True love helps us accept the plight of others as our own

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 29 Amos 6:1a,4-7; Psalm 146:7,8-9,9-10; 1 Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31 In 1976, Tom Wolfe coined the phrase “The Me Decade” in his article “The Me Decade and the Third Great Awakening,” which was published by New York magazine. It was a phrase meant to designate the 1970s as a […]

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Cluster unity, gratitude as six parishes host Harvest Mass

Photo Caption: Father Daniel Ebker, pastor of St. Mary, Canton, and St. Michael, St. David, gives the homily at the Sept. 21 Harvest Mass at Dickson Mounds near Lewistown. By: By Jennifer Willems LEWISTOWN — With the sun shining through a thick canopy of leaves, the members of six parishes in west central Illinois gathered […]

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Jewish, Christian, Muslim Women’s Dialogue set in Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND — In a continuing effort to foster understanding and peace in the Quad Cities, the Jewish, Christian, Muslim Women’s Dialogue will look at “Who Is the Stranger?” on Mondays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. The Tri-City Jewish Center, 2715 30th St., will host this year’s gatherings, which will begin at 7 p.m. Registration […]

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Concert by Eric Genuis to benefit Manito building fund

Classical pianist and musician Eric Genuis will perform a concert to benefit the building fund for Immaculate Conception Church in Manito on Sunday, Oct. 6. It will be held at 2 p.m. at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The world-renowned composer and concert pianist will be joined by Gabriel Beistline on cello and Maureen […]

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Funeral Mass offered in LaSalle for Father Lawrence Morlan, 53

LA SALLE — A funeral Mass was offered on Sept. 9 at St. Patrick Church here for Father Lawrence A. Morlan, 53, a native of Streator and a priest known for his peace and social justice efforts. Father Morlan died on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Bettendorf, Iowa.Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, was principal celebrant […]

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Benefit dinner set Oct. 26 for Apostolic Sisters of St. John

Photo Caption: One year ago, the Apostolic Sisters of St. John, including Sister Marie (pictured), established their first U.S. novitiate house in rural Princeville. They hope to build a larger convent and chapel. By: By Jennifer Willems PRINCEVILLE — Good news often brings challenges with it. That is certainly true for the Apostolic Sisters of […]

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The lost have been reclaimed by the mercy of God

By: By Shawn Reeves Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 15 Exodus 32:7-11,13-14; Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,17,19; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-31 Patience is a hard thing. One need only ask my wife what her husband struggles with the most, and patience will most likely be at the top of her list. The irritations and inconveniences of […]

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Area youth produce, star in feature-length Catholic movie

By: By Tom Dermody A new feature-length movie is set to make its big-screen premiere at Landmark Cinema in Peoria this Friday evening, Sept. 13. Among those in the sold-out theater will be the actors and production crew, many in formal attire as they walk down a red carpet. “The Outlaws of Ravenhurst” is not […]

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