How you can help: Christ Society Christmas ‘wish lists’

The Christ Child Society of Central Illinois would benefit most from donations of sleepers, size newborn and 0-3 months; baby gowns, size 0-6 months; onesies, size 0-6 months; and diapers, sizes N and 1. Items may be dropped off at the Family Resources Center, 415 N.E. Monroe, Peoria. In the Pontiac area, contact Shari Paris […]

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Love for Baby Jesus inspires members of Christ Child Society

Anne Kelley, president of the National Christ Child Society, admires a detail on a sleep sack with Judy Hayes, chapter president of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois.

For love of the Christ Child, Mary Virginia Merrick made a layette to be presented to an infant in need, born on Christmas Day. That simple act of love and faith is repeated each day by the Christ Child Society, which she founded in 1887. Two chapters of the Christ Child Society cover the Diocese […]

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Sweet bread feeding evangelization efforts at Manito parish

Assembling the povitica are (from left) Tricia Parkin, who is rolling up a loaf of the Croatian delicacy, while Karen Cole, Julie Hopkins, Penny Ross, Charlene Oberle and Anita Crum attend to other parts of the process.

MANITO — It smells like Christmas when you walk into the parish center at the new Immaculate Conception Church when povitica is being made. The Croatian bread has become much more than a sweet treat the Bread of Life Bakers make at Christmas, according to Joan Mattson. “Our bread is our sustenance,” she said. A […]

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‘Pierced Hearts’ place lives at service of Jesus, Mary, magisterium

Members of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary provide music ministry during a eucharistic cenacle, a time of prayer and adoration. (Provided photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a continuing series featuring religious communities and other forms of consecrated life around the Diocese of Peoria in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life. The celebration will run through Feb. 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated Life. —– The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and […]

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With 700 Nativities, it’s Christmas every day for Champaign woman

Barbara Rohr looks over the Nativities in just one of the curio cabinets in her rural Champaign home.

CHAMPAIGN — When city governments started to remove Nativity scenes from courthouses and public parks, citing the separation of church and state, Barbara Rohr went to work. “It’s the reason for Christmas and why we celebrate,” said Rohr, a member of St. Boniface Parish in Seymour. To make her point, Rohr has collected Nativities of […]

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Beloved bell(s) to ring in Christmas at St. John’s Church, Clinton

The 2,000-pound bronze bell cast in 1904 for St. John the Baptist Church in Clinton bears the names of founding pastor Father Michael Dooling and his assistant, Father Hackett.

CLINTON — Adding to the joy of Christmas at St. John the Baptist Church here will be the sounds of bells, including a 111-year-old, 2,000-pound cast bronze one original to the construction of the church. The historic bell has friends — parishioners for whom its deep, rich tone stirs memories of parish life across the […]

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Diocese names Mark Csanda its 2015-16 Distinguished Principal

Mark Csanda leads the students of St. Mary School in Bloomington through a rousing chorus of "Elijah," complete with movements, at a recent school assembly.

BLOOMINGTON — Each morning the students at St. Mary School gather in the gym to pray for and with each other, sing songs, hear announcements and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The pledge doesn’t end with “liberty and justice for all,” however. Students and faculty seamlessly add the words, “I promise today to love, live, […]

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St. Patrick Church, Urbana, is rededicated after expansion

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, celebrates the rededication Mass on Dec. 9 in the new sanctuary of the expanded and remodeled St. Patrick Church in Urbana.

URBANA — During a celebration that literally could not be contained to the worship space, the newly expanded and renovated St. Patrick Church was rededicated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during a festive liturgy on Dec. 9. The result of more than a decade of dreaming, planning and fundraising that began with the parish’s […]

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Carol vs. Christmas drama at Central Catholic Dec. 12, 13

Photo Caption: John Christensen and Michaela Cruse in a scene from “Carol vs. Christmas.” BLOOMINGTON — “Carol vs. Christmas,” a modern take on the classic “A Christmas Carol,” will be presented by the Central Catholic Drama Department this weekend. Performances are Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. in […]

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