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Respect Life Month events in diocese: cathedral Mass, Life Chains, festival

Life Chain participants in Galesburg hold signs as they pray in this Catholic Post file photo. Life Chains are among the events planned in the diocese during October, Respect Life Month. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

People of faith will not only have opportunities to stand up for life as Respect Life Month begins on Sunday, Oct. 2, but they are invited to join Bishop Louis Tylka for Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. He will also be the homilist at the 10:30 a.m. Respect Life Mass. Life Chains are […]

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Funeral Mass to be offered in Streator Friday for Fr. Jerome Feeley Smith, 63

Father Jerome Feeley Smith

STREATOR — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Church here at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, for Father Jerome Feeley Smith, who was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria and later became a commissioned officer in the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy. Father Smith […]

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Fr. Ted Hochstatter, 73, dies; funeral in Mendota Thursday for servant of poor

Father Theodore Hochstatter

MENDOTA – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Holy Cross Church here for Father Theodore (Ted) Hochstatter, 73, who was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria and since 1993 served the poor with the Missionaries of Charity, mostly in Africa. Father Hochsatter died […]

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Benedictines to host ‘Season of Creation’ interfaith prayer service on Sept. 24

Solar panels are seen in this aerial view of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. The monastery will be the site of an outdoor interfaith "Season of Creation prayer service on Saturday, Sept. 24. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — In an effort to deepen connections with God, the Earth, and all of creation, the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery are planning an outdoor interfaith prayer service for Saturday, Sept. 24. It will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on the monastery grounds at 2200 88th Ave. West. […]

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What would Lazarus look like at our ‘door’ . . . and would we notice him?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Living the Word / Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Sept. 25 Amos 6:1a,4-7; Psalm 146:7,8-9,9-10; 1 Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31 Abou Adam was wealthy according to every earthly measure. At the same time, however, he sincerely strove to be spiritually wealthy as well. One night he was aroused from his sleep […]

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Latino men explore spiritual, physical, emotional health issues at retreat

Participants in the Latino Men’s Retreat pose for a group photo Aug. 27 at Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia. Seen standing in the center is Cecilia Soñé, director of Respect Life Ministry and interim director of evangelization and formation for the Diocese of Peoria. (Provided photo)

MAGNOLIA — After attending the first encounter for fathers and sons from Spanish-speaking communities around the Diocese of Peoria in April, participants asked for a retreat dedicated to their issues as Latino men. They got it on Aug. 27 at Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center here. Another collaboration between the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of […]

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