Capsule reviews of recently released movies

The following movie reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film and Broadcasting. For full reviews of these films, as well as earlier releases, visit This list will be updated regularly, and all reviews are copyright (c) 2010 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference […]

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Cambridge kindness benefits babies, parents at medical center

CAMBRIDGE — Mary Ann Blackert uses the term “church family” to describe her parish, St. John Vianney. “We take care of each other,” she said. That same tender loving care extends to people in need outside their community, too. Among those receiving special attention at this time of year are the babies in the neonatal […]

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Made a Cursillo? Come to a day of renewal on Jan. 22

Anyone who has made a Cursillo is welcome to attend a day of renewal on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Spalding Renewal Center, 401 N.E. Madison St., Peoria. It is being sponsored by the Peoria-area Cursillo Community. The day begins with Mass at 8:30 a.m. and will end by 3 p.m. The cost of $12 […]

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Christmas Scriptures present gifts to ponder for many weeks

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Dec. 26 Sirach 3:2-7,12-14; Psalm 128:1-2,3,4-5; Colossians 3:12-21; Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 In the missal there are three Masses of Christmas — the Mass at Midnight, another at dawn, and Mass During the Day — each of them with its own set of […]

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Father Paul Meismer granted senior status; reception Jan. 2

CHERRY — Father Paul Meismer would have put a lighter headline on his plans to step back after more than four decades of parish priesthood. “From Pastor to Pasture,” is how the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Cherry and St. Patrick’s Parish, Arlington, is referring to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky’s granting him senior status […]

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Funeral Mass offered in Odell for Father Michael Bies, 54

ODELL — A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at St. Paul’s Church here for Father Michael J. Bies, pastor of St. Paul’s Parish as well as Sacred Heart in Campus. Father Bies, 54, a priest of the Diocese of Peoria since 2004, died on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at St. […]

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A message for Christmas 2010 from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

Photo Caption: This manger scene is part of a large display at St. Patrick’s Church in Hennepin set up annually by Father Patrick DeMeulemeester, pastor. (See related story at bottom of page.) My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: During this Christmas season in homes and churches around the world, followers of Christ will look […]

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Phoenix bishop revokes hospital’s status as Catholic facility

By: By J.D. Long-Garcia, Catholic News Service PHOENIX (CNS) — St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix can no longer identify itself as “Catholic,” Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted announced during a Dec. 21 news conference in Phoenix at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. The Phoenix bishop issued a decree revoking the 115-year-old hospital’s affiliation with […]

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Schedule of Christmas Masses at St. Mary’s Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, located in Peoria at 607 N.E. Madison Ave., is the mother church of the Diocese of Peoria. Weekend Masses are at 4 p.m. on Saturdays (in Latin), and at 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Sundays. Christmas celebrations and opportunities for prayer at the cathedral include: […]

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