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Blue Ribbon day, and beyond, at Epiphany School, Normal

Photo Caption: Mike Lootens, right, principal of Epiphany Catholic School in Normal, accepts a plaque designating Epiphany as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School from Tim Tuten of the U.S. Department of Education. By: By Tom Dermody NORMAL — Being named to the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent of schools in the […]

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Parishioners prepare for new translations of Mass texts

Photo Caption: A page from the new English translation of the Roman Missal shows a change in the people’s response when the priest says, “the Lord be with you.” The congregation responds, “And with your spirit.” By: By Jennifer Willems New years often bring a desire to change and a renewed sense of hope for […]

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Speaker offers parents 10 guides to raising chaste teens

Photo Caption: After a talk at The High School of Saint Thomas More on Oct. 21, Jason Evert (center) poses with Father Robert Lampitt and students Terence Schmutz, Alex Sabol, Claire Taylor, and Sarah Johnson. By: By Tom Dermody Don’t give teenagers “the talk” regarding sexuality, Jason Evert advised about 100 parents Thursday night. “Give […]

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Catholic Charities withdrawing from state-funded contracts

Photo Caption: “Public policy and state laws have increasingly clashed with church teachings in such a way that we no longer can maintain this partnership as a viable option,” said Bishop Jenky. By: By Tom Dermody Citing increasing clashes between Illinois law and church teaching, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, of Peoria announced Oct. 6 […]

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Pope on 9/11: Refuse violence, resist temptation to hatred

Photo Caption: Students at St. Bede Academy, Peru, carry a 40′-by-60′ flag during an all-school prayer service Sept. 9 commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. By: By Catholic News Service ANCONA, Italy (CNS) — Remembering the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Pope Benedict XVI appealed to government leaders and all […]

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Charismatics urged to renew diocese, face of the earth

Photo Caption: Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, and Sister Silvia Tarafa, SCTJM, form a prayer circle during the healing Mass that took place July 30 at the 25th annual Charismatic Renewal Conference in Peoria. By: By Jennifer Willems Words of love and gratitude are part of any anniversary celebration and those could be found in […]

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Yearlong intiative calls parishes to collaborate, plan future

Photo Caption: Parishes across the Diocese of Peoria will plan for the future in concert with neighboring parishes under a new initiative called “Growing in Faith Together.” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has called all parishes and missions in the Diocese of Peoria to begin a yearlong process of planning for the future. The major […]

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Illinois bishops praise injunction continuing Catholic foster care

Photo Caption: “Grave harm” would result if Catholic Charities were to be forced out of its longstanding mission of serving children in foster care and adoption, said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. By: By Nancy Frazier O’Brien, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two Catholic bishops praised an Illinois judge’s ruling late July 12 that […]

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