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Dinner in Philo Sunday supports Catholic Charities programs

PHILO — The Good Samaritan programs of Catholic Charities in Champaign and Piatt Counties will benefit from the 14th annual steak dinner planned for Sunday, April 19, at the Philo Tavern, 101 Washington St. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the dinner will be served beginning at 5 p.m. Local radio personality Diane Ducey […]

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Reject public funding of abortion in state, urge Illinois bishops

As Illinois lawmakers returned to Springfield on April 14 following a two-week spring break, they were urged by the Catholic bishops of Illinois to reject public funding of abortion as outlined in legislation up for House floor debate and vote. The legislation, House Bill 4013, removes the current prohibition on state employees’ health insurance plans […]

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Memorial Mass offered in Normal for Fr. John King, founding pastor

NORMAL — A memorial Mass was offered at Epiphany Church here on Friday, April 17, for Father John J. King, the founding pastor of Epiphany who served the parish for 29 years. Father King, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria, died on Monday, April 6, 2015, at Barnes-Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. He […]

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Diocese’s priests recommit to service at annual Chrism Mass

By: By Jennifer Willems CAPTION: With the holy oils before them, the priests serving in the Diocese of Peoria gather around Bishop Jenky for the eucharistic prayer at the Chrism Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems) More photos from the Chrism Mass have been posted to The Catholic Post’s site on Facebook. […]

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CNS reviews of recent films on the basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Brian Bosworth and Makenzie Moss star in a scene from the movie “Do You Believe.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. 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 […]

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OSF Saint Paul Medical Center in Mendota dedicated, blessed

Photo Caption: The transition from Mendota Community Hospital to OSF Saint Paul Medical Center took nearly a year. By: By Jennifer Willems MENDOTA — With a new president on deck and generous helpings of thanks, prayer and holy water, Mendota Community Hospital became OSF Saint Paul Medical Center here on April 1. The dedication and […]

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Men will focus on ‘fatherhood’ at annual march, Mass April 18

Fatherhood — both spiritual and natural — will be celebrated and encouraged when hundreds of men from around the diocese join Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, for the 12th annual “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith” men’s march and Mass in Peoria on Saturday morning, April 18. The annual public display of faith begins […]

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Best leaders listen . . . to God, say diocesan seminar speakers

Photo Caption: Andy Meister of St. Jude Parish in Chillicothe makes a point during his presentation at the Faith-Based Leadership Seminar at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on March 28. By: By Tom Dermody Leaders are often known for inspiring speeches, like Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” or General George Patton’s […]

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We are called to extend mercy, not just receive it

By: By Father Tom Kelly Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)/April 12 Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1 John 5:1-6; Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes; John 20:19-31 The words from the Gospel passage that jump off the page in my view are, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are […]

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