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Recent movies reviewed by CNS on the basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Matthew McConaughey and Mackenzie Foy star in a scene from the movie “Interstellar.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. Rating: By Catholic News Service 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 […]

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Father Tom Kelly to offer Scripture insights this Advent

By: By Jennifer Willems Even after he was granted senior priest status in 1999 and moved to the house he built in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, Father Tom Kelly continued to celebrate Mass and preside at an occasional wedding or baptism at the local parish. When he realized he was growing unsteady on his feet about three […]

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200 high school leaders hear tips from former pro quarterback

Photo Caption: Former NFL quarderback Chris Greisen speaks at the Catholic High School Leadership Day that brought nearly 200 students, chaplains, and chaperones together from seven Catholic high schools. By: By Jennifer Willems Leaders can’t always control the circumstances in which they find themselves. What they can control is their attitude and effort and that’s […]

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The story of basilica in Rome is a story of the people of God

Photo Caption: Sister Rachel, a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island, serves as pastoral associate at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Peoria Heights. By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Dedication of the Lateran Basilica/Nov. 9 Ezekiel 47:1-2,8-9,12; Psalm 46:2-3,5-6,8-9; 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11,16-17; John 2:13-22 Many years […]

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Diocese’s priests gather, talk evangelization, communication

Photo Caption: During Priest Assembly Days, Bishop Jenky blesses a connecting passage at the Spalding Pastoral Center named in honor of the late Msgr. Joseph Zube. By: By Jennifer Willems While their days are often filled to overflowing with responsibilities, more than 100 priests from around the Diocese of Peoria were reminded to save time […]

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Diary of Champaign veteran of WWII offers daily insights

Photo Caption: Chick Bruns, 95, a member of Holy Cross Parish, Champaign, with a display of honors earned during his U.S. Army service, including the Purple Heart and the French Croix de Guerre. By: By Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — Many people who fought in World War II didn’t want to talk about their experiences when […]

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Tornado anniversary on Nov. 17 a time to reflect and give thanks

The Thanksgiving holiday isn’t until 10 days later, but gratitude will surely be a common theme of the many observances on Nov. 17 marking the first anniversary of the tornadoes that struck central Illinois, devastating communities including Washington and Gifford. There will be gratitude to God for lives spared — interrupted certainly, and made more […]

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Tiny girl brings big dream of ending bullying to area schools

Photo Caption: Acacia “Tiny” Woodley, 12, addresses students at St. Patrick School in Washington on Nov. 3. She spoke of self-esteem, bullying, and explained the use of “friendship benches” (seen at left). By: By Tom Dermody Bullying is a big problem in today’s society. A tiny girl from Florida brought her simple solution to three […]

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School in East Moline invites veterans, active military

EAST MOLINE — Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy will honor military veterans as well as those now serving our country on Thursday, Nov. 6. Following ceremonies at the school’s flag pole at 9:15 a.m., a Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anne Church. All veterans, active military, and their guests are […]

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Founder of JustFaith to lead mission this week in Geneseo

GENESEO — Jack Jezreel, founder and executive director of JustFaith Ministries, will present a parish mission from Monday, Nov. 3, to Wednesday, Nov. 5, at St. Malachy Church, 595 E. Ogden Ave. His presentations will be at 7 p.m. each day. The theme for the mission is “The Spirit of Pope Francis” and Jezreel’s talks […]

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