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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Cheers for St. Bede grad

We don’t tell you for whom to vote in elections. Nor do we take a stand in the heated Cardinals, Cubs, or White Sox baseball debates. But we can report that, as the Major League Baseball World Series approaches, nearly everyone in the LaSalle-Peru area — and certainly everyone at the St. Bede Academy community […]

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Widowed, divorced receive blessing, love, encouragement

Photo Caption: Diocesan Mass for the Widowed and Divorced at St. Mary’s Cathedral Sunday, Oct. 12. By: By Jared Olar In Jesus Christ, all the suffering we endure has value. With those encouraging words, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, welcomed those attending the Diocesan Mass for the Widowed and Divorced on Sunday afternoon at St. […]

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Centennial Mass in Dallas City Saturday

DALLAS CITY — For a century, the members of Sacred Heart Mission in Dallas City have worked hard to build up the Catholic Church and the faith in Hancock County wouldn’t be the same without them, according to Father Tony Trosley. “The church there, in the very best sense of the words, is a proud, […]

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Names sought for diocesan All Souls Mass on Nov. 2

There are very few times during the year when a special celebration takes the place of the Sunday liturgy of the day. The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed or All Souls Day is one of them. A Diocesan All Souls Mass is planned for Sunday, Nov. 2, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Bishop […]

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Bishop lauds work of women’s commission

Members of the Bishop’s Commission on Women in the Church and in Society of the Diocese of Peoria didn’t come empty-handed to their annual meeting with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, last week. They brought successes, questions and one request. “You asked us to establish the Christ Child Society in the diocese four years ago […]

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