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Public safety workers prayed for, thanked at Blue Mass in Rock Island

Auxiliary Deputy James Schmedding of the Henry County Sheriff's Auxiliary receives Communion from Father Luke Spannagel, pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Mary parishes in Rock Island, during a Blue Mass hosted at Sacred Heart Church on Sept. 29. Public safety workers from throughout the Quad Cities region attended. (Provided photo/Kelly Haertjens)

ROCK ISLAND — At a Mass during which gratitude was expressed to first responders and prayers lifted for their protection, an example of their readiness to serve played out at Sacred Heart Church here on Sept. 29. As the Gospel was proclaimed by Deacon Gayle Cyrulik — a retired police officer who is now manager […]

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Live out Christ’s true love and have a really happy St. Valentine’s Day

On Valentine’s Day and all days, we have in the saints and martyrs (like St. Valentine, shown in stained glass at right) a wonderful gift, writes Father Luke Spannagel. “They show us what it means to live out the love of Christ.” (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody and CNS/Paul Haring)

By Father Luke Spannagel While February is our shortest month in terms of number of days, to be honest, it often feels like a long month because of the cold dreariness of winter.  For many people, one bright spot in this month that sometimes drags occurs on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. On the surface, this […]

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