“Triple 9” (Open Road)

Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck star in a scene from the movie "Triple 9." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. CNS/Open Road Films

By Catholic News Service Cops honest and otherwise clash with Russian mobsters on the mean streets of Atlanta in this extremely violent thriller directed by John Hillcoat. A mafia moll (Kate Winslet) blackmails corrupt officers (most prominently Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anthony Mackie) into carrying out a bank robbery, hoping to free her jailed lover back […]

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Rite of Election: 350 take major step to reception into church at Easter Vigil

Father David Whiteside of St. Patrick Parish in Havana and Immaculate Conception in Manito presents Sara Frye to Bishop Jenky at the Rite of Election Feb. 21 at St. Philomena Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

More than 350 people who are “longing for the Easter sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist” or to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church were recognized by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion as Lent began. Because St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria […]

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Father Santa to celebrate jubilees during March 6 Mass at Holy Cross, Champaign

Father Joseph Santa Bibiana, SDB, hands out keychains with an image of St. John Bosco after a vocations presentation for students from Holy Cross School, Champaign. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — As he left home to enter the Salesian community, Father Joseph Santa-Bibiana told his parents that he was planning to stay unless they sent him home. That was 63 years ago. This year Father Santa is observing the 60th anniversary of his profession as a Salesian and the 50th anniversary of his ordination […]

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Father Mirabelli: the ‘backbone’ of Alleman High School for 50 years

Father Daniel Mirabelli, CSV, is pictured with the Alleman Ambassadors during a recent visit to Seton Catholic School in Moline. Father Mirabelli has served at Alleman High School in Rock Island for 50 years. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — In many ways the ministry of Viatorian Father Daniel Mirabelli is like the sugar maple tree that was planted to mark his 50th anniversary at Alleman High School: sturdy, dependable, full of color and life, and capable of great things. The tree, which sits at the front of the school building, replaces […]

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Sisters invite prayer intentions to take to Lourdes ‘fountain of mercy’ Easter week

The apparition grotto at Lourdes, France.

Everyone is capable of performing acts of mercy. If they have a generous heart that cares for others, the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary will help them take the next step. The religious community is collecting prayer intentions that will be taken to Lourdes by 100 missionaries from their spiritual family […]

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‘Rich in Mercy’ theme of Art of Faith show, sale in Rock Island March 5-6

ROCK ISLAND — More than 20 artists will share their vision of how God is “Rich in Mercy” during the Fifth Annual Art of Faith Show and Sale, which is planned for Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6. It will be held in Farrell Hall of St. Pius X Church, 2901 24th St. As […]

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Repentance is not a single act, it’s a process of turning around, changing

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB   Third Sunday of Lent/Feb. 28 Exodus 3:1-8a,13-15; Psalm 103:1-2,3-4,6-7,8,11; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12; Luke 13:1-9 As I reflect on the Scriptures for the Third Sunday of Lent, I am reminded of an old American Indian story: “An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. ‘A fight is going on […]

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“Race” (Focus)

Stephan James stars in a scene from the movie "Race." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Olympic track and field legend Jesse Owens (Stephan James) is the focus of this entertaining film, chronicling Owens’ journey to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, where he won four gold medals and, as an African American, single-handedly dealt a devastating blow to Nazism and its belief in Aryan supremacy. Owens […]

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“Risen” (Columbia)

Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton star in a scene from the movie "Risen." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS /Columbia Pictures)

By Catholic News Service A Roman tribune (Joseph Mulderig) who witnessed the execution of Jesus (Cliff Curtis) is ordered by Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) to investigate the disappearance of the crucified man’s body, and recover the missing corpse. But the hunt, in which he’s aided by an ambitious, though untested junior officer (Tom Mulderig), turns […]

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Full text of funeral Mass homily for Father Johnjoseph DePorres Logan

Father Logan

Editor’s note: Following is the full text of the homily from the Feb. 15, 2016 funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island for Father Johnjoseph DePorres “Jerry” Logan. The homilist was Father Michael Schaab. Click here for Father Logan’s obituary. — When Father Logan and I were stationed together, it sometimes occurred on Saturdays that […]

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