Retirement Fund for Religious collection is this weekend

Photo Caption: The poster for the 2011 national collection features Augustinian Father Ronald Turcich, who served at St. Joseph’s Parish, Pekin, and Sacre Coeur Parish, Creve Coeur. The following is a letter from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of Peoria —– To: The Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Diocese of Peoria My dear […]

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Faith, need drive generosity at Clare House in Bloomington

Photo Caption: With a “God bless” wish, Clare House volunteer Scott McCormick distributed bags of food to more than 200 guests on a recent Wednesday at Clare House in Bloomington, a Catholic Worker ministry. By: By Tom Dermody BLOOMINGTON — Enough food to fill nearly five semitrailer trucks was donated through the generosity of Bloomington-Normal […]

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Parish study process takes next step as ‘clusters’ form

Photo Caption: Bob Baker, a member of St. Patrick’s Parish, Minonk, greets Norman Alleman (seated) of St. Ann’s Parish, Toluca, prior to the start of a GIFT regional meeting in LaSalle on Dec. 5. By: By Tom Dermody Four months into the yearlong Growing in Faith Together (GIFT) diocese-wide planning initiative for the future of […]

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Looking forward in hope to the true font of our joy

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 11 Isaiah 61:1-2a,10-11; (Psalm) Luke 1:46-48,49-50,53-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28 Perhaps at no other time during the year are we so seduced into the culture surrounding us. The materialism of the season can take over our lives. There is an ancient story that […]

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Priests, parishioners adapting to changes in Mass prayers

By: By Jennifer Willems Presiders and parishioners have always been partners in the praying of the Mass but it has never been more evident than in the last two weeks, as they’ve leaned on each other to welcome the new English translation of the Roman Missal. “God bless the people. They know it’s a new […]

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Father Bernard Horzen, OSB, longtime St. Bede teacher, dies

Photo Caption: Father Bernard, a native of LaSalle, taught at St. Bede Academy for more than five decades, headed its science department for 25 years, and is the former pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Dalzell. PERU — Father Bernard Horzen, OSB, monk and priest of St. Bede Abbey, died at 5:20 a.m. Thursday […]

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Occupy…a confessional near you

Photo Caption: Only about 25 percent of Catholics take part in the sacrament of reconciliation once a year or more, according to a report by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. Unfair! About 25 percent of Catholics seem to have more graces than the rest, according to latest data. Are you listening, Catholic […]

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An ‘oasis’ of Solitude opens at Nazareth House retreat center

Photo Caption: The newly built “Solitude of the Sacred Heart” is ready to welcome individual guests to its quiet, reflective location overlooking the Illinois River on the grounds of Nazareth House near Henry. By: By Tom Dermody HENRY — One of the Diocese of Peoria’s smallest building projects stands ready to play a giant role […]

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