Chant school forming; first session Nov. 1

In an effort to increase the knowledge of and appreciation for Gregorian chant in the Diocese of Peoria, a Cathedral Chant School has been formed and the first session is next Saturday, Nov. 1. People with all levels of musical experience are welcome to come to the class, which will be held from 1 to […]

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Teddy bears coax smiles from tears

CHAMPAIGN — Anyone who has seen a child with a teddy bear knows the comfort and joy these stuffed creatures bring to those who are hugging them. The Provena Hospice Center for Grief, Loss and Hope has found this to be especially true for people who are coping with the death of someone they loved. […]

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Rating: A-III (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. Largely speculative but generally absorbing dramatization of George W. Bush (an uncannily accurate Josh Brolin) making the decision to invade Iraq and its […]

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Funeral Mass in Peru for Fr. Bawiec

PERU — Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, celebrated a funeral Mass on Monday at St. Valentine’s Church here for Father Edward J. Bawiec, 83, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and pastor emeritus of St. Valentine’s Parish. Father Bawiec, a native of Oglesby and a World War II veteran, died at 4:10 p.m. […]

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TEC for boys Nov. 1-3 in Peterstown

PETERSTOWN — The Peters-town Teens Encounter Christ has scheduled a TEC weekend for boys for Nov. 1-3. The program is open to youths of all faiths who are between the ages of 16 and 20. TEC weekends include meditations on faith, prayer, reconciliation, Eucharist, discipleship and love, as well as time for reflection on serious […]

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Sr. Sophie Petro, OSF, 89, native of Streator, dies

JOLIET — A funeral Mass was offered Oct. 8 at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home here for Sister Sophie (M. Firmina) Petro, OSF, a native of Streator who taught at the former St. Stephen’s School from 1969 to 1978. Sister Sophie died at the retirement home on Saturday, Oct. 4, after a long illness. […]

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Christ’s humility shows love is powerful, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christ’s extreme humility and his willingness to die for the sins of all humanity demonstrate that love is far more powerful than pushiness and pretension, Pope Benedict XVI said during his Oct. 22 general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Discussing St. Paul’s faith in and teaching about Jesus Christ, the pope […]

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Our civic duties

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 19 Isaiah 45:1,4-6; Psalm 96:1,3,4-5,7-8,9-10; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b; Matthew 22:15-21 Religion and politics is a hot topic these days, especially since in recent years politicians on every level of government have sought to build their political base at least in part upon religious […]

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