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Greatest love, adventure story

Let’s start out with a four-question quiz on the Bible. Are the Gospels part of the Bible? Did Jesus write one of the books of the Bible? Was Paul or Moses a figure from the Old Testament? Which of the following wrote a Gospel: Luke? John? Paul? Peter? We’ll give the answers at the end. […]

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Fathers Leclercq, Shea granted senior status

Two priests of the Diocese of Peoria have been granted senior status by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Father M. Duane Leclercq, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Granville, and St. Patrick’s Parish, Hennepin, will be honored at a celebration in Granville on Monday evening, May 19. He was also recognized with a party last Sunday […]

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Princeville teens publish new book

PRINCEVILLE — The high school students of St. Mary of the Woods Parish have published a new prayer book for teens, “The ‘Prince of Peace’ Princes Prayer Book.”As the title suggests, the prayer book joins the students’ Catholic faith with their pride in their hometown and school, Princeville High School, whose sports teams are named […]

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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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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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One Special Person’s First Communion

Photo Caption: David Conrad, shown with his mother Kathy, made his first Communion last Wednesday during Special Persons Encounter Christ’s final Mass of the school year at Christ the King Church in Moline. By: Jared Olar MOLINE — Songs, laughter and joy filled Christ the King Church during the concluding Mass of Special Persons Encounter […]

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Guest column: Now what? Share the gift

Graduation ceremonies are taking place this month in schools around the Diocese of Peoria. Following is the full text of a homily given by Father Gregory Ketcham during a Mass at Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises for 83 students last Sunday at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign. Father Ketcham is chaplain and […]

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Homework for graduates

By: – Thomas J. Dermody, editor-in-chief The days of assigned school homework are over, at least for the summer, for most of the high school and college members of the Class of 2008. But young people about to enter new stages in life would do well to spend a few hours this summer with “The […]

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Diocesan tribute to John Paul II June 13

Whether your goal is becoming a better teacher of the Catholic faith, or simply becoming a better Catholic, there is much to learn from the life and example of the late Pope John Paul II. One of the keynote speakers at next month’s Diocesan Summer Institute, George Weigel, is uniquely qualified to help people increase […]

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Reflection: Inspiration in our backyard

Editor’s note: The writer teaches first grade at St. Matthew’s School in Champaign. I will never forget the morning that Nicole handed me a note when dropping her son, Liam, off in my first grade classroom at St. Matthew’s School in Champaign. Nicole walked in my class with a small handwritten note. She had the […]

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