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PDCCW president reflects on blessings of 2022 with gratitude, looks ahead to 2023

Members of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women met with Bishop Louis Tylka Dec. 5 to discuss their work and where they could do the most good. With him are (from left) Barbara Harzman of Macomb; Nympha White of Grand Ridge; Mary Ann Hughes of Westville; and April Adams of Metamora. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Council Comments l Mary Ann Hughes As it is almost year’s end, it is a fitting time to reflect on all the blessings we’ve been given not just for this year, but throughout our lives. Even in tough times, God’s presence surrounds us with His eternal love and as always a chance to start anew, […]

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Called to share in faithfulness of Christ

Father R. Michael Schaab

Living the Word l Father R. Michael Schaab Fourth Sunday of Advent l Dec. 18 Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-2,3-4,5-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24 There are two messages in the readings, one about Jesus and one about ourselves. The first message is found in the reading from Isaiah and in the Gospel. The second message is found […]

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Advent’s challenge: Coming to God each day and not just at the end of time

Father R. Michael Schaab

Living the Word l Father R. Michael Schaab Second Sunday of Advent l Dec. 4 Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12 Advent comes from two Latin words that mean “to come to.” They are applied in two different ways — God comes to us and we come to God. These applications have different dimensions, […]

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Where will the Diocesan Traveling Monstrance be in December?

Some changes have been made to the schedule for Holy Hours with the Diocesan Traveling Monstrance in December. The corrected schedule is: Dec. 1, Immaculate Conception, Carthage; Dec. 5, Sacred Heart, Warsaw; Dec. 8, Sacred Heart, Dallas City; Dec. 12, St. Patrick, Raritan; Dec. 15, St. Theresa, Alexis; Dec. 19, St. Ambrose, Milan; Dec. 22, […]

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As Advent begins, opportunities for missions, music and reflection revealed

A lit candle is seen on an Advent wreath. Advent, which begins this Sunday, Nov. 27, is a season of waiting. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St Louis Review)

Cathedral Nativity loaned to community festival An historic Nativity that has graced the sanctuary of St. Mary’s Cathedral since 1933 is one of 750 that will be displayed at the Peoria Area Community Festival of Nativities, planned for Dec. 1-4, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Peoria. The theme for this […]

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Christ the King rules all of creation with power and love in ‘covenant fidelity’

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word l Shawn Reeves Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe l Nov. 20 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122:1-2,3-4,4-5; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43 Self-preservation is one of the most powerful forces of human nature. When we (or those we love) are threatened, we find ourselves doing things we otherwise would not […]

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