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Pope to Middle East Christians: “Sufferings are not in vain”

Photo Caption: Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the popemobile to celebrate an outdoor Mass on the Beirut waterfront Sept. 16. The pope was wrapping up his three-day visit to Lebanon. By: By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the suffering of Christians in the Middle East, reassuring them […]

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St. Patrick’s, Washington, named National Blue Ribbon School

Photo Caption: St. Patrick’s School will be recognized for excellence during ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 12-13. A parish celebration is planned when they return. WASHINGTON — Years of sacrifice and hard work at St. Patrick’s School in Washington paid off last week when it was designated a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School by […]

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Recently released films reviewed on basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Franco Nero portrays St. Augustine as an old man in a scene from the movie “Restless Heart.” 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, […]

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Small group on big mission: 1,000,000 rosaries on Oct. 7

Photo Caption: More information on the Rosary Victory Project can be found at rosaryvictory.com A small group of Peoria area Catholics has embraced an enormous challenge — to convince 1,000,000 people to say the rosary for the needs of the United States on the same day: Sunday, Oct. 7. The group has created a website, […]

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11 days of centennial events open at Holy Cross, Champaign

Photo Caption: Father Stephen Willard, pastor of Holy Cross Parish, leads prayer before the Blessed Sacrament during a pause in a Eucharistic procession Sept. 9 that opened the parish’s series of centennial events. CHAMPAIGN — An 11-day celebration of 100 years of faith at Holy Cross Parish in Champaign will culminate this Wednesday, Sept. 19, […]

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Jackie Scott named regional DRE for Champaign, Danville

Photo Caption: Jackie Scott is a member of St. Matthew’s Parish in Champaign, where her husband is a permanent deacon. CHAMPAIGN — It was her own search for a Catholic Bible study and the catechesis that she missed in the years after the Second Vatican Council that made Jackie Scott a passionate advocate for adult […]

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Happiness abounds as Catholic school students fill cathedral

Photo Caption: Connor Simmons, Taylor White, Victoria Espinosa, Rachel Gager, and Michael Meister of St. Edward’s School in Chillicothe are pictured at the Sept. 12 Catholic Schools Mass in Peoria. By: By Jennifer Willems Seeing every inch of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria filled with Catholic school students from around the diocese made Bishop Daniel […]

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Listening is necessary to know the real Jesus

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 16 Isaiah 50:5-9a; Psalm 116:1-2,3-4,5-6,8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35 How many times have you heard the question, “Who do you say he/she is?” We don’t always ask it with these words, but we do inquire about who people are all the time. And […]

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Archbishop Myers returns to celebrate 25 years as a bishop

Photo Caption: Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, former Bishop of Peoria, processes into St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 6 for a Mass of Thanksgiving marking 25 years since his episcopal ordination. By: By Tom Dermody Twenty-five years after he was ordained a bishop in its sanctuary, Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark […]

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Full text of homily at Mass of Thanksging for Venerable Sheen

Photo Caption: Msgr. Stanley Deptula, executive director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation, delivers the homily at the Sept. 9 Mass celebrating the advancement of Archbishop Sheen’s sainthood cause. EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily by Msgr. Stanley Deptula at the Sept. 9 Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the declaration of […]

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