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Taxpayer lawsuit filed in Springfield to stop Illinois’ abortion public funding bill

Catechist Joanne Dorn (right) and members of the confirmation class from St. Luke Parish in Eureka take part in a Life Chain in this 2016 file photo. A controversial taxpayer-funded abortion bill has prompted a taxpayer lawsuit filed Nov. 30 against Illinois officials. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

SPRINGFIELD — A taxpayer lawsuit against State of Illinois officials was filed in Sangamon County Court on Nov. 30 in an effort to stop the implementation of House Bill 40, which expands taxpayer-subsidized abortions in the state. “The people of Illinois totally reject taxpayer-funded abortions,” said Peter Breen, special counsel for the Thomas More Society […]

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Parishes hosting film to help parents start conversations about tech impact

“Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age,” a documentary aimed at helping parents get the conversation started with their children about the impact of technology on their day-to-day lives, is being made available for viewing at Catholic schools and parishes in central Illinois. “Some of it is very sobering,” cautioned Michelle Marcinak, a parent at […]

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Mission trip to Chicago a timely one for Augustana College Catholic students

Catholic students from Augustana College in Rock Island are pictured outside a soup kitchen operated by the Missionaries of Charity on the south side of Chicago during their Nov. 18-19 mission trip. They include, front row from left, William Fabyan, Laura Heuermann, Christine Vincent, Ruth Iradukunda, Madison Baxter, Julianna Furlano, and Brian Gueerero; middle, Emily Stelnicki; back row, Father Jeremy Freehill, Catholic ministries coordinator of Augustana College, and Isabelle Bartscher. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — Laura Heuermann and nine other Catholic students from Augustana College here picked the perfect way to observe the first World Day of the Poor established by Pope Francis — direct service to the poor during an overnight mission trip to Chicago Nov. 18-19. A freshman from Washington, Heuermann told The Catholic Post […]

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Ground blessed, construction begins on OSF ‘Almost Home Kids’ facility in Peoria

Taking part in groundbreaking ceremonies in Peoria on Nov. 15 for the Almost Home Kids facility to be owned and operated by OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois were, from left: Dr. Suzanne White; Dr. Jeffrey Ruskusky; Debbie Grisko, president and executive director of Almost Home Kids; Robert Sehring, chief executive officer of OSF HealthCare; Dr. Michael Cruz, president of OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center; Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, chairperson of the board for OSF HealthCare System; Kelly Nierstedt, president of OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois; Dr. Divya Joshi, chief executive officer of OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois; Theresa Murphy, strategic philanthropy officer of OSF HealthCare; and Jay Harms, a member of the Children’s Hospital of Illinois Community Advisory Board. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Proclaiming it “holy ground in the service of human life,” OSF HealthCare officials hosted blessing ceremonies Nov. 15 as construction began on an $8.5 million transitional home for children with complicated health needs to be located at 5200 N. Hamilton Road in Peoria. The 21,000-square-foot home will be the third “Almost Home Kids” facility in […]

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Blanche Hewitt of Sheffield, perhaps oldest Catholic in diocese, dies at 109

Blanche E. Hewitt

SHEFFIELD — Blanche E. Hewitt, who recently was featured in The Catholic Post as possibly the oldest Catholic in the Diocese of Peoria, died Nov. 25, 2017, at her home, surrounded by family and friends. She was 109. A rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services of […]

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Invitation to ‘Spiritual Motherhood’ as a way to care for souls, especially priests

Shelly Zwadlo of Historic St. Patrick Parish in Bloomington visits with Father Joseph Aytona, CPM, during a break in the Spiritual Motherhood Conference sponsored by the Bishop's Commission on Women in the Church and in Society. It was held Nov. 18 at Blessed Sacrament in Morton. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MORTON — Mary’s willingness to do God’s will made it possible for Jesus to begin his priesthood through her motherhood, and the priests who follow him now need the same kind of prayer and sacrifice in the form of spiritual motherhood, according to Father Joseph Aytona. A member of the Fathers of Mercy and founder […]

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Gwenn Roche to leave principal post at Corpus Christi School, Bloomington

Gwenn Roche

BLOOMINGTON — Gwenn Roche, principal of Corpus Christi School since 2013, has announced that she will be leaving at the end of the year so her husband, Patrick, can accept a job in the Columbia, Missouri, area. The move will take them closer to their daughters, grandchildren and extended family in Kansas City, Missouri, but […]

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‘Little Free Pantry,’ other ideas helping to fill needs, stomachs at Sophia’s Kitchen

Claire Crone, director of Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria, restocks the new Little Free Pantry. People may take what they need at any time. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Providing a sack lunch and beverages five days a week isn’t enough at Sophia’s Kitchen in Peoria. Claire Crone director, said it is important to serve people in the way they need, not in the way that works best for the sandwich program. A survey of the patrons taken in June gave the staff and […]

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At 109, Blanche Hewitt of Sheffield follows her own advice: “Keep going”

Blanche Hewitt stands next to a horse-drawn carriage, the only mode of transportation when she was born in Atkinson in 1908. A former bank executive, she continues to live in the Sheffield house she built with her husband and asks each morning, "What are we doing today?" (Provided photo/Terri Skiles)

SHEFFIELD — At 109, Blanche Hewitt could be forgiven for wanting to take things easy, but that’s not how she rolls. “Every day she says, ‘What are we doing today?’,” according to her daughter, Helen Hewitt of California, who recently spent two weeks in central Illinois to celebrate her mother’s milestone birthday. “Her favorite saying […]

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