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After harvest, an honor for Galesburg parish farm couple

CAMERON — Trying to arrange a meeting with a farmer who is working long hours and dodging rain storms to harvest a late corn crop is no easy task. What slowed Tom Deutsch down long enough for an interview was a long line at the local grain elevator. “The yield has been so good this […]

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Cleaning up litter is . . . S.M.A.R.T.

Think of them as a battalion of soldiers waging war on litter. They are the 87 students of “S.M.A.R.T. Kids” at St. Mark’s School in Peoria. The program — “St. Mark Against Random Trash” — began a year ago as a way to clean up and beautify the area around the school. All the students […]

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Darin and Molly prepare to say ‘I do’ on Saturday

GENESEO — Their journey to the altar started when Darin Ries asked Molly McKean to marry him through an ad in the pages of The Catholic Post and she said “yes.” This Saturday, they will stand up in front of their friends and family at St. John the Baptist Church in Bradford and say, “I […]

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Offices begin move to new pastoral center next week

Moving week has arrived! Nearly all central offices of the Diocese of Peoria will be closed Monday through Friday, Nov. 10-14, as files and furniture are transported from the Sheen Pastoral Center in Peoria and several outlying locations to the nearly completed Spalding Pastoral Center at 419 N.E. Madison Ave. The offices of The Catholic […]

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Insights on purgatory at All Souls Day Mass

Purgatory is a “state of healing” and prayers for the dead are a “powerful help for their journey” to heaven, said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at the Diocesan All Souls Day Mass on Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The bishop shared several insights into purgatory during his homily, calling it “a means […]

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Co-directors named for Hispanic ministry

Two heads are better than one. That’s one of the main reasons Msgr. J. Brian Rejsek says he is pleased that Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has appointed him and Father Fredi Gomez Torres as co-directors of the diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry. Another reason, Msgr. Rejsek told The Catholic Post, is that he and […]

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St. Bede renovates cemetery as ‘vision of heavenly homeland’

PERU — As Catholics around the world gather in churches and cemeteries this weekend to remember the saints and all the faithful departed, the monks at St. Bede Abbey have only to visit their newly expanded and renovated cemetery to catch a glimpse of the “heavenly homeland.” The project took years of planning and work […]

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Health care ethics at end of life explored

MORTON — In a culture where aborting babies that have severe deformities and physician-assisted suicide are seen as moral responses to human suffering, Catholic medical professionals must offer compassionate and ethical alternatives. That theme was repeated in a series of talks given at last Thursday’s annual Diocesan Health Care Ethics Day, where the focus was […]

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18 to receive rural life award at Harvest Mass

Eighteen individuals, couples, or families will be recognized at the Harvest Mass of the Diocese of Peoria on Sunday, Nov. 23, as recipients of the 2008 St. Isidore Award for living out their faith in the rural community in an exemplary and responsible manner. The award is named for the patron saint of farmers. The […]

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As wedding nears, Darin and Molly answer questions

By: Part of a continuing series GENESEO — Darin Ries and Molly McKean knew they had a vocation to marriage long before he asked her to marry him and she said “yes,” so they didn’t shy away from talking about the issues involved in building a life together. Even so, they found it beneficial to […]

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