Bloomington catechist honored for fanning flames of faith

Photo Caption: Catherine Metsker of St. Mary Parish, Bloomington, will be featured as part of The Catechist Magazine Honors in the October issue. By: By Jennifer Willems BLOOMINGTON — When it comes to faith formation, Catherine Metsker is looking to start a few fires. “This ministry is so important to the faith of the church,” […]

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‘Selfies’ are cute for photos, but ‘selfless’ is best for life

Did you see this photo of Pope Francis recently posing with young people? A few of the teens near the pope are holding out camera phones at arm’s length, pointed back at their smiling faces. In contemporary speak, the youth are taking a “selfie,” a photographic style that is popular on social networks and photo […]

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New web video series showcases 150 years of Catholic education

Photo Caption: The title graphic of the six-part series on the history and future of Catholic secondary education in Peoria. View the series here. By: By Tom Dermody While about 40 years of age separate Tim Irwin and Nic Wilson, the combined talents of the Peoria Notre Dame teacher and former student mean that generations […]

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U. of I. Newman hosts interfaith prayer for the care of creation

By: By Tom Dermody Caption: Liam Brady, who is active in service and justice outreach at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign, reads from St. Francis’ Canticle of the Sun at the conclusion of an Interfaith Prayer Service for the Care of Creation on Sept. 1. (The Catholic Post/Tom […]

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USCCB weighs in on Syria with letters to Obama, Congress

Photo Caption: Syrian refugees, fleeing the violence in their country, cross the border into the Kurdish region of northern Iraq Sept. 4. By: By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Echoing the appeal of Pope Francis and Catholic prelates in Syria, two leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference urged President Barack Obama to seek a […]

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Vermilion County Catholic Women’s Retreat is Sept. 14

DANVILLE — A Vermilion County Catholic Women’s Retreat is planned for Saturday, Sept. 14, at St. Paul Church, 1303 Walnut. A rosary at 10:30 a.m. will be followed by Mass at 11 a.m. and lunch in the Motsett Center. The speaker will be Mary Diaz. For more information, call Judy Ciecka at (765) 793-2329.

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Vocation discernment retreat for women offered Sept. 20-21

HENRY — The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception and The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis will host a St. Therese Discernment Retreat from Friday, Sept. 20, to Saturday, Sept. 21, at Nazareth House Retreat Center. The theme is “Mary, […]

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Impact of Mother Teresa topic in Rock Island tonight

ROCK ISLAND — To mark the 16th year since the death of Blessed Mother Teresa, newly ordained Father Jeremy Freehill will lead an evening to “learn about her and learn from her” on Thursday, Sept. 5, at St. Pius X Church here. His talk begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by adoration of […]

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