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‘Sewing for Jesus’ binds Jordan Catholic, Rock Island, with school in Tanzania

Ann McConachie of the Amka Afrika School Foundation talks to members of Sewing for Jesus, a club at Jordan Catholic School in Rock Island, about the Tanzanian children and school they are assisting. The retired teacher took the sundresses the Jordan students made to the East African nation May 23 and will remain until Aug. 9. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — Beating the heat is something the children of Amka Afrika School in Babati, Tanzania, work at most of the year. They will have help soon, however, thanks to the children of Jordan Catholic School and Sewing for Jesus. The club, started last September by fourth grade teacher Debbie Patronagio, taught the students […]

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Sr. Mary Jean Feeney, OSB, Ivesdale native and longtime teacher, dies at 98

Sister Mary Jean Feeney, OSB

  ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Sister Mary Jean Feeney, OSB, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, at the monastery, […]

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‘Kindness campaign’ part of National Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14

Billboards featuring an image of a homeless person being handed a cup of coffee will be displayed n six communities from the Quad Cities and Clinton, Iowa, to La Crosse, Wisconsin as part of the "Kindness campaign." (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — “Kindness: Get in the Habit” is the theme for a campaign that will be shared on billboards, in movie theater ads, through social media and in Catholic school classrooms during March in celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week. The fourth annual observance is March 8-14. The initiative is sponsored by the Catholic […]

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20 artists plus speaker, performers at sacred art show in Rock Island Feb. 18-19

ROCK ISLAND — The Sixth Annual Art of Faith sacred art show and sale is ready to receive visitors this Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 19, in Farrell Hall at St. Pius X Church, 2901 24th St. The theme is “Contemplating the Holy Face of God.” The artwork that will be shown from 2 […]

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Former school comes down, but Sacred Heart Parish in Rock Island is on the rise

The Sacred Heart name is seen above the main entrance to the former school, built in 1923. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — The former Sacred Heart School here has come down, but Sacred Heart Parish is “going up,” according to Father Anthony Co, pastor. “God wants to bless this place,” said Father Co during a Christmas Eve Mass homily at the historic church, located for more than a century along busy 5th Avenue and […]

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With help of Rock Island parish, Alleman students, peace finds the Kabunze Family

The Kabunze Family gathers in front of the fireplace of their Rock Island rental home, where stockings for each of them hang on the mantle. They are (from left), Enock, Annuarite, Maombi (mother), Solange, Filipo, Kasaika (father), Sarah, Grace, Riziki and Alfa. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — It isn’t uncommon to pray for peace on earth during the Christmas Season, but few people appreciate that gift in the way Kasaika and Maombi Kabunze do. The couple, who escaped from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2005 with two small children, have spent the last 11 years in a […]

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Friendly furry greeter extends welcome at Sacred Heart Church, Rock Island

When she isn't working as a greeter at Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island, Bailey lays quietly next to her handler, Sharon Cramer, until it's time to go back outside to give and receive expressions of love." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — Except for the fluffy tail that wags itself out from under the pew from time to time, you would never know that Bailey was at Mass at Sacred Heart Church. Content to lay quietly on the floor next to handler Sharon Cramer, the large white Labradoodle makes her presence known in other […]

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As Year of Mercy nears Nov. 20 end, its fruits are evident around diocese

Father Tom Otto opens the Holy Door at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Nauvoo at the conclusion of a 17-mile Walk to Mercy pilgrimage on Sept. 24. The Year of Mercy ends on Nov. 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As the Jubilee Year of Mercy draws to a close, it is with grateful hearts that pastors, chaplains and pastoral ministers note that people of all ages accepted the invitation to experience God’s mercy for themselves and extend it to others. “I’ve had the grace of being the pastor of two Holy Doors — the […]

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“Here I Am, Lord” composer shares stories, gift of music at Quad Cities appearances

Dan Schutte, who has written and recorded music as part of the St. Louis Jesuits and continues to compose liturgical music, told "those who minister at the Lord's Supper" that the most important thing they can do is to help the faithful "give thanks and praise to God, who has given us so much." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Composer Dan Schutte was welcomed to the Christ the King Chapel at St. Ambrose University like an old friend as he led people through an evening of music and reflection on April 8. He made it clear from the beginning, however, that it wasn’t going to be a concert. “The music I’ve […]

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Full text of Divine Mercy reflection by Father Glenn Harris in Rock Island

Father Glenn Harris is pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Rapids City and St. Mary Parish, Hampton.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the text of the Divine Mercy Sunday reflection offered by Father Glenn Harris at St. Pius X in Rock Island on April 3. The Rock Island service was one of six regional celebrations of Divine Mercy Sunday in the Diocese of Peoria. A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke: […]

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