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Catholic News

Youth reach out to fellow students in song and story

JOLIET - Wearing light blue T-shirts that proclaimed their faith, college students from Will and Grundy counties were scattered throughout the room. I...

Aid for the poor is a hallmark of Catholic Church

It is often surprising, even to members of our own faith, to learn that the largest private charitable enterprise in America is Catholic Charities. In...

Tritium is a concern in diocese

BRAIDWOOD - Over 300 people packed into an auditorium March 22 at Reed-Custer High School in Braidwood. Some stopped to write on the sign-in sheet whi...

Women live Mary's pro-life mission

WOOD DALE - Huddled together for warmth, the cluster of folks ignored passing cars and got down to business. Pulling out prayer books and rosaries, th...

Pope makes dream come true for Joliet youngster

JOLIET - The roar of the elated crowd engulfed St. Peter's Square in Rome as thousands upon thousands of people anxiously awaited the arrival of the p...

Theologian urges Kankakee faithful to keep kids Catholic

KANKAKEE - "The bad news is" that roughly 50 percent of American Catholics in their late-teens to their mid-20s abandon their religious traditions, sa...

Lectors serve up soup and break bread

NAPERVILLE - The more than 70 members of the lector ministry at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Naperville embraced the Lenten tradition of simplicit...

Mental Health Court considers needs of the vulnerable

WHEATON - With more than 1 million people living within the bounds of DuPage County, the establishment of the two-year-old Mental Health Court is seen...

Students are captivated by stories from the cathedral

JOLIET - The 14th annual Cathedral Days event for fifth and sixth graders proved to be more than a mere historical tour for more than 400 youngsters f...

Birthday boxes are brimming with goodies for children

WEST CHICAGO - Mira, a 9-year-old resident of DuPage County, sat by the window waiting for her special gift to arrive. Even raindrops that spotted the...

Lent is a season for reading and reflection on holy lives

The season of Lent is a time for serious reflection and assessment of our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is also a time for what used to be called...

The face of a hero

"American Idol" - the runaway television favorite for hordes of music fans - continues season after season to catapult young women and men into a fram...

St. Michael Parish concludes four-year rebuilding journey

WHEATON - The sun shone brilliantly March 18 through the newly installed windows of St. Michael Church in Wheaton. The smiles of the faithful in atten...

Wanted: Our Lady of the New Millennium reflections

ROMEOVILLE - The shiny, glimmering 33-foot tall steel statue of Our Lady the New Millennium has attracted crowds of curious onlookers and flocks of th...

Neighbors reach out to needy moms

NAPERVILLE - From shelters to soup kitchens, people both young and old are reaching out to those in need. Sympathetic to the plight of people who are ...

Speaker looks into the hearts of women

ROMEOVILLE - For centuries, women have worked to rise above negative stereotypes and gain for themselves equality within the law and society as a whol...

Action speaks loudly with the written word

ROMEOVILLE - The eradication of global hunger is unquestionably within reach, asserted the Rev. Mariah Priggen, regional organizer of Bread for the Wo...

Missionary seeks help building a school for orphans

ROMEOVILLE - Following the tragic loss of one or both parents afflicted with the insidious AIDS virus, young people enduring life in the bleak Kibera ...

St. Joseph feast day is a banquet for believers

JOLIET - The smell of rising bread dough wafted through the air as dim sunlight shone onto hundreds of loaves on bakery shelves. Joliet's Milano Bakin...

Students learn the ropes as monthly columnists

ROMEOVILLE - Passionate about writing and fervent about finding the truth, aspiring journalist Kate Appelhans is extremely interested in drawing atten...

Fiction touches on real-life issue

This book is the fictional diary of Cot Daley, a young Irish girl kidnapped from her home in Galway, Ireland, and then shipped out to Barbados where m...

Moving forward

Historically the Catholic Church has endured its share of scandals and yet has not only survived but in fact continues to flourish. As proof, just loo...

Therapy dog begs for attention

JOLIET - Maddie is just one of the 330 volunteers at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, but she is by far the most popular. There are no bon...

Wish for church comes true for steadfast parishioners

BOLINGBROOK - From the view while driving along Boughton Road, the building seemed to tower over the trees, catching the attention of passersby. And w...

Parents take steps to benefit blended families

NAPERVILLE - Admittedly they have their share of distinctively different obstacles to hurdle with former spouses and children from previous marriages....

Technology guru advises teachers to tune in to kids

ROMEOVILLE - A former educator certified to teach kids in grades kindergarten through high school, Ian Jukes turned his love of education into a missi...

Educators tap into spiritual development

ROMEOVILLE - From Pittsburgh, Pa., to Madison, Wis., parochial education experts set their sights on the Diocese of Joliet to shed light on the devel...

Organization offers help overseas

ROMEOVILLE - Since 1943, Catholic Relief Services has worked to provide outreach to people in poverty-stricken Third World areas, such as India and So...

Theatrics lure teens to discover the saints

PAXTON - Clad in black hooded sweatshirts, jeans and gym shoes, they scurried from the parish center parking lot across the street and into the meetin...

Diocesan mission teams prepare for adventures

NAPERVILLE - Eager to roll up her sleeves and get to work, Sally Aracely of Addison said she is definitely ready to pound a hammer and wield a paintbr...