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Catholic News

Surrender to God

"I give up." Depending on our circumstances and tone of voice, that phrase can mean a variety of things. If we've been stumped by a series of good-nat...

Blood collection agencies pray for faithful donations

ROMEOVILLE - Throughout the month of February, many people in the Joliet Diocese were staying in heated homes in below-zero temperatures and venturing...

St. Anthony parishioner illuminates her faith via murals

FRANKFORT - The sound of holy water pouring from one tier of the baptismal font to another reverberated Feb. 8 in the empty worship space at St. Antho...

The crown of creation

For the last week or so, the first Scripture reading for daily Mass has been taken from the Book of Genesis, and each day I have tried to reflect on t...

Jersey: A tale of two cities remembered

When Irish author Frank McCourt published his famous biography entitled "Angela's Ashes" about his hometown of Limerick, Ireland, about half of the Ir...

A Lenten awakening

Film festivals are not the most common places to find inspiration for Lenten sacrifices. Yet a few weeks ago in Park City, Utah, with a backdrop of sk...

New parish life center nets dedication blessing

ROMEOVILLE - Although Super Bowl Sunday and the hopeful hype over a potential Bears win remains to be no more than a memory, the noon Mass Feb. 11 at ...

Utilities, service agencies warm up to helping

ROMEOVILLE - The subzero weather conditions are forcing Illinois consumers to shovel out more and more of their income to offset utility costs. With t...

Habitat homes are a blessing for families

ROMEOVILLE - Homeowners in partnership with Habitat for Humanity joined forces with churches, community organizations, business donors and volunteers ...

Joliet Diocese nourishes empty bellies around world

ROMEOVILLE - The student body of Driscoll Catholic High School is gearing up for its participation in Operation Rice Bowl. "That's what we're all abou...

Cardiologist speaks on matters of the heart

NAPERVILLE - Patients who indicate that they have no religious convictions are three times more likely to perish during open heart surgeries than beli...

Discernment is tough habit for college senior

ROMEOVILLE - It wasn't uncommon for one particular college student to wake in the middle of the night and leave her room in her pajamas to spend time ...

Project Gabriel offers mothers sign of hope

BRAIDWOOD - Unlike the large colorful billboards that line many of America's interstates and highways, the simple sign outside the old-fashioned white...

Real life is found in the fine print

It wasn't until I reached my 40's that I began to notice how much fine print there is in life. Literally. Near-sighted as I am, I resisted bifocals as...

New post for longtime Catholic advocate

JOLIET - A cross hangs on the wall, hovering nearby, and a papal honorary medal flanks his right. Douglas Delaney, the diocese's first-ever executive ...

Parish families play cupid with married couples

OSWEGO - On a sunny day when the mercury dipped below 5 degrees and the wind created a chill in the negative zero zone, a coffee shop in Oswego became...

Hidden stereotypes leave long-lasting sting

ROMEOVILLE - In light of the hoopla over Delaware's Sen. Joe Biden's remarks in regards to Illinois' Sen. Barack Obama, his Democratic rival in the ru...

Nature museum brings Illinois wildlife to life

LISLE - From the outside, the large red brick structure looked like any other office/classroom building found on a college campus. Inside, the gentle ...

Catholic press tangles with Web

ROMEOVILLE - The Web site of Catholic's News has between 40,000 and 60,000 visitors monthly from regions across the globe, according to Mike Rickman, ...

Free help available to seniors during tax time

ROMEOVILLE - Trained to file income tax returns and field questions from low-income residents, especially seniors, volunteers are manning sites at pub...

Appeal helps faithful on home soil

ROMEOVILLE - When most people think of the word "mission," the image of a starving child standing in front of a mud hut is the picture that first come...

Auto show speeds support toward Catholic Charities

ROMEOVILLE - For the second consecutive year, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet is among the recipient agencies set to pick up proceeds from...

Festival workshops turn a spotlight on talented students

WHEATON - In his famous philosophical tome, "No Man is an Island," published in 1955, theologian Thomas Merton defined art as something that "enables ...

Good friends make their mark

French Catholic writer Francois Mauriac (1885-1970) once wrote, "We are all molded and remolded by those who have loved us, and though that love may p...

Classy and classic

When it seemed that we'd reached the saturation point with "boys behaving badly" where professional football players are concerned, suddenly there app...

Benedictine graduates follow dreams

ROMEOVILLE - When the time came for him to choose a career, Christopher Mansols said the answer was as clear as the results from an X-ray machine. "I ...

The motto for missions is love in action

ROMEOVILLE - Taking to heart the Jan. 28 Scripture reading on the definition of love, a cluster of missioners bound for the Philippines and Bolivia re...

The tale of a difficult journey

Many young Catholic men in our nation have aspired to serve the Lord and the people of God as priests. For many, the road to the priesthood has been a...

Priest reflects on 'miraculous' journey of his heart

JOLIET - As American Heart Month is celebrated throughout February, there is one man in particular who is very grateful for his heart, despite the tho...

Religious revel in Super Bowl fever

Numerous celebrations are planned for fans to cheer on their favorite team as they toss around the pigskin in the Super Bowl. In fact, some faith comm...