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St. Gianna Beretta Molla

St. Gianna Novena     St. Gianna Beretta Molla is a powerful patron for pregnant and parenting mothers during this pandemic. St. Gianna herself lived through a pandemic, the Spanish […]

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Find a Way, America

Click here to view:Find a Way, America An inspirational, non-political anthem saluting those in the United States who are heroically finding ways to help us all through this historic period […]

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Word of Life

January 26th   Abortion affects countless marriages, more than many people recognize. But God’s grace can bring true healing in relationships. Learn more at respectlife.org/healing-in-marriage or find help via goo.gl/XPyrMb.   USCCB Secretariat […]

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January 19th “If someone shared with you she was pregnant and hadn’t ruled out having an abortion, would you know how to respond? … When a woman is facing a […]

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January 12th “An unexpected pregnancy can be a difficult and frightening time, and it’s important that your friend knows you are thinking of her and supporting her. … don’t forget […]

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July 21st “As a mom who had my first baby in college, I know that an unexpected pregnancy can sometimes bring fear, shame, and doubt. However, I also know that […]

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July 7th “Father and maker of all, you adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness. Awaken in every heart reverence for […]

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April 14th “When battered by life’s storms, or immersed in a dense fog of suffering and uncertainty, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances. Yet with words […]

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Power In My Hands

Respect Life: Movie: Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019  at 1PM: the Respect life Office invites all to come to the viewing of the movie: Power in My Hands. Place: Diocese […]

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January 5th “When I meet another parent of a child with Down syndrome, there is usually a moment of instant recognition and understanding. Our eyes meet, and we smile conspiratorially, […]

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December 30th “Blessed Joseph,   You took Mary and Jesus into your home. You followed the prescripts of the Law, presented Jesus in the Temple, taught him skills at the […]

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December 23rd “To couples who cannot have children of their own, you are no less loved by God; your love for each other is complete and fruitful when it is […]

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December 16th “In 1531, when the indigenous peoples of Mexico were subjugated and the practice of human sacrifice was still a recent memory, the Mother of God appeared to St. […]

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December 9th “‘Perhaps one of your friends has become pregnant unexpectedly. As someone who has been there, I encourage you to support your friend in her new journey of being […]

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December 2nd “Every life is a good and perfect gift. Many know this on an intellectual level, but those who love someone with a disability see it in their loved […]

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Life Issues Forum-Reflections from the Sidewalk

LIFE ISSUES FORUM                                                                           For Immediate Release Reflections from the Sidewalk                                                                   November 16, 2018 I was praying the rosary recently on the sidewalk outside of a very busy abortion […]

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“‘Perhaps one of your friends has become pregnant unexpectedly. As someone who has been there, I encourage you to support your friend in her new journey of being a mother. […]

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“Never tire of firmly speaking out in defense of life from its conception and do not be deterred from the commitment to defend the dignity of every human person with […]

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 “We felt we had no control, but God reminded us again that He is always in control and that we could trust in Him. … Andrew* is two years old […]

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“Through [the] loving care [of my family and friends], they affirm what I also know—that my life is, always has been, and always will be, worth living.’”   “Maggie’s Story: […]

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“Do not be afraid to embrace God’s gift of life. Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us.”   USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities […]

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Life Issues Forum

LIFE ISSUES FORUM                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE When a Friend Is Considering Abortion                                   July 13, 2018 USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities   If someone shared with you that she was pregnant […]

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“Gracious Father, I thank you for the mercy you have shown in forgiving my sins and for the peace that comes from being reconciled with you and with your Church.” […]

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“[Religious] freedom remains one of America’s most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, […]

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“Religion [cannot] be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life.”   Pope Francis, Evangelii gaudium, 183. © 2013 Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used […]

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“If a friend told you she was pregnant and considering abortion, would you know what to do? Learn concrete tips for loving her in a way that is life-affirming for […]

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“To women with an unplanned pregnancy, Maya says, ‘This is survivable. Have hope.’”   USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption” www.usccb.org/women-considering-adoption “Una mujer que queda embarazada […]

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“In 1943, when France was occupied by German Nazis, the search for Jews began. In the face of grave peril, Sister Agnes convinced her mother superior to open their convent […]

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“Reflecting on the healed wounds of the Risen Christ, we see that even our most difficult trials can be the place where God manifests his victory. He makes all things […]

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“Reflecting on the healed wounds of the Risen Christ, we see that even our most difficult trials can be the place where God manifests his victory. He makes all things […]

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“Even among terminally ill patients, a request to die is nearly always a cry for help. … The patient requesting assisted suicide is often asking, ‘Does anyone want me to […]

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“We can all help encourage our government and other institutions to support life. They must always aid and support mothers and children, and never offer to pay for the destruction […]

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“Sometimes our actions speak for themselves; other times, words are needed. Whatever the situation, Jesus knows how to speak to each person’s heart; we simply need to follow where he […]

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“If we are filled with the love of God, a culture of encounter and solidarity will begin to bloom.” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, “Serene Attentiveness to God’s Creation” www.bit.ly/serene-attentiveness […]

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Heavenly Father… Give us love for all people, especially the most vulnerable, and help us bear witness to the truth that every life is worth living.   USCCB Secretariat of […]

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“A model of care has been developed specifically for families whose infant is likely to die before or after birth. Often called ‘perinatal hospice,’ it’s a way of caring for […]

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“While many Catholics want to help women and men heal from past abortions, most don’t know how to begin.” Learn how you can become an instrument of mercy at www.usccb.org/bridges-of-mercy. […]

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“Reflecting on the healed wounds of the Risen Christ, we see that even our most difficult trials can be the place where God manifests his victory. He makes all things […]

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“Sometimes our actions speak for themselves; other times, words are needed. Whatever the situation, Jesus knows how to speak to each person’s heart; we simply need to follow where he […]

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“Many parents want perfect children. Our culture is obsessed with perfection—a superficial perfection. Photos are airbrushed, and social media sites depict seemingly perfect lives. God calls us to seek perfection, […]

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“The Church affirms the inviolable dignity of every person, regardless of the duration or extent of the person’s incapacity or dependency. Nothing diminishes the unchangeable dignity and sanctity of a […]

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“The dying process is a sacred time—a final season to seek closure in this life and prepare for the next in the hope of sharing in Christ’s Resurrection. As you […]

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“He is always with us. Jesus promised this when he gave the disciples the same mission he gives to each of us: Go. … Walk with each other. Do not […]

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“If you know someone who has had an abortion, express your sympathy for her loss. Assure her of God’s unconditional love, and encourage her to seek healing and forgiveness.” USCCB […]

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“When we encounter Christ, experience his love, and deepen our relationship with him, we become more aware of our own worth and that of others.” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities […]

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“By focusing on the most vulnerable members of society, we strengthen the entire fabric of society to protect the rights of all.” Archbishop William E. Lori, Chair Ad Hoc Committee […]

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“Building a culture of life isn’t something we just do one month of the year, or with one event or initiative—it’s essential to who we are. It happens through our […]

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“Christ came to liberate us from the cycle of violence by showing us how to love and be merciful. …As the culture of death threatens to electively select who does […]

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“Heavenly Father…If it be your will, bless those who are pursuing adoption, …and send them a child to love.” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “Novena to St. Joseph: For Those […]

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“Those who die in God’s grace and friendship live forever with Christ. Heaven is a true and lasting relationship with God that is beyond all earthly description and understanding.” USCCB […]

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“The Church affirms the inviolable dignity of every person, regardless of the duration or extent of the person’s incapacity or dependency.” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “Catholic Considerations for Our […]

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“The Church affirms the inviolable dignity of every person, regardless of the duration or extent of the person’s incapacity or dependency.” USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “Catholic Considerations for Our […]

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“If someone shared with you she was pregnant and hadn’t ruled out having an abortion, would you know how to respond… in a loving way that is life-affirming for both […]

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“We must listen to God, who speaks to us. Having a well-formed conscience doesn’t mean we have all the answers to the complex problems in the world, but it does […]

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“The knowledge and realization of how deeply we are loved by God elicits a response of love that simultaneously draws us closer to God and at the same time impels […]

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“Walk with each other. Do not be afraid to embrace God’s gift of life. Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us. ‘Behold, I […]

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“Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace.” Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae, […]

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“The Church’s teaching on marital sexuality is an invitation … to receive the gift of God’s love and care, and to let this gift inform and transform us, so we […]

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“When people are tempted to see their own lives as diminished in value or meaning, they most need the love and assistance of others to assure them of their inherent […]

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“The sufferings caused by chronic or terminal illness … cry out for our compassion, a word whose root meaning is to ‘suffer with’ another person. True compassion alleviates suffering while […]

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“May the infinite depth and breadth of Christ’s Divine Mercy remind us that no wound is too great for God to heal.” Pray for Life: April 2016, https://goo.gl/rgX7jH. USCCB Secretariat […]

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“The effectiveness of our commitment to peace depends on our understanding of human life. If we want peace, let us defend life!” Pope Benedict XVI, Morning Address, September 15, 2012, […]

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“God loves us, treats us with respect, and asks us to do the same with others. … No one should ever be treated callously or carelessly—everyone should be cherished and […]

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“By opening our hearts to his love and mercy, we let Christ dwell in us and we see more deeply the intricate and unique beauty of each person.” Cardinal Seán […]

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“An unexpected pregnancy can bring joy, excitement, awe, gratitude, and deeper love than I knew possible!” — 10 Ways to Support Her When She’s Unexpectedly Expecting USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life […]

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“Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift. At every stage and in every circumstance, we […]

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“We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us.” Pope Francis, Misericordiae vultus, Used with permission.

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“A political society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or […]

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Our relationships on earth are meant to help us and others grow in perfect love. We are meant to depend on one another, serve each other in humility, and walk […]

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Pray for Life

English: The #9DaysforLife novena is done, but it’s not too late to sign up for monthly emails at www.9daysforlife.com! en español: ¡La novena #9diasporlavida ha terminado, pero inscríbete para las intenciones semanales en www.usccb.org/reza!

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9 Days for Life Novena

English: Tomorrow is the 1st day of #9DaysforLife! Join thousands across the country in prayer: www.9daysforlife.com en español:  ¡Mañana es el primer día de #9Diasporlavida! Únete con tus oraciones a […]

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Fortnight for Religious Freedom

Click here for video: Fortnight for Religious Freedom Click here for Letter in English and Spanish: Our First Most Cherished Liberty Primera Y Mas Preciada de Nuestros Libertades

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Campaign for 13 Million Rosaries

Dear All, I wanted to share with you my Religious Community new “13 million Rosaries” campaign.  We desire to offer to Our Lord through Our Lady 13 million Rosaries from […]

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The 70 Day After Abortion Pill

Much to the delight of abortion advocates, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has loosened its guidelines for the powerful abortion drug, RU-486/Mifepristone, marketed as “Mifeprex.” It may now officially […]

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Christ the King

A Kingship that bears witness to the truth-Click here for the English version: Christ the King Click here for the Spanish version: Cristo Rey One

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John’s story

Click here to see the beautiful point of view.  Don’t sell life short.  Every life is worth living.  Have the courage to step into Life.  John’s Story

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Let Love Love You

We are in the eve of Respect Life month as well as preparing our hearts for the Jubilee of Mercy. May we be able to let God’s love shine forth […]

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Pope Francis Live

Enjoy live stream video of the Pope’s visit to the U.S. through the Diocese of Peoria website.  While you’re there, check out what else is happening in the Peoria Diocese. […]

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Efficacious Novena-begins September 13

The Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart prayed by Padre Pio begins today, September 13th.  Please join us in prayerful union–Heavenly Father, through the powerful intercession of Padre Pio to the Sacred Heart […]

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“Step into Life”

“John’s Story: Beyond Independence” Born without arms, John Foppe speaks to a way of life beyond independence, namely inter-dependence: Together we are more. Assisted suicide sells everyone short, so in […]

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“It’s great to be alive!”

Jeanette’s Story: 15 Years Later – featuring Jeanette Redmond & her cancer doctor, Dr. Kenneth Stevens, who encouraged her 15 year years ago not to pursue assisted suicide when she was […]

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NFP Awareness week

National NFP Awareness Week – JULY 19 – JULY 25, 2015 2015 theme: All Natural! Natural Family Planning Good for the body. Great for the soul! “Celebrate and reverence God’s […]

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Women’s Summer Retreat

Women’s Summer Retreat “The Family: a gift and a task of Merciful Love” Retreat Master: Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary When: July 10-12, 2015 Retreat begins […]

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Novena to the Sacred Heart

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus begins June 4, 2015 It is perhaps the greatest of all the devotions, as it is centered in the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. […]

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Theology on Tap

Join us for a four part series on all the Wednesdays of June (3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th). The series will take place at Kelleher’s Irish Pub, 619 SW Water […]

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CLRTL: Garage Sale

23rd Annual Right To Life  Benefit Garage Sale  Catholic Charities, Building F 2900 W Heading Ave, Peoria IL 61604 (Enter at the top of Swards Hill @ Alice- Building F […]

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Preparation to Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, is commemorates the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, 50 days after  the Resurrection of Christ. […]

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Resources

Check out some great resources that may be beneficial to you! **Click the title to follow the link to there websites!** Woman Speak For Themselves and I Believe in Love

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Divine Mercy Novena

Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be proceeded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would be gin on Good Friday.  Join us in prayer as […]

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Novena to St. Joseph

Let us ask for the powerful intercession of St. Joseph for the end of the culture of death as well as for our Christian brothers and sister suffering and being […]

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Scott Hahn: Forty Days

Needing a little reminder of what Lent’s all about:  In the book of Matthew, Jesus, while in the Garden of Gethsemane says, “Watch and pray that you may not undergo […]

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Lent: The Season of Grace

Looking for some ideas or resources to make this Lent fruitful? Here are a few links to explore: Some good studies/emails/etc.  Best Lent Ever: free videos from Matthew Kelly […]

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Sanctity of Life Rally

Central Illinois Right to Life will be holding the Sanctity of Life Rally on Tuesday, January 2015 The Family Resources Center will be have an open house from 5:30- 6:30pm 415 […]

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Salve Regina

In 2014, Friar Gabriel traveled from Perth, Australia to shred the streets of Chicago. Spirit Juice Films was honored and thrilled to capture every minute of his trip. Friar Gabriel […]

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O Antiphons

Discover the meaning behind the Advent antiphons, the medieval prayers prayed by the Church in preparation for Christ’s birth!     These Seven ancient prayers have been prayed by millions […]

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The Mass- Chris Stefanick

“Catholics have risked their lives for thousands of years to be at Mass. For mere ritual? Nostalgia? Obligation? No. For the most intimate encounter we get with our Maker on […]

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Fatima in Peoria

The United Nations Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and First Class Relics of Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco are coming to the Diocese of Peoria! Saturday: November […]

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The Little Flower of Jesus

Today is the Feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.  St. Therese is one of the most popular saints throughout the history of […]

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God’s Creation

Each of us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation Imagine Yourself pausing in front of a design of great beauty. Your soul quiets and is filled with wonder and awe. If […]

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World Meeting of Families

The World Meeting of Families- Philadelphia 2015 is an international Conference on the Family founded by Saint John Paul II and sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family in […]

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The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Check out this article on Vatican Radio’s website: Pope at Santa Marta: Learning from Our Lady of Sorrows  “And this is out hope.  We are not orphans, we have mothers: […]

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Central IL- Right to Life Meeting

On Monday, September 8 from 6:30-7:30 pm the Central Illinois Right to Life will be having a board meeting.  They will be planning future events and interested individuals are encouraged […]

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Respect Life Celebration

Come join us on Saturday, September 6, 2014 for the Respect Life Diocesan Mass in celebration of the dignity and sacrednees of human life!  Lunch and key note speaker following mass. […]

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