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Diocesan traveling monstrance starts February Holy Hours at St. Patrick, Seneca

Eight parishes across the Diocese of Peoria are planning Holy Hours with the diocesan traveling monstrance in February. Hosting are: Feb. 2, St. Patrick, Seneca; Feb. 6, St. Patrick, Ransom; Feb. 9, St. Patrick, Dwight; Feb. 13, St. John the Baptist, Fairbury; Feb. 16, St. Mary, El Paso; Feb. 20, Epiphany, Normal; Feb. 23, St. […]

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Catholic Schools Week activities highlight prayer, academics and fun

Brantley Drake and Charley Franey, pre-kindergarten students at Schlarman Academy in Danville, show that there is fun to be had while learning. Catholic Schools Week, which runs from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, features both, along with opportunities for prayer and service. (Provided photo)

“Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” is the theme for National Catholic Schools Week, which begins Sunday, Jan. 29, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 4. It is sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association. While the 44 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria may celebrate in different ways on different days, these themes from the […]

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Catholic schools known for excellence, embrace church’s evangelizing mission

Jerry Sanderson

By Dr. Jerry Sanderson The annual observance of Catholic Schools Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the Christ-centered mission of Catholic schools and the impact that a Catholic education has on the lives of students. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” We see this theme lived out in our diocesan schools as […]

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Webinars still open to train people to talk to lawmakers about assisted suicide

Noting that legislation to legalize assisted suicide is coming to Illinois, the Catholic Conference of Illinois is planning training sessions to help people formulate “well-thought, organized, and respectful responses” when talking to lawmakers. Leading the webinars will be Bob Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, and Dawn Fitzpatrick, senior coordinator of Human […]

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Funeral held for Sister Joanne Feist, 88; Bloomington native taught for 46 years

Sister Joann Feist, OP

SINSINAWA, Wis. — A funeral Mass was offered Dec. 17 for Sister Joann (Antonia) Feist, OP, at the motherhouse of the Sinsinawa Dominicans here. A natural burial took place on Dec. 8 in the Motherhouse Cemetery. Sister Joann died Dec. 6, 2022, at St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. She was 88. Born in […]

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Family activities with O Antiphons bring focus back to Jesus as Christmas nears

There are a number of ways families can use Katie Bogner's illustrations of the O Antiphons. Here, they are cut out and can be colored to hang as ornaments on the tree. To find and download them, go to her blog, looktohimandberadiant.com and search for O Antiphons. (Provided graphic/Katie Bogner)

In the days to come families will be getting together for good food and good conversation. Catechist Katie Bogner said it wouldn’t take much to invite Jesus to the festivities and get to know him through the O Antiphons. “The O Antiphons pop to mind because they’re specifically prayed and celebrated in that last week […]

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Peoria Notre Dame wins 5th soccer state title, shares joy with area schools

Peoria Notre Dame soccer players and coaches pose with the IHSA Class 2A boys trophy they earned with a 3-1 win over Chatham Glenwood to cap a 23-3-1 season. The title match was played at Hoffman Estates High School on Nov. 5. (Provided photo/Cindy Dermody)

Peoria Notre Dame again proved it has one of the state’s elite high school soccer programs with a 3-1 win over Chatham Glenwood on Nov. 5 to claim the Illinois High School Association boys Class 2A title. The Irish earned their fifth boys soccer state championship by prevailing in a game played in 30 mph […]

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