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Catholic News

Band prepares to celebrate a musical New Year

NEW LENOX - Soaring notes and enchanting melodies swept through the hallway, stopping students and staff in their tracks to listen. Although it was st...

Bus paves way for interaction

CHICAGO - Throngs of anxious children huddled together at the entrance of the Health Outreach Bus on its second stop of the Tuesday night route Jan. 3...

Students accept gift of degrees

ROMEOVILLE - Taking a deep breath, Faith Stewart, 31, was relieved when she finally got the opportunity to mount the stairs. Cheers from family and fr...

Birth day

Management at South Barrington's Willow Creek Community Church along with a host of other mega-churches recently decreed that their church doors would...

Franciscan priest made a practice of what he preached

OAK BROOK - On a chilly morning Dec. 19, almost 200 people filled the Mayslake Retirement Village Chapel in Oak Brook to celebrate the life of Francis...

Religious symbols persist despite challenges

ROMEOVILLE - The onslaught of legal challenges to government-sponsored displays of Nativity scenes, menorahs and the like has some municipalities runn...

Filipino Advent tradition flourishes

LOMBARD - Holding long metal staffs with shimmering red, green, yellow and blue plastic stars attached, a group of youngsters processed slowly up the ...

Flour power adds strength to baking marathon

NAPERVILLE - The smoke-like flour floated over the top of the mixing bowl as the woman on a cookie-baking mission blended the other key ingredients - ...

JCA student receives a Christmas 'miracle'

JOLIET - Tears flowed down the cheeks of friends and classmates who caught quick glimpses of Sarah Thomas strolling effortlessly through the hallways ...

A stoic response sets a path toward success

Tales from The Gift of Christmas GILMAN - Alyssa Gilbert is no recent immigrant to the United States, but her zeal and willingness to endure drudgery,...

Christmas can be costly

Business reports for the week of Nov. 28 indicated that this year it might not be practical to consider giving the items listed in the traditional son...

Filipino dancers tap their way to tradition

DARIEN - A simple request for a 1999 cultural fair at a Darien junior high school has twirled its way into a Filipino-American youth group with over 5...

Single mother anticipates a joyous holiday

Tales from The Gift of Christmas JOLIET - Surrounded by homes decked with holiday trimmings of green, red and white, the two-story frame house looked ...

Students, others share Christmas with Katrina victims

WHEATON - Ignoring the cold winter morning winds, Jessica Dombrowski cheerfully decked out a sports utility vehicle parked outside her school with Chr...

Justice drives the judge in her work for the church

The many faces of women in the church: Second in a series CHICAGO - Like pulling away a bandage to reveal a healing wound, the Honorable First Distri...

Protestors are a 'no-show' at Marine's funeral

NAPERVILLE - Evidently deciding against the idea, members of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., chose not to publicly protest outside the funera...

Feast day encourages pro-life advocates

DOWNERS GROVE - Holding packets of pro-life information, a grandmotherly woman reached out to those who entered the Access Health Center in Downers Gr...

High school sweethearts help others reach for the moon

ROMEOVILLE - Wanting to keep the holiday spirit alive year-round, a husband and wife team - Jeff and Shelly Bruss of Batavia - direct Reach for the Mo...

Charitable giving fatigue is felt in diocese and beyond

ROMEOVILLE - The American public has used its checkbook to demonstrate compassion in 2005 and nonprofit organizations continue to express their gratit...

Faithful rise early to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

BOLINGBROOK - Beginning the day before the famed celebration of the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a life-size poster of the Blessed Virgin grew...

Brew ha-ha

There's no end to the possibilities for shoppers searching for the ultimate in stocking stuffers this season. For coffee aficionados, Elvis Presley En...

'Granny-preneur' crafts banks with Bible messages

ROMEOVILLE - Fashioning her first handmade ceramic bank out of polymer clay nearly a decade ago, an elementary teacher and life-long art enthusiast pl...

'Tis the season to help families in need

Tales from The Gift of Christmas JOLIET - Intensely concerned about the condition of her newborn child, Helen Newell of Joliet waited and watched as d...

Books are Christmas gifts that keep on giving

Among other experiences, Christmas is a time for the giving of gifts as an expression of love and thankfulness to family and friends. People try to ma...

PROTECTING MARRIAGE: Bishops authorize marriage preservation initiatives

BRADLEY - In lieu of ongoing debates across the nation geared toward the legalization of homosexual marriages, the Catholic bishops of Illinois releas...

Retired priests enjoy a visit from Old St. Nick

JOLIET - The evergreen garland was wrapped around the staircases and the lights glowed Dec. 2 on the Christmas tree in the rectory of the Cathedral of...

Good Shepherd men will be home for the holidays

MOMENCE - Just 15 days shy of Christmas, eight residents of Good Shepherd Manor in Momence plan to unwrap a very special gift of their own - a new hom...

Human rights activist insists on campaign of nonviolent protest

ROMEOVILLE - This is a city filled with bombed-out warehouses, rubble reduced mosques, slums and a contaminated water system. The remains of neighborh...

Beds, tables, chairs and more are available for needy

ROMEOVILLE - As he pulled the rented moving van up to the warehouse a few weeks ago, Anthony Tanot said he had no idea the holidays were about to beco...

Christmas: A time of stewardship

ROMEOVILLE - The holidays are supposed to be a time filled with celebration and joy, but for many the season can be stressful. Marianne Murphy, direct...