Blessings abound as golden and silver anniversary couples renew vows at Mass

Dennis and Beth Doolan of St. Patrick Parish in Washington were among 115 couples observing their 25th or 50th wedding anniversaries in 2019 to renew their marriage vows at St. Mary's Cathedral during the diocesan Anniversary Mass on Sept. 29. Behind them are Bill and Carolyn Kraft of St. Jude Parish, Peoria. Both are golden anniversary couples. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

It rained on John and Maureen Borowy’s wedding day 50 years ago. “My mom always said it was a blessing from heaven and my grandma said that, too,” said Maureen, as she and her husband stood on a wet sidewalk outside St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria moments after taking part in the Diocese of Peoria’s […]

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Pope Francis declares a special Sunday each year dedicated to word of God

A young woman studies the Bible at St. Mary of Celle Parish in Berwyn in this CNS file photo. To help the church grow in love and faithful witness to God, Pope Francis has declared the third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be dedicated to the word of God. (CNS/Karen Callaway)

By Carol Glatz / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — To help the church grow in love and faithful witness to God, Pope Francis has declared the third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be dedicated to the word of God. Salvation, faith, unity and mercy all depend on knowing Christ and sacred Scripture, he […]

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Who is the Lazarus lying at our door? Couldn’t every one of us help someone?

By Tim Irwin Twenty-Six Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 29 Amos 6:1a,4-7; Psalm 146:7,8-9,9-10; 1 Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31 Once again, this week, St. Luke offers yet another teaching concerning God’s love for the outcast, the perils of arrogance, and our critical need for humility. This story features the other Lazarus, not the man from Bethany who […]

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After 75 years of marriage, Aledo couple still walks through life ‘hand in hand’

Sitting on the couch in their cozy apartment at Brookstone of Aledo, Paul and Lorene Lee pose with a photo of the happy day 75 years ago when they were wed at St. Patrick Church in Raritan. They will celebrate their milestone anniversary at a Mass at St. Catherine Church in Aledo and family dinner on Oct. 5. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ALEDO — After 75 years of marriage, Paul Lee still knows how to make his bride, Lorene, blush with joy. “She’s an amazing person,” he said, smiling and pointing to her. “It takes two,” she replied. The blessings that have flowed from their loving commitment are almost too numerous to count, but many of them […]

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Newman Hall resident director, athlete, and new Catholic is on the right tracks

Jenna Fesemyer, resident director at Newman Hall of St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign, wears medals she earned while competing for Team USA at the Parapan American Games last month in Lima, Peru. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — Jenna Fesemyer is a world class wheelchair athlete with hopes of representing the United States at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. But those who know the 22-year-old resident director at Newman Hall here would award “our Jenna” gold medals for joyful attitude, academics, leadership, and witness of her newfound Catholic faith. “She’s […]

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“Abominable” (DreamWorks)

Animated characters Peng, voiced by Albert Tsai, Everest, Yi, voiced by Chloe Bennet, and Jin, voiced by Tenzing Norgay Trainor, appear in the movie "Abominable." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service The dreaded Yeti monster — the legendary abominable snowman — becomes a lovable fur ball in this family-friendly animated adventure directed by Todd Wilderman and Jill Culton. A resourceful teenager (voice of Chloe Bennet), aided by two friends (voices of Tenzing Norgay Trainor and Albert Tsai), embarks on an epic adventure […]

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Threat, not directed at the school, leads to evacuation of St. Malachy in Geneseo

St. Malachy Church and School in Geneseo.

GENESEO — Students at St. Malachy School were evacuated to nearby Geneseo Middle School on Sept. 23, when a man threatened area businesses by saying he had a bomb in his car. Geneseo police stopped Michael L. Allan of Moline at the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Chicago Street, which was close enough to St. […]

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October is Respect Life Month: Events include Life Chains, 40 Days, dinners

Catechist Joanne Dorn (right) and members of the confirmation class from St. Luke Parish in Eureka take part in a Life Chain in this 2016 file photo. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life” is the theme chosen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for Respect Life Month in October. Among the observances in the Diocese of Peoria is Life Chain, which will be held next Sunday, Oct. 6. Founded in 1987, this peaceful, prayerful witness is intended as a […]

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Respect Life Conference: End of life issues becoming more prevalent, complicated

Father Alfred Cioffi responds to a question from Loreto Xavier of Bloomington during his session on end-of-life issues at the Diocese of Peoria's Respect Life Conference on Sept. 14. On a stand next to the speakers were relics of St. Catherine of Siena (left) and Pope St. John Paul II, patrons for the conference. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Saying everyone will face decisions about care at the end of life sooner or later — if not for themselves, then for someone they love — Father Alfred Cioffi started a conversation about some of those issues with participants at the Respect Life Conference on Sept. 14. The beginning of life is known and occurs […]

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Respect Life Conference: Include men when discussing abortion, healing

Father John Verrier laughs as his friend, keynote speaker Kevin Burke, begins his talk at the Respect Life Conference on Sept. 14 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The co-founder of Rachel's Vineyard Ministries, Burke is a pastoral associate of Priests for Life. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

When it comes to abortion, women may have the procedure but that doesn’t mean men are exempt from the pain, said Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries for post-abortive women and a pastoral associate of Priests for Life. He said well-meaning people may ask, “Why is this important?” or “Why should we care?” “The […]

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