Meet 9 to be honored at ‘Night of Knights’ Mass, dinner April 16 in the Quad Cities

ROCK ISLAND — Nine members of the Knights of Columbus from throughout the Diocese of Peoria will be honored for outstanding service to the organization, the church, and their communities during the 28th annual “Night of Knights” recognition dinner on Saturday, April 16. The evening begins with a 4:30 p.m. Mass at Christ the King […]

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Regional Divine Mercy Sunday events planned around Diocese of Peoria April 3

Regional celebrations of Divine Mercy Sunday are planned April 3 in Champaign, LaSalle, Nauvoo, Normal, Peoria, and Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

One of the highlights of the Holy Year of Mercy comes next weekend, with the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday on April 3. Long observed on the Second Sunday of Easter, it has held a special place on the church calendar since St. John Paul II canonized St. Maria Faustina Kowalska on April 30, 2000. […]

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“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” (Universal)

Nia Vardalos and John Corbett star in a scene from the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service The close-knit Hellenic family featured in the 2002 original — loving, clingy, earthy and in your face at all the most inopportune moments — returns in this romantic comedy, but without the zest of that first outing. The problem is not so much the ambling plot, which involves marital strains between […]

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Sr. H. Dorothy Townsell, BVM, dies at 103; native of Streator was longtime teacher

Sister H. Dorothy (Mildred Ann) Townsell, BVM

DUBUQUE, Iowa — A visitation and funeral liturgy for Sister H. Dorothy (Mildred Ann) Townsell is planned for Tuesday, March 29, in the Marian Hall Chapel of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The visitation at 10 a.m. will be followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. and Mass at 1:30 […]

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“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (Warner Bros)

Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill star in a scene from the movie "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service The titans of the DC Comics universe battle it out in this follow-up to 2013’s Superman reboot, “Man of Steel,” once again directed by Zack Snyder. The Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) grows to resent the death and destruction wrought as collateral damage in the clash between Krypton’s favorite son (Henry Cavill) […]

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“Miracles From Heaven” (Columbia)

Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah and Kylie Rogers star in a scene from the movie "Miracles From Heaven." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS photo/Columbia Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Remarkable fact-based story of a 10-year-old Texas girl (Kylie Rogers) who develops a rare, painful and incurable disease that prevents her body from digesting food. Though her parents (Jennifer Garner and Martin Henderson) are both churchgoers, persistent Mom — after struggling to obtain a correct diagnosis and access to the care […]

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“The Divergent Series: Allegiant” (Summit)

Shailene Woodley and Andy Bean star in a scene from the movie "The Divergent Series: Allegiant." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Third time’s not a charm with this ponderous adaptation of the final book of the futuristic trilogy by Veronica Roth, the sequel to “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” directed by Robert Schwentke. Having brought down the wicked faction system that divided families in post-apocalyptic Chicago, our heroine (Shailene Woodley) and her mentor-lover […]

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Chrism Mass: Prefer nothing to the love, glory of the Lord, urges Bishop Jenky

Priests from throughout the Diocese of Peoria concelebrate the Chrism Mass with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on March 22. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Serving God is no little thing and should fill us with wonder, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those who filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for the annual Chrism Mass on March 22. Even so, it is possible to “go through the motions of outward service to God and neighbor without any inward sense […]

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300 view documentary tracing journey of the original Divine Mercy painting

After viewing "The Original Image of Divine Mercy" documentary at St. Jude Parish in Peoria on March 19, more than 250 Catholics had an opportunity to photograph and venerate a six-foot replica and relic of the painting brought to the showing by director Daniel DiSilva. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The image of Jesus affiliated with Divine Mercy devotion has been reproduced countless times, but there had to be an original. Tracing the remarkable journey of that original painting from its creation based on the visions of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska of Poland in the 1930s to its present location at a shrine in Lithuania […]

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Recognizing God’s love and mercy in the body of Christ – the Church

Father R. Michael Schaab

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord/March 27 Acts 10:34a,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes; John 20:1-9 The Church designates the great Feast of Easter as an octave, or eight-day celebration. This means that Easter itself is celebrated as an eight-day-long feast. Every day of the octave is Easter. One indication of this […]

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