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Funeral Mass in Mendota for Msgr. Richard Fitzsimmons, 83

MENDOTA — A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Friday, June 20, at Holy Cross Church here for Msgr. Richard G. Fitzsimmons, 83, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and former pastor of parishes in Mendota, Peterstown, Westville, LaSalle, Wapella, and Downs. Msgr. Fitzsimmons, a native of Lincoln, died on Monday, June […]

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Religious freedom is at risk in the United States as well

It’s unlikely that religious freedom in the United States would ever vanish as quickly as it has in recent days in Iraq, where violent Islamic militants are taking over cities in a murderous advance that has set the world on edge. In those occupied areas, shariah law and its strict moral and legal code has […]

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Dominicans host open house at new St. Jude Parish convent

By: Photo and text by Jennifer Willems It’s a good thing there are six bedrooms in the new convent at St. Jude Church and School in Peoria, because the Dominican community there is growing. While Sister Agnes Maria Pineda, OP, who is professing final vows on July 30, will be leaving to help start a […]

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Alleman’s comeback girls return to top of state softball ranks

Photo Caption: Alleman’s Class 2A softball championship trophy is surrounded in a display at the Rock Island school by press clippings of the team’s state title run. By: By Tom Dermody ROCK ISLAND — When the final out was recorded in Alleman High School’s 9-3 Class 2A state championship win over Teutopolis on June 7, […]

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Theologian approval moves Sheen sainthood cause forward

Photo Caption: Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was a native of El Paso and was raised and ordained to the priesthood in Peoria. A seven-member theological commission that advises the Congregation of the Causes of Saints at the Vatican has unanimously agreed that a reported miracle should be attributed to the intercession of Venerable Archbishop […]

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Christ nourishes us completely as only he can

By: By Shawn Reeves Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), June 22 Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14b-16a; Psalm 147:12-13,14-15,19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; Sequence: Lauda, Sion, Salvatorem; John 6:51-58 A number of years ago, on the eve of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, my eldest son opened his mouth before the priest, extended […]

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St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Lacon to mark 50 years

LACON — Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will join the residents, staff and Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi on Saturday, June 21, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Joseph’s Nursing Home. The bishop will be the principal celebrant for the Mass, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. and be held under a tent […]

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Theology on Tap June series includes ‘Stump the Bishop’

A “Stump the Bishop” night on June 18 featuring Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, highlights a Theology on Tap series for Catholic young adults underway on Wednesdays in the month of June at Kelleher’s Irish Pub, 619 S.W. Water St. in Peoria. Theology on Tap, offering an opportunity to discuss faith issues with friends in […]

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St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee celebrates new name

Photo Caption: As Bishop Jenky and others enter Visitation Church for Mass on June 15, a new marquee tells passers-by on Kewanee’s Central Boulevard that the parish in now under the patronage of St. John Paul II. By: Text and photo by Tom Dermody KEWANEE — The placing of Kewanee’s merged parish under the patronage […]

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