40 Days for Life vigils to take place from Sept. 27 to Nov. 5 in Peoria, Champaign

Since its first campaign in 2007, 40 Days for Life has seen its message of hope and faith in the culture of life spread to more than 1,000 cities in 63 countries. The organization’s website lists the evidence of what prayer, fasting, community outreach and peaceful witness have achieved — 23,525 lives saved, 251 abortion […]

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Sr. Cecilia Mattingly, OSF, dies at 96; former teacher, librarian and nanny

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Sept. 7 at Immaculate Conception Convent in West Peoria for Sister Cecilia Mattingly, OSF, a former teacher and librarian at several schools in the Diocese of Peoria who served in childcare following her retirement. Sister Cecilia died on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023, at OSF Richard Owens Hospice […]

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Costa Catholic community rallies after storm damage, opens relocated school

By Paul Thomas Moore of The Catholic Post GALESBURG — The old saying is “April showers bring May flowers,” but in this case it was more like “summer rains cause back-to-school pains.” Extensive summer storm damage at Costa Catholic Academy from a broken roof pipe rendered the building at 2726 Costa Drive — near Immaculate Heart […]

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Interfaith ‘Season of Creation’ prayer service offered in Rock Island Sept. 30

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 — An outdoor, interfaith prayer service to deepen connections to God, the earth, and all of creation will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, on the grounds of St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Avenue West. The hour-long service is sponsored by The Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery […]

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Inspiration and revelation: God’s breath

My Vocation is Love / By Lindsey Weishar Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with some friends for a group reading of a Flannery O’Connor short story I hadn’t encountered before, “Parker’s Back.” Though I admire that O’Connor was able to write stories that speak to both Catholics and non-Catholics alike, I have had […]

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Forgiveness disarms self-centeredness

Living the Word / By Tim Irwin Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Sept. 17 Sirach 27:30—28:7; Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-35 This week’s Gospel teaches the Ethic of Reciprocity. We know it as the Golden Rule. It shows up in virtually every culture and religion across human history. When people discover […]

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