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St. Vincent de Paul School students remember homeless women, children

Father Thomas Taylor, parochial vicar at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Peoria, helps kindergartners David Bu, Benjamin Tigue and Patrick Rodgers fill bags with toiletries for the homeless. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Most of the students at St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria will never know what it’s like to be without soap, shampoo or a toothbrush, and they don’t want anyone else to know what that’s like either. As Catholic Schools Week came to an end, each of the school’s 300 students filled a colorful […]

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Homeless no more: Light of faith, couple’s witness restore two young mothers’ hope

Dr. Steve Smart holds candles as Msgr. Stanley Deptula presides during a triple baptism Dec. 4 at St. Bernard Church in Peoria. Dr. Smart and his wife, Kate (center, holding Marvin) were godparents for the children of Tiffany (right, holding Jayke) and Maricela (next to Tiffany, holding Anthony), young women they took into their home during times of need. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Jayke, Marvin and Anthony began their journey to become saints on Dec. 4, the baptism day for the three well-behaved little ones at St. Bernard Church, Peoria. And after many dangerous detours, their mothers are back on the same path — restored to grace by the sacraments and through honoring Mary by observing the house […]

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