Priests invite all to experience God’s love, mercy in sacrament of reconciliation

Father Don Roszkowski contemplates a picture of the Prodigal Son in the confessional at St. Mary Church in El Paso. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It doesn’t matter what you call it. It doesn’t matter how you celebrate it. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been. What does matter is that the sacrament of reconciliation is a sacrament of healing that offers God’s love and mercy over and over and over again, according to priests around the Diocese of Peoria. […]

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Prepare for voting by reading election-year guidance from the U.S. bishops

Back in November, as the debates for the Democratic and Republican presidential races were just beginning, the U.S. Catholic bishops were having their own debate about politics during their annual fall general assembly. The debate preceded votes on “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” a document the bishops revise and publish every four years as the […]

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Benedictines, St. Ambrose to host Dan Schutte concert, workshop April 8, 9

Dan Schutte

ROCK ISLAND — A concert by composer Dan Schutte and workshop that will focus on how music can enhance liturgy will also help the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery to establish a scholarship fund at Benet House Retreat Center to serve those in need. Partnering with them is St. Ambrose University Campus […]

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Seminarian’s road hasn’t been straight, but every step has been worth it

Taylor Caputo (third from left) takes a break while hiking with other men discerning their call to priesthood. He said the idea of being a priest filled him with joy and more peace than he had ever known. (Provided photo)

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Taylor Caputo was working in an architecture studio at the University of Illinois when he started to wonder if that career path was taking him in the right direction. “What’s the purpose of all this? Don’t you want your life to have meaning?” he asked himself. “Maybe I could be a priest.” […]

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Living Stations tradition continues Sunday night at St. Malachy in Geneseo

The cast of the Living Stations of the Cross rehearse a scene in the sanctuary of St. Malachy Church in Geneseo. The annual performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. this Sunday, March 13, in the church. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

GENESEO — Ryan Hartsock’s brother was Jesus. Now Ryan is Jesus. Rachel Sears’ brother was Jesus, too. Now Rachel is Mary. And so it goes in what has for decades been a Lenten tradition at St. Malachy Church in Geneseo — a dramatic portrayal of the Living Stations of the Cross presented by the parish’s […]

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Will we throw stones or choose another way?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Fifth Sunday of Lent/March 13 Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11 “If I really had my preference, I would take you to Rwanda to see for yourselves. I was able to stay for four days in a rural village named Gikonko. It is nowhere in a country that is nowhere, and that makes […]

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Diocese’s permanent deacons convene, renew commitment to service

Deacon Antonio Herrera of St. Mary Parish in Blomington joins permanent deacons from around the diocese in renewing commitment to diaconal service during a Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on march 5. The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody

Permanent deacons from throughout the Diocese of Peoria who convened March 5 were told by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, that “you are my hands in the corporal works of mercy and the needs are unending.” “We need deacons to give example and to help in the living function of feeding the hungry, clothing the […]

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“London Has Fallen” (Focus)

Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart star in a scene from the movie "London Has Fallen." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service In the equally improbable and considerably more pitiless sequel to 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen,” a Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler) must once again protect the U.S. president (Aaron Eckhart) after insurgents controlled by a vengeful Pakistani arms dealer (Alon Moni Aboutboul) devastate the British capital and imperil world leaders gathered for […]

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“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (Paramount)

Margot Robbie stars in a scene from the movie "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Frank Masi, Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service A low moral tone pervades this fact-based blend of comedy and drama, set in the early 2000s, about a deskbound reporter (Tina Fey) who impulsively transforms her life by becoming a war correspondent in Afghanistan. As she befriends her guide and translator (Christopher Abbott) as well as one of her few female […]

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“Zootopia” (Disney)

A rookie bunny cop and a fugitive fox star in a scene from the animated movie "Zootopia." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents.

By Catholic News Service Anthropomorphism runs amok in this 3-D animated comedy-adventure with animals of all shapes and sizes assuming human traits and jabbering away as they earn a living in the bustling metropolis of the title. A bright-eyed, bushy-tailed suburban-reared rabbit (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) joins the city police department but faces resentment and […]

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