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Father shares gratitude, faith, hope in story of daughter’s cancer journey

Jeff Hoskins and his daughter Ava, members of St. Pius X Parish in Rock Island, are pictured with their newly published book "From Cancer to Kinnick: Love Finds a Wave." The book shares gratitude for the support that Ava, now a freshman at Alleman High School, and the family received through her cancer treatment and recovery. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

ROCK ISLAND — Jeff Hoskins and his daughter Ava didn’t wait until Thanksgiving to give thanks to God and the many others who have accompanied them through Ava’s cancer journey. Their gratitude is voiced throughout a newly published book written by Jeff and featuring an introduction by 14-year-old Ava — a freshman at Alleman High […]

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Funeral Mass Nov. 22 for Sister Catherine Maloney, OSB, longtime teacher, chaplain

Sister Catherine Maloney, OSB, celebrated her 70th anniversary as a Sister of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island this year. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, Nov. 22, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery for Sister Catherine Patricia Ann Maloney, OSB. While it is not open to the public, the liturgy will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. through the Facebook page of the Benedictine Sisters of St. […]

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Purgatory explored, ‘poor souls’ prayed for at PDCCW Day of Remembrance

Father Alexander Millar raises the monstrance in blessing as the Holy Hour for the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women's Day of Remembrance for the Holy Souls comes to an end. It was held at St. Joseph Church in Marseilles on Nov. 13. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MARSEILLES — Accepting the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s invitation to come together for a Day of Remembrance for the Holy Souls last Saturday, a small group of women considered what is important in their lives and what the reality of their own death and eternal life with Christ means. The day was hosted […]

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‘Microschool’ approach of St. Edward, Chillicothe, shared in national magazine

St. Edward School in Chillicothe is featured in the November issue of Momentum Magazine, published by the National Catholic Educational Association.

CHILLICOTHE — When it comes to multiage instruction, Mike Domico did his homework and now St. Edward School here is earning high marks with parents, teachers and parishioners, not to mention the National Catholic Educational Association. Domico, principal of St. Edward School, was featured in the November issue of Momentum Magazine, which is published by […]

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A list of opportunities for Advent prayer, study, renewal and more in diocese

The first candle of the Advent wreath is seen lit. Advent begins on Nov. 28. (CNS/Katie Rutter)

Advent Sunday Vespers planned in Peoria The Heart of Peoria Catholic Community will host a series of Advent Vespers, starting on the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 28, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 607 N.E. Madison Ave. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 4 p.m., followed by Evening Prayer at 4:30 p.m. and […]

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Bishop Tylka’s December prayer calendar for parishes and religious communities

Which parish will Bishop Tylka pray for in a special way on Christmas Day? Why, The Nativity of Our Lord in Spring Valley, of course! (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Throughout 2021, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for each parish in the Diocese of Peoria by name with the assistance of a calendar he developed with Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). He will continue to do so in the new year. In […]

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Talk in Rock Island on Saturday explores ‘other pandemic’ of screen addiction

"Nobody has yet died from a lack of social media," says Dr. Timothy Millea in recommending moderation and occasional fasts from our phones and screens. (CNS/Kevin J. Parks)

ROCK ISLAND — The detrimental impact of excessive online activity will be explored in a presentation this Saturday, Nov. 20, at Farrell Hall of St. Pius X Church in Rock Island. “We Become What We Behold: The ‘Other Pandemic’ of Screen Addiction” is the topic of a talk by Dr. Tim Millea, co-founder and current […]

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Sister Mary Ann Schmitz, SMP, dies at 93; served 40 years at St. Patrick, Washington

Sister Mary Ann Schmitz, SMP

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Sister Mary Ann Schmitz, SMP, who served as a teacher and principal at St. Patrick School in Washington for 40 years, died Nov. 8, 2021, at SMP Health-St. Catherine North in Fargo, North Dakota. She was 93. Her funeral Mass is planned for Monday, Nov. 15, at Maryvale Convent Chapel in […]

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Msgr. James Swaner, 85, dies; funeral Mass is Thursday at St. Mary Church in Utica

Msgr. James Swaner

UTICA — A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Mary Church here at noon on Thursday, Nov. 11, for Msgr. James J. Swaner, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria who served Catholic parishes and schools in LaSalle County for five decades. Msgr. Swaner, a former principal of Marquette Academy in Ottawa whose […]

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