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Galesburg pastor’s Holy Week included Honor Flight to D.C.

Photo Caption: Msgr. Ernie Pizzamiglio, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Galesburg, is pictured outside the U.S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. on April 16. By: By Tom Dermody GALESBURG — After Palm Sunday and before Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, Msgr. Ernie Pizzamiglio experienced a Grateful Wednesday. The 80-year-old […]

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‘A warm welcome home’ for hundreds at Easter Vigil liturgies

Photo Caption: Msgr. Gregory Ketcham anoints Ryan Ochs during his confirmation at the Easter Vigil at St. John’s Chapel in Champaign on April 19. By: By Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — Ryan Ochs’ family got a whole lot bigger last Saturday night. He walked into the Easter Vigil at St. John’s Chapel here as the son […]

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Priests renew vow to announce Gospel with joy at Chrism Mass

Photo Caption: Consecrated women were among those in a packed cathedral offering sustained applause for the priests of the Diocese of Peoria, who renewed their commitment to priestly service at the Chrism Mass. By: By Jennifer Willems Sad people make ineffective missionaries, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those who attended the annual Chrism Mass […]

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Wishes known? It’s National Healthcare Decisions Day

Photo Caption: Dr. Robert Sawicki is senior vice president of supportive care for OSF HealthCare. Today, April 16, is National Healthcare Decisions Day — a day to encourage adults to communicate their end-of-life decisions to family and health care providers. “Often, people believe their families know their care wishes, but they do not,” said Janavee […]

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Benedictine Experience for women scheduled April 25-27

ROCK ISLAND — “Behold, Here I Am” is the theme for the next Benedictine Experience Weekend, which will take place from 7 p.m. on Friday, April 25, through 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, at St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Avenue West. Single Catholic women are invited to focus on the importance of Scripture in […]

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Dinner in Philo April 27 to benefit Catholic Charities

PHILO — The Good Samaritan Programs of Catholic Charities in Champaign and Piatt counties will benefit from a steak dinner planned for Sunday, April 27, at the Philo Tavern, 101 Washington St. The doors will open at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Diane Ducey, a local radio personality, will host […]

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Pope: In Holy Week, ask which Gospel character you resemble

Photo Caption: Pope Francis holds palms at the start of Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 13. By: By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Preceded by young people and clergy waving tall palm branches, Pope Francis began his Holy Week liturgies by encouraging people to ask […]

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All men of diocese invited to annual march, Mass on April 26

Photo Caption: Hundreds of Catholic men make their way from the Peoria riverfront to St. Mary’s Cathedral in this image from the 2013 march. The 2014 event is scheduled for Saturday morning, April 26. Catholic men from throughout the Diocese of Peoria are invited to take a public stand in defense of faith, family and […]

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Resurrection stories plentiful, but none like our Savior’s

In scenes calling to mind the Marines raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima during World War II, groups of volunteers in the tornado-stricken town of Gifford in Champaign County on April 5 planted more than 200 donated trees. Around town other volunteers and workers, including a group of students from St. John’s Catholic Newman […]

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