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Spanish rosary at St. Mark’s

It was fiesta time in St. Mark’s Church in Peoria last Friday afternoon, as Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, joined students, staff and parents of St. Mark’s School to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe by praying the rosary in Spanish. Bishop Jenky had received letters from St. Mark’s seventh grade Spanish class, […]

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Champaign Mass marks Guadalupe feast

CHAMPAIGN — More than 600 Spanish-speaking Catholics from the Champaign area were urged to let Mary lead them closer to Christ during a Spanish Mass celebrated in a festively decorated St. Matthew’s Church here on the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. “Our Lady always appears to open the way to a better […]

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School and church addition wows them at St. Vincent’s

The words “rejoice” and “wow” were frequently heard last weekend at dedication ceremonies for a major school and church expansion project at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Peoria. Noting that the dedication took place on the Third Sunday of Advent, known as “Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, opened the Mass preceding the […]

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Best time of year

This reflection on the meaning of Christmas comes from Tommy Petersak, a senior at Schlarman High School in Danville and one of this school year’s columnists for The Catholic Student, the youth section of The Catholic Post now on a two-week Christmas season publishing break. A member of St. Mary’s Parish in Westville, Tommy is […]

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Local expert encourages wide reading of text

A new Vatican document on biomedical ethics provides a teaching opportunity, especially for infertile Catholic couples who do not understand the church’s stand against in vitro fertilization, according to a local natural family planning and fertility care specialist. “Dignitas Personae” (“The Dignity of a Person”), an instruction issued last Friday by the Vatican Congregation for […]

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As governor arrested, CCI head cites need for focus on common good

In the wake of the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday, the executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois said that “most public servants in Illinois are good and decent people called to serve for the right reasons,” but that “temptations are out there.” “We have seen too many examples of people […]

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Young author is well versed

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Jeffrey C. Dunn expects to receive a wonderful gift for his 21st birthday next week, but he has no intention of keeping it to himself. That gift is his first book, “Verses by Virtue: A Reference of Organized Bible Verses,” which he hopes to have in hand by Dec. 17. He plans […]

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Retired? Sister ‘JT’ serves Quad Cities

MOLINE — For 43 years, Sister Judith Terese McNulty, BVM, has called the Quad Cities home and she said she knows so many people now that she can’t misbehave — not that she would have the time. She volunteers at the Illini Campus of Genesis Medical Center in Silvis three days a week, helping people […]

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St. Stephen’s School in Streator to come down

STREATOR — From her office in the former convent of St. Stephen’s Parish, Sister Alice Ann Harcharik, OSF, can see St. Stephen’s School. “My, if this building could speak,” said Sister Alice Ann of the three-story structure, whose halls she once walked as a student and principal. Starting tomorrow, it will be up to the […]

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School enrollment in diocese slips slightly to 12,756

Catholic school enrollment in the Diocese of Peoria is again slightly less than it was the year before, continuing a trend seen locally since 2003. “Enrollment across the nation is down,” said Brother William Dygert, CSC, diocesan superintendent of schools, placing the diocese’s numbers in a fuller context. “But our enrollment is not as down […]

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