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Catholic News

Diocesan missioners reflect on journey to Africa

ROMEOVILLE - Dr. Victor Trinkus, a leader among a group of diocesan missioners that spent the first half of September in Africa, said he relied on his...

Faithful pray for unborn during pro-life rosary walk

DOWNERS GROVE - On a recent overcast Saturday morning, a group of faithful bundled in light jackets to ward off the chill and brandishing umbrellas of...

Examination of conscience is healthy for the body and soul

On a rural highway in north-central Arkansas, there is an abandoned building, ramshackle and weed-covered after years of neglect, which once housed a ...

Diocesan clergymen fight for life

ROMEOVILLE - Clergy and laity alike are gearing up for the celebration of Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 1. For over 30 years, the United States Conference...

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Among the many touching stories shared on the 5th anniversary of 9/11 was one revealed in a radio interview with the parents of a young woman who peri...

Summer camp plants peace among Lebanese youth

ROMEOVILLE - Childhood is supposed to be a time of carefree innocence and discovery, as young people strive to find their place in the world. However,...

Society of St. James the Apostle celebrates mission initiatives

OAKBROOK TERRACE - A grandiose ballroom with glimmering crystal chandeliers is a far cry from the impoverished Latin American communities where Cathol...

Saving body and soul is an authentic Christian mission

An old Chinese proverb reminds people, "It is better to light one tiny candle than to sit and curse the darkness." Often in life people meet such cand...

Liaisons create a link between parishes and the paper

ROMEOVILLE - Surrounded by representatives from parishes in the diocese as well as the staff of the Catholic Explorer, Carmelite Father Kevin Shanley,...

Minimum wage debate continues

ROMEOVILLE - Supporters of the proposed Minimum Wage Act in Congress have been keeping a close watch on the outcome of Chicago's big-box ordinance. Th...

Driscoll marks 40 years of being 'hidden gem'

ADDISON - Bill Fates, a parishioner of Holy Ghost Parish in Wood Dale, acknowledged that he never would have thought 40 years ago as a student of Dris...

Farmers send prayers of thanks during Ember Days

ROMEOVILLE - Merton Cnudde, who cultivates 300 acres of corn and soybeans as well as raises cattle in Clifton, recalled how he recited prayers during ...

Altar dedication also celebrates parish culture

JOLIET - Swathed in colorful costumes of rosy red, brilliant blue and graceful green, the women chatted with one another as they carried baskets full ...

Diocesan board of education rings in new school year

ROMEOVILLE - With school once again in session, members of the diocesan board of education gathered Sept. 18 at the St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Cent...

Youth clean cars in support of life

ROMEOVILLE - Holding colorful signs made of poster board and waving at passing cars, the sight of cheerful teen-agers drumming up business for a car w...

A letter from the bishop

This week I would like to write to you who fear you are not worthy of God's forgiveness. Dear Friend, For reasons known perhaps only to you, you hav...

Urban church marks 100th anniversary

JOLIET - Named in the honor of Mary, St. Mary Nativity Parish in Joliet is rife with references and images - icons, tapestries and paintings - that re...

Lewis voice instructor adds meaning to the notes

ROMEOVILLE - Wearing black to mourn the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Elayna Swearingen led about 30 students, staff and faculty o...

Plans in place for new Catholic crisis pregnancy center

ROMEOVILLE - Arrangements are in progress for the launch of a crisis pregnancy complex in the heart of a shopping center on 75th Street in suburban Do...

Steger Catholics stage walk for nonviolence

CHICAGO HEIGHTS - "I Choose Peace," "Peace Is Patriotic," "Teach Peace" and "No Blood For Oil" were the statements printed on signs held by many of th...

Nun suggests a fresh focus on the image of Christ's death

JOLIET - The second annual Bishop Imesch Women in the Church Lecture Series at the University of St. Francis in Joliet featured biblical scholar, Domi...

Parish spotlights ministries at welcoming Mass with bishop

ROMEOVILLE - Nowadays, large stretches of undeveloped land are few and far between, as housing and commercial expansion crisscrosses the United States...

Faithful gather to remember tragic day

JOLIET - Sitting in darkness with only the light from flickering candles, the small group of parishioners listened to a recording of the sound of horr...

Iraqi orphans benefit from DuPage County volunteers

WHEATON - Deacon Dave Meador and his wife, Janet Kamer, proudly stood Sept. 10 in the narthex of St. Michael Church in Wheaton. Though many passed by ...

Priest accesses airwaves to educate, evangelize

HOMER GLEN - Volumes of research on the intricacies of Catholicism are efficiently stored in Father Thomas Loya's laptop computer. And beneath the ove...

September is Catholic Explorer Month

What more could you ask for in a weekly Catholic newspaper? Your diocesan paper has it all - good news coverage at home and around the world, sharp ph...

American worker layoffs have serious consequences

Except for grave consequences of the Great Depression of the 1930s, layoffs were virtually unknown in the American economy until the final two decades...

Truth is consistent

Alas, the planet Pluto has fallen from favor. But astronomers assure us there's no need to be concerned that it might fall from the sky. That was, how...

Parishes respond to call for removing language barriers

ROMEOVILLE - Leticia Eclavea, a parishioner at St. Matthew Parish in Glendale Heights, recently recalled how she got started in a ministry that has he...

A word of caution about work

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) was born in Dijon, France, one of 11 children. He entered the Cistercian order (commonly referred to as the Trapp...