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Catholic News

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...

Active senior laces up for fourth Ironman

VILLA PARK - Born in 1925, when Calvin Coolidge was president and jazz was a hot trend in music, the 80-year-old man now enjoys reading spy novels, ta...

Driscoll scores fifth straight championship title

ROMEOVILLE - Charging hand-in-hand through the bitter evening winds, the varsity football players of Driscoll Catholic High School in Addison rushed o...

Pope Benedict's biography provides insight and understanding

This informative book is well subtitled "The Life, Faith, and Teachings of Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI" in that in exploring his life to the p...

A brief reprieve

Just before Thanksgiving President George Bush granted a pardon to Marshmallow and Yam. Not the stuff that casseroles are made of, these feathery fowl...

Provena donates beds to Nigerian medical facility

ROMEOVILLE - Twenty-four hospital beds in decent condition once utilized by patients of Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet were recently dona...

Short on funds, long on labor

ROMEOVILLE - In this time of Advent, American farmers expect to harvest the results from the seeds of hope they planted in the spring on behalf of Thi...

HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns take shape

ROMEOVILLE - The terms HIV and AIDS are now common acronyms in English vocabulary, but the stigma associated with the disease continues to set the sta...

Naperville parish wields a hammer to house a family

LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP - "I'll probably need snow shovels before I mow the grass," joked Carlene Porter Nov. 28 as she stood on the driveway of her new fou...

Students honor seniors with Thanksgiving feast

MORRIS - Deep in the heart of Redskin country, only five days before the Class 6A football championship between Morris and Normal high schools, studen...

Appeal offers financial gratitude to retired religious

ROMEOVILLE - Joliet Franciscan Sister Marianne Cardosi retired from full-time work in 1992, yet she still puts in close to 40 hours doing the Lord's w...