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Catholic News Service 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 www.usccb.org/movies This list will be updated regularly, and all reviews are copyright (c) 2011 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference […]

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The silence of Jesus and the pulpit of the cross

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, April 17 (At the procession with palms) Matthew 21:1-11 (At Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14 — 27:66 —– How does one comment on Palm Sunday? The readings are so intense and so powerful (and so long!) that they speak for […]

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A Rock Island love story

The approaching royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be a media bonanza. And given recent news of radiation leaks, budget cuts, and wars in Africa, a love story is welcome relief. But we invite those who will be around in the year 2083 to make a mental note. Check back with the […]

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Full text of funeral homily for Father John J. Dietzen

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily at the March 31 funeral Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria for Father John Dietzen. The homilist was Msgr. Gerald Ward, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church of Merna Parish in Bloomington. Father Dietzen, episcopal vicar for senior priests of the Diocese of […]

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Four parishes to host singer Annie Karto in concert

Singer-songwriter Annie Karto will perform four concerts in central Illinois next month and one of them will benefit the Family Resources Center in downtown Peoria. Planned for 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, the fundraiser will be hosted by St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 904 E. Lake Ave., in Peoria Heights. Refreshments will be served […]

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Bloomington students are stewards of God’s earth

By: By David Laue BLOOMINGTON — When you outgrow or get tired of one of your possessions, do you just trash it? Those who attended a social studies fair in the gym of St. Mary’s School here on April 7 were treated to better ideas as students shared inspiring examples of how they have become […]

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Loving hearts, helping hands needed as hospice volunteers

By: By Jennifer Willems When Kelly Stegall told people that she would be working as the Peoria volunteer coordinator for OSF Home Care Services, she got two reactions. “People would be coming out of the woodwork saying, ‘Hospice is great! We don’t know what we would have done without them,’” she recalled. The second response […]

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Bishop Jenky to present Sheen position book to pope May 25

The cause for beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen takes another step forward on May 25 when Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, of Peoria presents Pope Benedict XVI with a thick book known as the “Positio,” or position paper. The book, a nearly 1,200-page summary of the life and works of Archbishop Sheen — a […]

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As her reception into church nears, anticipation grows

By: By Jennifer Willems EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third part in a series following Connie Burek of Brimfield as she prepares to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Here she talks about prayer, the ways the RCIA process has enriched a lifetime of faith, and a […]

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Catholic News Service 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 www.usccb.org/movies This list will be updated regularly, and all reviews are copyright (c) 2011 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference […]

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