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Homeless no more: Light of faith, couple’s witness restore two young mothers’ hope

Dr. Steve Smart holds candles as Msgr. Stanley Deptula presides during a triple baptism Dec. 4 at St. Bernard Church in Peoria. Dr. Smart and his wife, Kate (center, holding Marvin) were godparents for the children of Tiffany (right, holding Jayke) and Maricela (next to Tiffany, holding Anthony), young women they took into their home during times of need. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Jayke, Marvin and Anthony began their journey to become saints on Dec. 4, the baptism day for the three well-behaved little ones at St. Bernard Church, Peoria. And after many dangerous detours, their mothers are back on the same path — restored to grace by the sacraments and through honoring Mary by observing the house […]

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Give the gift of self in 2017

Is your Catholic parish, school, institution, organization or ministry in need of volunteers? Are you, as an individual or a family, looking for a place to volunteer? The Catholic Post would like to encourage volunteerism in 2017 and perhaps beyond by bringing together organizations that could use some help with persons looking for a place […]

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Accepting the identity of Christ is to accept the true meaning of Christmas

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God / Jan. 1 Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67:2-3,5,6,8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 Mysteries constitute the holy faith as anyone who prays the rosary can readily attest. The Church singles out for special devotion two mysteries that express our Catholic understanding of the identity and mission of […]

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OSF Women’s Health and Advanced Fertility Center in Peoria is blessed

Accompanied by Dr. Jillian Stalling and Dr. Elizabeth Cox, Bishop Jenky sprinkles holy water throughout the new OSF Women's Health and Advanced Fertility Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In the days before the birth of Christ was celebrated, people gathered at the OSF Center for Health in Peoria to pray for all the holy families who would benefit from the new OSF Women’s Health and Advanced Fertility Center and OSF FertilityCare Center. “Grant that in this new office, the physicians and staff will […]

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Funeral Mass at St. Bede Abbey for Father Ambrose Hessling, OSB

Father Ambrose Hessling, OSB

PERU — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 4 at St. Bede Abbey Church here for Father Ambrose (Bernard) Hessling, OSB, a monk and priest of St. Bede Abbey. Father Ambrose died Saturday evening, Dec. 31, 2016. He was 85. Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, of St. Bede presided at the funeral liturgy. Interment […]

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Manchester by the Sea (Roadside)

Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck star in a scene from the movie "Manchester by the Sea." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Roadside)

By Catholic News Service A man (Casey Affleck) crushed by tragedy returns to his hometown on the coast of Massachusetts to become the guardian of his teenage nephew (Lucas Hedges) in a gently paced and emotionally wrenching drama from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (“You Can Count on Me”). Flawless performances, a revelatory flashback structure, and a […]

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