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‘Be faithful to Christ’ when voting, urges Bishop Jenky

Photo Caption: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky speaks at a rally for religious freedom in Peoria earlier this year. In a letter released Oct. 18, the bishop calls on all practicing Catholics to vote in the coming elections. Citing unprecedented threats to religious liberty and with strong words of warning to Catholic politicians and their electoral […]

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Maralyn Guthrie, organist at Annawan parish, is honored

Photo Caption: Maralyn Guthrie sits at one of the two pianos in her Annawan home. This Sunday she will be honored for her 40 years of music ministry at Sacred Heart Church. By: By Jennifer Willems ANNAWAN — Over the years it has given Maralyn Guthrie great joy to hear people singing during Mass. As […]

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Pilgrims at Vatican II Mass highlight openness to world

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council with a Mass outdoors was a reminder of the fact that the council called the Catholic Church to live and work in the world, said Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz. “One of the things that was beautiful today was that […]

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Women’s commission gives 70 head start on Year of Faith

Photo Caption: Linda Howley-Skuby, president of the Women in the Church and in Society, reads a framed copy of the group’s charter before presenting it to Bishop Jenky. By: By Jennifer Willems With the Year of Faith fast approaching, the 70 people who attended the annual Day of Recollection sponsored by the Bishop’s Commission on […]

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The Year of Faith is a time of grace

Did you sense a change on Thursday, Oct. 11? No, we’re not talking about falling leaves or frost on the pumpkin, but a gust of the wind of the Holy Spirit that we trust blew through the Catholic Church that day. Thursday was a major celebration for the worldwide church. It marked the beginning of […]

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Election Day ‘decisive’ for nation and church, says bishop

Photo Caption: At the Oct. 7 Mass on the feast of the Holy Rosary, Bishop Jenky also renewed his call to turn to the Blessed Mother to protect our country. Election Day will be “another decisive day” not only in the United States but in the history of the Catholic Church in this country, Bishop […]

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Open house Oct. 21 welcomes the Apostolic Sisters of St. John

Photo Caption: Sister Marie holds the crucifix that will eventually grace the chapel being built by the Apostolic Sisters of St. John in Princeville. By: By Jennifer Willems PRINCEVILLE — The Community of St. John is growing. In September, the Apostolic Sisters of St. John established their first U.S. novitiate house in rural Princeville. The […]

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Sr. Judith Ann is re-elected as Franciscan major superior

Photo Caption: Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, (seated, center) with Council Sisters, from left, Sister Agnes Joseph Williams, Sister Rose Therese Mann, Sister Theresa Ann Brazeau, and Sister Diane Marie McGrew. EAST PEORIA — Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, has been elected to another six-year term as major superior of The Sisters of the Third […]

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Jesus graciously shares ‘spirit of wisdom’ with us

By: By Shawn Reeves Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 14 Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90:12-13,14-15,16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30 Like a herald who enters a city and pronounces the imminent entry of the king, we have come into that sequence of readings that prepares the announcement of Christ’s triumphant kingship over all. Beginning with last […]

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Respect Life Dinner speaker: Be kind, but also courageous

Photo Caption: Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, said at the Respect Life Dinner that “we have the truth…and we have to have the courage to defend the lives being threatened.” By: By Tom Dermody “Courage.” The president of the National Right to Life Committee brought that one-word wish to 152 […]

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