Washington parish’s tornado relief fund tops $400,000

Photo Caption: With just some of the clothing, toys, and other gifts given St. Patrick Church and School in Washington are, from left, Doreen Shipman, Christine Serangeli, Father Stephen Willard, and Stephany Bina. By: By Tom Dermody WASHINGTON — As coordinators of tornado relief at St. Patrick Parish here reported Monday on both the “extreme” […]

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Bishop: Christmas peace is still possible, one heart at a time

Photo Caption: This manger scene is from The Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Spring Valley, created in 2013 from the merger of the former Immaculate Conception, St. Anthony, and Sts. Peter and Paul faith communities. Following is the 2013 Christmas message to the Diocese of Peoria from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC: “Glory to […]

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Sts. Peter and Paul, Nauvoo, hosts “Messiah” concert Friday

NAUVOO — Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 190 N. Wells St., will host a performance of selected movements from Handel’s “Messiah” on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. This first-time event will be presented by the Nauvoo Community Orchestra and Chorus. There is no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be received. Seating is […]

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Catholic Daughters of the Americas to meet in Urbana

URBANA — The Champaign Court of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11:15 a.m. at Silvercreek Restaurant, 402 N. Race St., Urbana. Enter by the side door to avoid stairs. Some CDA members will be selling cookies on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Holy Cross Parish Center, 405 […]

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CNS capsule reviews of movies on the basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Animated characters Hans, voiced by Santino Fontana, and Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, are pictured in the 3-D movie “Frozen.” Rating: By Catholic News Service 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 reviews […]

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Support the Retirement Fund for Religious appeal Dec. 7-8

Following is a letter from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC: —– To the Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Diocese of Peoria: My dear Friends, Soon, our parishes will be conducting the appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious, an annual collection that benefits some 34,000 senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. As I […]

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Funeral homily: Fr. Prendergast taught how to run the race of life

By: By Father Mark DeSutter Editor’s note: Following is the full text of the homily given by Father Mark DeSutter at the Nov. 20 funeral Mass for Father Robert E. Prendergast. Father Prendergast died Nov. 13 at his home in Kewanee. His obituary is found here. Father DeSutter is pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in […]

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