Religion

Middle school students take nativity scene to new level

MONTICELLO – All the major players for a live nativity scene showed up in Monticello on Sunday afternoon.

Shepherds, kings, an angel and the holy family – plus a few goats and chickens – gathered on the front steps of Monticello United Methodist Church.


Champaign County Zoning board OKs variance

CHAMPAIGN – A proposed Hindu Temple has cleared one of its last hurdles.

The Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals voted Thursday to grant a zoning variance to a site in Hensley Township.


Hindu temple discussion to continue

URBANA – After lengthy testimony, the fate of a proposed Hindu temple north of Champaign remains in doubt.

Champaign County's Zoning Board of Appeals voted to extend its meeting time but still had to continue its hearing on the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center to April 26. The hearings began in November.


Mass celebrates priest's life

DANVILLE – The ceremony was a fitting sendoff for a man instrumental in the founding of Schlarman High School and St. Paul Grade School, not to mention one who served for 26 years as pastor at St. Paul and many more years as a chaplain and caregiver.

About 75 priests from across the Peoria Diocese joined people in the church and more in the St. Paul gymnasium via closed-circuit television for the funeral Mass for Monsignor Charles Bourke Motsett.


Hindus want place to worship; neighbors worry about land loss

CHAMPAIGN – The highly educated diaspora of Hinduism is looking for a permanent home in Champaign County.

Hindus have met for years at the Urbana Civic Center, but they can't put up art works or other cultural signposts from the world's oldest religion in the temporary space.


Large crowd expected for monsignor's funeral Mass

DANVILLE –Such a large crowd is expected for the funeral Mass for Monsignor Charles B. Motsett on Monday that arrangements have been made to televise the services.

In addition, a special visitation and recitation of the rosary were held Friday for the staff and students of Schlarman High School.


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