Sad ironies in Illinois abortion vote

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Luke 1:41-42 “A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the […]

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Monmouth kindergarten teacher retires after 40 years loving ‘my little cherubs’

Before she could get away, Vickie Dolk was on the receiving end of one giant hug from her 13 kindergartners at Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth. This photo is featured on the back cover of a book of letters and drawings that was presented to her as she recently retired. (Provided photo)

MONMOUTH — Teaching isn’t something that Vickie Dolk has done for 40 years, it’s who she has been since she was old enough to tell anybody what she wanted to be when she grew up. Even though she has packed up her kindergarten classroom at Immaculate Conception School for the last time, she’s leaving the […]

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Local author’s ‘Stacy and Tracy’ are taking children on adventures in virtue

Georgette Ghantous Williams of St. Philomena Parish in Peoria is author of the new children's book "The Adventures of Stacy and Tracy: How to Turn Gossip into Kindness."

  Stacy and Tracy are fictional young sisters who are taking children and adults alike on adventures in virtue. For decades found only in the imagination of Georgette Ghantous Williams — as well as her seven children and 19 grandchildren who delight in her lesson-teaching storytelling — Stacy and Tracy are fast making friends around […]

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“Dark Phoenix” (Fox)

Tye Sheridan, James McAvoy, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Alexandra Shipp star in a scene from the movie "Dark Phoenix." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Twentieth Century Fox)

By Catholic News Service Marvel Comics-based sci-fi adventure, set mostly in 1992, in which a member (Sophie Turner) of the X-Men team of mutants comes close to dying during a mission to save the crew of the space shuttle but instead emerges from the experience endowed with cosmic powers she cannot control. As she goes […]

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“The Secret Life of Pets 2” (Universal)

Max, voiced by Patton Oswalt, Duke, voiced by Eric Stonestreet, and Liam, voiced by Henry Lynch, appear in the animated movie "The Secret Life of Pets 2." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Amusing antics and a lively pace make this follow-up to the 2016 original, helmed by returning director Chris Renaud, an entertaining cartoon for kids. The most prominent of the three storylines involves a fretful terrier (voice of Patton Oswalt) who learns to be more courageous when his owners take him and […]

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‘Prayers are powerful’: Peoria abortion provider planning to close its doors

Sister Mary Jo Yutt, OSF is pictured in prayer outside Whole Woman's Health of Peoria in this 2018 file photo. Sister Mary Jo and the area's pro-life community are reacting with joy and gratitude to an announcement that the abortion provider has announced plans to close. Seen in the background is the pro-life Women's Care Center, which will continue to serve and support pregnant women in need. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Even as legislation to expand access to abortion was making quick progress through the Illinois House and Senate last week, respect life advocates took heart from the announcement that a Peoria abortion provider would be closing. In a statement sent to The Catholic Post on May 30, Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO of Whole […]

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Illinois abortion vote ‘an appalling step in the wrong direction,’ says Bishop Jenky

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, leads a rosary outside the former abortion clinic in Peoria in this file photo. In a message for the 2020 Respect Life Month, the bishop says the right to life is the first of all our human rights, and "the destruction of human life in the womb is an intrinsic evil." (The Catholic Post file photo/Tom Dermody)

By passing the Reproductive Health Act, the Illinois General Assembly has shown a disregard for the value of human life and the beliefs of the majority of people in the state — and the nation, according to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. “They describe a human baby in the womb as a thing, as an […]

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First communicants and new Catholics celebrated again at diocesan Mass

In prayer after receiving Communion at last Sunday's Mass for First Communicants and New Catholics from throughout the Diocese of Peoria at St. Mary's Cathedral are, from left, Adalynne Lawerence, Olyvia Clark, and Lilian Goz. The three friends are all members of St. Paul Parish in Macomb. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

First commmunicants young and older were urged to cherish the memory of that special day and continue to grow in wonder and reverence for the sacrament during a diocesan Mass for First Communicants and New Catholics on June 2 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “Realize what a wonderful thing it is,” Bishop Daniel R. […]

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Catholic high school valedictorians and salutatorians of Class of 2019 profiled

Following are brief biographies of the valedictorians and salutatorians at the seven Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria. We congratulate them and all Class of 2019 graduates. The top students were invited to answer two questions: 1) “How would you describe the advantages of attending a Catholic high school?” and 2) […]

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