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Joy, gratitude as 56 receive papal, diocesan honors at Mass

Photo Caption: Rebecca and Darwin Builta of Sacred Heart Parish in Farmer City accept a St. Isidore Rural Family Life Award from Bishop Jenky at the Mass for the Conferral of Ecclesiastical Honors. By: By Tom Dermody As Thanksgiving week opened, the Diocese of Peoria and even Pope Benedict XVI expressed profound gratitude to 56 […]

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Why Rock Island parishioners recently walked 8,385 miles

Photo Caption: Among those taking part in the check presentation at St. Pius X in Rock Island were, from left, Bishop George Lungu of Chipata, Zambia; Mary Nilas, parish nurse; and Father Michael Schaab, pastor. ROCK ISLAND — Villagers in Kalapuka, Zambia, must walk for two miles several times each day to get the water […]

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Current films reviewed on the basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in a scene from the movie “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2.” 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 […]

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Peoria Notre Dame, Saint Thomas More earn state titles

Photo Caption: Members of the Peoria Notre Dame soccer team carried their state championship trophy through the city aboard a fire truck on Nov. 8. The team was cheered during stops at area Catholic grade schools. Two sports teams from Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria earned state titles on Nov. 3. Peoria […]

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LaSalle author says books inspired by, point to God

Photo Caption: Judy Sment of St. Hyacinth’s Parish in LaSalle, is the author of more than 160 poems and two books, inlcuding the newly published “Humbled But By the Grace of God.” LASALLE — God interrupted Judy Sment in the middle of the night so often that she started keeping a notebook next to the […]

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Galesburg artist’s pro-life painting travels among churches

Photo Caption: Artist Michael Acerra puts finishing touches on “Reception of the Unwanted,” a painting commissioned by Knox County Right to Life. It will be hosted each month by a different area church. By: By Tom Dermody GALESBURG — As the cause of defending the sanctity of human life continues in central Illinois, a new […]

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We are called to reflect the sacrifice of Jesus

By: By Shawn Reeves Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Nov. 11 1 Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 146:7,8-9,9-10; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 The Sunday readings have been taking us on a pilgrimage through the Letter to the Hebrews, preparing the heart and mind to receive the full glory of Christ’s Kingship, which is nearly upon us. They […]

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Visit ‘Live Nativity’ at Peoria’s Santa Claus Parade Nov. 23

Photo Caption: A Live Nativity scene will be offered in the Monroe Street parking lot of the Spalding Pastoral Center one hour before and one hour after the Santa Claus Parade through downtown Peoria. The thousands of spectators at Peoria’s downtown Santa Claus Parade on the Friday morning after Thanksgiving are invited to come early […]

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