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Welcome immigrants, share stories, church leaders urged

Photo Caption: Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago (left) and the Rev. Dr. Gary Wollersheim of Rockford compare notes at the Illinois Conference of Churches assembly Sept. 22 at St. Luke Union Church, Bloomington. By: By Tom Dermody BLOOMINGTON — With immigration politics becoming more impassioned as an election year approaches, Cardinal Francis E. George […]

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Epiphany in Normal named National Blue Ribbon School

By: By Tom Dermody NORMAL — Epiphany Catholic School has been recognized as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, one of 304 schools to receive the distinction and among only four in downstate Illinois. The announcement was made Thursday morning by Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. Epiphany school […]

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New CD remembers Regina, completes “Unfinished Business”

Photo Caption: David LaVallee of Washington shows the back of the CD cover for “Unfinished Business,” a collection of vocals by his late wife, Regina, set to fresh orchestration. By: By Tom Dermody David LaVallee never got to say goodbye when his wife Regina took ill suddenly at a Cursillo weekend in late 2006 and […]

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Widowed, divorced urged to place trust and hope in God

Photo Caption: Two of the 65 participants in the diocesan Day of Reflection for the Widowed and Divorced spend private reflection time in the prayer garden of St. Patrick’s Church of Merna in Bloomington. By: By Tom Dermody BLOOMINGTON — Those who are experiencing the pain of losing a spouse through death or divorce are […]

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Newlyweds among diocesan pilgrims to World Youth Day

Photo Caption: Jack and Katie Maggiore are shown at their wedding Mass July 16 at the John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal. The Maggiores will be among nearly 100 World Youth Day pilgrims from the diocese. By: By Tom Dermody Most couples take a trip after their wedding, but usually not to join […]

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Letters sought to support Catholic Charities’ foster care position

Photo Caption: A sample letter as well as a contact list of legislators is found online at the Catholic Charities website. By: By Tom Dermody While encouraged by an Illinois judge’s ruling temporarily allowing Catholic Charities to continue providing state-funded foster care and adoption services, officials in the Diocese of Peoria are asking for the […]

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New parish center to be dedicated in Atkinson Sunday

Photo Caption: The newly completed St. Anthony’s Parish Center in Atkinson will be blessed by Bishop Jenky on Sunday evening, July 24. By: By Tom Dermody ATKINSON — “We watched a miracle take place.” That’s how Deacon Nick Simon describes the outpouring of sacrifice and generosity that has resulted in the completion of a new […]

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Sts. Peter and Paul, Nauvoo, completes window restoration

Photo Caption: Msgr. Paul Showalter, P.A., vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria, blesses one of the newly refurbished stained-glass windows at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Nauvoo. By: By Tom Dermody NAUVOO — Bathed in rays of light from a setting summer sun streaming through newly restored stained glass windows, members of Sts. Peter […]

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Fr. Barron “shows off” Catholic faith in 10-part documentary

By: By Tom Dermody Catholicism is a beautiful religion “meant to be shown off,” says Father Robert Barron. This fall, the Chicago priest’s new 10-part video documentary called “Catholicism” will offer a new way for parishes and individuals to not only show off their faith, but to better learn and share it. Clergy and religious […]

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