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Love, laughter, and the Lord mix at Marriage Mass, Date Night

Photo Caption: Bruce and Debbie Askins (right) of St. John’s Parish, Clinton, and Bob and Rita Williams of St. Patrick’s Church of Merna in Bloomington renew their vows at the Diocesan Marriage Mass Feb. 19. By: By Tom Dermody A “banquet of love” was followed by servings of laughter when married couples from around the […]

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Faith at workplace focus of leadership seminar March 12

By: By Tom Dermody A college sports coach, a lawyer, a corporate consultant and the Bishop of Peoria will all share how they integrate the Catholic faith into their work during a Faith-Based Leadership Seminar planned for Saturday, March 12, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Business leaders and managers from around the Diocese […]

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Lessons on St. Nicholas, God’s love delivered to lunch guests

Photo Caption: Earianah King, 4, gets an embrace from St. Nicholas (portrayed by Bob Beckenbaugh) during a lunch at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall near downtown Peoria on Dec. 6, the feast of St. Nicholas. By: By Tom Dermody Before dressing as St. Nicholas for a lunch with more than 350 hungry homeless and underemployed adults […]

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National Blue Ribbon Award to St. Vincent de Paul School “team”

Photo Caption: Surrounded by U.S. and diocesan dignitaries after ceremonies Monday, Bishop Jenky and Msgr. Gray hold a plaque recognizing St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. By: By Tom Dermody On a gymnasium stage surrounded by banners recalling athletic success, the entire St. Vincent de Paul School […]

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Journalist explores church’s future trends at Epiphany, Normal

By: By Tom Dermody NORMAL — Catholics must better unite in a “spirituality of communion” or risk being “steamrolled” by 21st century challenges such as the biotech revolution, journalist John L Allen Jr. told about 200 people at a fundraising dinner for Epiphany Parish here last Sunday. Allen, senior correspondent for National Catholic Reporter, discussed […]

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Two sports state titles in one day for Peoria Notre Dame

By: By Tom Dermody (Editor’s note: For photos from Monday’s celebratory events, click on “Post Photos” camera icon in the left margin.) Forty-eight hours after reaching their lofty goals on the same day, the state champion boys soccer and girls cross country teams from Peoria Notre Dame High School climbed high aboard a fire truck […]

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Found on river barge, baby given love, burial in Lacon

By: By Tom Dermody LACON — Next to nothing is known about Baby Moses Doe, but visitors to Immaculate Conception Cemetery here will remember the tiny infant for generations to come. The 20-week fetus, whose skeletal remains were found on the edge of a river barge on Sept. 2 as gravel was being loaded in […]

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Diocese’s priests gather, urged to remain in God’s love

Photo Caption: Surrounded by many of the more than 150 priests of the diocese taking part in Assembly Days Oct. 26-27, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, celebrates Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. By: By Tom Dermody Success in priestly ministry is not measured by numbers or accomplishments, but by remaining in and sharing the love […]

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Social Ministry Institute speakers say look to cross for solutions

By: By Tom Dermody Father Bud Grant proposes a solution to saving the planet that isn’t quite as marketable — or simple — as reduce, re-use and recycle. His idea? Embrace suffering, out of love for both God’s creation and future generations. “I’m going to suggest suffering is an environmental virtue — in fact, the […]

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Go to Mass as a family, urge parents of 14 children

By: By Tom Dermody Ever feel it’s not worth taking potentially noisy children to Mass? “Don’t buy into that lie,” said Kathleen Littleton. Kathleen is the mother of 14. And she, her husband Jim, and their children have been daily Mass-goers for a decade. “We sit in back,” said Kathleen, whose children range in age […]

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