‘Humanae Vitae’ wisdom is even clearer 40 years later

Four decades after its release, the message of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on married love and procreation, “Humanae Vitae,” is more necessary today than ever, say natural family planning educators in the Diocese of Peoria. That is because the years since the encyclical’s publication on July 25, 1968, have witnessed widespread use of contraceptives, legalization […]

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Hearts broken, but not spirits

BLOOMINGTON — When they arrived in El Salvador to build houses for families in need, missionaries from Holy Trinity Parish in Bloomington were told that their hearts would break many times as they encountered the Salvadoran people. Little did they know the first heartbreak would come before they even began their work with the Fuller […]

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Says floats spread pro-life awareness

CHAMPAIGN — Want to promote a pro-life theme within your community? Enter a float with a message in a local parade. Better yet, design the float so well that it becomes a prize winner. So suggests Myrna Buyno, a member of St. Matthew’s Parish in Champaign. And she speaks from experience. A float she helped […]

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Ottawa prays for Marquette student-athlete

OTTAWA — “Totally unexpected, and nice.” That’s how Kristal LeRette describes a prayer service that was organized last Wednesday by the Marquette High School football and basketball teammates of her son Bryan, who was undergoing heart surgery that day. “Bryan is recovering just miraculously,” Bryan’s mother told The Catholic Post. Bryan, 16, a Marquette student […]

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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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