Rite of Election ceremonies set at cathedral March 1

At Easter, the family of God in central Illinois will grow by 366 and the final preparations for receiving these men, women and children into the church begins next Sunday, March 1, at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. The ceremonies, which take place in the context of prayer services, will be […]

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Offer master classes in Gregorian chant

Master classes for those interested in singing and directing Gregorian chant will be offered in central Illinois on March 2, 3 and 4. Sponsored by the diocesan Office of Divine Worship, the workshops will be given by Dr. Jennifer Donelson. Assistant professor of music at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dr. Donelson also […]

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Regulations for Lent and the Easter Triduum

1. Lent is the principal season of penance in the Christian year. Priests, religious and laity are strongly urged to develop and follow a program of voluntary self-denial, attentiveness to prayer, and especially to works of charity and mercy. 2. Everyone of 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on […]

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Introduction to contemplative prayer set Feb. 28

PEORIA HEIGHTS — As Lent begins, an introduction to contemplative prayer and outreach will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library at St. Thomas School, Peoria Heights. Florrie Dammers of Bloomington will present the session, focusing on contemplative prayer as taught by Father Thomas Keating, OCSO. The […]

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Rock Island parish offers Bible study beginning March 4

ROCK ISLAND — Marilyn Korthaus-Riley and Fran Riley of Partners in Faith Ministry will lead a Bible study based on “The Seven Last Words of Christ” on the Wednesdays of Lent in Farrell Hall of St. Pius X Church, 2502 29th Ave.The sessions begin on March 4 and will end on April 8. Each will […]

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

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. Relentlessly violent horror action prequel in which a part-human, part-werewolf Lycan (Michael Sheen) leads a slave revolt against a cruel vampire king (Bill […]

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Catholic legislators must protect life, pope tells Speaker Pelosi

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI met privately with U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, and told her that all Catholics, especially those who are lawmakers, must work to protect human life at every stage. Pelosi, a Catholic Democrat from California, has been criticized by many Catholics for her support […]

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New Illinois law allows pastoral workers to visit immigrant detainees

CHICAGO (CNS) — Supporters of the religious rights of immigrants detained by the federal government celebrated the passage of a law requiring Illinois state and county detention facilities to allow detained immigrants to meet with pastoral workers. The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, of which the Archdiocese of Chicago and many other Catholic […]

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Poverty Forum offers new solutions to aid marginalized people

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Eighteen individuals with expertise in anti-poverty initiatives and poverty reform efforts have put forth a multitiered proposal that they say can help reduce poverty for Americans living on the margins. Under the title the Poverty Forum, the individuals Feb. 17 called upon the administration of President Barack Obama and the Congress to […]

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