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Keynote talk to U.S. bishops: Reclaim truth about church

Photo Caption: New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addresses the U.S. bishops Nov. 14 during their annual fall meeting in Baltimore. By: By Nancy Frazier O’Brien, Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on his fellow bishops Nov. 14 to […]

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Behold Conference for women names 2012 presenters, date

Photo Caption: Author and blogger Kate Wicker will be among the keynote speakers at the Behold Conference on Saturday, March 10, 2012. METAMORA — Author and blogger Kate Wicker and image consultant Ginny Baldridge are among the keynote speakers for the third annual Behold Conference, which will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Embassy […]

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Streator woman related to new saint returns from canonization

Photo Caption: Mary Jo Cleary, Mary Quist, Dianne Conrad, Jo Wrich and Carol Koval stand in St. Peter’s Square. Behind them is a portrait of their famous relative, St. Louis Guanella. By: By Jennifer Willems STREATOR — Many people get rosaries when they visit Rome, but Carol Koval’s is truly one of a kind. It […]

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Funeral Mass at St. Bede for Father James Murray, OSB

PERU — A funeral Mass was offered at St. Bede Abbey Church here on Nov. 5 for Father James M. Murray, OSB, a monk who entered the Benedictine community as a widower at age 59 after a high-profile career in Washington, D.C., and raising four children. Father James, who taught courses on marriage to St. […]

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Sister Cor Marie: passionate advocate for special children

Photo Caption: Sister Cor Marie Cielocha, SSND, shares a smile with Ayden as they look over his worksheets at the Children’s Center of Tazewell County. By: By Jennifer Willems CREVE COEUR — At 81 (and 10 months), Sister Cor Marie Cielocha, SSND, accepts with good grace that a story about her will be featured on […]

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Parishes called to embrace social ministry of church

Photo Caption: John Carr, executive director of the USCCB Deparment for Justice, Peace and Human Development, speaks at the Diocese of Peoria’s Institute for Catholic Social Ministry on Oct. 29. By: By Jennifer Willems Parishes that are not interested in the social ministry of the church are not truly interested in the faith, according to […]

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It’s a love story

The secular media is on to the story. Well, kind of. “Big changes to Catholic Mass spur confusion in pews,” headlined CNN on Nov. 4, with a lead sentence that the Mass is undergoing a “major overhaul.” “Catholic Church unveils strict Latin translation” blared the New York Post the following day. “Overhaul of Catholic Mass […]

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How can we become worthy servants of God?

By: By Father James King Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Nov. 13 Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31; Psalm 128:1-2,3,4-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30 It isn’t easy to serve God. In fact, with our fallen human nature, it would be impossible for us to serve God without His help. But through His word, and the grace that He […]

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Bishop’s Thanksgiving message notes coming Mass changes

Photo Caption: “It is truly a special blessing this year to give thanks for the gift of the new translation of the Roman Missal that will come into general use this Thanksgiving weekend,” writes Bishop Jenky. Editor’s note: Following is the text of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky’s message for Thanksgiving Day 2011, to be observed […]

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