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Because he is a professional sports figure, Chase Hilgenbrinck’s decision to retire from soccer to begin studies for the priesthood in our diocese became a national and even an international story. We at The Catholic Post were not immune from borrowing on the sports celebrity interest. I can’t recall this newspaper giving so much ink […]

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Says floats spread pro-life awareness

CHAMPAIGN — Want to promote a pro-life theme within your community? Enter a float with a message in a local parade. Better yet, design the float so well that it becomes a prize winner. So suggests Myrna Buyno, a member of St. Matthew’s Parish in Champaign. And she speaks from experience. A float she helped […]

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Ottawa prays for Marquette student-athlete

OTTAWA — “Totally unexpected, and nice.” That’s how Kristal LeRette describes a prayer service that was organized last Wednesday by the Marquette High School football and basketball teammates of her son Bryan, who was undergoing heart surgery that day. “Bryan is recovering just miraculously,” Bryan’s mother told The Catholic Post. Bryan, 16, a Marquette student […]

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Earlville parish to celebrate 150th anniversary July 19

EARLVILLE — Members of St. Teresa of Avila Parish will begin a celebration of the faith community’s 150th anniversary on Saturday, July 19, with a One-Day-Fun-Day event. It starts at 11 a.m. with games for people of all ages. Other activities include face painting and a silent auction. Msgr. Raymond Boyle, pastor of St. Patrick’s […]

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‘Humanae Vitae’ wisdom is even clearer 40 years later

Four decades after its release, the message of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on married love and procreation, “Humanae Vitae,” is more necessary today than ever, say natural family planning educators in the Diocese of Peoria. That is because the years since the encyclical’s publication on July 25, 1968, have witnessed widespread use of contraceptives, legalization […]

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Hearts broken, but not spirits

BLOOMINGTON — When they arrived in El Salvador to build houses for families in need, missionaries from Holy Trinity Parish in Bloomington were told that their hearts would break many times as they encountered the Salvadoran people. Little did they know the first heartbreak would come before they even began their work with the Fuller […]

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State cuts to impact Catholic services

Clients of Catholic agencies and institutions serving the poor, the abused, the sick and the elderly are among those who will suffer from ongoing budget woes in the State of Illinois, say leaders in the Diocese of Peoria. On July 9, Gov. Rod Blagojevich cut $1.4 billion from an out-of-balance $59 billion budget for fiscal […]

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POST POLL: Bible aside, a good book for spiritual reading?

Welcome to the “Post Poll,” an interactive feature of our new Web site. Look for a new question every two weeks. We are currently inviting readers to recommend a book that has influenced your faith life. It can be either a new release or an old favorite. Please include the title, author, and a brief […]

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Naming Jesus

By: Barbara Roedel Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles, June 29 Acts 12:1-11; Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,7-18; Matthew 16:13-19 Names and images reveal how we see a person, what our experience of that person is, and what role they play in our lives. In today’s Gospel, Jesus questioned Peter as to what the […]

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The price is right to SHARE

Imagine that this weekend a service station in your community begins offering gas for $1.99 a gallon. Would you expect a long line? How quickly would the good news spread, even to neighboring communities? Would anyone not pull up to that pump because of concern they’d be taking inexpensive gas away from people with lower […]

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