Deacon Samuel Taylor, 59, dies; funeral Mass is offered at St. Mary, Canton

Deacon Samuel Taylor

CANTON — A funeral Mass was offered on Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Mary Church here for Deacon Samuel Taylor, who served the parish as a permanent deacon since his ordination in 2012. Deacon Taylor died at his Canton residence on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. He was 59. Born Aug. 25, 1960 in Dixon to […]

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Cursillo volunteers’ dedication to prison ministry recognized by Canton facility

Sheila Kaurin, left, of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Morton, and Carrie Harp of St. Mary Parish, Canton, are co-recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CANTON — Prison ministry isn’t for everyone, but Sheila Kaurin of Morton and Carrie Harp of Canton feel nothing but gratitude that they are able to take Cursillo into the Illinois River Correctional Center and share faith with the inmates there. For their kindness, compassion and dedication, Kaurin and Harp were named co-recipients of the […]

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Canton parish ‘home’ for Christmas as damaged St. Mary Church reopens

St. Mary Church in Canton was packed on Sunday, Dec. 17, for the first Mass it has hosted in 13 months. A major restoration was necessary after the church was damaged in a nearby natural gas explosion that rocked the city's downtown on Nov. 16, 2016. Father Daniel Ebker, pastor, is using the original high altar until a new altar of sacrifice that has been ordered arrives. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

CANTON — Celebrating Mass in their church for the first time in 13 months gave members of St. Mary Parish here an additional reason to rejoice on Dec. 17, known as Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. “We’re not finished by any long shot,” said Father Daniel Ebker, pastor, of the long restoration process required after the church […]

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Canton church damaged by deadly natural gas explosion; Masses relocated

Communion is distributed during the 8 a.m. Mass in the St. Mary Parish Center in Canton on Sunday, Nov. 20. Masses will take place in the center while repairs are made to St. Mary Church, which suffered damage from the Nov. 16 natural gas explosion that did widespread damage in downtown Canton. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

CANTON — The deadly natural gas explosion that rocked the downtown square of this Fulton County community on Nov. 16 has also temporarily knocked the faith community of St. Mary Parish out of their damaged church, located just a block east of the blast site. “The good thing is we have somewhere to be,” said […]

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St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Canton sees increased need in the summer months

Before administering the sacrament of confirmation at St. Mary Church in Canton on June 25, Bishop Daniel R. Jnky, CSC, toured St. Mary's Food Pantry and then blessed it. Accompanying him were Father Daniel Ebker, pastor; John Dudek, chairman of the food pantry committee; and committee members Vicki Pettett (left) and Nancy Elson. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CANTON — When he saw the package of dinner rolls on the table, the little boy asked volunteers at St. Mary’s Food Pantry if his family could have them. They said his response was heartbreaking when he found out he could. “Dad, we get to keep this bread,” he cried. “His eyes were this round […]

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