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Changing the world one rosary at a time in Pontiac

Photo Caption: With a variety of beads to work with, the rosary makers at Pontiac Towers craft between 30 and 40 rosaries each week. Here, Mary Monical (left) and Barb Trainor compare beads to differentiate between By: Jennifer Willems PONTIAC — Every Thursday afternoon, a small group of women gathers in the craft room of […]

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Speaker: “Vulnerables” criteria to judge health care reform

Photo Caption: Pictured at the annual Diocesan Health Care Day on Nov. 3 are, from left, Msgr. Mark Merdian, Robert Gilligan, and Patrick Cacchione. By: By Jennifer Willems Health care reform that does not respond to the needs of the most vulnerable members of society presents a challenge that people of faith must be ready […]

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Grief journey is never easy, pastoral care ministers told

Photo Caption: In prayer at the Pastoral Care Day of Reflection are Anna Sykes of Holy Family Parish and Provena Hospice, Danville; Lou Lowe of Sacred Heart, Peoria; and Georgia Kelm of St. Teresa, Earlville. By: By Jennifer Willems There is no escaping grief. It touches everyone for different reasons, in different ways and for […]

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If it’s Monday, it’s rosary night for Mendota couples

Photo Caption: Ed Lauer, shown with his wife Roberta, started the weekly rosary group at Holy Cross Church in Mendota 13 years ago. By: By Jennifer Willems Editor’s note — During October, a month of rosary devotion, The Catholic Post will introduce individuals and groups in central Illinois for whom the rosary has special meaning. […]

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Joy as diocesan retreat center is renamed Nazareth House

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky and the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary and members of their Family of the Two Hearts pose with Nazareth House’s new Holy Family statue. By: By Jennifer Willems HENRY — Naming a Catholic institution is a moment of great joy, but it is also a moment of […]

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‘Be strong,’ Bishop Jenky tells parish respect life coordinators

Photo Caption: Newly commissioned parish coordinator Mary Lievens of St. Anthony’s Parish in Matherville receives a certificate from Bishop Jenky. By: Jennifer Willems Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, brought good news and bad news with him when he celebrated Mass for respect life coordinators from around the diocese last Saturday, and he delivered both with […]

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Philo the hub of ‘Extreme Makeover’ generosity

Photo Caption: Msgr. James Ramer celebrates Mass at the construction site. By: By Jennifer Willems PHILO — Need doesn’t make an appointment. It usually comes on fast and strong and requires immediate attention. As students returned to St. Thomas School in Philo, and Holy Trinity School and Central Catholic High School in Bloomington last week, […]

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First students “make history” at new St. Jude Catholic School

Photo Caption: Father R. Anthony Lee presents hard hats to 3-year-old pre-schools students as part of their initiation into the “St. Jude Builder’s Club” By: Jennifer Willems Before he cut the maroon ribbon that stretched across the doors that led to the classrooms of the new St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria, Father R. Anthony […]

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610 learn from Jesus at Summer Institute

By: By Jennifer Willems One of the many titles by which Jesus was known is “teacher” and he continued to provide valuable lessons for the 610 people who gathered at St. Vincent de Paul Church and School in Peoria June 12-13 for the 2009 Diocesan Summer Institute. Helping to spread his Good News to the […]

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Love of reading, faith legacy of Pekin teacher

Photo Caption: Pat Graf and her kindergarten students sit beneath a banner they made for a recent Mass. By: By Jennifer Willems PEKIN — Pat Graf isn’t just a teacher. She’s a kindergarten teacher and she says there is an important distinction. “I think kindergarten is totally different from any other grade, mainly because they […]

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