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Fr. Richard Kolczaski dies at 82; funeral is Friday in Peru

Father Richard Kolczaski, 82, a native of Peru and a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Lacon. He is a former pastor of parishes in Loretto, Fairbury, Marseilles, Princeton, Monticello, Oglesby, Spring Valley, and Peru, and a former vicar of the Kewanee vicariate. […]

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Full homily text from funeral Mass for Msgr. E. Edward Higgins

Editor’s note: Following is the full text from the homily given at the Feb. 21 funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for Msgr. E. Edward Higgins, 80, a senior priest of the diocese who died on Feb. 16. The homilist was Father Thomas Taylor, parochial vicar at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in […]

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Time running out to join ‘Post’ friends on Alaskan cruise

Have you always wanted to experience the beauty and charm of Alaska? Then join other readers of The Catholic Post, their families and friends aboard Holland America Line’s fabulous Westerdam for “Alleluia in Alaska,” a Post-sponsored cruise scheduled for June 9-16, 2012. Cabins are filling fast and need to be reserved as soon as possible, […]

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World Day of Prayer service planned Friday in Henry

HENRY — St. Mary’s Church, 401 South St., will host the area World Day of Prayer service on Friday, March 2, at 9 a.m. Part of a worldwide, ecumenical movement of Christian women, the hour of prayer will include participants from the First Christian, United Methodist and Presbyterian churches as well as St. Joseph’s and […]

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Journey to the Foot of the Cross: 10 things to remember for Lent

By: From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops WASHINGTON — Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers “10 Things to Remember for Lent” as the Church prepares to begin the season with Ash Wednesday on February 22: […]

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Msgr. E. Edward Higgins dies; funeral at cathedral Tuesday

A funeral Mass has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for Msgr. Emmett Edward Higgins, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and former pastor of parishes in Monticello, Streator, Pontiac, Lincoln, Atlanta, Mason City, Elkhart, and Mt. Pulaski. Msgr. Higgins, a former vicar of the […]

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How dogs help students with reading at St. Mary’s, Metamora

Photo Caption: Second-grader Elizabeth Rohrer of St. Mary’s School in Metamora reads a book to her furry friend Ali after equipping her with a pair of 3-D glasses. METAMORA — Ali Belsley heard a lot about dinosaurs during a recent visit to St. Mary’s School, but she didn’t seem to mind. Ever the good sport, […]

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A gift to Post’s Delivering Unity Campaign is a subscription

The Catholic Post’s 2012 Delivering Unity Campaign is off to a fast start, with nearly 4,000 contributions recorded in the first two weeks of the campaign. We are very grateful. Judging from phone calls, we also admit that some confusion has arisen because of the new name for what had been our annual subscription drive. […]

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Scouts of diocese earn religious emblems; urged to be healers

Photo Caption: Father Glenn Harris, diocesan director and chaplain of Catholic Boy and Girl Scouts, hands out a religious emblem to one of more than 100 recipients at the annual Diocesan Scout Mass Feb. 12. By: By Tom Dermody Pledges to help other people are part of the Girl Scout and Cub Scout promises as […]

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