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The 2016 WATCH Conference will be held August 6 and 7 at the Catholic Diocese of Peoria’s retreat center, Nazareth House. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Shoe Drive To Help Provide Safe Water

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Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That’s more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. “Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water,” the study says, “and over 90% live […]

Luck of the Draw Raffle ~ And the grand prize winner is ??

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On August 31, 2014, the grand prize winners were chosen from the raffle drum. Our first place winner was Mary Cassady from St. Michael’s in Streator and our second place winner was Jim Causgrove from St. Mary’s in Pontiac. Congratulations to all of our 2013-2014 winners! The new raffle started on September 1 and will run […]

Conference Report

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The 14th annual WATCH conference was held August 1-3, 2014, at Nazareth House, Henry, Illinois. A gathering of ten WATCH communities from Illinois and Iowa participated in the weekend. The theme of the conference “Come Journey With Me” was directed by the WATCH community of Holy Cross Parish, Champaign, Illinois. Five talks, centered around the […]

A WATCH Reflection

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For several years, I have sat in the pews at St. Ann’s listening to the announcements inviting people to WATCH. For several years, individual people have invited me to attend a WATCH. Each year, I had a good reason to not participate. This year as I heard the announcement the first week, I instantly tried […]

Shoes for Water Project

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shoes – ShOeS – SHOES!!! Throughout August, St. Ann’s Parish WATCH (We Are The Church) again worked in conjunction with The Iona Group to collect more than 13,000 pairs of shoes for those in need. This amount surpassed last year’s total by almost 4,000 pairs of shoes because of the generosity of people throughout central Illinois. […]