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Champaign Mass marks Guadalupe feast

CHAMPAIGN — More than 600 Spanish-speaking Catholics from the Champaign area were urged to let Mary lead them closer to Christ during a Spanish Mass celebrated in a festively decorated St. Matthew’s Church here on the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. “Our Lady always appears to open the way to a better […]

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School and church addition wows them at St. Vincent’s

The words “rejoice” and “wow” were frequently heard last weekend at dedication ceremonies for a major school and church expansion project at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Peoria. Noting that the dedication took place on the Third Sunday of Advent, known as “Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, opened the Mass preceding the […]

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Pastor gives out $100 bills; parish returns ‘more for poor’

Photo Caption: Jeannine Montgomerie (left) of St. Mary’s, Bloomington, presents $17,500 to representatives of a parish in Hazard, Ky., through funds raised in St. Mary’s “More for the Poor” outreach. By: By Jared Olar BLOOMINGTON — It began with something of a role reversal at a Sunday Mass in August: a priest handing out cash […]

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Best time of year

This reflection on the meaning of Christmas comes from Tommy Petersak, a senior at Schlarman High School in Danville and one of this school year’s columnists for The Catholic Student, the youth section of The Catholic Post now on a two-week Christmas season publishing break. A member of St. Mary’s Parish in Westville, Tommy is […]

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Faith-filled ‘tirelessness’

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 21 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16; Psalm 89:2-3,4-5,27,29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 Sometimes a wait can seem forever. A traffic jam, long check-out lines, a doctor’s office, the airport — all of these can try one’s patience and make time seem to stand still. For children, the […]

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Detroit cardinal urges quick action on loans for auto industry

DETROIT (CNS) — Cardinal Adam J. Maida of Detroit emphasized the need for urgent government action to allocate at least enough money to help Detroit’s automakers stay afloat until a more comprehensive assistance package can be worked out in the new year. “People in households throughout southeast Michigan and all across the country are counting […]

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Economic crisis can reveal true meaning of Christmas, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — This year’s economic crisis could help people rediscover the true meaning of Christmas and the values of life, love and charity, Pope Benedict XVI said. After the “consumerist and materialistic scales have been shed, Christmas can then become an occasion to accept as a personal gift the message of hope that […]

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Italian official intervenes in case of woman in vegetative state

ROME (CNS) — An Italian government official intervened to stop a hospital from withholding nutrition and hydration from a woman who has been in a persistent vegetative state for 16 years. The Dec. 16 decree by Maurizio Sacconi, Italy’s welfare minister, temporarily blocked Eluana Englaro’s physician and family from carrying out an Italian supreme court […]

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Synecdoche, New York

Rating: L (R) 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. Surreal, pessimistic drama in which a theater director (Philip Seymour Hoffman), deserted by his artist wife (Catherine Keener), endlessly rehearses a constantly expanding […]

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Benedictine Life Weekened planned

FERDINAND, Ind. — “Mindful Living: Being Present to the Moment” is the theme for a Benedictine Life Weekend offered Jan. 2-4, 2009, by the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Ind. Open to single Catholic women, ages 18 to 40, who want to experience the Benedictine way of life, the weekend will be held at […]

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