Respect Life events planned in October

Since 1972, the year before the United States’ Supreme Court legalized abortion, the U.S. bishops have designated the first Sunday of October as Respect Life Sunday. This year’s observance is Oct. 5. Throughout the Diocese of Peoria and across the country on that day, Catholics and likeminded people will form “Life Chains” in silent and […]

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God Brings couples together

When nearly 100 Catholic couples observing their 50th wedding anniversary gather in one spot, there are rich golden treasures to be mined in terms of their wisdom and experiences. We wish we could interview all of them and tell their compelling stories of faith, commitment and love. One question we did ask many of the […]

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Jesus’ profound example of humility

By: By Father Douglas Grandon Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 28 Ezekiel 18:25-28; Psalm 25:4-5,8-9,10,14; Philippians 2:1-11; Matthew 21:28-32 “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves; each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 Never […]

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Grateful diocese honors its ‘golden’ couples

Photo Caption: Vere and Ruth Sutton of St. Patrick’s Parish, Colona, renew their marriage vows, as do Paul and Therese St. Ledger of St. Mary’s Parish, East Moline, seen behind them. By: By Tom Dermody After renewing the wedding vows they professed 50 years ago not once but twice last weekend, Paul and Therese St. […]

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Anglican archbishop comes under fire for homily at Lourdes

LONDON (CNS) — Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, England, has come under fire for his homily during a pilgrimage to the Marian sanctuaries in Lourdes, France. Archbishop Williams, leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, said in a homily during a Sept. 24 international Mass at Lourdes that when Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous […]

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Vatican newspaper says crisis shows failure of ‘new economy’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The current financial crisis pummeling the United States and beyond is a sign that the so-called “new economy” and its risky investments have failed, the Vatican newspaper said. The booming growth of financial markets did not correspond to real growth or concrete development for society because it created an artificially robust […]

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Lakeview Terrace

Rating: A-III (PG-13) NEW YORK (CNS) — Following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Tensely absorbing racial drama about mixed-race newlyweds (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) who move into a Southern California house next to a slyly threatening […]

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Adoption events planned in Rock Island, Champaign

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria has planned two meetings to provide information about the various adoption programs the agency offers, including domestic infant, international, and waiting children, as well as placement and post-placement services and support. The first meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rock Island […]

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Teacher at St. Mary’s, Metamora, gets leadership award

Twenty-five Women in Leadership Awards were given at a luncheon at the Hotel Pere Marquette in Peoria on Sept. 11 and one of them bore the name of Ann Cowling, an art and physical education teacher at St. Mary’s School in Metamora. The awards, which recognize women who have demonstrated unswerving dedication to the betterment […]

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