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As governor arrested, CCI head cites need for focus on common good

In the wake of the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday, the executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois said that “most public servants in Illinois are good and decent people called to serve for the right reasons,” but that “temptations are out there.” “We have seen too many examples of people […]

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Stewardship . . . not just a word at St. Malachy’s

GENESEO — “Stewardship” isn’t just a word on a spelling test or a vocabulary quiz for the students of St. Malachy’s School. During the past year it became a part of the curriculum when the students were asked to help a well-loved St. Malachy’s parishioner facing a terminal disease. In July last year, Mr. Brad […]

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Galesburg woman has 300 Nativity sets

GALESBURG — Mary Wright is the first to admit that if she walks into a store and there’s a Nativity set there somewhere, she’ll find it. “They just sort of call out to me,” she said with a smile. Those “calls” and the kindness of her many friends over the years have made her the […]

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State Supreme Court to review Provena Covenant tax appeal

URBANA — The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to review a Fourth District Appellate Court ruling in August that canceled the property tax exemption of Provena Covenant Medical Center. Provena had filed a petition for “leave to appeal” that ruling in September, and the state’s high court granted that petition last Wednesday. “We are pleased […]

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Services in Danville for Fr. Gaughran, 88

DANVILLE — A funeral Mass was offered at Holy Family Church here on Nov. 14 for Father John B. Gaughran, 88, a native of Westville who served for 25 years as pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Rapids City, and its mission of St. Mary’s, Hampton. Father Gaughran, who served in the Marine Corps […]

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Excitement builds as Guadalupe feast nears

Excitement is building around the Diocese of Peoria as parishes prepare to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, Dec. 12. “We have had volunteers come in to ask if there was anything they could do. This is the first time,” said Maria Ramirez of Holy Family Parish in Danville. “The Holy […]

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Darin and Molly’s wedding day highlights

Final in a series GENESEO — United in faith and love, Darin Ries and Molly McKean are now united in marriage. They joined their lives on Nov. 8, during a Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in Bradford. The daughter of Peter and Mary McKean, Molly was a lifelong member of the parish. One […]

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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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