Clergy appointments

Father Alfonso Espino Garcia to parochial vicar, St. Anne’s Parish and St. Mary’s Parish, East Moline, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Silvis Father Joseph Hogan, while remaining pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Urbana, to administrator, St. Lawrence Parish, Penfield, and St. Charles Borromeo Mission, Homer Father Stanislaus Mutajwaha, from parochial vicar, St. Patrick’s Parish, […]

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Pro-lifers vow to keep working

Photo Caption: Rev. James McDonald, pastor of Providence Reformed Church in Groveland (left) joins pro-lifers of all ages in the annual Walk for Life through downtown Peoria Tuesday night. By: By Jared Olar As the memory of President Abraham Lincoln was recalled Tuesday by millions in Washington, D.C., during the historic inauguration of America’s first […]

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A lifetime of service

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 25 Jonah 3:1-5,10; Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 I recently read an article by Ben Stein, a columnist who has covered the Hollywood scene for years. His biweekly column has kept tabs on the “best” of the glamour world. In his latest article, Stein wrote that he […]

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A multi-billion dollar gift

President Barack Obama, like President George W. Bush before him, now has oversight of massive spending in our troubled economy. How much to budget for defense? Where should bailout monies go, to struggling industries such as auto manufacturers or to prop up lending institutions? What to do about the future of Social Security or Medicaid? […]

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Faith rituals help students in crisis, priest tells campus ministers

ATLANTA (CNS) — As the second anniversary of the largest mass killing on a U.S. campus approaches, the Catholic priest serving at Virginia Tech University said the church can help fearful and confused students through its mindfulness of community rituals. The church view of the “intimacy of God with the world” is a strong perspective […]

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After war, Christians in Gaza express fear of emboldened Hamas

JERUSALEM (CNS) — Christians and moderate Muslims quietly expressed concern about what their place in the Gaza Strip would be now that Hamas remains strong after a three-week Israeli offensive. Several businessmen who spoke to Catholic News Service questioned the outcome of the war, which began with Israeli bombardments Dec. 27 and ended with separate […]

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Rating: A-III (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. Low-key, somewhat muddled thriller in which an uptight therapist (Anne Hathaway) counsels the few survivors of a major plane crash, investigating why their […]

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Champaign high school honors volunteers

The High School of Saint Thomas More has presented its 2008 Paideia Award to Jean Somers and the Carl D. Stewart Volunteer Service Award to Greg and Kristi Einck. The awards were given during “Showcase of Thanks,” the school’s annual Donor Appreciation Brunch.The Paideia Award recognizes those who exemply a the concept of “paideia” through […]

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New leadership team for St. Vincent de Paul Society Council

After being without officers for more than three years, the Peoria Diocesan Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has a new leadership team. Serving as president will be Emiel Michelet, a member of Holy Family Parish, Peoria.He will be assisted by Marvin Schneider, also of Holy Family parish, as vice president; Chris […]

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