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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 the CNS movie site here. This list will be updated regularly, and all reviews are copyright (c) 2011 […]

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Welcoming the new Missal: Suggested “pillars” for study

By: By Jennifer Willems Liturgical renewal is constant, according to Msgr. Stanley Deptula. “It’s not like we do the recipe once and we get it right forever,” said the director of the diocesan Office of Divine Worship. “We always need to go back to the touchstones, back to the pillars.” During his presentation on June […]

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New spiritual directors ready to listen, journey with faithful

By: By Jennifer Willems Spiritual directors can be hard to come by, so the diocesan Office of the Permanent Diaconate did something to help and wound up making history in the process. The office partnered with Father Albert Haase, OFM, and Jessie Vicha, both certified spiritual directors and teachers in the Chicago area, to establish […]

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Fr. Barron “shows off” Catholic faith in 10-part documentary

By: By Tom Dermody Catholicism is a beautiful religion “meant to be shown off,” says Father Robert Barron. This fall, the Chicago priest’s new 10-part video documentary called “Catholicism” will offer a new way for parishes and individuals to not only show off their faith, but to better learn and share it. Clergy and religious […]

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Young adults invited to July Theology on Tap series

Young Catholic adults are invited to discuss their faith in a relaxed setting on Wednesday evenings in July during the 2011 Theology on Tap series in Peoria. Topics and speakers for the four sessions — each begins at 6:30 p.m. at Kelleher’s Irish Pub, 619 S.W. Water St. in Peoria — have been announced by […]

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Jesus’ presence makes every day extraordinary

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, June 26 Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14b-16a; Psalm 147:12-13,14-15,19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58 Most of our lives are lived in the ordinary. Our responsibilities are before us and we try to meet them each day much as we have done in the […]

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From Slovakia to Lacon, she seeks God’s will first

By: By Jennifer Willems LACON — Many responsibilities go with being the provincial superior of the American Province of the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi, but Sister M. Loretta Matas, DSF, is finding just as many moments of joy in her new ministry. Yes, she is responsible for the 13 Sisters entrusted to her […]

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Bishop to first communicants: Throw tantrum at home if….

Children of the Diocese of Peoria, your bishop has granted permission for you to throw a tantrum at home. But only on one very important subject. “Since you don’t drive yet, if Mom and Dad don’t bring you to Mass every Sunday, throw a tantrum,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in a homily at […]

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25-year reunion Cursillo set July 9 in Peterstown

PETERSTOWN — The Illinois Valley Cursillo community will celebrate its 25th year reunion on Saturday, July 9, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 3888 E. First Road. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will join cursillistas and their guests for Mass at 7 p.m. A social hour and program will follow in the parish hall. Memorabilia […]

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Speakers set for July 29-30 Charismatic Renewal Conference

When Catholic Charismatics from central Illinois come together in Peoria at the end of July, they will be invited to reflect on “The Father’s Promise.” Helping them do that at the 25th annual Charismatic Renewal Conference will be Mother Adela Galindo, SCTJM, foundress of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and […]

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