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The Wisdom of Vatican II topic Thursday in Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Helen Carey, OSB, will explore the Vatican II document “Nostra Aetate” (“Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions”) on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Benet House Retreat Center on the grounds of St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Avenue West. It will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The […]

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Gay marriage topic Jan. 31 for Ottawa Theology on Tap

OTTAWA — A short talk by Father Michael Driscoll on natural law and the concept of gay marriage will open the spring series of Theology on Tap here on Thursday, Jan. 31. Father Driscoll is chaplain of OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. at JJ’s Pub, 104 W. Main St. […]

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New principal a familiar face at St. Patrick’s School, Washington

Photo Caption: Doreen Shipman has lived in St. Patrick’s Parish for 40 years and for the last seven years has been technology coordiantor and assistant principal at St. Patrick’s School. WASHINGTON — She may be the new principal, but Doreen Shipman is a very familiar face to the students, faculty and parents at St. Patrick’s […]

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Major gift pushes OSF “Angel Ball” beyond $3.75 million

Nearly 1,200 people attended the 2013 Angel Ball on Jan. 12, a once-every-five-years gala that raised $3,751,600 to benefit the continuing health care mission of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. The evening at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom included a major gift announcement from the Forest Park Foundation. The foundation is […]

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Diocesan Marriage Mass and Valentine Date Night Feb. 9

Photo Caption: The Date Night will feature entertainment by internationally recognized classical pianist, composer and performer Eric Genuis. Reservations must be made by Feb. 1. Wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day? Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is inviting all married couples in the Diocese of Peoria to celebrate the gift of Christian marriage during […]

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Contact lawmakers now, urge no redefinition of marriage

Photo Caption: Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, left, and Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois. Catholics throughout Illinois are being urged to contact their state representatives in the coming days and ask them to vote “no” on proposed legislation that would redefine marriage. Because the General Assembly is […]

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Streator outreach for mothers gets Catholic Charities boost

Photo Caption: Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, executive director of Catholic Charities, at ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new location of Guardian Angel Outreach for Mothers with Joyce Redfern and Misty Gula. By: By Tom Dermody STREATOR — One client called it a “lifesaver” that “stepped in when I couldn’t provide for my children.” Another […]

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Readings give glimpse of what true happiness is

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 20 Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 Recently I heard an interview by someone who had written a book as a result of her research on the phenomenon of happiness. In the interview the author of the book noted that […]

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Relic of St. Jude is coming to Peoria parish on Feb. 6

Photo Caption: This image of the silver reliquary bearing the forearm of St. Jude Thaddeus is from the website of the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus at St. Pius V Parish in Chicago. St. Jude Church in Peoria will host a first class relic of its patron saint for a Blessing Mass and veneration […]

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Flu season: Bishop recommends temporary liturgical procedures

Editor’s Note — Following is a letter from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, announcing temporary liturgical procedures in the Diocese of Peoria because of a “particularly virulent” flu season. —– January 10, 2013 To the Priests, Deacons, Chaplains and Religious Communities of the Diocese of Peoria: My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: This year, […]

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