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Rock Island church as an edible edifice

ROCK ISLAND — The bricks, mortar, and stained glass of Sacred Heart Church here were replaced with gingerbread, frosting, and crushed lollipops in a tiny replica that may go a long way to help fix a boiler at the 106-year-old church. The edible edifice was a part of the Gingerbread Village at this year’s Festival […]

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‘Tremendous’ increases at parish food pantries

As government leaders continue to address crises in the national economy, parish food pantries in the Diocese of Peoria are seeing higher numbers of people in need of their services. The Peoria Area Food Bank, which supplies food to 125 pantries in eight counties, has seen a minimum of a 25 percent increase in demand […]

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Post Poll: What do you resolve?

The next “Post Poll” asks readers to share their “resolutions” for the new church year, which begins this Sunday, Nov. 30, with the first Sunday of Advent. What prayers, devotions or spiritual reading will you be taking up as you prepare for the coming of Christ into your life at Christmas and throughout the year? […]

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Advent: a new church year begins

There won’t be any bottles of champagne uncorked or crowds of people gathered in New York’s Times Square to sing “Auld Lang Syne,” but a new year is beginning at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 30, and it calls people of faith to conversion of life just as surely as any New Year’s resolution made on […]

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Author with local ties mixes loves of cooking and saints

People who pick up Amy Heyd’s new book, “Saints at the Dinner Table,” will find original recipes for every season and taste, as well as a fresh look at the lives of 12 saints and holy people and how their spirituality is revealed in each dish. A closer look shows something more, however. The basic […]

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Football Saints in state semifinals

BLOOMINGTON — A surge into the state football playoff semifinals would be an emotional time for any high school, but it is especially so for Central Catholic this year. The Saints’ 21-17 win over Quincy Notre Dame last Saturday came just four days after the school was shocked by the sudden death of Chuck Schanaberger, […]

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Pekin family’s blessing list is long after home ‘Makeover’

PEKIN — The Grys family of St. Joseph’s Parish in Pekin have always known they were blessed, but this Thanksgiving they have more reasons than ever to give thanks for the gifts God has showered on them. They are brimming with gratitude because of an outpouring of love last month, when the popular ABC television […]

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Moline’s ‘Mr. Thanksgiving’ named local hero

Many people already consider Deacon Robert Vogelbaugh of Sacred Heart Parish in Moline to be a hero for his work to provide meals to more than 2,000 people every Thanksgiving. Maxwell House Coffee and American Profile Magazine made it official, however, by naming him the grand prize winner in their “Local Heroes” Contest. The recognition […]

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‘Post’ relocating to new pastoral center

This is the final issue of The Catholic Post to be produced out of our “home” office for six decades at 409 N.E. Monroe. Next week we will have a new address and phone number. After deadline on Wednesday, our offices were to join those of other diocesan ministries relocating to the new Spalding Pastoral […]

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Confirmation class aids India’s tsunami recovery

SILVIS — Five families in India whose homes were destroyed by the massive tsunami of December 2004 will get new homes, thanks to the faithful work of nine teenagers from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Silvis. Those teens are the members of their parish’s confirmation class that raised $1,500 during the past year as […]

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