services for thousands of children and families around the state. The directors indicated their agencies may soon be forced out of the adoption and […]

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Help Newman Center group win World Youth Day song contest

Photo Caption: Members of “Witnesses to Love” are pictured after recording their original song “Planted” at the John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal. By: By Tom Dermody NORMAL — First things first. “Votar” is Spanish for “Vote,” and to help a group of World Youth Day pilgrims-to-be from the Pope John Paul II […]

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Father Dietzen a finalist for highest Catholic press honor

Father John J. Dietzen, the foremost question-and-answer columnist in the Catholic press for 35 years and a former associate editor of The Catholic Post, has been nominated posthumously for the highest honor of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. Father Dietzen, who died March 27 at the age of 83, is […]

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Catholic Charities Golf Classic set June 3 on Danville course

Golf Classic set June 3 in Danville DANVILLE — Catholic Charities programs throughout Vermilion County will benefit from the 12th Golf Classic to be hosted on Friday, June 3, at Turtle Run Golf Course here. Sponsored by Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, the Golf Classic has raised nearly $70,000 since 1999 to benefit the work […]

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Celebrate beatification of JP2 at cathedral Mass on Saturday

Calling Blessed Pope John Paul II “truly one of the greatest popes in history,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has invited Catholics throughout the Diocese of Peoria to celebrate his beatification by attending a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, May 7, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. More than one million faithful […]

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Church leaders warn of backlash after bin Laden’s death

LAHORE, Pakistan (CNS) — A retired archbishop said Pakistani Christians could suffer a backlash after the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, but it also might return balance to the nation. In India and Philippines, Catholic leaders also warned of backlash. “We are a soft target as they cannot attack America,” said retired Archbishop […]

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Vatican: bin Laden’s death cause for reflection, not rejoicing

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican said the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, a man who sowed division and hatred and who caused “innumerable” deaths, should prompt serious reflection about one’s responsibility before God, not rejoicing. The Vatican statement May 2 came the day after President Barack Obama announced that U.S. forces had […]

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