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Catholic men, give presence to our anniversary bishop Saturday

Photo Caption: Hundreds of Catholic men take part in the 2011 “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith.” The 2012 men’s march and Mass is Saturday, April 14. So you’re a grand knight or some other leader in a Knights of Columbus council in our diocese, and you’ve learned in this special issue of The […]

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Plan rally for religious freedom at noon Friday in Peoria

Photo Caption: The rally at the Peoria County Courthouse is one of five planned around the state and among more than 100 across the nation calling on the U.S. government to drop the contraception mandate. Central Illinois residents are invited to take part in a rally for religious freedom at noon Friday, March 23, at […]

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Charismatic Renewal retreat April 13-14 at King’s House

HENRY — “Hope and Healing” is the theme for a Catholic Charismatic Renewal retreat planned for Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at Nazareth House Retreat Center. It will be led by Father Richard McAlear, OMI, of Tewksbury, Mass. Ordained in 1970, Father McAlear became involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in 1972 and […]

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Father Wilder to give Lenten prayer mission in Earlville

EARLVILLE — Father Daniel Wilder will give a Lenten prayer mission at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 221 W. Union St., from Sunday, March 25, through Tuesday, March 27. Sessions are planned for 7 to 9 p.m. each evening. A free-will offering will be accepted for Father Wilder’s ministry of prayer and evangelization. For more […]

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Abbot Marion Balsavich dies; funeral Wednesday at St. Bede

PERU — A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Bede Abbey Church at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, for Abbot Marion Balsavich, OSB, the fifth abbot of St. Bede Abbey who guided the Benedictine community from 1981 to 1990. Abbot Marion, 86, died from complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia in the early morning hours […]

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Recently released films reviewed on basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Jason Burkey and Rachel Hendrix star in a scene from the movie “October Baby.” 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 […]

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Ring in St. Patrick’s Day

Photo Caption: Pope Benedict XVI rings the International Eucharistic Congress Bell at the Vatican March 14. A couple of my brothers are on a Facebook crusade to right a wrong. Whenever they come across a St. Patrick’s Day-related promotion that has a four-leaf clover, rather than the three-leaf shamrock the nation’s patron used to symbolize […]

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Schlarman Academy campaign pledges top goal of $1.5 million

DANVILLE — Schlarman Academy announced this week that its “Our Faith, Our Children, Our Future” capital campaign has met the $1.5 million goal. A total of $1,505,637 had been pledged by March 8, according to Janet Picillo, development director. “We are truly grateful for the support we have received for this campaign,” said Picillo. “We […]

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Discerning God’s plan leads La Moille native to the seminary

Photo Caption: Jacob Rose stands in front of Immaculate Conception Chapel at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., where he is in his third year of theology studies. By: By Jacob Rose EDITOR’S NOTE: The following reflection was written by Jacob Rose, a seminarian of the Diocese of Peoria who is in his third […]

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Goal is to be ‘lifted up’ with Jesus in every way

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 18 2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-23; Psalm 137:1-2,3,4-5,6; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21 Jesus’ dialogue with Nicodemus is so beautiful. Nicodemus will remain a disciple of Jesus from this moment even at the risk of his own status, social position and, even, his very life. A canonized saint, […]

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