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Battle for Terra

Rating: A-II (PG) 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. Ambitious animated parable, set on a distant planet that’s being invaded by aggressive refugees from earth, in which a downed human airman (voice […]

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‘Post Poll’: Your advice to engaged, newlywed couples?

As we enter wedding season, we invite readers to respond to two related questions:1) What one piece of marriage advice would you offer to a couple getting married in 2009? 2) What one piece of wedding day advice would you offer to engaged couples to help the planning and celebration go more smoothly and keep […]

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Post, diocesan video archive, including 2009 ADA video

Bishop Jenky explains the need for and benefits of the Annual Diocesan Appeal, now under way in parishes across the Diocese of Peoria. Hollywood actor J. Omar Castro gives a witness talk at the May 3 screening of the new DVD “Rosary Stars: Praying the Gospel” at the cathedral. 1,000 men from across the diocese […]

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Spotlight on Mary, rosary at DVD screening (with slideshow)

Photo Caption: A combined choir of women religious sing at the “Rosary Stars” prayer service at St. Mary’s Cathedral on May 3. By: By Tom Dermody There was a Hollywood actor in St. Mary’s Cathedral Sunday, but the spotlight was squarely on the Blessed Virgin Mary and the rosary. “Although always put to a test, […]

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Christ Child Society now active in Pontiac

PONTIAC — Starting Mother’s Day weekend, the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois will donate five infant layette baskets a month to OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac. The social service and pastoral care departments and the obstetrics department director will distribute the layettes to those who need them. The society’s mission […]

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St. Phil’s fourth-graders ‘adopt’ zoo’s tiger

People who say they care about the earth’s environment should put their money where their mouth is. That’s a lesson that has been taken to heart by a group of fourth grade students in Miss Megan Flynn’s class at St. Philomena’s School in Peoria. They were inspired to take positive action while preparing for their […]

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Fairbury home schoolers put on original Marian play

FAIRBURY — With a presentation last Friday of “The Song of Bernadette,” the Maiden Voyage Players made their seventh annual “voyage” into the world of theater. A group of 15 home-school students from St. John the Baptist Parish in Fairbury, the Maiden Voyage Players are directed by their pastor, Father Scott Archer. Father Archer also […]

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Priest-to-be traces many gifts to Mom

ROCK ISLAND — As Mother’s Day approaches, Patti Stimpson remembers the years she was not allowed to leave bed before her son, Adam, and daughter, Katie, served her the special breakfasts they had made with their very own hands. In two weeks, she will sit in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria and watch as her […]

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Farewell Mass in Rock Island May 17 for 3 BVM Sisters

ROCK ISLAND — Members of the Rock Island Catholic community will offer their thanks and best wishes to three Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary who are leaving after three decades of service. Sister Mary Paulina Sullivan, BVM, and Sister Mary Catherina Walsh, BVM, who live at Sacred Heart Convent, and Sister Margaret […]

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Ordination for two transitional deacons at cathedral May 17

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will ordain Paul Carlson and James Pankiewicz to the transitional diaconate next Sunday, May 17, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The ordination will take place during the regular 10:30 a.m. liturgy at the cathedral. A light reception of cookies and coffee, hosted by seminarians of the Diocese of Peoria, […]

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