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November 23, 2014 Issue

As Father Stephen Willard, left, and Father Julius Turyatoranwa look on, Barbara Walsh and her son Sean squirt holy water at the entrance of their family's newly rebuilt home in Washington on Nov. 14.

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A year of resurrection for tornado-devastated communities

With prayers and displays of gratitude, celebrations of new beginnings, and continuing service to those in need, communities in the Diocese of Peoria devastated by tornadoes on Nov. 17, 2013, marked the first anniversary of the storms that changed thousands of lives and spurred incredible generosity.

“We know how uncertain many things are in this life,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in opening remarks at a Mass last Sunday at St. Patrick Church in Washington, the hardest-hit community. “But something that is unshakeable in our lives is our faith in God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

“Please know that your fellow Catholics have been praying with you and for you, and for your neighbors, here in Washington and the folks in Pekin, East Peoria, and near Rantoul,” said Bishop Jenky.

Also In This Issue...

Craig Dyke to direct Office of Catechetics, Evangelization

Shirley Plaag named youth, young adult coordinator

Major expansion under way at St. Patrick Church, Urbana

Cathedral Mass on Sunday opens local Year of Consecrated Life

House blessings a happy duty year after Washington tornado

Lacon Franciscans serve the 'suffering Christ' in poor, elderly

Faith fuels state champion runner Maryjeanne Gilbert

After 123 years, Franciscans to leave Sacred Heart in Peoria

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