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Prayers for the dead ‘a beautiful work of mercy,’ says pastor at Macomb PDCCW day

Father Adam Stimpson, pastor of St. Paul Parish in Macomb, addresses those attending a Day of Remembrance sponsored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at his parish on Nov. 2, the Commemoriation of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day). The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

MACOMB — As a priest for 10 years, Father Adam Stimpson has attended to many people as they were dying and comforted family and friends — including his own on occasion. He has found over and over again how the prayers and rituals of the church have brought peace and something more, he told those […]

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Vicariate Masses to invite prayers for immigration, human trafficking causes

A public awareness poster at Catholic hospital in Florida calls attention to the problem of human trafficking. CNS file/Tom Tracy)

Noting that immigration and human trafficking are major concerns not just for the United States but around the world, the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is inviting the Catholic community to come together in prayer. Masses have been scheduled in each of the 12 vicariates of the diocese and will be offered through next […]

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Women connect, encourage one another at convention in Champaign

Bobbi Hynes of St. Mary, Bloomington, shares a concern about those who are leaving the church as part the morning session at the 2018 biennial convention of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Speaker Joann Hillebrand said the National Council of Catholic Women was formed nearly 100 years ago to "unite the efforts of women in the church, in family and in society." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — All organizations struggle from time to time. The same is true of the National Council of Catholic Women, said former president Joann Hillebrand of Oakbrook. “There are times where you’re barely existing, where you’re having difficulty getting people to come to your meetings, having parishes affiliate. Stick with it. Eventually you’ll be strong […]

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54 parish volunteers recognized by Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is surrounded by the volunteers honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women last April. This year's Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Luncheon has been canceled because of coronavirus restrictions. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Quoting from Proverbs 31, Kim Padan told the 54 volunteers who were about to be recognized by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women that “Many do noble things but you surpass them all.” “I know that you women have been doing so many things on a local level — many on the diocesan level […]

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Chillicothe parishioner, 101, is honored for a lifetime of extraordinary service

"You've got to keep going," said Ruth McLaughlin, 101, shown with her dog, Lilly, at the cozy house they share in Chillicothe. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHILLICOTHE — You won’t find Ruth McLaughlin sitting around watching television. In fact, sitting around is something the centenarian has never been very good at. “You’ve got to do something. You’ve got to keep going,” said Mrs. McLaughlin, 101, during a recent visit. “When you’re doing things you like to do, you don’t give it […]

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