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Couples enjoy evening of love, blessings, renewal and music at Marriage Mass

Couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria renew their wedding vows during the Marriage Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 15. Among them were Jason and Kelly Weber of the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community (right) and Ed and Cathy Lee of Immaculate Conception Parish, Monmouth. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Love was in the air at St. Mary’s Cathedral the evening after Valentine’s Day as couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria renewed their wedding vows at the annual Marriage Mass. “As married couples, you are not only a blessing to one another, but your love and fidelity are blessings to the entire Body of […]

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Presenters to offer ‘Tools for the Marriage Tool Box’ Feb. 22 at Moline parish

Bridget Brennan and Jerry Shen of The Cana Institute.

MOLINE — Sacred Heart Church will offer a marriage enrichment seminar designed to give couples “Tools for the Marriage Tool Box” on Saturday, Feb. 22. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Culemans Fellowship Hall, 1400 16th Ave., and feature Bridget Brennan and Jerry Shen of The Cana Institute. Brennan and […]

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Blessings abound as golden and silver anniversary couples renew vows at Mass

Dennis and Beth Doolan of St. Patrick Parish in Washington were among 115 couples observing their 25th or 50th wedding anniversaries in 2019 to renew their marriage vows at St. Mary's Cathedral during the diocesan Anniversary Mass on Sept. 29. Behind them are Bill and Carolyn Kraft of St. Jude Parish, Peoria. Both are golden anniversary couples. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

It rained on John and Maureen Borowy’s wedding day 50 years ago. “My mom always said it was a blessing from heaven and my grandma said that, too,” said Maureen, as she and her husband stood on a wet sidewalk outside St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria moments after taking part in the Diocese of Peoria’s […]

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‘Date Night’ speaker calls marriage a lifelong ‘sacramental three-step’ dance

Jim Healy makes a point during his Sept. 29 presentation "How to be Married and Stay Engaged." The talk was part of a "date night" hosted by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The dance of a Catholic marriage is a “sacramental three-step” modeled on the Paschal Mystery, a family life expert told couples on a date night Sept. 29 hosted by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. “It happens over and over,” said Jim Healy of the process of loving, letting go, and rising again in marriage. […]

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Bloomington pair, deaf since childhood, celebrate 50 years of marriage, family

Judith Meisenbach signs “I do” as she and her husband of 50 years, George, renew their marriage vows at the Diocese of Peoria’s Anniversary Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 24. Both Judith and George, members of St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington, have been deaf since childhood. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

When nearly 100 golden and silver anniversary couples renewed their marriage vows at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 24, George and Judith Meisenbach of Bloomington — standing in a front pew — were the only ones not to voice “I do” to one another. They signed it. Both George and Judith, members of […]

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Nearly 100 anniversary couples renew marriage vows at cathedral Mass

Among the couples from throughout the diocese renewing their marriage vows during the Anniversary Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 24 were (left) Chuck and Mary Ann Voreis of Utica , members of St. Patrick Parish in LaSalle, and Donald and Carmen Hodge of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Peoria Heights. Both couples are observing their 50th wedding anniversary in 2017. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Whether they met in kindergarten, at college, on a blind date, or in some other way, the anniversary couples celebrating milestone years of marriage Sept. 24 at St. Mary’s Cathedral acknowledged they’ve had help along the way. “I think we need to remember there is always three in a marriage: he and I and God,” […]

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Golden, silver anniversary couples renew vows, share stories at diocesan Mass

Among the anniversary couples kissing after renewing their marriage vows at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 25 were Ralph and Lucy Wilshusen of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Silvis. The Anniversary Mass came just one day after the Wilshusens' actual 50th anniversary. They were married on Sept. 24, 1966. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The stories of how married couples first met can sometimes be attributed to chance or coincidence, but Don Huber has another word for what brought him together with his wife of 50 years, Marty: “God-incidents.” “I knew that first evening she was special,” said Don, recalling how he — then a graduate student at the University […]

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Couples renew vows at Marriage Mass, later enjoy Valentine Date Night

Couples renew their vows at a previous Diocesan Marriage Mass in this Catholic Post file photo.

It takes three to make Christian marriage work, “a husband, a wife, and God at the center,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, reminded couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria at the annual Marriage Mass on Feb. 13 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Prior to leading the couples in renewing their marriage vows, Bishop Jenky thanked […]

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Diocesan Marriage Mass and Valentine Date Night to be offered Feb. 13

Nashville Christian recording artist Andrea Thomas will perform at the Valentine Date Night.

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, invites all married couples in the Diocese of Peoria to celebrate the gift of Christian marriage and renew their wedding vows during a 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Feb. 13, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Following Mass, couples who have registered in advance will take part in a catered […]

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