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Joy, resolve at groundbreaking for new Family Resources Center

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky is joined by Jan Smith, founder and director of the Family Resources Center, and other dignitaries at groundbreaking ceremonies for the new center on July 26. By: By Jennifer Willems Central Illinois’ parched earth may not be good for corn this summer, but it is expected to yield a bumper crop […]

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Recently released films reviewed on basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Rachel Weisz and Jeremy Renner star in a scene from the movie “The Bourne Legacy.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The following movie reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film and Broadcasting. For full reviews of […]

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New museum exhibit explores Catholic education in diocese

By: By Jennifer Willems Even before there was a Diocese of Peoria, there was a passion for Catholic education in central Illinois. It was a passion shared by Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, who was consecrated to lead the fledgling diocese on May 1, 1877, and would be felt throughout the country before he died in […]

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Illinois Knights’ Newman Fund donates to area campus ministry

Photo Caption: Deacon Bob Sondag accepts a check for $60,098 from Jim Bednar of Pontiac, representing the Illinois Knights of Columbus, as Msgr. Paul Showalter and Herb Binghom, K. of C. state warden, look on. One of the first charities established by the Illinois State Council of the Knights of Columbus was the Newman Apostolate […]

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St. Mary’s School, Kickapoo, to mark 150 years on Aug. 18

KICKAPOO — St. Mary’s Catholic School will celebrate more than 150 years of Catholic education with several activities open to the public on Saturday, Aug. 18. All school alumni are especially invited to join parishioners as well as present students and staff in events that begin with a Kids Carnival and Open House from noon […]

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Why seek fleeting happiness when Jesus offers eternal bliss?

By: By Tim Irwin Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 5 Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78:3-4,23-24,24,54; Ephesians 4:17,20-24; John 6:24-35 All God’s children need to eat. A visit to a Chinese buffet quickly reveals that people also like to eat — some of them a lot and often. Food can make us feel happy, at least […]

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Our appetite for violence sours with its real taste

A Catholic life embraces mystery on so many levels. We don’t know how the bread and wine become the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. We don’t know what heaven is really like. Our rosary meditations help us reflect on mysteries of joy, sorrow, glory and light in the lives of the Blessed Mother […]

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New bishop, Moline native, brings needs of Belize ‘home’

Photo Caption: Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Glancy, CSV, of the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan in Belize, baptizes Colton Kepple (in arms of his mother, Karen) at St. Thomas Church in Peoria Heights on July 29. By: By Jennifer Willems PEORIA HEIGHTS — Bishop Christopher Glancy, CSV, looked right at home at St. Thomas the Apostle Church […]

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Bishop talks rural life with diocese’s new Council of Farmers

Photo Caption: Father Luke Spannagel, episcopal vicar for rural life for the Diocese of Peoria, shares a thought with Bishop Jenky as Mike Haag, a Council of Farmers member from St. John’s, Cullom, looks on. By: By Tom Dermody DANVERS — For someone raised on Chicago’s South Side and who has spent most of his […]

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