“I Am Patrick” (CBN)

John Rhys-Davies stars in "I Am Patrick," a docudrama screening in theaters for two nights only -- March 17, St. Patrick's Day, and March 18. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/courtesy CBN)

By Catholic News Service Written and directed by Jarrod Anderson, this docudrama — subtitled “The Patron Saint of Ireland” — seeks to debunk many of the myths and legends that have grown up around its subject over the centuries and to capture who he really was as a man and a proclaimer of Christ.  The […]

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Traveling Vocations Crucifix leads to prayers, awareness at St. Patrick, Wapella

Clint Martens holds the Traveling Vocations Crucifix that has been hosted in his family's home on several occasions since Vocatoin Awareness Week last November. With him and wife Judy are their daughters Claire Martens (left) and Abby Davis of Atwood. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WAPELLA — It comes as no surprise to the members of St. Patrick Parish here that there is a need for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life. For many years, the lively little parish in De Witt County had a resident pastor, who also served as chaplain at Central Catholic High School in […]

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Urbana parish’s Festival of Lessons and Carols showcases both unity, diversity

As the St. Patrick Bell Choir plays at left and Dr. Franklin Gallo accompanies on organ, a combined choir of nearly 100 voices sings at the close of A Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. Patrick Church in Urbana on the evening of Dec. 9, the Second Sunday of Advent. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

URBANA — Just as Jesus’ birth brought joy to local shepherds and kings from far-off lands, the anticipation of celebrating the miracle 2,000 years later united diverse groups in an evening of song and prayer Dec. 9 at St. Patrick Church here. Eight choirs, representing several ethnic communities, took part in the third annual A […]

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Funeral Mass Oct. 1 at St. Patrick Church in Urbana for Deacon David Zola, 71

Deacon David Zola

URBANA — A funeral Mass was offered at St. Patrick Church here on Oct. 1 for Deacon David Zola, who served the parish in several capacities including since 2012 as a permanent deacon. Deacon Zola died on Sept. 28, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was 71. Father Luke Spannagel was the principal […]

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St. Patrick Parish, Dwight, to celebrate 150th anniversary with August events

The present St. Patrick Church in Dwight, built in 1970, will be the site of an anniversary Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. (The Catholic Post file photo/Tom Dermody)

DWIGHT — St. Patrick Parish here will celebrate 150 years of faith with a series of events in early August, highlighted by an anniversary Mass to be offered by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. The festivities begin on Thursday, Aug. 9 — the date that Father Laurence Dunne […]

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Historic St. Patrick Parish, Bloomington, celebrating 125 years with events June 30

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will preside at a 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, June 30, at Historic St. Patrick Church, Bloomington.

BLOOMINGTON — Members of Historic St. Patrick Church, 1209 W. Locust, will celebrate 125 years of that history and faith next Saturday, June 30. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will join them and preside at the 5 p.m. Mass. A reception, including dinner catered by Biaggi’s, will follow in the parish hall. No reservations are […]

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Parishioner-made sanctuary furnishing is blessed at St. Patrick Church, Ransom

Father Anthony Ego sprinkles holy water on the new ambo at St. Patrick Church in Ransom before proclaiming the Gospel at Mass May 6. The ambo, altar base and side altar for the Holy Family were made by Dave Slusarski, a parishioner and master craftsman. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

RANSOM — Easter joy continues to find expression at St. Patrick Church where a beautiful, hand-crafted ambo was blessed by Father Tony Ego, pastor, before he proclaimed the Gospel at Mass on May 6. “We pray that in this church we may listen to the voice of your Son, so that, responding to the inspiration […]

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“What did you do this summer?” These students served others on mission trips

Those taking part in a mission trip to rural Pennsylvania with the CREW youth group from St. Patrick Parish in Urbana pose for a selfie in front of a cross at the Anawim Community, a congregation of Sisters based in Frenchville. (Provided photo)

As schools reopen and Catholic students from central Illinois are asked by classmates “What did you do this summer?,” hundreds will be able to answer that they served others by taking part in mission trips. “What makes mission trips so special is the ability to live out the faith through the call to service,” said […]

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Proposed school would build hope in Uganda, says Father Julius Turyatoranwa

Father Julius Turyatoranwa is pictured outside St. Patrick School in Washington. The priest, who has served in the Diocese of Peoria since 2007, hopes to form a sister-school relationship between the Illinois school and the proposed St. Patrick Boarding Primary School in his homeland of Uganda. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WASHINGTON — In the United States, a good education offers an advantage when students look at starting a career with a decent salary and benefits. In Uganda, it means so much more, however. In the east-central African nation, it can help to break the generational cycle of poverty, according to Father Julius Turyatoranwa, parochial vicar […]

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Hundreds begin St. Patrick’s Day at cathedral Mass with Bishop Jenky

Students from Peoria Notre Dame High School carry a relic of St. Patrick into St. Mary's Cathedral at the start of the annual St. Patrick's Day Mass celebrated by Bishop Jenky. Truman Ralph is in the foreground, Andrew Winschel is to his left, Luke Shadid is in back and hidden in back is Luc Jackson. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

St. Patrick’s Day is “a festival of faith,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, reminded hundreds of Catholics who began the feast by joining him for an 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “It is a day when we remember and give thanks for a heroic missionary and for Catholic tradition in Ireland,” […]

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