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“Wine” offered now prepares us for eternal banquet

By Father Timothy Hepner Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 17 Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 The first great work of Jesus’ public ministry was the act of the Jewish bridegroom, whose job it is to provide wine for the wedding as Grant Pitre explains in his book, “Jesus the Bridegroom.” Another […]

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Join ‘Post’ for a Holy Year of Mercy pilgrimage to Rome Oct. 21-27

Readers of The Catholic Post, and all interested persons, are invited to make a pilgrimage to Rome an unforgettable, grace-filled part of their observance of the Holy Year of Mercy. But time is running out to sign-up — the preliminary registration deadline is May 6.  The Catholic Post, in conjunction with the Collette travel company, […]

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Salesian “family” makes youth education, evangelization a priority

The Salesian family ministering in Champaign includes front row, from left) Father Bill Bucciferro, Father David Sajdak and Father Joseph Santa Bibiana, and second row, from left) Sister Mary Arciga, Sister Maryann Schaefer, Sister Theresa Samson, and Sister Loretta Dedomenicis. 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. SPECIAL TO THE CATHOLIC POST As Salesians we commit ourselves […]

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Mercy theme for spiritual retreat for Catholic medical personnel set Feb. 6

Father Joseph Mary, CSJ

PRINCEVILLE — Catholic medical personnel are invited to a spiritual retreat on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Congregation of St. John Priory, 11223 W. Legion Hall Road. “Finding an Oasis of Mercy in Our Vocation” is the theme of the retreat, sponsored by the Peoria Guild of the Catholic Medical Association as well as Our […]

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Clip, save, pray, act

As we approach the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion and ponder the loss of some 58 million human persons in those years, many among us will literally take to the streets in prayerful protests planned in our region, state, or in the nation’s capital. All of us should do something. […]

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New OSF Center for Health-Streator dedicated

The former HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator is now known as the OSF Center for Health-Streator. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

STREATOR — With gladness, pledges for the future and acknowledgement of community concerns, OSF Healthcare System on Jan. 4 assumed ownership of the former St. Mary’s Hospital site previously operated by Hospital Sisters Health System. The facility at 111 Spring St. is now known as the OSF Center for Health-Streator. An open house is planned […]

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Newman Center in Macomb serves 1,200 free meals during exams

MACOMB — It didn’t take long for the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Newman Center to embrace the Holy Year of Mercy. During the jubilee year’s first days, the center and volunteers from area parishes fed the hungry and gave drink to the thirsty on a grand scale to meet a little known or understood […]

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St. Ambrose Parish, Milan, tops $760,000 in capital campaign

An artist's rendering of the entrance to St. Ambrose Church in Milan after an addition is built as part of improvements funded by the "Restore and Renew" capital campaign.

MILAN — Construction of an addition to St. Ambrose Church and other parish facility improvements will begin in early 2016 thanks to the success of a “Restore and Renew” capital campaign. Parishioners have committed more than $760,000 to date, reported Father Charles Klamut, pastor, in a mid-December report. In addition to the church addition, the […]

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Why Eureka teen asked for, then gave, “Noah’s Ark” for Christmas

Why this Eureka teen gave away her "Noah's Ark" Christmas present

EUREKA — Mary Gayed wanted a “Noah’s Ark” for Christmas. But the 15-year-old home-schooled member of St. Luke Parish wasn’t asking for a game or one of those play sets with a wooden boat and figures. She wanted real animals — a donkey, a couple of cows, 20 chicks, three pigs, two goats, and a […]

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