A prayer with, and for, our president

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Wednesday, President Barack Obama visited two rural communities in the Diocese of Peoria, Atkinson and Alpha, and also made a surprise stop in Galesburg. In Atkinson, Father Tony Lee, pastor of St. Anthony’s Parish, was asked to give the invocation. (See story here.) While the president had yet to arrive when the […]

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New CD remembers Regina, completes “Unfinished Business”

Photo Caption: David LaVallee of Washington shows the back of the CD cover for “Unfinished Business,” a collection of vocals by his late wife, Regina, set to fresh orchestration. By: By Tom Dermody David LaVallee never got to say goodbye when his wife Regina took ill suddenly at a Cursillo weekend in late 2006 and […]

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7-week course on Mass text changes introduced to catechists

Photo Caption: Beverly Bryan, regional director of religious education for the Galesburg and Macomb vicariates, uses a prop to make a point during a demonstration at the Catechetical Conference. Seizing the opportunity to encourage people to go deeper into the Mass as well as helping them to learn the prayers in the new English translation […]

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Mass, honors, and updates welcome school principals back

Photo Caption: Michael Lootens, the new principal at Epiphany School in Normal, receives from Bishop Jenky framed art with this year’s theme for diocesan schools, “The Liturgy — Our Encounter with God.” By: By Jennifer Willems Before he did anything else at the Mass for the principals of Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria, […]

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Presidential spotlight for pastor, rural communities in diocese

Photo Caption: Father Tony Lee, pastor of St. Anthony’s Parish in Atkinson, offers the invocation before a town hall meeting with President Obama on Aug. 17. ATKINSON — Thanks to Bill Wyffels of Wyffels Hybrids here, the call from the White House came on Sunday night. President Obama’s staff wanted to know if Father Tony […]

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Widowed, divorced urged to place trust and hope in God

Photo Caption: Two of the 65 participants in the diocesan Day of Reflection for the Widowed and Divorced spend private reflection time in the prayer garden of St. Patrick’s Church of Merna in Bloomington. By: By Tom Dermody BLOOMINGTON — Those who are experiencing the pain of losing a spouse through death or divorce are […]

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Metamora parish to host circus on Thursday, Aug. 25

METAMORA — The circus is coming to town and children in the Metamora area can thank St. Mary’s Parish for it. St. Mary’s is sponsoring a visit by the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, which will set up on the church grounds on Thursday, Aug. 25. The midway and box office will open at 4 p.m. […]

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Recently released films reviewed on basis of moral suitability

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 the CNS movie site here. This list will be updated regularly, and all reviews are copyright (c) 2011 Catholic […]

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