Plan Benedictine weekends

ROCK ISLAND — Women are invited to experience life as a Benedictine Sister at St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. West, over two weekends, March 27-29 and May 8-10. Those who attend will have an opportunity to discover how the Benedictines are different from other religious communities in terms of community life and prayer. While […]

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The Last House on the Left

Rating: O (R) NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Glossy remake of horrormeister Wes Craven’s influential, low-budget thriller from 1972 pits the parents (Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter) of a 17-year-old girl […]

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Programs to ‘adopt’ women in formation seen as way to help vocations

WASHINGTON (CNS) — “Adopt-a-seminarian” programs to support and encourage young men studying for the priesthood are pretty common in U.S. dioceses, and programs like that for young women could help foster vocations to religious life, said Benedictine Sister Michelle Catherine Sinkhorn. Sister Michelle is co-director of vocation ministries at the monastery of the Sisters of […]

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In Cameroon, pope asks bishops to lead new evangelization efforts

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI, on his first full day in Africa, encouraged Cameroon’s bishops to be strong preachers of the Gospel and vigilant shepherds on matters of priestly formation and behavior, liturgical dignity and Christian marriage. Emphasizing the church’s missionary task, the pope said bishops must first of all be religious educators […]

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Urge ‘no’ vote on Illinois FOCA

One week after 4,000 Catholics filled the Capitol Rotunda for the first “Catholics at the Capitol” gathering, the Illinois House’s Human Services Committee voted out a bill Wednesday that should motivate action from Catholic households around the state. The Reproductive Health and Access Act — dubbed Illinois’ version of the “Freedom of Choice Act” being […]

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Putting ourselves on the line

By: By Barbara Roedel Third Sunday of Lent, March 15 Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:8,9,10,11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25. (When the First Scrutiny is celebrated, these readings may be used: Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,8-9; Romans 5:1-2,5-8; John 4:5-42) Last week the disciples got a peek at who Jesus was and what he was about in […]

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Annawan parish invites others to show kindness for Katelyn

ANNAWAN — Cradled in the love and prayers of her family and her parish since before she was born, 10-month-old Katelyn Hope DeRycke will once again receive the support of her parish next weekend when a benefit raises money to help pay her rising medical expenses. Katelyn, daughter of Adam and Hope DeRycke, members of […]

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Presentation Sisters create ‘new path’ in Princeton

PRINCETON — Sister Anne Germaine Picard, SMP, was about 13 when she read about St. Joan of Arc and the story of the young “maid of Orleans” had a profound impact on her life. “I had in my heart a desire to be a soldier for Christ and to fight for the faith,” she recalled. […]

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Mendota students go on a vocations adventure

Catholic students who took part in “Catholics at the Capitol” last Wednesday in Springfield had the chance to stand for their faith and their church in the halls of our state government. But for 27 junior high students from Holy Cross School in Mendota, the day was also a “vocations adventure” that culminated in a […]

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