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Marquette Academy of Ottawa celebrates historic state championship in baseball

Led by their seniors, the baseball Crusaders from Marquette Academy in Ottawa excitedly accept the IHSA Class 1A state championship trophy after defeating Waterloo Gibault 14-5 in the title game at Dozer Park on June 1. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Sixteen hits and 14 runs led to Marquette Academy’s baseball team being Number One in the state on Saturday. But the Crusaders’ historic 14-5 win over Waterloo Gibault in the Illinois High School Association Class 1A title game at Dozer Park in Peoria had meaning well beyond numbers. When relief pitcher Luke Couch struck out […]

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$3 million capital campaign to fund improvements at St. Columba, Ottawa

OTTAWA — With exterior renovations to its historic church complete, St. Columba Parish here has entered a second phase of church preservation and restoration with the launching of a $3 million capital campaign. “This is truly an exciting time for St. Columba,” wrote Father David Kipfer, pastor, in a letter included in family campaign packets […]

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Anticipated ordination ‘a little more real’ for seminarian after ciborium gift

Ed and Rosemary McGinnis, members of St. Columba Parish in Ottawa, present a ciborium to Deacon Danny McShane as his summer internship comes to an end. With them is the McGinnis’ 3-year-old grandson, Paxton. (Provided photo)

OTTAWA — Deacon Danny McShane took away more than pastoral experience and fond memories from his summer assignment with the Ottawa Catholic Community. He received a ciborium from Rosemary McGinnis, a longtime member of St. Columba Parish. It had been given to her in memory of her uncle, Sir Knight Andrew Massieon, a Fourth Degree […]

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Francesca Sanderson of Ottawa to serve as a pro-life campus mentor at Loyola

Francesca Sanderson

OTTAWA — Chicago may be outside Francesca Sanderson’s comfort zone, but giving college students a better understanding of the sanctity of life at all stages isn’t. That’s why she is preparing to serve as a campus mentor for weDignify at Loyola University’s Lakeshore Campus, starting in August. Formerly known as Students for Life of Illinois, […]

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St. Mary Church in Naplate damaged by EF-3 tornado that hit Ottawa region

An uprooted tree and damaged roof shingles are seen at St. Mary Church in Naplate after an EF-3 tornado struck the village as well as Ottawa on Tuesday evening. (Provided photo/Father Tony Fevlo, SMA)

OTTAWA — Deadly and destructive tornadoes that moved through regions of the Diocese of Peoria on the eve of Ash Wednesday have led to extra prayer and charity in the first days of Lent. St. Mary Church in the village of Naplate, just southwest of Ottawa, sustained structural damage from an EF-3 tornado that struck […]

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Totus Tuus brings summer faith formation — and fun — to Ottawa, 22 other sites

Emma Hardin leans forward as she and other Totus Tuus participants shout "Yes!" in response to Father Augustin Kassa, SMA, who asked if they believe Jesus can still heal the sick today. At the close of his homily, Father Kassa -- parochial vicar at St. Patrick and and St. Francis of Assisi parishes -- led the children in praying for family members and others who are ill. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

OTTAWA — Lydia Perilles enjoys being a team member of the weeklong faith experience for youth known as Totus Tuus that is being offered at 23 locations in the Diocese of Peoria this June and July. But that only begins to explain why the Fairview native and Monmouth College senior spends her summer sharing the […]

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Marquette Academy in Ottawa invests in future with $1.5 million campaign

OTTAWA — With the community’s blessing, Marquette Academy has launched a $1.5 million capital campaign to upgrade technology, renovate its facilities, and increase its endowment in order to make more scholarships and financial assistance available. Principal Brooke Rick said any monies donated over that goal will be split evenly between reducing the school’s $1 million […]

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