Messengers of Good News

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Ascension of the Lord, May 24 Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:2-3,6-7,8-9; Ephesians 1:17-23 or Ephesians 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20 These days we find ourselves holding our breath and feeling a bit panicked about the world in which we live. There are so many concerns: the economy, the job fall-out, turmoil in […]

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Season of congratulations

Congratulations. Way to go. We’re so proud of you. Thank you. Great job! Look what your efforts have done. Awesome accomplishment. God bless you. You rock! Any and all of the above are appropriate on so many occasions during this month of family, parish, school, and religious community celebrations. May began with first Communions that […]

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Congressional, church, human rights leaders push Cuba policy changes

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A month after President Barack Obama announced the relaxation of family travel and finance restrictions for Cuban Americans to visit and financially support their relatives in Cuba, supporters of further changes renewed their efforts to lift travel bans for all U.S. citizens. At a May 19 press conference at the Capitol, members […]

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TV stations airing religious shows at risk of losing PBS affiliation

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Public television stations may be confronted by a hard choice later this year: drop their religious programming or risk losing their affiliation with the Public Broadcasting Service. The PBS board of directors will meet June 16 to consider stricter enforcement of a 1985 policy directing PBS member stations to air “noncommercial, nonpolitical […]

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The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story

Rating: A-I (Not rated) NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Poignant biography of Walt Disney Studios’ most famous songwriter team — Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman — whose cheery songs for such […]

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Memorial Mass set May 25 at mausoleum chapel

Msgr. William Watson, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Peoria Heights and president of Peoria Notre Dame High School, will be the celebrant for the Catholic Cemetery Association memorial Mass planned for Monday, May 25. The Mass, which will begin at 9:30 a.m., will take place at Resurrection Mausoleum Chapel, 7519 N. Allen […]

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Cemetery in Rock Island to host Mass

ROCK ISLAND — The Knights of Columbus, Allouez Council No. 658, will sponsor a field Mass at Calvary Cemetery on Memorial Day, which is Monday, May 25. It will be held in front of the mausoleum at 31st Avenue and 16th Street at 9 a.m. Organizers said participants may want to bring lawn chairs. The […]

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Family, friends recall Archbishop Sheen on birthday

Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s popular television show in the 1950s was titled “Life is Worth Living.” Last Friday, several of his surviving relatives and others impacted by the Diocese of Peoria’s candidate for sainthood used what would have been his 114th birthday to joyfully and prayerfully declare that life is also worth celebrating. Archbishop Sheen taught […]

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St. Mary’s, Metamora, wins state scholastic bowl title; Holy Trinity 2nd

METAMORA — Practice, study, teamwork, good coaching, and prayers to St. Thomas Aquinas were all crucial ingredients in the recipe for victory of the Scholastic Bowl team of St. Mary’s School in Metamora. St. Mary’s brought home the Class A trophy last Friday from the Illinois Elementary School Association state tournament at Heartland Community College […]

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