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Don’t worry — offer heartfelt prayers to God

By: By Jeff Hedglen, Catholic News Service Editor’s Note — This week our local writers take a break and the Scripture reflection is from the Catholic News Service feature “Word to Life.” —– Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 2 Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:9,12,13-14,15-16,19-20; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43 In this week’s second reading from St. […]

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Archbishop Myers’ impact evident in diocese decade later

Ten years ago on Oct. 9, Bishop John J. Myers — the seventh Bishop of Peoria, a native of Earlville, and a longtime priest of this diocese — was installed as the new Archbishop of Newark, N.J. While a decade has passed since Archbishop left his home diocese, the impact his strong leadership had on […]

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Golden, silver anniversary couples fill cathedral for Mass

Photo Caption: Golden anniversary couple Dick and Joyce Mattan of St. Malachy’s Parish, Geneseo, renew their marriage vows at the Sept. 25 diocesan Anniversary Mass. By: By Tom Dermody A snowstorm delayed the wedding Mass of John Sheen and Zelda Yagel for a half hour on Dec. 30, 1961. Fifty years, three children, nine grandchildren, […]

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Catholic Charities withdrawing from state-funded contracts

Photo Caption: “Public policy and state laws have increasingly clashed with church teachings in such a way that we no longer can maintain this partnership as a viable option,” said Bishop Jenky. By: By Tom Dermody Citing increasing clashes between Illinois law and church teaching, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, of Peoria announced Oct. 6 […]

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Break ground at OSF Saint Francis for simulation center

Photo Caption: Msgr. Michael Bliss, director of pastoral care at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, blesses the construction site for the new Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center on Sept. 16. The turning of a few spades of ground Sept. 16 on the main campus of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria […]

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Hospice Home nears reality for those on life’s ‘final journey’

Photo Caption: Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, and representatives from all phases of planning, fundraising and construction for the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria break ground Sept. 21. By: By Jennifer Willems “Wow. We’re finally here.” The words were spoken by Dr. Robert Sawicki, senior vice president of supportive care for OSF […]

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Capital campaign launched to restore St. Columba’s, Ottawa

Photo Caption: A combined choir from St. Columba’s Parish, Ottawa, sings Sept. 25 at a program launching the parish’s $3.3 million capital campaign to restore the exterior of the historic church. OTTAWA — The story of one of the oldest faith communities in the Diocese of Peoria began a new chapter Sunday. Nearly 400 members […]

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Duke University organist in cathedral recital Friday night

Dr. David Arcus, the organist at the Duke University Chapel and accompanist for the Duke Chapel Choir, will give a recital on Friday, Sept. 30, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 607 N.E. Madison Ave., in Peoria. Sponsored by the Peoria Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Arcus […]

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Welcome immigrants, share stories, church leaders urged

Photo Caption: Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago (left) and the Rev. Dr. Gary Wollersheim of Rockford compare notes at the Illinois Conference of Churches assembly Sept. 22 at St. Luke Union Church, Bloomington. By: By Tom Dermody BLOOMINGTON — With immigration politics becoming more impassioned as an election year approaches, Cardinal Francis E. George […]

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