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Teachings, election focus in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — The church’s moral teachings are not just to help Catholics decide for whom to vote, but should also inspire and guide Catholics in how they lead their lives between elections. That was the theme of a workshop presented by Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, at St. Mary’s Parish […]

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1,000 students at cathedral for All Schools Mass

Welcoming students, teachers and administrators from Catholic schools around the diocese to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Wednesday, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, quipped that he was probably the last person to say, “Welcome back to school.” And yet every time they come to church for Mass, he said, they are entering “the school […]

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You are what you eat (and read)

The following guest commentary was written by Nancy Piccione, a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Metamora. An avid reader, she has a B.A. in English literature and an M.S. in journalism. She is married to Joseph Piccione and they have three children — none of whom, she reports, are teenagers. Yet. When Claire, the […]

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Benedictine friends invite men, women to vocations experiences

They share a Benedictine way of life and a longtime friendship, and now Sister Bobbi Bussan, OSB, of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island, and Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, of St. Bede Abbey and Academy in Peru, are collaborating on four days of discernment for adults. “A Sun-Day of Reflection” for single Catholic men and […]

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Golden anniversary couples to celebrate at cathedral Sept. 21

Nearly 80 couples who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their marriage in 2008 will be the guests of honor at a Mass and reception planned for Sunday, Sept. 21. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will celebrate the 3:30 p.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria and then join the couples and their guests […]

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The ‘Spirit of Hope’ benefit

When fundraisers get planned, the organizers usually have some idea of what they’d like to do and who they’d like to feature as the guest artist that will bring people together around their cause. That wasn’t the case with The “Spirit of Hope” Concert, however, which is planned for Saturday, Sept. 20, as a benefit […]

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Deacon Earl Hietter dies at 79; funeral Mass is Saturday

PEORIA HEIGHTS — A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in St. Thomas Church here for Deacon Earl E. Hietter, 79, a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Peoria since 1979 who served in parishes in Washington, Canton, and Peoria Heights. Deacon Hietter, a former principal of Sacre Coeur School […]

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Scripture scholar challenges senior priests of the diocese

HENRY — Pope Benedict XVI will bring together 250 bishops from around the world in October to discuss “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church,” but the senior priests of the Diocese of Peoria had him beat by nearly two months. When they gathered at King’s House of Retreats for […]

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Survey, diocese-wide Mass among schools events planned

Several gatherings and activities to support and celebrate the Catholic school community of the Diocese of Peoria are planned for September, including the Diocesan All Schools Mass and a meeting and surveys as part of the diocese’s long-range planning. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will celebrate the All Schools Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, […]

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No ‘easy way out’ for voters

NORMAL — There is no “taking the easy way out” for Catholics who must form their consciences according to God’s truth and then, after prayerful reflection and study, make prudent choices at the ballot box during an election year. “The church doesn’t endorse candidates, doesn’t tell us for whom to vote,” said Msgr. Douglas Hennessy, […]

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