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Earlville parish to celebrate 150th anniversary July 19

EARLVILLE — Members of St. Teresa of Avila Parish will begin a celebration of the faith community’s 150th anniversary on Saturday, July 19, with a One-Day-Fun-Day event. It starts at 11 a.m. with games for people of all ages. Other activities include face painting and a silent auction. Msgr. Raymond Boyle, pastor of St. Patrick’s […]

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‘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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Diocesan tribute to John Paul II June 13

Whether your goal is becoming a better teacher of the Catholic faith, or simply becoming a better Catholic, there is much to learn from the life and example of the late Pope John Paul II. One of the keynote speakers at next month’s Diocesan Summer Institute, George Weigel, is uniquely qualified to help people increase […]

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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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