All Saints Day, Nov. 1, is a holy day of Mass obligation

This Thursday, Nov. 1, is All Saints’ Day, a holy day of Mass obligation. The feast commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. The next day, All Souls’ Day, specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven. Check your local parish for Mass times.

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Current films reviewed by CNS on the basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Victoria Justice, Chelsea Handler and Thomas Mann star in a scene from the movie “Fun Size.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. 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 […]

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Synod on new evangelization ends; 58 proposals surfaced

Photo Caption: Pope Benedict XVI leads a closing session of the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization at the Vatican Oct. 27. By: By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Members of the Synod of Bishops recommended the Vatican establish a commission to monitor religious freedom, develop guidelines for training evangelizers […]

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Walnut parish marks century of faith with Nov. 4 Mass

Photo Caption: The present St. John the Evangelist Church and parish hall in Walnut were built in 1976. By: By Jennifer Willems WALNUT — For 100 years, the faith of Catholics in this Bureau County community has been nurtured at St. John the Evangelist Church, 204 N. Main St. Next Sunday, Nov. 4, parishioners will […]

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Stand together against HHS mandate, health providers urged

Photo Caption: Keynote speaker Jesuit Father William Grogan leads discussion at the Diocesan Health Care Day on Oct. 16. By: By Jennifer Willems Saying it was an interesting time to be engaged in Catholic health care, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, urged participants at the annual Diocesan Health Care Day to stand together and to […]

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Renewed spiritual sight awaits those who seek it

By: By Shawn Reeves Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 28 Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 I have two sons, and this reality largely defines my identity and those of my sons. Others often comment, “They look just like you,” which is a joy to hear and reinforces my sense of “connection” […]

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Catholic women convene in Atkinson for prayer, action

Photo Caption: Among those joining hands in prayer at the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women convention were Jean Causemaker, Kim Kane, and Mary Frimml. By: By Jennifer Willems ATKINSON — Humility is the rock foundation on which holiness is built and charity is the steeple, according to Father Joseph Mary Brown, CSJ, the keynote speaker […]

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Youth rallies for high school, junior high set Nov. 3, 4

Photo Caption: Leah Darrow and Bob Rice will energetically share the Catholic faith at both the 2012 Youth Rally for high school students on Nov. 3 and the first-ever Junior High Youth Rally on Nov. 4. By: By Tom Dermody In planning a Catholic youth rally, what could be better than having a former professional […]

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Bishop decries HHS mandate at religious freedom rally

Photo Caption: Many participants at the Oct. 20 “Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally” in downtown Peoria made their feelings known with signs as well as their presence. By: By Tom Dermody Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, drew cheers at the third and final “Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally” during this election year on […]

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