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‘Vatican II Revisited” talk set in Rock Island Jan. 19

ROCK ISLAND — Father Michael Schaab, pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Rock Island, will explore the major decrees of the Second Vatican Council, which was held 50 years ago, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to noon at Benet House Retreat Center, 2200 88th Avenue West. The cost is $20. Lunch is available […]

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Secular Discalced Carmelites meet Friday in Peoria Heights

PEORIA HEIGHTS — The Secular Discalced Carmelite Community of Mary, Mother of the Blessed Sacrament will meet on Friday, Jan. 11, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 904 E. Lake Ave. Mass at 7 p.m. in the daily Mass chapel will be followed by formation in the kitchen/dining room area. This will include a short […]

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Sr. M. Augustine Kollar, DSF, dies; Lacon Franciscan pioneer

LACON — A funeral Mass was to be celebrated on Jan. 3 in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Convent here for Sister M. Augustine Kollar, DSF, one of 16 pioneering members of her community who established the American Province of the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi. Burial was to take place in Immaculate Conception […]

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Headlines we hope to write in 2013

As we complete an edition that looks back at all that made news in 2012, we can’t help but wonder what our pages will contain in the new year just begun. We are sure that the Holy Spirit has many surprises in store, especially in this Year of Faith. On Jan. 1, we asked those […]

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Visitors from the East emphasize mission to all

By: By Father Claude Peifer, OSB Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Jan. 6 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 The name “Epiphany” comes from the Greek term epiphaneia, which means manifestation. Its Greek name already indicates that the feast is of eastern origin; it is in fact the eastern equivalent of […]

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Renovated sanctuary blessed at Holy Family Church, Peoria

Photo Caption: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, offeres the opening prayers at Mass in the newly renovated sanctuary of Holy Family Church in Peoria on the Dec. 30 Feast of the Holy Family. By: By Jennifer Williams Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, joined members of Holy Family Parish in Peoria for their patronal feast last […]

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Cardinal George warns against Illinois same-sex marriage law

Photo Caption: Cardinal George also urged Catholics to stay informed on the issue and contact their state legislators about it. By: By Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — Cardinal Francis E. George told Chicago-area Catholics that the passage of a same-sex marriage law in the state would be “acting against the common good of society.” […]

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Faith is theme of 2013 Festival Letter by Bishop Jenky

Photo Caption: “The message of the Gospel is so consoling and compelling that believers should not be able to contain their enthusiasm for sharing it with others,” writes Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in “Faith.” By: By Tom Dermody Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, opened 2013 by calling Catholics to “deepen the intensity of our […]

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Interfaith letter to Illinois lawmakers: don’t redefine marriage

Photo Caption: A groom and bride hold hands on their wedding day. A diverse group of religious leaders have sent a letter to Illinois lawmakers urging them to reject current legislative efforts to redefine marriage. CHICAGO — Pastoral leaders representing more than 1,700 faith communities in Illinois — including the state’s Catholic bishops — have […]

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