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Losing a beloved pet

The following essay was written by Evan Thompson, a senior at Peoria Notre Dame High School, as part of his application to the University of Notre Dame. It is timely reading following last weekend’s feast of St. Francis of Assisi and the many related pet blessing ceremonies around the Diocese of Peoria. Evan is the […]

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End-of-life issues focus of health care ethics day Oct. 23

MORTON — End-of-life issues are the focus of the Diocese of Peoria’s Health Care Ethics Conference 2008 scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. As it was last year, the conference will be held in Morton at Ashland House, 201 E. Ashland St. Featured keynote speakers are Dr. Thomas Pitre, who […]

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Coal Valley, area parishes plan 6-week series

COAL VALLEY — If the members of St. Maria Goretti Parish get their way, their church — and all the churches in the Quad Cities area — will be a little fuller for Christmas. The adult faith formation committee of St. Maria Goretti Parish is sponsoring a six-week series called “Inviting Catholics Home,” which is […]

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‘Radical’ bill seen as threat to pro-life gains

A national Catholic pro-life leader visiting the Diocese of Peoria this week warned of legislation on the horizon that is “more radical than Roe vs. Wade” when it comes to the sanctioning of abortion in the United States. Thomas J. Grenchik urged Catholic citizens to contact the offices of their U.S. representatives and senators to […]

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Two incredible gifts: Our daughter, the rosary

Editor’s note — The Diocese of Peoria will celebrate a Year of the Most Holy Rosary from Aug. 15, 2009, through May 31, 2010. A Rosary Festival at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Oct. 26, 2008, will serve to kick off a year of preparation for the rosary year. Further details will appear in […]

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St. Mary’s Hospital, Streator, names Fenton president, CEO

Joanne Fenton, a nurse and health care executive with extensive experience in hospital management, has been named president and chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator. She succeeded Richard Carlson, who had been serving as interim CEO, on Sept. 29. “I am very humbled to be joining St. Mary’s and the Hospital Sisters […]

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‘Every couple should take NFP’

Tim Roder doesn’t mince words when he talks about the benefits of learning natural family planning. “Every couple should take NFP. Every couple should just take it,” said Roder, who is the director of the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family. “Everybody should have a basic knowledge of their fertility.” Couples preparing for marriage in […]

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As wedding nears, Darin and Molly get marriage insurance

Third in a series GENESEO — Darin Ries and Molly McKean aren’t getting married until next month, but they’ve already taken out insurance on their life together. They call it natural family planning. “The thing that almost every NFP teacher will tell you is that studies have shown that this is marriage insurance,” Darin said. […]

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Darin and Molly set the wedding date, make plans

Second in a continuing series GENESEO — It took some work, but Darin Ries and Molly McKean have set their wedding date. Darin proposed to Molly through an ad in the June 15 issue of The Catholic Post, and she said “yes.” She plans to say “I do” on Saturday, Nov. 8, at St. John […]

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Mass at Holy Family Oct. 5 marks decade of adoration

As the members of Holy Family Parish in Peoria prepare to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its perpetual adoration program next month, they have some good news for area Catholics: “The Doctor is in,” and, “Walk-ins are welcome.” Those and similar messages are found on the back of promotional cards, the size of a business […]

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