Funeral Mass in Roanoke for Deacon Andrew Heckman, 45

ROANOKE — A funeral Mass was celebrated on Feb. 11 at St. Joseph Church here for Deacon Andrew Heckman, 45, a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Peoria. Deacon Heckman died on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at the University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago, where he had undergone a heart and kidney transplant on Feb. […]

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Do our choices, behavior reflect the love of God?

By: By Sharon Priester Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 16 Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119:1-2,4-5,17-18,33-34; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37 Just recently, as my husband and I were watching the news, Scott Pelley introduced an “On the Road” segment by Steve Hartman titled “N.C. man finds silver lining after ALS diagnosis.” I was struck by […]

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Full text of homily from funeral Mass for Deacon Andy Heckman

Editor’s note: Following is the full text of the homily given by Msgr. Charles Beebe at the funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 11 at St. Joseph’s Church in Roanoke for Deacon Andy Heckman. Deacon Heckman’s obituary appears here. —– The life of each one of us can be thought of as a series of stories which […]

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Do you check Facebook more than your Bible?

When the social media giant Facebook observed its 10th anniversary earlier this month, one of the headlines we saw declared that more people read Facebook daily in the U.S. than the Bible. We won’t bore you with the math that led to that conclusion, but we doubt that it shocks anyone. After all, that picture […]

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Recent movies reviewed on the basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Jessica Brown Findlay and Colin Farrell star in a scene from the movie “Winter’s Tale.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. 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 […]

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Deacon Andrew Heckman dies; funeral is Tuesday in Roanoke

ROANOKE — A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at St. Joseph Church here for Deacon Andrew Heckman, 45, a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Peoria. Deacon Heckman died on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at the University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago. Ordained to the permanent diaconate on […]

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Theology on Tap series set to open in Monmouth Feb. 20

Editor’s note: This is an updated version reflecting just-announced changes in the series schedule. MONMOUTH — Young adults and their friends from throughout the area are invited to discuss faith issues in a relaxed setting during a Theology on Tap series on three consecutive Thursday evenings starting Feb. 20. Speakers and topics have been named […]

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Marriage Mass, Valentine Date Night planned Feb. 15

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky invites all married couples to a special Mass, including an opportunity to renew wedding vows, on Feb. 15 at St. Mary Cathedral in Peoria. Making plans for Valentine’s Day? Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, invites all married couples to celebrate the gift of Christian Marriage during a 4 p.m. Mass at […]

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African choir brings gift of music, more to Rushville parish

By: Text and photo by Jennifer Willems RUSHVILLE — Music is the language that transcends all other languages. For the last three months the African Ensemble of Central Illinois has been sharing that language with the members of St. Rose Parish here as they praise God together. In recent years Africans from many countries have […]

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