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National education award for St. Mary’s, Bloomington, pastor

Photo Caption: Father Ric Schneider, OFM, is one of 10 recipients of the Distinguished Pastor Award from the National Catholic Educational Association. Brother Richard Bimonte, NCEA executive director, looks on. By: By Jennifer Willems BLOOMINGTON — “He is the pastor every principal longs for” is how Mark Csanda, principal of St. Mary’s School here, describes […]

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29 permanent deacons to be ordained for diocese May 19

By: By Tom Dermody Twenty-nine men will be ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Peoria during a 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, May 19. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will preside at the ordination rites, which cap a five-year selection, discernment and formation process for the […]

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50 women are recognized for service to parishes, communities

Photo Caption: Rachel Adell, the 2012 Outstanding Volunteer from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Silvis, receives her certificate from Msgr. Dale Wellman, DCCW spiritual director. By: By Jennifer Willems At the end of each season, sports teams honor their MVP — Most Valuable Player. Last week the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women followed […]

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Prepare for first Communion with zeal, moderation: pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Preparing children for their first Communion must be done with both great zeal and moderation, Pope Benedict XVI said. Around the world, many children receive their first Communion during the Easter season, he told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square April 22 for the recitation of the “Regina Coeli,” a Marian […]

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Invite inactive Catholic members to practice faith once again

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A document on the new evangelization from the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis exhorts Catholics to at all levels in the church to step up to invite Catholics who have stopped practicing their faith to do so once again. “Bishops, eparchs, pastors, catechists and indeed all Catholics reaching out to […]

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Men’s retreat set Saturday, April 28, in Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND — “Discovering the Spirituality You May Not Have Known You Already Have” is the theme for a men’s retreat planned for Saturday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Benet House Retreat Center, located on the grounds of St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Avenue West. The presenter will be Father R. Michael […]

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Widowed, divorced advisory board invites applications

Applications are now being accepted for a two-year term (2012-2014) on the Widowed and Divorced Diocesan Advisory Board. The board advises Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on the needs of and diocesan outreach to the widowed and divorced. Members meet once a month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday, at the Spalding […]

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Pancakes in Roanoke Saturday benefit youth mission trip

ROANOKE — The Roanoke-Benson Knights of Columbus, with assistance from the Catholic Teen Connection, will sponsor a pancake and sausage supper on Saturday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Joseph’s Church, 508 W. Randolph St. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 years of […]

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Diocese provides further details on bishop’s men’s march homily

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Diocese of Peoria on Thursday provided the following additional information regarding the April 14 homily of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral during the annual “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith” event: — Diocesan Chancellor Patricia Gibson stated, “It is unfortunate that many of Bishop […]

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