Sacred Heart, Moline, will host ecumenical Advent vespers

MOLINE — Sacred Heart Church, 1608 13th St., will host ecumenical Advent vesper services on the following four Sundays at 4 p.m. Those attending will experience prayerful music, inspiring reflections and quiet amidst the busyness of holiday activities. Father Rober McAleer of Bettendorf, Iowa, offered the opening reflection on Nov. 29. Other presenters include: Dec. […]

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One-woman holiday comedy coming to St. Bede Dec. 4

PERU — “Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night,” a one-woman, interactive comedy by Vicky Quade (creator of “Late Night Catechism”), will be part of an an evening of activities and entertainment hosted by St. Bede Academy on Friday, Dec. 4. The show involves a parish in need of a Christmas pageant and the bingo game […]

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Alton Franciscans seek to make ‘merciful love of Christ’ visible

Photo Caption: Sister Mary George Brown, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, is surrounded by some of her music students at St. Matthew School in Champaign. By: By Jennifer Willems EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a continuing series featuring religious communities and other forms of consecrated life […]

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Bloomington Central Catholic wins state 2A volleyball championship

By: By Tom Dermody BLOOMINGTON — Just days before Thanksgiving, there is plenty of gratitude being voiced as Central Catholic High School celebrates its first state championship in girls’ volleyball. “I want to thank the girls,” said head coach J.R. Bannister, his voice breaking with emotion during a rally at the school a day after […]

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Diocese’s health care workers urged to show face of mercy

Photo Caption: Father Michael Driscoll, chaplain and director of pastoral care at OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa, takes part in a panel discussion with Dr. Steven Hamon, president of The Antioch Group. By: By Jennifer Willems Good medical practice has a place in Catholic health care, but treating the whole person requires love […]

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Giving thanks: Harvest Mass offered in a barn near Odell

Photo Caption: “Make giving thanks to God a habit,” encouraged Father David Sabel, vicar of the Pontiac vicariate, shown celebrating a Harvest Mass Nov. 11 in rural Odell. By: By Tom Dermody ODELL — Thanksgiving is not a “one-day thing,” reminded Father David Sabel, principal celebrant of a regional Harvest Mass on Nov. 11 that […]

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Thank you, God, for . . .

In his Harvest Mass homily in rural Odell (see story), Father David Sabel referenced the book “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. Writing in the November issue of Magnificat, Voskamp said the best-selling book came about after a friend challenged her to start counting 1,000 things she loved — “one thousands gifts, a thousand graces.” […]

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