Chant school forming; first session Nov. 1

In an effort to increase the knowledge of and appreciation for Gregorian chant in the Diocese of Peoria, a Cathedral Chant School has been formed and the first session is next Saturday, Nov. 1. People with all levels of musical experience are welcome to come to the class, which will be held from 1 to […]

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Spalding Pastoral Center nears completion

To applause and expressions of admiration, the new Archbishop John Lancaster Spalding Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Peoria was crowned with gold-colored crosses last Thursday. Perhaps none of the onlookers was as pleased as Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who sang out a line of the hymn, “Lift High the Cross,” when the north […]

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Living Rosary part of diocesan festival Sunday

Those attending the Diocesan Rosary Festival this Sunday, Oct. 26, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria can expect a prayerful experience resembling ceremonies at Marian shrines such as in Lourdes, France, or Fatima, Portugal, according to planners. The schedule of the service, which is open to the public and begins at 3:30 p.m., was announced […]

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Catholic, Muslim women talk

MOLINE — “Grant us the life of true peace.” Voices flowed together in the ancient words of a prayer of the Prophet Muhammad on Oct. 20 during the second session of the third annual Muslim-Catholic Women’s Dialogue. Both sessions took place at the Islamic Center of the Quad-Cities in Moline and were a joint effort […]

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Funeral Mass in Peru for Fr. Bawiec

PERU — Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, celebrated a funeral Mass on Monday at St. Valentine’s Church here for Father Edward J. Bawiec, 83, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and pastor emeritus of St. Valentine’s Parish. Father Bawiec, a native of Oglesby and a World War II veteran, died at 4:10 p.m. […]

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Speaker: vote values, but don’t stop there

Photo Caption: Keynote speaker John Carr is applauded after his keynote speech at the 2008 diocesan Institute of Catholic Social Ministry hosted by Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton. By: By Tom Dermody MORTON — The task for Catholics in these days before the national election is to “bring our deepest values to the voting booth” […]

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Beyond baby steps

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 26 Exodus 22:20-26; Psalm 18:2-3,3-4,47,51; 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10; Matthew 22:34-40 At first glance, Jesus’ answer to the scribe in today’s Gospel is deceptively simple: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your […]

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Catholic ifs, ands and buts

Catholicism has a lot of weighty words such as transubstantiation, catechetical, and canonization. But one of the best ways to understand Catholics, and especially Catholic social teaching, is to see the importance of the three-letter words “and” and “but.” Those attending last Saturday’s diocesan Catholic Social Ministry Institute in Morton heard a wonderful explanation of […]

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