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Catholic News

Peace activists remember souls affected by war

NAPERVILLE - The sound from makeshift drums and the sight of a banner that read "We Mourn the Dead ? We Call for Peace" turned a few heads during the ...

Salvation for the souls in purgatory nets devotion

JOLIET - A short, feisty woman with a rapid-fire presentation style, Susan Tassone of the Chicago Archdiocesan Office of Missions, presented an enthus...

Mass memorializes life, love and loss

ROMEOVILLE - The loss of a loved one is always difficult to deal with, but the loss of a child is especially devastating. Loved ones left behind often...

Parish offers fine art for food pantry funds

NAPERVILLE - The word "artist" conjures up an image of a young man holed up in a tiny attic, using all his money and other resources to create a colo...

Faithful begin sesquicentennial celebration

KANKAKEE - Faithful members of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Kankakee launched a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of their f...

Fear is useless in ministry

ROMEOVILLE - Fear is useless in ministry and "as Catholics we're called to be a hopeful presence in the world today," proposed Adele Gonzalez, keynote...

A sense of belonging

I have never understood what it means to be "once removed." Born into a large family, I know about cousins and second cousins; beyond that, I am easil...

CCW conference confirms 'women do make a difference'

KANKAKEE - Nearly 150 members from Council of Catholic Women organizations across the Joliet Diocese gathered Nov. 3-4 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Kanka...

Power is at the polling place

If you had to swim across a muddy river in order to vote, would you still manage to get there? The other option, for folks living in Gee's Bend, Ala.,...

Mobile dental unit brings smiles to young people's faces

WHEATON - Going to the dentist can be frightening to even the bravest adult, however, many children can be overwhelmed by the experience when they wal...

Partnerships create Catholic education opportunities

ROMEOVILLE - While reading, writing and arithmetic are basic to the classroom, Bishop J. Peter Sartain reminded a group of Catholic education supporte...

Volunteers give motherhouse an 'extreme makeover'

DARIEN - The television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" has become a nationwide phenomenon since its premiere six years ago. In it, a group of d...

Mentally ill strive to make a difference

KANKAKEE - The chilly weather Oct. 28 didn't deter them from their goal of proving that people with mental illnesses can make a difference in society....

Opus Dei members speak to personal faith experiences

PLAINFIELD - In recent years, Dan Brown's best-selling book, "The DaVinci Code," and the film version that performed well at the box-office brought wo...

Jubilarians express gratitude for many years of blessings

ROMEOVILLE - In the 1940s, Benedictine Sister Agnes Kallus was a newly vowed religious residing at the congregation's motherhouse in Lisle when she re...

Lisle prioress named head of international organization

ROMEOVILLE - Benedictine Sister Judith Ann Heble, prioress at Sacred Heart Monastery in Lisle, was recently elected moderator of the Communio Internat...

Catholic families give, receive 'Gift of Hope'

LISLE - If the positions were reversed, Angelo Tomasello of Naperville said he would have been "crushed" if his daughter hadn't received an organ in t...

Faith leaders to take action on National Donor Sabbath

ROMEOVILLE - More than 4,500 people living in Illinois and more than 92,000 across the nation are awaiting transplants. Organ donation activists are e...

Selected by a saint

A long time ago, St. Martin de Porres decided to watch over our family. My father was born and reared in small-town east Tennessee, where the Catholic...

Catholic Explorer receives accolades from newspaper association

DE KALB - The official newspaper for the Diocese of Joliet was among the award recipients at the Oct. 27 Northern Illinois Newspaper Association fall ...

Legal professionals renew mission at Red Mass

JOLIET - The fanfare of the Will County Bar Association's Red Mass Oct. 22 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet was held with far less pomp than ...

Retiring diocesan employee looks back, looks forward

JOLIET - Money was tight in the early 1970s for the Bayci family of Joliet. The patriarch earned enough to make ends meet with his job as a telephone ...

Justice advocates fight for farmworkers' fair wages

ROMEOVILLE - Harvest season has arrived and within a month's time the nation is expected to once again celebrate the bounty at Thanksgiving. However, ...

Knights honor men and women in blue

CHANNAHON - With emergency lights flashing, a line of squad cars, fire engines and other emergency vehicles moved slowly down Navajo Drive toward St. ...

Elections, Conscience and the Responsibility to Vote

Elections can be difficult for Catholics as we consider our choice of leaders and policies that will guide our nation and our state. In our effort to ...

Franciscan priest celebrates diamond jubilee

CLARENDON HILLS - Friends and family gathered Oct. 22 at Notre Dame Parish in Clarendon Hills to celebrate the 60th anniversary of religious life as l...

Take note

Much of the spiritual life - much of life - is about paying attention to the footnotes. Of the many conversions I have experienced through the years, ...

Catechesis expert describes a 'web of faith'

NAPERVILLE - In the last 40 years, the requirements for religious education programs throughout the United States have shifted along with society to r...

Organization helps hungry children fill their plates

NAPERVILLE - Feed My Starving Children, a national non-profit organization based out of Minneapolis, Minn., works to alleviate hunger by creating a ba...

Speakers encourage men to reflect, react, repent

DE KALB - Men are called to be "prayer warriors," shouted recognized boxing champion and former Los Angeles police officer Jesse Romero as the speaker...