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Anniversary couples renew vows, share stories at diocesan Mass

Photo Caption: Golden anniversary couple Mel and Per DeGeeter of St. Matthew Parish, Champaign, and other anniverary couples kiss after renewing their marriage vows at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sept. 28. By: By Tom Dermody For his 50th wedding anniversary this year, Steve Lemmon received from his sister-in-law a t-shirt with a message in Spanish: […]

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Pro-life opportunities abound in October, Respect Life Month

October is Respect Life Month, and there are many opportutnities to plug into educational, prayerful, and public witnesses to the sanctity of human life within the Diocese of Peoria. Many of them will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5, which is observed as Respect Life Sunday. Here are links to some of the scheduled activities. […]

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Pray, then act urges speaker at 40 Days for Life kickoff

Photo Caption: Connie McEldowney, founder of Rustic Hope Ministry and keynote speaker at the 40 Days for Life kickoff in Peoria, holds JayLynn, age 8 months, whom she is raising at the request of her birthmother. By: By Tom Dermody When Connie McEldowney spent her first hour outside an abortion clinic as part of the […]

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Recent movies reviewed by CNS on basis of moral suitability

Rating: By Catholic News Service CAPTION: Ali Faulkner and Alan Powell star in a scene from the movie “The Song.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. CNS photo/City on a Hill/Samuel Goldwyn —– The following movie reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic […]

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Life Chain events set in 10 communities on Sunday, Oct. 5

Pro-life groups in communities across the Diocese of Peoria are organizing Life Chain events as visible signs of unity and to publicly and prayerfully witness against abortion. During Life Chains, scheduled to take place at more than 1,400 locations across the United States and Canada, participants line a busy roadway and offer an hour of […]

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Festival of Life weekend in Galesburg region Oct. 25-26

Photo Caption: Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life in America, will be the featured speaker at the events planned by Knox County Right to Life. GALESBURG — Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life in America, will be the featured speaker at the Festival of Life celebration to be sponsored the last weekend in […]

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Respect Life Dinner Oct. 5 benefits Family Resources Center

Photo Caption: Keynote speaker Brian Clowes is director of education and research at Human Life International. Brian Clowes, director of education and research at Human Life International, will be the keynote speaker at the 33rd annual Respect Life Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 NE Madison Ave., Peoria. The dinner, […]

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Bishop fields questions from students at Marquette Academy

CAPTION: Freshmen and sophomores from Marquette Academy in Ottawa and their principal, Brooke Rick (far left), crowd around Father Jacob Rose, chaplain, and Bishop Jenky for a selfie during the bishop’s pastoal visit on Sept. 10. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems —– OTTAWA — As a member of a teaching community of priests, Bishop Daniel R. […]

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Make them hear you

In late summer I had the honor of being in a local community theater production of the musical “Ragtime.” Near the end of the play, which is about racial and social injustice, change, and redemption, the character Coalhouse Walker Jr. sings the powerful anthem, “Make Them Hear You.” Find it on YouTube. It’s well worth […]

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Do our actions speak louder than our words?

By: By Sharon Priester Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 28 Ezekiel 18:25-28; Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9; Philippians 2:1-11; Matthew 21:28-32 —– Every day we make many decisions — what to wear or eat, what route to take to get to work, what groceries are needed, etc. Sometimes, the decision is a knee- jerk response, really simple and […]

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