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Cleaning up litter is . . . S.M.A.R.T.

Think of them as a battalion of soldiers waging war on litter. They are the 87 students of “S.M.A.R.T. Kids” at St. Mark’s School in Peoria. The program — “St. Mark Against Random Trash” — began a year ago as a way to clean up and beautify the area around the school. All the students […]

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As wedding nears, Darin and Molly answer questions

By: Part of a continuing series GENESEO — Darin Ries and Molly McKean knew they had a vocation to marriage long before he asked her to marry him and she said “yes,” so they didn’t shy away from talking about the issues involved in building a life together. Even so, they found it beneficial to […]

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Chillicothe native named Franciscan provincial vicar

Sister M. Kateri Hawley, FSGM, has been named provincial vicar of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. The appointment, which is for six years, was made Sept. 1 by Mother M. Regina Pacis, FSGM, provincial superior. In her new ministry, Sister M. Kateri is responsible for assisting the provincial superior and […]

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Greatest law is love, bishop reminds Sunday at Red Mass

When it comes to the law of God, Jesus made things very simple for his disciples, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told the members of the legal profession who came to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Sunday for the Diocesan Red Mass. Questioned by a Pharisee as to which of the 613 prescriptions of […]

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St. Bede renovates cemetery as ‘vision of heavenly homeland’

PERU — As Catholics around the world gather in churches and cemeteries this weekend to remember the saints and all the faithful departed, the monks at St. Bede Abbey have only to visit their newly expanded and renovated cemetery to catch a glimpse of the “heavenly homeland.” The project took years of planning and work […]

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Health care ethics at end of life explored

MORTON — In a culture where aborting babies that have severe deformities and physician-assisted suicide are seen as moral responses to human suffering, Catholic medical professionals must offer compassionate and ethical alternatives. That theme was repeated in a series of talks given at last Thursday’s annual Diocesan Health Care Ethics Day, where the focus was […]

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18 to receive rural life award at Harvest Mass

Eighteen individuals, couples, or families will be recognized at the Harvest Mass of the Diocese of Peoria on Sunday, Nov. 23, as recipients of the 2008 St. Isidore Award for living out their faith in the rural community in an exemplary and responsible manner. The award is named for the patron saint of farmers. The […]

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Natural Family Planning speaker drew line in the sand

She wasn’t comfortable with it, but Diane Dunniway could rationalize prescribing contraception — at first. A nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health, she knew Catholic physicians who were prescribing contraception and she figured the women she was seeing would just go elsewhere to get what they wanted anyway. “At least I was giving them information […]

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Teddy bears coax smiles from tears

CHAMPAIGN — Anyone who has seen a child with a teddy bear knows the comfort and joy these stuffed creatures bring to those who are hugging them. The Provena Hospice Center for Grief, Loss and Hope has found this to be especially true for people who are coping with the death of someone they loved. […]

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Chant school forming; first session Nov. 1

In an effort to increase the knowledge of and appreciation for Gregorian chant in the Diocese of Peoria, a Cathedral Chant School has been formed and the first session is next Saturday, Nov. 1. People with all levels of musical experience are welcome to come to the class, which will be held from 1 to […]

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