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All parishes open G.I.F.T., begin future planning process

Photo Caption: Msgr. Paul Showalter, PA, vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria, addresses one of eight regional meetings held Sept. 13 and 14 to open the “Growing In Faith Together” process involving all parishes. ROCK ISLAND — Jerry Fowler of St. Ambrose Parish in Milan admitted to mixed feelings and uncertain expectations when he […]

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Who is first, who is last, and does it matter to God?

By: By Sharon Priester Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 18 Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145: 2-3,8-9,17-18; Philippians 1:20c-24,27a; Matthew 20:1-16a On the first Monday of this month, we celebrated Labor Day, a national holiday for recognizing and honoring laborers with speeches, parades and special picnics. This hasn’t changed too much from the time when I […]

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Recently released films reviewed based on 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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Epiphany in Normal named National Blue Ribbon School

By: By Tom Dermody NORMAL — Epiphany Catholic School has been recognized as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, one of 304 schools to receive the distinction and among only four in downstate Illinois. The announcement was made Thursday morning by Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. Epiphany school […]

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Pope on 9/11: Refuse violence, resist temptation to hatred

Photo Caption: Students at St. Bede Academy, Peru, carry a 40′-by-60′ flag during an all-school prayer service Sept. 9 commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. By: By Catholic News Service ANCONA, Italy (CNS) — Remembering the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Pope Benedict XVI appealed to government leaders and all […]

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JustFaith founder to speak in Peoria Heights Sept. 25

PEORIA HEIGHTS — “Transforming Hearts for Justice,” a social justice workshop featuring Jack Jezreel, is planned for Sunday, Sept. 25, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church (lower level), 904 E. Lake Ave. It will begin at 1 p.m. A wine and cheese gathering will follow. Jezreel is the author of JustFaith and the executive director […]

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Illinois bishops: rescind rules mandating contraceptives coverage

Asking if the federal government desires “the Catholic Church out of public ministry,” leaders of the six dioceses in Illinois voiced strong opposition to new rules mandating insurance coverage of sterilization and prescription contraceptives, including some that can cause an abortion. In a Sept. 9 letter to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of […]

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Recently released films reviewed on the 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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