Central Illinois Daily Life Feb. 4 - Feb. 11

Images of events and every day life in Central Illinois as seen through the lenses of News-Gazette photographers.

Donors sought for women's refuge

CHAMPAIGN — Greta Henry sees women in the midst of crisis pregnancies and women trying to escape abusive relationships.

Many of these women need a real refuge, she says, and her organization, Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center, is asking donors to help provide it.

St. Mary's parishioners get a last look at school

WESTVILLE — Parishioners of St. Mary's Church in Westville were invited to walk the halls of the parish's school for the last time on Sunday afternoon.

The 107-year-old Catholic grade school closed in May 2010, due to declining enrollment and financial support despite efforts by parents, parishioners and community members to keep it open.

Greek Orthodox leaders seek resolution from legislators on Turkey

CHAMPAIGN — Greek Orthodox church leaders are hoping state legislators will pass a resolution calling on Turkish officials to "loosen up on their secular stronghold" and allow for more religious freedom abroad.

Community Christmas Dinner at First Christian Church


More than 450 people were served lunch during the 3rd annual Community Christmas Dinner at First Christian Church at 3601 Staley Road in Champaign Tuesday December 25, 2012. 

Living Christmas Tree Cantata 2012

Photos from the annual Living Christmas Tree Cantata was performed at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sadorus, IL. on Sunday, December 9, 2012.    

Trinity Lutheran Live Nativity 2012


The live nativity at Trinity Lutheran in Urbana on Saturday, December 8, 2012. 

Life Remembered: Priest made everyone feel special

RANTOUL — The Rev. Stanley Malinowski loved football. He loved the outdoors. But he loved people even more, according to Carolyn Taylor, who worked with him at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Rantoul for 25 years.

Rantoul and Thomasboro area residents are mourning the death of Father Malinowski — a man who many say had the knack of making everyone feel special.

Dedication for church's new home Saturday

MONTICELLO — The Bible says that "where two or three gather" in God's name, he will be there with them.

But when you're packing 80 to 100 people into an 1,800-square-foot space, it's still time to move.

Catholic Charities has new take on old mission

CHAMPAIGN — To feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless.

Catholic Charities of Peoria once partnered with the state to provide services for the poor and vulnerable because that partnership was in keeping with its mission.