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Getting more out of Mass easy as 1-2-3: Champaign speaker

Photo Caption: Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio takes a question from one of nearly 300 Catholics from the Champaign vicariate who gathered for “Catholic Connected: Beyond the Pew” on April 29. CHAMPAIGN ? Want to get more out of Mass? It’s easy as 1-2-3 and yet powerful enough to change history, hundreds of representatives from 19 Champaign-area […]

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Convention highlights changing face of priesthood, laity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) — Priests from across the country met in Nashville April 23-26 to learn about and discuss “The Emerging Church of the 21st Century,” the theme for the 44th annual convention of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils. Speakers addressed a range of topics including immigration and multiculturalism in the church today; how […]

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Indigent, unborn, given free burial by Chicago archdiocese

CHICAGO (CNS) — Eighteen simple wooden caskets containing indigent adults and unborn babies sat atop graves at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery awaiting burial April 25. Beside them stood funeral directors dressed in black and holding single white carnations. Just minutes before, each casket was removed from funeral hearses, which made a procession with a police […]

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Do our choices reveal us as good shepherds, too?

By: By Sharon Priester Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 29 Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12; Psalm 118:1,8-9,21-23,26,28,29; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18 In the Gospel this Sunday, Jesus, in response to the Pharisees’ attacks, describes himself as the “good shepherd,” devoted to taking care of his sheep even to the point of sacrificing his life […]

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Sr. Sandra Brunenn elected prioress of St. Mary Monastery

Photo Caption: Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, will be installed as the new prioress of the Rock Island-based Benedictine community on Saturday, June 16. By: By Jennifer Willems ROCK ISLAND — As Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, considers her future as the new prioress of St. Mary Monastery, she acknowledges that there’s “a huge mixed bag” of […]

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Pedaling pro-life: Cyclists to ride New Orleans to Chicago

Photo Caption: “Biking for Babies” co-founders Michael Schaefer and Jimmy Becker are among 10 riders who hope to raise $40,000 — and pro-life awareness — during the 1,100- mile ride May 21-29. Ten young men and women, including a campus minister at St. Joseph’s Newman Center at Bradley University in Peoria, will ride bicycles from […]

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‘Heroic Catholicism’ needed in face of threats, bishop tells men

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky walks through downtown Peoria with more than 500 participants in the April 14 “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith.” By: By Tom Dermody “Heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism” is required to confront state and federal threats to religious liberty and the church’s public ministries, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told […]

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Full text of Bishop Jenky’s homily after men’s march

Photo Caption: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, delivers his homily April 14 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria during Mass at the “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith” event. Editor’s note: Following is the full text of the homily of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at the Mass during the April 14 “A Call […]

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Baby’s story an inspiration for Geneseo run/walk May 12

Photo Caption: “Drew’s Faithful Feet” charity run/walk that begins and ends at St. Malachy’s Church bears the name of Drew Schaaf, who died in a tragic accident at home on July 10, 2010. By: By Jennifer Willems GENESEO — Drew Schaaf never walked or talked, but the charity 5K run/walk that is dedicated to his […]

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Bishop Jenky’s boldest claims in homily going unreported

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky elevates the chalice during the Mass on April 14 for participants in “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith.” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky’s homily at the “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith” Mass in Peoria on April 14 is making headlines and creating Internet buzz because it included some startling […]

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