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March 29, 2015 Issue

Jesus (Nick Thelen) meets his Mother (Lucy Fitzgibbons) in this scene from a Living Stations of the Cross performed by eighth grade students of St. Mary School in Metamora on March 20.

The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems (More photos from the Living Stations will be posted on The Catholic Post's site on Facebook.)

Experiencing Jesus' sacrifice for us: Holy Week observance begins

With the reading of the Passion narrative from Mark’s Gospel this Sunday, Catholics around the Diocese of Peoria -- and their Christian brothers and sisters around the world -- enter into Holy Week.

In the days to come, there will be opportunities to remember the institution of the Eucharist, venerate the cross as we call to mind Jesus’ crucifixion and death, and welcome new believers into the church as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

The eighth-graders at St. Mary School in Metamora recently helped their classmates and parishioners experience Jesus’ sacrifice in a powerful and moving way by presenting Living Stations of the Cross. As she has for 22 years, April Adams directed the reenactment with help from Debbie Fitzgibbons backstage, musical support from Darlene Klein (piano) and Janet Duffy (vocals), and lighting assistance from her husband, Stan.

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Father Martin Mwongyera named judicial vicar for Peoria diocese

OSF Saint Francis will now offer Clinical Pastoral Education

Benedictine Sisters known for their open-hearted hospitality

Both sides of story lead to book by Marquette history teacher

St. Jude, Jump collaboration links academics, compassion, faith

Making "pysanky": a form of Lenten prayer pointing to Easter

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