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Widowed and divorced assured of Christ’s love at annual Mass

Photo Caption: Msgr. John Prendergast accepts the hosts during the annual Diocesan Mass for the Widowed and Divorced from Carol Tyra of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton. Protocol required Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to be with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai, who was making a pastoral visit at St. Sharbel’s Church in Peoria last Sunday, […]

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Maronite patriarch visits Peoria on consecutive weekends

Photo Caption: Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai, leader of the world’s 5.5 million Maronite Catholics, presides at a Mass Oct. 9 at St. Sharbel’s Church in Peoria as Bishop Jenky assists at right. By: By Tom Dermody When the leader of the world’s 5.5 million Maronite Catholics visits your church not once but on consecutive weekends, […]

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U.S. bishops find Iraqi Christians want peace, jobs

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Iraqis want a return to peace, security and stability and the chance to secure meaningful employment, said two U.S. bishops who traveled to Baghdad in a demonstration of the American Catholic Church’s solidarity with the country’s violence-weary Christians. Visiting Oct. 2-5 at the invitation of the bishops of Iraq, Bishop Gerald F. […]

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Advance of same-sex marriage deepens concern for religious liberty

By: By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The widening campaign by gay rights advocates to promote same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue is forcing Catholic and other religious institutions to confront charges of intolerance and discrimination. Also at risk, say church officials working on the legal front, is the way religious […]

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Faith, hope, and charity are our ‘meat and potatoes’

By: By Father James King Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 16 Isaiah 45:1,4-6; Psalm 96:1,3,4-5,7-8,9-10; 1 Thesssalonians 1:1-5b; Matthew 22:15-21 It is clear from this Sunday’s Gospel what our Lord is referring to when He says, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” In this case He […]

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Celebrate with Maryknoll Oct. 16 at St. Mary’s Cathedral

World Mission Sunday is Oct. 23, but Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria have a rare opportunity this Sunday, Oct. 16, to start the celebration early and personalize it. Members of the mission society Maryknoll, which is celebrating 100 years of spreading the Gospel in more than 40 countries, will be present at St. Mary’s […]

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Franciscan Sisters help guide Newman Center in Macomb

Photo Caption: Sister Janice Keenan, OSF, (left) and Sister Marion Lemon, OSF, visit with Rebecca Rickman, choir coordinator, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Newman Center at Western Illinois University. By: By Jennifer Willems MACOMB — A new model of campus ministry is taking shape at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Newman Center here, […]

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‘We teach souls,’ Diocesan Teacher Institute attendees told

Photo Caption: Principals Jodi Peine (St. Philomena, Peoria), Shannon Rogers (St. Joseph’s, Pekin), Dan Schmitt (Trinity Catholic Academy, LaSalle), and Tim Millage (The High School of Saint Thomas More, Champaign). By: By Jennifer Willems Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, didn’t mince any words when he talked to Catholic school teachers and administrators from throughout central […]

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Youth Rally offers ‘all-access backstage pass’ to meet Jesus

Photo Caption: Father Nathan Cromly, CSJ, carries the Blessed Sacrament into St. Mary’s Cathedral as teens from around the diocese taking part in a Diocesan Youth Rally on Oct. 8 follow in procession. By: By Tom Dermody The band’s music had the young people repeatedly on their feet, hands in the air and joy on […]

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Welcoming Catholics home focus of series in Coal Valley

COAL VALLEY — St. Maria Goretti Parish is hosting a six-week program for people who are interested in returning to a more active practice of their faith. Sessions will be offered on Mondays, from Oct. 10 to Nov. 21 (excluding Oct. 31), from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Maria Goretti, 210 E. 22nd Ave. […]

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