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Reflection: Inspiration in our backyard

Editor’s note: The writer teaches first grade at St. Matthew’s School in Champaign. I will never forget the morning that Nicole handed me a note when dropping her son, Liam, off in my first grade classroom at St. Matthew’s School in Champaign. Nicole walked in my class with a small handwritten note. She had the […]

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Geneseo man pops the question in ‘Post’ ad

GENESEO — She said “yes.” The question — posed by Darin Ries in an ad in the June 15 issue of The Catholic Post — was, “Molly McKean . . . will you marry me?” “She giggled for at least half an hour,” said Ries, 34, as he sat in the dining room of his […]

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Bloomington parishioner dies on El Salvador mission trip

BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington-Normal Catholic community this week is mourning David McKinney, an active member of Holy Trinity Parish here who died on Saturday, June 21, while on a mission trip to El Salvador. McKinney, 54, apparently drown-ed while swimming in the Pacific Ocean near Playa San Diego. He and 16 other members of the […]

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33 priests receive new assignments

Father Ryan Bredemeyer, from studies in Rome, to assistant pastor, St. Jude’s Parish, Peoria, and chaplain, Notre Dame High School, Peoria Father Brian Brownsey, from rector, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Peoria, and director of vocations for the Diocese of Peoria, while remaining director of vocations, to director, St. Joseph Newman Center, Peoria Father Richard Brunskill, from […]

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Princeville teens publish new book

PRINCEVILLE — The high school students of St. Mary of the Woods Parish have published a new prayer book for teens, “The ‘Prince of Peace’ Princes Prayer Book.”As the title suggests, the prayer book joins the students’ Catholic faith with their pride in their hometown and school, Princeville High School, whose sports teams are named […]

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Revelation readers see Mass, not world’s end

By: By Jennifer Willems Reading the Book of Revelation for clues about when the end of the world will take place is not only poor scholarship, but it also does an injustice to the vision of Christ and his church that the author intended, according to two men who have become fixtures at the Diocesan […]

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Pope’s biographer shares insights, advice

By: By Jared Olar The pontificate of the late Pope John Paul II was a stabilizing influence that can enable Catholics in the United States to “seize the Catholic moment” and shape the culture for the better. So said George Weigel at a special gathering of clergy from throughout the diocese last Thursday afternoon at […]

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