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Fr. Richard Mullen, 92, dies; funeral Mass is Wednesday at Holy Cross, Champaign

Father Richard L. Mullen

CHAMPAIGN — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at Holy Cross Church here for Father Richard L. Mullen, pastor emeritus of Holy Cross Parish and former associate editor of The Catholic Post. Father Mullen, who was granted senior status in 1997, died on Friday, March 23, […]

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Holy Cross, Champaign teacher, award recipient, sees value in Catholic Scouting

Anthony Frasca, assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 9 of Holy Cross in Champaign and a Bronze Pelican recipient, is shown with Scouts Anthony Frasca Jr., Jack Williamson and Forrester Coleman during the troop's recent ski outing to Wisconsin. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — Anthony Frasca wasn’t involved in Scouting as a youth and had never been camping when he got involved as another way to spend time with his son, also named Anthony. That was seven years ago. Both Anthonys kept going and now spend more than 20 nights a year outside under the stars — […]

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Sisters’ baptisms after a school Mass offer lessons at Holy Cross in Mendota

With help from her godfather, Craig Doran, Linda MacDonald, 5, is lifted over the baptismal font at Holy Cross Church in Mendota so Father Peter Pilon, pastor, can pour water on her head. Looking on his her sister, Kaylee, 6, who would be baptized next. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MENDOTA — Surrounded by their community of faith at Holy Cross School, Kaylee and Linda MacDonald were baptized after an all-school Mass during Catholic Schools Week. The timing may have been coincidental, but still offered a lesson on the importance of Catholic schools, according to their pastor. Being students in a Catholic school helped them […]

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Preschool opens in Metamora, while program grows at Holy Cross, Champaign

These preschoolers at Holy Cross in Champaign already know that when Father Dave Sajdak, SDB, pastor, asks, "What time is it?" their response should be "Time for God!" (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Holding 3-year-old Kevin tightly, Melissa Anfield smiled. Her husband Tony Markiewicz did the same and then their son was gone as he went to explore what the new preschool building at Holy Cross School had to offer on the first day of classes. “We’ve just been waiting until he was old enough to […]

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Deacon Michael Pica to be ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria on May 28

Deacon Michael Pica accepts a stack of hand-made cards from Bria Hartke, a first-grader at Holy Cross School in Champaign, at the close of an all-school Mass on May 13. Holy Cross is Deacon Pica's home parish. He will be ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, May 28. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Deacon Michael Pica never thought he would be called to the priesthood. “It’s the other guys in the chapel, they’re called,” the transitional deacon remembers thinking in the fall of 2008 when — as a sophomore at Bradley University in Peoria studying health science — Msgr. Brian Brownsey asked him if he had ever considered […]

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