U of I students plan to ‘bicycle for babies’ throughout state

CHAMPAIGN — It’s not the usual Lenten sacrifice. This Lent, Jimmy Becker and Mike Schafer, two students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have decided to give up their spring break. While other college students are enjoying themselves at the beach or visiting their families back home, Becker and Schafer, both avid bicyclists, will […]

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K. of C. hosting major bowling event in Peoria

Nearly 1,000 bowlers from throughout the United States and Canada will make their way to Peoria March 28 through April 26 to take part in a Knights of Columbus International Bowling Association tournament. Spalding Council 427 of Peoria is gearing up to host the major event, led by tournament chairman John W. Kunkle, who knows […]

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One pastor’s two parishes big ADA winners

Consider Father Tom Hollaway’s parishes in Bushnell and St. Augustine the “Slumdog Millionaires” of Saturday’s much anticipated prize drawings at the Annual Diocesan Appeal kickoff event. While the movie swept the Academy Awards, the parishes led by Father Holloway swept major attendance awards designed to give winning parishes a jump-start toward their respective ADA goals. […]

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Regulations for Lent and the Easter Triduum

1. Lent is the principal season of penance in the Christian year. Priests, religious and laity are strongly urged to develop and follow a program of voluntary self-denial, attentiveness to prayer, and especially to works of charity and mercy. 2. Everyone of 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on […]

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Offer master classes in Gregorian chant

Master classes for those interested in singing and directing Gregorian chant will be offered in central Illinois on March 2, 3 and 4. Sponsored by the diocesan Office of Divine Worship, the workshops will be given by Dr. Jennifer Donelson. Assistant professor of music at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dr. Donelson also […]

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Rite of Election ceremonies set at cathedral March 1

At Easter, the family of God in central Illinois will grow by 366 and the final preparations for receiving these men, women and children into the church begins next Sunday, March 1, at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. The ceremonies, which take place in the context of prayer services, will be […]

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White Mass: Healing our wounded world

In the presence of a community that has become known for its compassionate care for the lepers and the desperately poor people of Calcutta, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, preached about a leper who had enough faith to kneel at Jesus’ feet and seek the healing and hope he needed. “Let us consciously, at this […]

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Diocesan events celebrate marriage on Valentine’s Day

On the evening of Valentine’s Day, Tim Roder had a question for the more than 100 married couples enjoying a candlelight dinner on a “date night” sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria: “What have you done for your marriage today?” There was one catch. Roder told the couples they couldn’t say the best thing many […]

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Central Catholic girls finish 26-0

BLOOMINGTON — For the second year in a row, the Central Catholic High School girls basketball team has finished the regular season with an undefeated record. Their victories include championships at the InterCity Tournament in November and the State Farm Holiday Classic. Last Thursday’s 63-41 victory over Prairie Central secured the Corn Belt Conference championship […]

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