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The Lord is my…quarterback? Costa students revise Psalm 23

Photo Caption: Members of Mary Norton’s eighth grade class at Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg recently revised Psalm 23 to better understand the beloved psalm that begins “The Lord is my shepherd.” GALESBURG — It is perhaps the most beloved and recited psalm, and we all know how it starts: “The Lord is my shepherd, […]

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Friendship with God demands total gift of ourselves

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Third Sunday of Lent, March 3 Exodus 3:1-8a,13-15; Psalm 103:1-2,3-4,6-7,8,11; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12; Luke 13:1-9 “Sacred Scripture is God’s love letters to us. But at times they can be difficult to understand.” It is often reported that the famous German Jesuit Father Karl Rahner used to say to priests on […]

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Mayor, meteorologist to discuss faith in workplace March 23

Photo Caption: Mayor Jim Ardis of Peoria, left, and chief meteorologist Marcus Bailey of WMBD-TV will be presenters at the Faith-Based Leadership Workshop at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on March 23. The mayor of Peoria and a television meteorologist will discuss how they incorporate the values of their Catholic faith in their professional […]

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Relic of St. Mary Magdalene to tour diocese March 13-17

Photo Caption: A reliquary carrying a portion of the tibia (leg bone) of St. Mary Magdalene will be present for public veneration at stops in Peoria, LaSalle, and rural Princeville during its Illinois tour. By: By Tom Dermody/The Catholic Post A relic of St. Mary Magdalene now touring through Illinois will make several stops in […]

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Bloomington pastor, others from diocese, witnessed Vatican II

Photo Caption: Msgr. Doug Hennessy, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Bloomington, was a seminarian in Rome during Vatican II. BLOOMINGTON — It was a stroke of “sheer good luck” that put Msgr. Doug Hennessy in St. Peter’s Square in Rome to witness the opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. “I arrived around […]

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‘Vatican II and Peoria Diocese’ is new diocesan museum exhibit

Photo Caption: Sister Ann Gill, FSJM, and Msgr. Stanley Deptula look on as Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, adjusts the sleeve of vestments worn by Bishop John B. Franz of Peoria at the Second Vatican Council. By: By Jennifer Willems, The Catholic Post For some the Second Vatican Council is part of their lived experience. For […]

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Who are you wearing?

The oddly phrased question was obligatory for anyone interviewing celebrities on the red carpet Sunday evening at the Oscars: “Who are you wearing?” In other words, who designed your dress? Who gave you that necklace? Jessica Chastain was wearing Armani. Halle Berry was decked out in Versace. Charlize Theron wore Dior. And surprise best picture […]

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Rite of Election fills cathedral with joy twice as Lent begins

By: By Jennifer Willems, The Catholic Post The cross wasn’t the only thing lifted high during two celebrations of the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion as Lent began. Hearts and voices were also raised on Feb. 17 and 24 as nearly 400 people who are preparing to be received into the […]

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Thousands defend traditional marriage; Illinois bill advances

Photo Caption: State Rep. David Leitch (R-73rd) accepts a letter from Pamela Brink of St. Jude’s Parish, Peoria, asking him to vote no on legislation that would redefine marriage. By: By Tom Dermody, The Catholic Post SPRINGFIELD — As Illinois lawmakers prepared to vote on legislation that would change the definition of marriage from “between […]

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