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Faith in action at Catholic HEART Workcamp in Champaign

Photo Caption: Collin Cornett of Minneapolis, Minn., and a team of young Catholics paint the interior of the parish center at St. Mary Parish in Champaign as part of their Catholic HEART Workcamp experience. By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — As Jazmin Butzin cleared trays of dirty lunch dishes for guests at the Daily Bread […]

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Hobby Lobby wins injunction against HHS mandate

Hobby Lobby wins injunction against HHS mandate By Catholic News Service OKLAHOMA CITY (CNS) — A federal judge in Oklahoma City July 19 granted a temporary injunction to the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby, saying it would not have to comply with the federal health care law mandating that employers provide coverage of contraceptives […]

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Recent movies reviewed by CNS on the basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Turbo, center, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, is shown in a scene from the animated movie “Turbo.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-I — general patronage. The following movie reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film and Broadcasting. For full […]

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How do we balance ‘Martha’ and “Mary’ in our lives?

By: By Sharon Priester Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 21 Genesis 18:1-10a; Psalm 15:2-3,3-4,5; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42 In the readings for last weekend, a scholar of the law asked Jesus what he needed to do to have eternal life. Jesus asked him what the law said. So the scholar gave him the two […]

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Every million steps, a faith challenge for walker, others

Photo Caption: Daniel Reinke of Minnesota walks through East Peoria on his “Cross America” trek during the Year of Faith. By: By Jennifer Willems Some would say that walking 2,500 miles across America would be taxing enough, but Daniel Reinke is challenging himself and others to go the extra mile for their faith this summer. […]

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Spanish-speaking Catholics celebrate faith at Henry retreat

Spanish-speaking Catholics from Bloomington, Peru, LaSalle, Mendota, Peoria, Seneca and Streator gathered at Nazareth House in rural Henry last weekend to celebrate the Year of Faith by reflecting on “Faith in Christ and His Church.” The retreat — conducted completely in Spanish — included Masses, the sacrament of reconciliation, eucharistic adoration, a rosary procession on […]

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Remembering 138 years as Sacred Heart, Rutland, closes

Photo Caption: Members of Sacred Heart, Rutland, leave the church after the closing Mass on July 7. Sacred Heart has merged into St. Ann Parish, Toluca. RUTLAND — At the final Mass at Sacred Heart Church here, many commented on the beauty of the more than century-old church, including its striking stained glass windows. But […]

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Funeral for Deacon Moran at Blessed Sacrament, Morton

MORTON — A funeral Mass was offered at Blessed Sacrament Church here on July 17 for Deacon Thomas A. Moran, 87, a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Peoria who served at Blessed Sacrament Parish from 1992 to 2006. Deacon Moran died on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Pinecrest Community in Mount Morris. Father Mark […]

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Minnesotan walking by faith — across our diocese, nation

Photo Caption: To mark the Year of Faith, Daniel Reinke is walking across the United States to inspire Christians to take their faith seriously. He is pictured along Highway 150 in East Peoria on July 9. By: By Jennifer Willems Mail carriers have nothing on Daniel Reinke. They both walk through all kinds of inclement […]

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