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Catholic News

Adoration blessings require some sacrifice

NAPERVILLE - Some sacrifices have to be made so eucharistic adoration can bring blessings to a parish, stressed Father Michael Lane, pastor of St. Jud...

Domestic violence program is grounded in support

ROMEOVILLE - For over 20 years, the Groundwork program - sponsored by the Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate and facili...

Decades later, the dream continues

ROMEOVILLE - "I have a dream," shouted the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. more than four decades ago from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington...

Grace supports a firm resolve

Years ago a priest friend recounted a meeting with a couple in his parish. The wife had insisted that her husband, who had been drinking excessively, ...

Contemporary musician rocks Epiphany celebration

NAPERVILLE - The revelation of Jesus to all humanity was celebrated with a burst of rhythm by John Angotti - singer, musician and composer - who combi...

Joliet faithful are ready to march in nation's capital

ROMEOVILLE - In light of the new Democratic majority in Congress, pro-life advocates believe it is imperative that they demonstrate commitment by part...

Narrative shows sordid sins of assorted saints

The story of many a saint is told in a journey from sinfulness to sanctity. But much of the emphasis in a saint's life is on how holy and encouraging ...

Pleased to meet you

Our family called her "Grandma" - not because she was even distantly related - but because she deserved the distinction. And though it seemed that the...

Sainthood one step closer for Holy Cross founder

KANKAKEE - In recognition of his commitment to the Catholic Church and in honor of a life lived with faith and virtue, Holy Cross Father Basil Anthony...

The consummate storyteller heads for heaven

JOLIET - A storyteller at heart, Father Joseph Burns died Dec. 16, leaving behind a mountain of messages meant to guide believers toward the path to h...

Diocesan faithful participate in typhoon relief efforts

ROMEOVILLE - Faithful participating in the annual Philippine Advent novena, Simbang Gabi, held throughout the Diocese of Joliet donated more than $11,...

Gift of Christmas wraps up another successful season

ROMEOVILLE - 'Twas a few days before Christmas, when the phone rang and the woman at the receiving end belted out a sound that resonated with happines...

Anger management classes shelved for now

ROMEOVILLE - Anger is an emotion most deal with on a regular basis, from the frustration one feels in traffic, to the stress of a normal workday. But ...

Collection helps meet spiritual needs in Latin America

ROMEOVILLE - Various programs and committees have sprouted at parishes across the Joliet Diocese and beyond to foster vocations. In the meantime, a na...

Students share Christmas joy with needy families

MORRIS - Marching in place with heads held high, the tiny group of brave soldiers and dainty dolls sang for the gathered community - a song about the ...

Cr?che captures essence of God's love

As I took my manger scene out of its box the other night, a small fragment of hay fell to the floor, reminding me of Christmas in another place, anoth...

Volunteers stuff stockings for soldiers

JOLIET - Holding up a colorfully decorated scrapbook filled with thank-you messages from servicemen and women, one homemade Christmas card in particul...

Rosary is no mystery to Kankakee students

KANKAKEE - The mayhem of the season escalates as consumers race to seize last minute gifts. Shopping center parking lots are crammed and malls are pac...

Jesse Tree grows on families during Advent

MOKENA - Ten stained-glass windows allowed winter sunrays to brighten the chapel of St. Mary Church in Mokena. Each of the specially designed pieces o...

Students gifted with well deserved degrees

ROMEOVILLE - Dressed in her Sunday best, Michelle Slocum smiled brightly for the camera as her husband and son looked on with pride. With Christmas cl...

Catholic Charities assists determined mother

BRADLEY - Knowing her husband would be home in mere minutes, she couldn't shake the fear that was welling up inside her. A month pregnant with the cou...

Is there a Christian way to celebrate Hanukkah?

ROMEOVILLE - The candles on the Menorahs were lighted, the dreidels spun and the potato latkes consumed; the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah started at...

Advent novena celebrates Filipino tradition

PLAINFIELD - In the Philippines, the nine-day Advent novena called Simbang Gabi, meaning night worship, is linked to the mass conversion of the island...

Bishop celebrates 50 years on God's special team

JOLIET - Clearly delighted by the unique opportunity, Cardinal Francis E. George of the Archdiocese of Chicago teased his friend and colleague, retire...

Students blend voices, efforts to ring in Christmas

LOMBARD - Dressed colorfully in red and black, a gaggle of young men and women giggled and chatted their way onto the choir risers as the harried dire...

Letting go - resting in the Lord

When Jesus was first brought to the Temple by his parents, how did Simeon and Anna know he was the One for whom they had been waiting? Joseph and Mary...

Winfield musician puts a spin on Christmas carols

WHEATON - A sense of characteristic melancholy persisted in the deepest of musical notes uttered by Irish-born singer Gavin Coyle, as he offered a Chr...

Adversity strengthens family's faith

NEW LENOX - Visions of sugarplums weren't dancing in her head and overstuffed stockings weren't a big concern. And most certainly, gifts concealed und...

Polish parish, province in Lombard progresses

LOMBARD - As Soviet Communists overpowered her home near Kracow, Poland, in the 1960s; Anna Szczygiel prayed that she would soon have the opportunity ...

Generosity travels from house to house

Aunt Regina's house is brimming over with the exuberance of happy children as they count down the days till Christmas. For that matter, Aunt Regina ha...