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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood to keynote 38th annual Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 6

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-18th)

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood will be the featured speaker at the 38th annual Respect Life Dinner scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 6, at Barrack’s Cater Inn in Peoria. Proceeds from the dinner are used to purchase supplies for the Family Resources Center, a free-loan library located at 415 N.E. Monroe, across the street from the Spalding […]

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First-ever diocesan Respect Life Conference draws 600 of all ages

With the Knights of Columbus ever vigilant, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, poses with the coordinator and some of the speakers from the Diocese of Peoria's inaugural Respect Life Conference after the closing Mass on Sept. 14. They are (from left) Cecilia Sone, director of Respect Life Ministry for the diocese; Sister Mary Angela Alexander, RSM; Kevin Burke; Sister Marie Paul Lockerd, RSM; and Sister Marysia Weber, RSM. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

(Updated Sept. 25, 2019) Hearing about threats to human life and the God-given dignity of every person, nearly 600 people who attended the Diocese of Peoria’s first-ever Respect Life Conference explored what they could do to care for those who are most vulnerable. Not only did that include the unborn, but also people at the […]

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Vigils, extra events as 40 Days for Life set Sept. 25-Nov. 3 at three sites in diocese

Concerned individuals and parish groups are invited to take part in coordinated campaigns of prayer, fasting, and peaceful public vigils to end abortion during 40 Days for Life outreaches planned in the Diocese of Peoria and around the nation from Sept. 25 to Nov. 3. Daily vigils, at which participants also pray for help and […]

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“Hustlers” (STX)

Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu star in a scene from the movie "Hustlers." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/STXfilms)

By Catholic News Service Sordidly treated fact-based tale of two strip-club dancers (Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez) who, strapped for cash during the Great Recession, collaborate on a scheme to drug wealthy clients and max out their credit cards while they’re helpless. In adapting a New York magazine article by Jessica Pressler, writer-director Lorene Scafaria […]

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“The Goldfinch” (Warner Bros./Amazon)

Oakes Fegley stars in a scene from the movie "The Goldfinch." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Patchy drama in which both the adolescence (Oakes Fegley) and the adulthood (Ansel Elgort) of an antiques dealer are overshadowed by his mother’s tragic death in the bombing of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in the immediate aftermath of which he rescued the 17th-century Dutch masterpiece of the title […]

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Pedaling priests to again ride across diocese for vocation awareness, prayers

Members of the track team from Holy Cross School in Mendota ran with Father Michael Pica, Father Tom Otto, Father Adam Cesarek and Deacon Matt Levy as they completed last year's Priests Pedaling for Prayers ride across the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As the Priests Pedaling for Prayers prepare to embark on their third bike ride across the Diocese of Peoria to raise awareness of and prayers for vocations, they’re looking to Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen for inspiration and support. The jerseys for the 2019 ride, which begins in Rapids City on Sept. 30 and ends […]

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Charity on wheels: St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry is blessed and ministry launched

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses a van that will serve as the St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry, a new outreach of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. Looking on at left during the ceremony at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria are Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, director of Catholic Charities, and Suzie Meismer, who will provide case management at the van’s various stops throughout the diocese. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

There is now a St. Nicholas Day every week in the Diocese of Peoria. On Tuesday morning, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blessed a white Ford Transit cargo van as the “St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry,” a new outreach of Catholic Charities to serve needs throughout the 26-county diocese. Each week, usually on a Tuesday, the […]

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Epiphany Parish in Normal to host Eucharistic Miracles exhibition Oct. 1-6

NORMAL — Epiphany Parish here will host “Eucharistic Miracles of the World,” a Vatican International Exhibition, from Tuesday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 6. The exhibit — comprised of poster panels with descriptive texts and images — tells the stories of more than 120 church-recognized miracles involving the Eucharist from around the globe. The event […]

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‘Waking Up White’ leads to much needed lessons, personal examination on racism

Debby Irving, left, is the author of "Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race."

Reviewed by Sister Mary Core, OSB About two years ago, I read about Debby Irving’s book, “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.” I thought, “Interesting title. I ought to read that.” Why? Because I wondered whether I myself was unintentionally racist. I had grown aware of my thoughts around race. […]

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St. James, Williamsfield, completes church projects; set to mark 130 years on Sept. 22

St. James Church at its new location in Williamsfield. The parish marks its 130th anniversary with an ice cream social Sept. 22 at the American Legion Hall, located next to the church. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WILLIAMSFIELD — To say that St. James Parish is still on the move after 130 years would be an understatement. The small church that has served the parish for much of its history was lifted off of its foundation and moved across Williamsfield on June 2, 2015. Parishioners have spent the last four years tearing […]

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