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Westville women use their noodles to benefit St. Mary Parish around the year

It takes many hands, a lot of patience and plenty of good humor to make the 320 bags of noodles that would fly out of the door at the St. Mary Christmas Bazaar in Westville. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WESTVILLE — Noodles become more than a tasty side dish when the “Noodle Ladies” at St. Mary Parish are involved. In their loving hands, the noodles become a way to raise funds and hearts at Christmas and heavy hearts at funeral dinners throughout the year. “We started with 100 bags and they’d be gone. Then […]

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Pekin teacher, blogger designs liturgical season coloring book for free download

Katie Bogner, a fifth grade teacher at St. Joseph School in Pekin, has designed a Coloring Book of the Signs and Symbols of the Liturgical Seasons. The Advent and Christmas drawings were colored by Olivia Draher and Addison Goessman.

PEKIN — With Advent comes the beginning of a new church year, and Katie Bogner has given families a new way to walk through it together. A fifth grade teacher at St. Joseph School, Bogner has designed a Coloring Book of the Signs and Symbols of the Liturgical Seasons. The book, as well as ideas […]

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With help of Rock Island parish, Alleman students, peace finds the Kabunze Family

The Kabunze Family gathers in front of the fireplace of their Rock Island rental home, where stockings for each of them hang on the mantle. They are (from left), Enock, Annuarite, Maombi (mother), Solange, Filipo, Kasaika (father), Sarah, Grace, Riziki and Alfa. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — It isn’t uncommon to pray for peace on earth during the Christmas Season, but few people appreciate that gift in the way Kasaika and Maombi Kabunze do. The couple, who escaped from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2005 with two small children, have spent the last 11 years in a […]

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