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Grateful for your gifts

In this last issue of The Catholic Post’s 75th anniversary year, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas and close out the first decade of the new millennium, we wish to express words of gratitude for some of the many gifts that have come this newspaper’s way. First, we thank our readers for your gift of […]

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Seasons of artistic inspiration

Try to imagine the Advent or Christmas seasons without artwork of any kind. No Nativity sets. No Advent wreaths. No ornaments or other decorations, inside or out, at home or at church. No music. No Christmas plays on stage, and no inspirational specials or movies on screens. No paintings of Madonna and Child, angels or […]

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Our undeserved peace prize

Did President Barack Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded Oct. 9? Nine months into his presidency, has he done enough to foster peace in the world? What was the Nobel committee thinking when they named our new president the recipient of what may be the world’s most prestigious honor? How will the […]

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Congratulations, Marquette High School

It should be quite a celebration weekend Oct. 9-11 at Marquette High School in Ottawa. A pioneer school of our diocese, Marquette is marking 150 years of Catholic secondary education in the city and region this year. The school traces its roots back to 1859 and the establishment of St. Xavier Academy by the Sisters […]

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The wisdom of Bishop O’Rourke

Ten years ago, the Diocese of Peoria said farewell to Bishop Edward W. O’Rourke, who died Sept. 29, 1999, at the age of 81. This beloved shepherd known as a “friend of the poor” had many friends. During two days of mourning at St. Mary’s Cathedral, about 4,000 people paid respects to the native of […]

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A calendar to direct prayers during Year for Priests

Editor’s note: We give this week’s editorial space to enthusiastically promote an idea developed by Father James King, a priest of the Diocese of Peoria who is presently on leave of absence for health reasons. A Peoria native who was ordained in 1992, he has served in several parishes, including as pastor of Sacre Coeur, […]

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We all teach, but this weekend thank those called as catechists

S ome people in the public eye behaved rather badly in recent days. In sports, there was Serena Williams, the magnificent tennis player, using foul language as she threatened to stuff a ball down the throat of a line judge who called her for an infraction near the end of a semifinal match at the […]

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Pay a visit to ‘Nazareth House’

I f you are one of the thousands whose faith life has been enriched by the presence of King’s House of Retreats in Henry, this week is for you. If you are unaware of this treasure of the Diocese of Peoria or the staff of dedicated religious women staffing the facilty, it’s also your week. […]

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VIPs at our Catholic funerals

The guest list at the funeral Mass in Boston for U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy was long and impressive: the President and Vice President of the United States, three former presidents and three former vice presidents, and a host of senators, representatives, governors, and foreign dignitaries. Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley presided at the packed Our […]

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Congratulations to two centennial St. Mary’s

The final days of August will be exciting ones at two institutions in our diocese each celebrating 100-year anniversaries under the patronage of St. Mary. This Tuesday, Aug. 25, OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg culminates a yearlong observance of its centennial. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will be principal celebrant of a 5 […]

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