Clergy appointments affect leadership in LaSalle, Peru and Oglesby parishes

CLERGY APPOINTMENTS Father Gary Blake, while remaining vicar forane of the LaSalle Vicariate, from pastor, Holy Family Parish, Oglesby, to pastor, St. Valentine Parish, St. Mary Parish, and St. Joseph Parish, all in Peru Father Paul Carlson, from pastor, St. Hyacinth Parish and St. Patrick Parish, both in LaSalle, and rector of Queen of the […]

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Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton to affiliate this year with OSF HealthCare

Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton

PRINCETON — The Boards of Directors for Perry Memorial Hospital here and OSF HealthCare, along with the Princeton City Council have adopted an affiliation agreement that will allow for a transfer of ownership of Perry Memorial Hospital from the City of Princeton to OSF HealthCare. “Our longstanding relationship with Perry Memorial Hospital, which spans nearly […]

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Grateful this and every year for the Eucharist’s unity and universality

The interior of St. Brigid Church on Inishmore Island off the West Coast of Ireland.

Cause of Our Joy / Katie Faley Kneeling in a tiny stone church only big enough to hold about 70 people, I saw the priest raise the bread above the altar and bells rang from behind him. I snapped to attention, finally finding my footing in a Mass that had me pretty lost. I was […]

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An honest, humble look inward before judging could help us . . . and the world

Father Dominic Garramone, OSB

By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 31 Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,7-9; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28 The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are referred to as the “synoptic” gospels, a word that comes from the Greek words for “same” and “vision”; the synoptic gospels have a similar viewpoint and style of […]

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President of U.S. bishops’ statement on the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States as his wife, Jill Biden, holds a Bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 20, 2021. (CNS/ Reuters)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following statement was released Jan. 20 by Most Rev. José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angelesand the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. My prayers are with our new President and his family today. I am praying that God grant him wisdom and courage to lead this great nation […]

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Leaders of both parties join Biden, Harris for Mass of thanksgiving at cathedral

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington Jan. 20, 2021, before his presidential inauguration. (CNS/Reuters)

By Mark Pattison / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Hours before his inauguration as president, Joe Biden and incoming Vice President Kamala Harris were joined by the spouses and congressional leaders from both political parties for what was termed a Mass of thanksgiving early Jan. 20 at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington. Among those […]

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Deacon Lawrence DeCapp, 72, dies; served Germantown Hills, Metamora parishes

Deacon Lawrence DeCapp

EAST PEORIA — A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, at St. Mary of Lourdes Church in Germantown Hills for Deacon Lawrence Leroy DeCapp, 72, a permanent deacon who served that parish as well as St. Mary in Metamora. Deacon DeCapp, who was also active in Cursillo leadership, died […]

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“The Marksman” (Open Road)

Liam Neeson stars in a scene from the movie "The Marksman." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Ryan Sweeney, Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service Well-intentioned but sketchy actioner in which a gruff ex-Marine (Liam Neeson) living on the Arizona-Mexico border reluctantly undertakes to transport an orphaned refugee (Jacob Perez) targeted by the minions of a drug cartel (led by Juan Pablo Raba) to safety with relatives in Chicago. Catholic imagery puts in an occasional appearance […]

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