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53 ‘prayer warrior’ women answer Mary’s invitation

Photo Caption: Gail Mary Cummings places a crown of flowers on the statue of Mary during the DCCW day of reflection May 7 at King’s House, Henry. By: By Jennifer Willems HENRY — Not only does prayer allow people to grow in relationship with God and the Mother of God, but it deepens relationships with […]

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Spotlight on Mary, rosary at DVD screening (with slideshow)

Photo Caption: A combined choir of women religious sing at the “Rosary Stars” prayer service at St. Mary’s Cathedral on May 3. By: By Tom Dermody There was a Hollywood actor in St. Mary’s Cathedral Sunday, but the spotlight was squarely on the Blessed Virgin Mary and the rosary. “Although always put to a test, […]

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1,000 Catholic men take a stand, then kneel: (with slideshow)

Photo Caption: Nearly 1,000 men march through downtown Peoria in a public defense of faith, family, and the priesthood at the sixth annual “Call to Catholic Men of Faith.” By: By Tom Dermody The nearly 1,000 Catholic men taking a public stand in defense of faith, family, and priesthood in downtown Peoria last Saturday also […]

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‘Hands of the Lord’: DCCW honors 29 women for service

Photo Caption: Twenty-nine women from 18 parishes were honored at the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s annual Appreciation Luncheon. By: By Jennifer Willems Without the women who volunteer so many hours to their parish communities, “the diocese would come to a screeching halt,” according to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. On Tuesday, April 21, the […]

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Priests renew commitment at Chrism Mass

Photo Caption: The blessed holy oils are carried in procession at the Chrism Mass on April 7. By: By Jared Olar All Catholics are “unfinished saints” always in need of being remade by the Holy Spirit through a willing surrender to God’s purposes, said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at a Mass Tuesday during which […]

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Family is received into church at 8-year-old’s funeral

Photo Caption: Shown in Nauvoo receiving Communion from Father Trosley at the funeral Mass for Alicia Hinojosa, 8, are her parents, Pete and Christa, and their daughter Olivia, 10. By: By Jennifer Willems LOMAX — Resurrection hope came early for Plutarco “Pete” and Christa Hinojosa Jr. and their daughter, Olivia, who were received into the […]

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Thanks flow at final Mass in Pesotum

Photo Caption: About 70 people gathered in St. Joseph’s Church in Pesotum for a final Mass on March 19. By: By Jennifer Willems PESOTUM — As a kid, Marvin Kocher served Mass every day at St. Joseph’s Church in Pesotum, making the three-mile round trip on his bicycle. Now a resident of Springfield, Kocher has […]

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Irish eyes smiling for ‘mother of the year’

Photo Caption: Rosemary McGuire Meade of Geneseo, with her husband, Lorin, by her side, beams as the St. Patrick’s Society Grand Parade XXIV steps off in Rock Island last Saturday. By: By Jennifer Willems ROCK ISLAND — Coming to Rock Island and taking part in the St. Patrick Society’s Grand Parade is a longtime tradition […]

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Deacons convene, welcome 34 candidates for Class IX

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky joins the candidates for the Diocese of Peoria’s ninth class of permanent deacons on the steps of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Saturday. By: By Jennifer Willems Surrounded by the permanent deacons of the Diocese of Peoria, 34 men aspiring to join them in service to the people of God […]

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