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We are ‘sheep without a shepherd’ no more

By: By Shawn Reeves Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 19Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23:1-3,3-4,5,6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 —– Most of us have never encountered an actual shepherd. Short of fairy tales, National Geographic articles, and films about pigs who want to be sheepdogs, we don’t really have contact with the lives of shepherds. Sure, we […]

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CNS reviews of recent films on the basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Minions star in a scene from the movie “Minions.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-I — general patronage. 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 full reviews of […]

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Peoria native ordained a priest for the Society of Jesus

Photo Caption: Father Vincent A. Giacabazi, S.J., ordained on June 13, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on June 20 at Holy Family Parish, Peoria. Members of Holy Family Parish in Peoria welcomed back an old friend and new priest, Father Vincent A. Giacabazi, S.J., for a Mass of Thanksgiving on June 20. Following the liturgy […]

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Novena is under way for Filipino-American event July 18

The Peoria area’s Filipino-American community will celebrate love for the Christ Child under the title of Santo Nino de Cebu with a blessing of images during the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, July 18, at St. Joseph Church, 103 Richard Pryor Place in Peoria. Those attending are invited to bring statues of Santo Nino de […]

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All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it: pope

Photo Caption: The cover of the English edition of Pope Francis encyclical on the environment. The long-anticipated teaching document was released June 18. By: By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying […]

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St. Elizabeth, Washburn, will be merged into Metamora parish

Photo Caption: St. Elizabeth Church in Washburn will remain open for occasional weekend Masses and for liturgies on special occasions following the July 15 merger. By: By Tom Dermody WASHBURN — St. Elizabeth Parish, a 147-year-old faith community in this village on the border of Woodford and Marshall counties, will be merged into St. Mary […]

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Jesus allows us to come to him freely

Shawn Reeves

By: By Shawn Reeves Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 5Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-2,2,3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6 Directing RCIA on a college campus, I meet a lot of converts, many of whom were raised in a Protestant faith. I myself was raised in a Protestant faith, so I understand the difficulty such a choice […]

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Thank you, Charleston, for your remarkable witness of mercy

We can’t say whether our Christian brothers and sisters at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, know that the Catholic Church will soon begin a special Holy Year of Mercy. We do know that the grieving, African Methodist Episcopal faith community provided us all with a powerful witness of mercy that Catholics would […]

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