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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Diocese’s student leaders gather; pledge Christian service

Photo Caption: Before tackling serious topics, students attending Catholic High School Leadership Day mixed it up in a game of “human foosball” on the patio of the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. By: By Tom Dermody Sixteen-year-old pop singer Justin Bieber is a big deal these days, but St. Francis of Assisi has been considered […]

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40 Days for Life opens Wednesday in Peoria, Champaign

By: By Tom Dermody Participants in the “40 Days for Life” campaign to end abortion that opens Sept. 22 in Peoria, Champaign, and around the U.S. were challenged to be “sentinels of hope” to their communities during a prayerful kickoff event on the banks of the Illinois River on Sunday evening. “We are here because […]

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Hurts, hopes, healing blend as Streator parishes consolidate

By: By Tom Dermody STREATOR — Expressing both hurts and hopes, the Catholic community of Streator prepared for the approaching transition from four parishes to one consolidated parish by coming together Monday night under one roof to pray, listen, and learn together. “It’s going to take everyone’s generosity, everyone’s good will, and everyone’s faith to […]

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New Geneseo parish center blessed; enhances school, too

By: By Tom Dermody GENESEO — With prayers of gratitude, songs of joy, tours, and plenty of home cooking, members of St. Malachy’s Parish here celebrated the dedication and blessing of a new parish center last Friday. “May all who come here know the presence of Christ, experience the joy of his friendship, and grow […]

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