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Twenty-two parishes in diocese, PDCCW are taking part in the Box of Joy program

Helping Nympha White of Grand Ridge pack Boxes of Joy into shipping containers are Laurel Stein of St. Mark Parish in Peoria and her daughters (from left) Anna, Clare, Elizabeth and Maggie. This is the second year the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women collected boxes at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria to ship to Cross Catholic Outreach. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Bringing joy to children who might not have any presents to open at Christmas has caught on in a big way across the Diocese of Peoria. This year 22 parishes participated in the Box of Joy program sponsored by Cross Catholic Outreach, making it possible for 1,070 children who live in poverty to celebrate Christmas. […]

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For impoverished children, joy will arrive in 1,014 boxes from around our diocese

Father Andru O'Brien blesses the shipping boxes containing nearly 300 Boxes of Joy that were filled at St. Jude Parish and School in Peoria. The effort was organized by Marilyn Rusk, who stands to his right. The parish's donation helped to triple the number of Christmas packages that were sent to Cross Catholic Outreach from St. Joseph in Brimfield, which served as a drop-off site for the second year. (Provided photo)

Cross Catholic Outreach was hoping to put a Christmas smile on the faces of 70,000 children through this year’s Box of Joy program, and parishes around the Diocese of Peoria provided 1,014 of those smiles. The program invites people to fill a shoebox-size container with gifts for a girl or boy in one of three […]

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Nympha White of Grand Ridge receives national Catholic women’s award

Nympha White of Grand Ridge holds the Our Lady of Good Counsel Award, which was presented to her recently by the National Council of Catholic Women at the annual convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Provided photo)

OTTAWA — The top honor the National Council of Catholic Women bestows is the Our Lady of Good Counsel Award and this year’s recipient is Nympha White of Grand Ridge. The award was presented during the 2018 NCCW convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. White was nominated for the award by Joan Weber of Peoria, a past […]

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