Parish nurse preparation course offered in March

The Parish Nurse Program at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria is offering a course during two weekends in March for registered nurses interested in serving as parish nurses. The “Basic Parish Nurse Preparation Course” will meet March 13-15 and again March 27-29 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, 530 NE Glen Oak Ave., […]

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Fired Up!

Rating: O (PG-13) 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. Banal sex comedy in which two philandering high school football players (Nicholas D’Agosto and Eric Christian Olsen) attend a mostly female cheerleading camp, […]

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Financial crisis may take heavy toll on children, Vatican official says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The global financial crisis is likely to dramatically impact the world’s poor in coming months, depriving children of essential services in education and health care, a Vatican official said. The negative consequences of the economic crisis “exert a more dramatic impact on the developing world and on the most vulnerable groups […]

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Physicians take legal, educational steps to defend conscience rights

WASHINGTON (CNS) — To combat what they see as threats to the conscience rights of health care professionals who oppose abortion, the Catholic Medical Association and other organizations are taking both legal and educational steps. The Philadelphia-based Catholic Medical Association, which has some 1,100 members nationwide, has joined with the Christian Medical Association and the […]

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Send yourself to Springfield

OK, it’s taking place on a Wednesday — not the easiest day to free ourselves from work responsibilities to head out of town. But we join the Catholic Conference of Illinois in hoping that representatives from many, many parishes in the Diocese of Peoria will be in Springfield on March 4 for the first-ever “Catholics […]

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God’s gift of forgiveness

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 22 Isaiah 43:18-19,21-22,24b-25; Psalm 41:2-3,4-5,13-14; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22; Mark 2:1-12 The story recounted in this Sunday’s Gospel is one of the most unusual scenes in the New Testament. A paralytic in need of healing, prevented from seeing Jesus by the huge crowd, is […]

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Awards bestowed at Diocesan Scout Mass (with slideshow)

Photo Caption: Girl Scouts join in prayer at the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 15. By: By Jared Olar The annual Diocesan Scout Mass is always a special time for the Scouts and Scout leaders who receive badges and medals, but two surprise awards made this year’s Mass even more memorable. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, […]

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Diocesan events celebrate marriage on Valentine’s Day

On the evening of Valentine’s Day, Tim Roder had a question for the more than 100 married couples enjoying a candlelight dinner on a “date night” sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria: “What have you done for your marriage today?” There was one catch. Roder told the couples they couldn’t say the best thing many […]

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White Mass: Healing our wounded world

In the presence of a community that has become known for its compassionate care for the lepers and the desperately poor people of Calcutta, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, preached about a leper who had enough faith to kneel at Jesus’ feet and seek the healing and hope he needed. “Let us consciously, at this […]

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