Symbols for Lent

By: By Barbara Roedel First Sunday of Lent, March 1 Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 At first glance the temptation scene in Mark’s Gospel appears sparse compared to Matthew and Luke’s versions. But today’s readings are anything but sparse. We begin our Lenten season with a rich mosaic of meaning and […]

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Known and loved in diocese

Many priests of the Diocese of Peoria know and have great affection for Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, the Midwesterner who was named by Pope Benedict XVI this week to succeed retiring Cardinal Edward M. Egan as head of the Archdiocese of New York. Some of our priests came to know the quick-to-laugh priest when he […]

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Physicians take legal, educational steps to defend conscience rights

WASHINGTON (CNS) — To combat what they see as threats to the conscience rights of health care professionals who oppose abortion, the Catholic Medical Association and other organizations are taking both legal and educational steps. The Philadelphia-based Catholic Medical Association, which has some 1,100 members nationwide, has joined with the Christian Medical Association and the […]

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Financial crisis may take heavy toll on children, Vatican official says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The global financial crisis is likely to dramatically impact the world’s poor in coming months, depriving children of essential services in education and health care, a Vatican official said. The negative consequences of the economic crisis “exert a more dramatic impact on the developing world and on the most vulnerable groups […]

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Fired Up!

Rating: O (PG-13) NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Banal sex comedy in which two philandering high school football players (Nicholas D’Agosto and Eric Christian Olsen) attend a mostly female cheerleading camp, […]

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Rock Island parish offers Bible study beginning March 4

ROCK ISLAND — Marilyn Korthaus-Riley and Fran Riley of Partners in Faith Ministry will lead a Bible study based on “The Seven Last Words of Christ” on the Wednesdays of Lent in Farrell Hall of St. Pius X Church, 2502 29th Ave.The sessions begin on March 4 and will end on April 8. Each will […]

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Introduction to contemplative prayer set Feb. 28

PEORIA HEIGHTS — As Lent begins, an introduction to contemplative prayer and outreach will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library at St. Thomas School, Peoria Heights. Florrie Dammers of Bloomington will present the session, focusing on contemplative prayer as taught by Father Thomas Keating, OCSO. The […]

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Regulations for Lent and the Easter Triduum

1. Lent is the principal season of penance in the Christian year. Priests, religious and laity are strongly urged to develop and follow a program of voluntary self-denial, attentiveness to prayer, and especially to works of charity and mercy. 2. Everyone of 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on […]

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