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Much to see, ponder at diocese’s new vocations website

Photo Caption: The home page of comeandfollowme.org, the new website of the Office of Priestly Vocations of the Diocese of Peoria, offers videos and resources for every age group only a click away. By: By Tom Dermody Even if you don’t feel called to the priesthood, there is something for everyone to enjoy and ponder […]

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Seminarian trading cards offer youth a new set of heroes

Photo Caption: Six of the Diocese of Peoria’s 34 seminarians are featured on the new cards, which along with a new website and poster series help create a “culture of vocations.” By: By Tom Dermody They don’t come wrapped with a brittle stick of bubble gum like their baseball counterparts, but the Diocese of Peoria’s […]

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Lebanon’s Catholic leaders call for dialogue amid instability

BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s Catholic leaders urged their people to work toward dialogue and to reject violence and war. In a statement following their annual meeting in early December, members of the Assembly of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops in Lebanon expressed their concern about “the repercussions of bloody events in the region, especially in Syria,” […]

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St. Patrick’s School, Washington, celebrates Blue Ribbon honor

Photo Caption: Pictured at the Dec. 5 celebration are, from left, Dr. Maureen Dowling of the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Sharon Weiss, principal, and Msgr. John Prendergast, pastor. WASHINGTON — Being designated a Blue Ribbon School took representatives from St. Patrick’s School to Washington, D.C., to receive the national award Nov. 13. The celebration […]

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Full text of homily at funeral for Father Stanley Malinowski

Editor’s note: Following is the full text of the homily at the Dec. 7 funeral Mass for Father Stanley Malinowski. The funeral was at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Thomasboro, and the homilist was Father Ted Pracz, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Danville. Father Malinowski died on Dec. 4, 2012, at the age […]

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Recently released films reviewed on basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Martin Freeman stars in a scene from the movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. Rating: By Catholic News Service The following movie reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film […]

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The world likely won’t end on Dec. 21, but . . .

The stories have already begun, and they will only multiply as Dec. 21 draws near. That’s the date some fear the world will end because that’s when an ancient Mayan calendar runs out in 2012. It has fueled Internet speculation and inspired Hollywood for months. As tempting as it is to use that fear to […]

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Former St. Bernard’s School leased in ‘historic partnership’

Photo Caption: Msgr. Stanley Deptula, pastor of St. Bernard’s Parish, shakes hands with Jim Combs, board president of the East Bluff Community Center, after signing the lease on Nov. 29. By: By Tom Dermody A “beacon” on Peoria’s East Bluff for more than a century, the former St. Bernard’s School will serve the neighborhood in […]

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Total school enrollment slips, but pre-K numbers rising

While enrollment for the 44 schools of the Diocese of Peoria is down by 490 students from last year, there is a glimmer of hope in the statistics for the 2012-2013 school year. Total enrollment stands at 10,983, with 8,497 students in Catholic elementary schools and 2,486 in Catholic secondary schools around central Illinois. Among […]

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