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Catholic News

Catholic Conference of Illinois seeks to end public funding for embryonic stem-cell research

ROMEOVILLE - In light of new scientific evidence demonstrating how primitive stem cells can be created without destroying human embryos, the Catholic ...

Parish mourns death of Peace Corps volunteer

BLOOMINGDALE - Family members and friends gathered Dec. 18 at Bloomingdale's St. Isidore Church to honor and celebrate the life of Blythe O'Sullivan. ...

Neighbors help neighbors in Mokena

ROMEOVILLE - Since 2004, the members of Good Neighbors of Mokena, a nonprofit charitable organization comprised of a handful of professionals, have be...

Naperville senior relishes encounter with saint

NAPERVILLE - Growing up in the 1920s in Chicago, Rudy Bilotta, the son of Italian immigrants, heard the tales over and over again from his parents. Th...

Wheels that make the wagon roll

Snow and ice might prohibit even the sturdiest of wagons from being navigated over neighborhood sidewalks across the Diocese of Joliet these frigid De...

National Center for the Laity turns 30

ROMEOVILLE - The Second Vatican Council held its closing ceremonies in 1968, and yet there are several people still waiting for the message to be impl...

Veteran fights battle of homelessness

Stories from the Gift of Christmas JOLIET - Less than three weeks before Christmas, Mac Bayless stood outside his snow covered home on Union Street in...

Plano parishioners celebrate miracle in Mexico

PLANO - Bountiful bouquets of red roses encircled the makeshift altar. A vivid portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe rested near the fragrant display. And...

Joliet Diocese is found in ""full compliance"" of charter protecting youth

ROMEOVILLE - Bishop J. Peter Sartain announced he is "very pleased" that the Joliet Diocese was found in 2007 to be in full compliance of the United S...

Surrender to the Advent of God in our midst

I have a feeling many folks became annoyed the day the four friends of the paralyzed man carried him to Jesus (Luke 5:17-26; Mark 2:1-12). After all, ...

Nativity play is a reminder of what is to come

Though it might not have been midnight in Bethlehem, it was definitely bitter cold when the eighth grade students at St. Mary School in West Chicago r...

Operation Care Package works with military precision

JOLIET - Giving Santa and his elves a run for their money, Operation Care Package is aiming to ship more than 5,500 Christmas stockings this season. ...

Flip the calendar to a diocesan ministry

ROMEOVILLE - As the faithful exit their parishes after Mass this Advent season, more than likely a free calendar will be available along with the bull...

Plainfield parish proposes micro-lending program

PLAINFIELD - In October, a group of seven people from Plainfield's St. Mary Immaculate Parish spent two weeks visiting Likwakwanda, a village in Malaw...

Generous grandma gets help from Catholic Charities

Stories from the Gift of Christmas JOLIET - Doris Jones has devised a novel way of teaching her two oldest grandchildren their street address. Lately ...

Bridge builders

There's a bridge for sale in a part of Crawford County known as the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin. Spanning the Kickapoo River as it meanders ...

Community marks World AIDS Day in Wheaton

WHEATON - Marking the 26th year of the AIDS pandemic, about 50 concerned individuals gathered Dec. 1 at the Our Lady of Angels Chapel on the Wheaton F...

Receive God in the present moment

Just as we would never drive our car merely by looking behind through the rearview mirror, so we would never drive merely by looking ahead through bin...

African refugee asks for ticket to future

JOLIET - Christmas spirit filled the streets of Joliet Nov. 23 as the city celebrated its 10th Annual Light Up the Holidays Festival and Parade, spon...

Adoption is a faith-enhancing family gift

BOURBONNAIS - On Nov. 25, as the Thanksgiving weekend drew to a close, the Stenzinger family's afternoon task was to decorate their home for the upcom...

Joliet Catholic, Driscoll strive to be champions in life

JOLIET - It has been a while since Joliet Catholic Academy fans waited for their state championship football team to arrive on campus with the state ...

Tridentine Mass draws diverse crowd of worshipers

WESTMONT - Bundling themselves against the sleeting rain and snow, people of all ages traveled Nov. 21 to Holy Trinity Parish in Westmont to experienc...

Giving is golden

Dolly Madison's profile graces a newly minted fine gold coin that is said to weigh a hefty one-half ounce. Wife of James, fourth president of the Unit...

Lewis U group hopes to see military school close

ROMEOVILLE - While most people were making last minute preparations for the Thanksgiving holiday, a group from Lewis University in Romeoville traveled...

Keep an Advent 'inner diary'

I have never kept a diary, though at the time of my ordination to the priesthood I was strongly encouraged to do so by Xaverian Brother Randal Riede, ...

Church doors close, faith remains steadfast

JOLIET - For one last time, the community of SS. Cyril and Methodius gathered for Mass Nov. 18 in Joliet. It was the last time two ushers - Bernie St...

Candidates take initial step toward conversion

JOLIET - When she was growing up, religion was the highest priority in her home. Her father was an evangelical pastor who strived to instill in the fa...

Lewis U. air traffic training program set for takeoff

ROMEOVILLE - Romeoville's Lewis University is set to add an air traffic controller degree program to its academic offerings at the start of the fall 2...

The simple truth

The escalating cost of a barrel of oil along with the up and down price at the pump isn't a big deal for the poor, because most can't afford a monthly...

Interfaith services offer gratitude for diversity

ROMEOVILLE - In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. That tradition of Thanksgiving has been carri...