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Altar cloth from pioneer days is returned to family of deacon in Nauvoo

Deacon Dan Moffitt (left) stands with Father Thomas Szydlik, parochial vicar of the five parishes in the Hancock County Catholic Community, and Deacon Bob Seidler. Father Szydlik is holding the nearly 200-year-old altar cloth, which has been folded and preserved in a box. They are standing in the 1820s Moffitt home. (Provided photo)

NAUVOO — A piece of family history has been returned to Deacon Dan Moffitt, thanks to a promise kept by another permanent deacon and distant cousin from Santa Clarita, California. That promise involves an altar cloth used in the cabin of Thomas Moffitt of Nauvoo by priests who traveled up and down the Mississippi River […]

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After vows, Sister Clara Maria continues her ‘campus ministry in a habit’ at ISU

Sister Clara Maria of the Visitation and the Precious Blood of Christ smiles as she professes her perpetual vows as a member of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Receiving those vows is Mother Adela Galindo, foundress. Sister Clara Maria is assistant director of the St. John Paul II Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal. (Provided photo)

NORMAL — At one point in her life, Sister Clara Maria Malay, SCTJM, discerned that she was being called to marriage. Little did she know then that the call she had received was to be a bride of Christ as a member of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She entered […]

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Grateful Morton parishioner Louis Hofer creates a sacred space in his backyard

Louis Hofer of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton is pictured near the backyard religious display he is happy to show all visitors to his home. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MORTON — Louis Hofer woke up one morning and had an idea to do something for Jesus. “He’s been so good to me,” says the 82-year-old member of Blessed Sacrament Parish here. But then Hofer already had much experience in serving his Savior, including through the Knights of Columbus and as a supply driver for […]

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Schools, parishes, families respond generously to ‘Box of Joy’ project

Nympha White (right) accepts 90 Boxes of Joy from Deena Pavinato of Holy Family in Oglesby. It was the first year the parish participated in the Cross Catholic Outreach project to benefit children in need at Christmas. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Christmas will be merrier for 1,203 children in need because caring people of all ages around the Diocese of Peoria sent them a Box of Joy through Cross Catholic Outreach. That includes 769 boxes brought to the drop-off center sponsored by St. Joseph in Brimfield and St. James in Williamsfield. Tina Windish, project leader, said […]

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Funeral Mass planned Nov. 29 for Sister Cecile Baer, OSB, founding member of SPEC

Sister Cecile (Muriel) Baer, OSB, a longtime teacher and principal, was also one of the founders of Special People Encounter Christ (SPEC) in Moline.

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Cecile (Muriel) Baer, OSB, a founding member of Special People Encounter Christ in the Quad Cities, is planned for Monday, Nov. 29, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery. The liturgy is private, but will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. through the Facebook page of […]

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Father shares gratitude, faith, hope in story of daughter’s cancer journey

Jeff Hoskins and his daughter Ava, members of St. Pius X Parish in Rock Island, are pictured with their newly published book "From Cancer to Kinnick: Love Finds a Wave." The book shares gratitude for the support that Ava, now a freshman at Alleman High School, and the family received through her cancer treatment and recovery. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

ROCK ISLAND — Jeff Hoskins and his daughter Ava didn’t wait until Thanksgiving to give thanks to God and the many others who have accompanied them through Ava’s cancer journey. Their gratitude is voiced throughout a newly published book written by Jeff and featuring an introduction by 14-year-old Ava — a freshman at Alleman High […]

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Funeral Mass Nov. 22 for Sister Catherine Maloney, OSB, longtime teacher, chaplain

Sister Catherine Maloney, OSB, celebrated her 70th anniversary as a Sister of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island this year. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, Nov. 22, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery for Sister Catherine Patricia Ann Maloney, OSB. While it is not open to the public, the liturgy will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. through the Facebook page of the Benedictine Sisters of St. […]

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Purgatory explored, ‘poor souls’ prayed for at PDCCW Day of Remembrance

Father Alexander Millar raises the monstrance in blessing as the Holy Hour for the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women's Day of Remembrance for the Holy Souls comes to an end. It was held at St. Joseph Church in Marseilles on Nov. 13. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MARSEILLES — Accepting the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s invitation to come together for a Day of Remembrance for the Holy Souls last Saturday, a small group of women considered what is important in their lives and what the reality of their own death and eternal life with Christ means. The day was hosted […]

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‘Microschool’ approach of St. Edward, Chillicothe, shared in national magazine

St. Edward School in Chillicothe is featured in the November issue of Momentum Magazine, published by the National Catholic Educational Association.

CHILLICOTHE — When it comes to multiage instruction, Mike Domico did his homework and now St. Edward School here is earning high marks with parents, teachers and parishioners, not to mention the National Catholic Educational Association. Domico, principal of St. Edward School, was featured in the November issue of Momentum Magazine, which is published by […]

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