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Students at Visitation School, Kewanee, get creative with $50 as ‘Friends of Jesus’

Addi and Brady Clark hold just a few of the 500 diapers they purchased for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee with the money they pooled from the "Friends of Jesus" project. (Provided photo)

KEWANEE — Asked how they would help someone at Christmas if they had $50 in imaginary “Vis Bucks” to spend, the fifth- and sixth-graders at Visitation Catholic School got creative. When they each received an actual $50 bill the next day, they got to be a “Friend of Jesus.” Visitation was one of 25 schools […]

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13,000 college students open new year by growing in their faith at SEEK 2017

St. Joseph Catholic Newman Center at Bradley University in Peoria sponsored a bus trip to SEEK 2017 in San Antoino that drew 50 students. (Provided photo)

In need of reigniting the fire for her Catholic faith, Liz Schultz found the spark she needed during SEEK 2017. “I was kind of struggling in my faith, especially in my prayer life,” acknowledged Schultz, a Bradley University senior nursing student from Groveland. She was among 13,000 people — nearly all college students — who […]

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Former school comes down, but Sacred Heart Parish in Rock Island is on the rise

The Sacred Heart name is seen above the main entrance to the former school, built in 1923. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — The former Sacred Heart School here has come down, but Sacred Heart Parish is “going up,” according to Father Anthony Co, pastor. “God wants to bless this place,” said Father Co during a Christmas Eve Mass homily at the historic church, located for more than a century along busy 5th Avenue and […]

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President Trump

As 2017 begins, with its blank calendar pages representing mysteries waiting to unfold in all aspects of our lives, a giant question mark on the national and world scene is what President Donald Trump will do, say, or — heaven help us — tweet in the days and months after his inauguration on Jan. 20. […]

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Tiny Bellflower faith community merged into Sacred Heart Parish, Farmer City

The white frame church of St. John the Evangelist in Bellflower was built along the Illinois Central Railroad in 1899. It will continue to host Masses on Christmas and Easter.

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has announced a series of changes to parish and church status effective this month, including the merger of the smallest faith community of the diocese — St. John the Evangelist, Bellflower  — into Sacred Heart Parish, Farmer City. The five families of the Bellflower mission “have already incorporated themselves into […]

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Entries sought for Art of Faith sacred art show and sale Feb. 18-19 in Rock Island

Holy cards given at the Art of Faith show and sale will feature Jill Rodts' image of St. Therese with the holy face of Jesus. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — Entries are now being accepted for the Sixth Annual Art of Faith Juried Sacred Art Show and Sale, which will be held Feb. 18-19 in Farrell Hall of St. Pius X Church, 2901 24th St. The theme is “Contemplating the Holy Face of God.” It was inspired by the Jubilee Year of […]

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‘Director Doctor Deacon’ Rick Miller named to Cursillo leadership position

Deacon Rick Miller of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton has been named spiritual director of Cursillo for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Many people know Rick Miller from his years of work as a doctor in the emergency department at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, while members of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton have called him deacon since 2007. As the new year began, he added another “D” title: spiritual director of Cursillo for the […]

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Asking ‘How do readings challenge me?’ reveals food for thought — and faith

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 15 Isaiah 49:3,5-6; Psalm 40:2,4,7-8,8-9,10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34 Rather than using this column solely to explain the meaning of the readings for the next couple Sundays, I would like to also address “how” a person comes to an understanding of the Scriptures assigned […]

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Be like living ‘Post-its’ reminding people of God’s love, says speaker at Geneseo event

Chris Ward encouraged those attending a recent Women at the Well dinner at St. Malachy Parish in Geneseo to be like living Post-it notes reminding others of God's love. (Provided photo)

GENESEO — Chris Ward can’t seem to live without Post-its, those colorful, sticky little sheets of paper that serve to remind us of all sorts of things. In fact, the counselor at Geneseo Middle School wants to be a living Post-it, and encourages others to be as well — constantly reminding people of God’s love […]

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Students, shut-ins in Morton have been developing relationships for 25 years

A group of fifth-graders from Blessed Sacrament School in Morton visit with their pen pals, Bill and Joann Anderson, after singing Christmas carols and delivering handmade Christmas cards and a gift to them. They were accompanied by their families and teacher Karen Spring. (Provided photo)

MORTON — Lessons in writing friendly letters aren’t always about developing good communication skills. In the hands of Karen Spring of Blessed Sacrament School, they help her fifth-graders to develop relationships with senior members of the parish, as well as a lifelong concern for others. “It works both ways,” Spring explained. “My class sees how […]

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