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Illinois Valley region among school enrollment bright spots

By: By Jennifer Willems While total enrollment in Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria has declined by 1.3 percent from last year — from 11,221 to 11,079 — nearly half the schools are reporting increases. “The bright spot for the diocese has been Region 3,” said Jerry Sanderson, associate superintendent of schools. “Region 3 […]

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Ottawa parishes will host talks by Teresa Tomeo March 8

Photo Caption: “Fortifying Faith, Marriage and Family” will be the theme of presentations by syndicated talk show host, author, and motivational speaker Teresa Tomeo. OTTAWA — Catholics from throughout the Ottawa area are invited to hear a presentation by syndicated talk show host, author, and motivational speaker Teresa Tomeo the afternoon of Sunday, March 8, […]

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Surge of the Heart parish mission Feb. 15-17 in Dwight

Photo Caption: Presenting the mission will be Jon Leonetti, an international Catholic speaker, author and radio host from Des Moines, Iowa. DWIGHT — St. Patrick Parish will host a “Surge of the Heart” Parish Mission featuring Jon Leonetti from Sunday, Feb. 15, to Tuesday, Feb. 17. All presentations will be held from 7 to 8 […]

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Jesus, the ‘real deal,’ calls us to live a life of big love

By: By Tim Irwin Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Feb. 1 Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,7-9; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28 Funnyman Will Ferrell portraying anchorman Ron Burgundy has created a pop culture sensation with the line, “I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal.” It shows up on posters, t-shirts, […]

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St. Thomas School in Philo receives donation of $1 million

By: By Tom Dermody CAPTION: Surrounded by members of the eighth grade class of St. Thomas School in Philo as well as parish and school officials, Robert Trost of Dallas, Texas, presents a symbolic check to Bishop Jenky representing his $1 million gift to his former grade school. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody) —– PHILO — […]

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