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Welcoming court’s decision, leaders say it’s time to build pro-life culture

Pro-life demonstrators are seen near the Supreme Court in Washington. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops hailed the Supreme Court’s June 24 decision to overturn the court’s 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide and said it is time for “healing wounds and repairing social divisions” with those who take opposing views on abortion. The ruling marks a historic day […]

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Consecration to Immaculate Heart of Mary unites Spanish-speaking of Peoria

Father William Miller, pastor, walks in the front of the procession from St. Joseph Church in Peoria as members of the Heart of Peoria Hispanic community travel to the Marian shrine to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Carrying the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Felipe Tepoz. Following with an offering of flowers is Teresita Moran. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It is natural to grieve when someone you love moves away, so Spanish-speaking Catholics in the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community leaned on their devotion to the Blessed Mother and her Son as they prepared to say goodbye to Father Julio Faes, parochial vicar. His new assignment would take him to Champaign on June 15, […]

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Rapids City parish’s 40 Hours of Divine Mercy expands to nine days June 21-29

Father Glenn Harris, pastor, carries the Blessed Sacrament in a eucharistic procession during a previous 40 Hours of Divine Mercy at St. John the Baptist Church in Rapids City. (Provided photo)

RAPIDS CITY — St. John the Baptist Parish will host its annual 40 Hours of Divine Mercy event beginning on Tuesday, June 21, at the parish church, 1416 3rd Ave. This year’s event has expanded to nine days and will end with “Mission of Mercy,” a parish mission featuring three talks by Father John Broussard of […]

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Memorial Mass planned in Rock Island June 14 for Sister Rita Cain, OSB, 89

Sister Rita M. Cain, OSB

ROCK ISLAND – Sister Rita M. Cain, OSB, who ministered as a teacher and in family therapy, died on June 2, 2022, at St. Mary Monastery. In accordance with her wishes, her body has been donated for scientific study. A Christian Wake Service, without visitation, took place on the evening of June 13. A Memorial […]

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New Catholics joyful, ‘closer to God’ as they join Bishop Tylka for Pentecost Mass

Pat Corrigan, who was received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil at Holy Cross in Mendota, accepted Bishop Louis Tylka's invitation to attend the Mass for New Catholics on Pentecost Sunday at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. She loves being Catholic and said, "I think I found more peace, more comfort. I feel more loved." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Pentecost Sunday was special for Pat Corrigan of Mendota in more than one way. Not only did it mark the “birthday of the church,” but it gave her an opportunity to celebrate being received into that church at the Easter Vigil. Corrigan, who attends Sts. Peter and Paul in Peterstown, was one of many new […]

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Fr. Anderson, marking 60th anniversary on June 3, says ‘It’s been a good life’

Father Joseph Anderson

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. — Father Joseph Anderson likes to look up. He’s not necessarily seeking heavenly guidance — although there are those moments — but studying the sky. “I got to know astronomy when I first came here to Green Valley,” he told The Catholic Post. “It’s been very helpful to appreciate the universe in […]

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After 60 years of priestly ministry, Msgr. Pricco continues to bless and feel blessed

One of the ways Msgr. Richard Pricco expresses his creativity is through this train village, which takes up the entire attic of his LaSalle home. It features Pricco's General Store and Annie's Cafe, named for his mother. His photo can be seen in the window of one of the buildings. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LASALLE — Msgr. Richard Pricco makes it a point to wave to people as he walks his dog each morning. He’s not just being polite. “The wave is a ‘God bless you!’ I don’t care if they wave back. I’m blessing them,” he said. “And who knows what that blessing does to them that day?” […]

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To senior status: Father Thomas Taylor — juggler, chess expert, and a gentle priest

Father Thomas Taylor, parochial vicar of St. Vincent de Paul Parish since 2016 and a priest of the Diocese of Peoria for nearly four decades, has been granted senior status effective June 15. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

When Father Thomas Taylor preaches at all the Masses at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria on June 11-12 — his final weekend at the parish before transitioning to senior status the following Wednesday — he will be juggling many emotions. But that’s not all Father Taylor will be juggling. After all, it’s Trinity […]

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To senior status: Fr. Vien Van Do prayed for one Mass, God granted him 16,000

Father Vien Van Do holds a statue of Our Lady of Lavang given to him by the Altar and Rosary Society when he served at St. John the Baptist Parish in Bradford. He says God saved his life through the Blessed Mother’s protection on several occasions. “I carry her in my heart,” he adds. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

METAMORA — In pain from being beaten in a Vietnamese communist concentration camp, seminarian Vien Van Do repeatedly prayed the rosary through the night with one intention. “Lord, heal me,” he prayed, “so I can go home and be ordained a priest in secret even for one day only and say one Mass, uniting all […]

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