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WIU Newman Center students fill CCD teaching need at St. Bernard, Bushnell

Sophie Peterson, Joe Hoerdeman and Maggie Wallace are students from the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Newman Center at Western Illinois University who are completing a year of teaching CCD at St. Bernard Parish in Bushnell. (Provided photo)

BUSHNELL — When St. Bernard Parish here switched from a home-based faith formation program to a classroom setting for religious education a year ago, Father Dominic Vitaliano turned to college students at Western Illinois University in Macomb to help fill a need for teachers. It turned out to be a winning idea, not only for […]

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Sisters from Colona, Atkinson parishes carry on family tradition of service

Marian Mitchell (left) of St. Patrick in Colona, and Verna May of St. Anthony in Atkinson are sisters who were among the volunteers honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women this year. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a snapshot of two of the 45 volunteers honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women during its annual Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Luncheon on April 14.  Click here for a story on the event and a complete list of honorees. Ever since she retired, Marian Mitchell of St. Patrick […]

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An impressive list: DCCW recognizes 45 volunteers from 28 parishes in diocese

The sun shines on the volunteers honored by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on April 14. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Editor’s Note: Following is the list of the 45 volunteers honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 14. For a story on the luncheon, click here. ANNAWAN Sue Ann Wells, Sacred Heart: President of the Altar and Rosary Society and “a very caring, dependable, and […]

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The grace to follow Christ comes from the Holy Spirit dwelling within us

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Fifth Sunday of Easter/April 24 Acts 14:21-27; Psalm 145:8-9,10-11,12-13; Revelation 21:1-5a; John 13:31-33a,34-35 The readings for the Fifth and Sixth Sundays of Easter direct the Church to reflect on its own nature in two ways — externally and internally. Externally we face the issue of expansion, and internally we struggle […]

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Nearly all works of mercy covered by DCCW Appreciation Luncheon honorees

The sun shines on the volunteers honored by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on April 14. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Name a corporal or spiritual work of mercy and it has probably been covered by one of the 45 volunteers who were honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 14. “In this Year of Mercy, our diocesan parish volunteers stand out in their tireless service […]

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“Criminal” (Summit)

Kevin Costner, center, stars in a scene from the movie "Criminal." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Hollow mind-swap yarn in which the memory of a CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) who was killed while delivering ransom money is transferred into the brain of a sociopathic murderer (Kevin Costner). As presented in Douglas Cook and David Weisberg’s script, the general idea appears to be that if a smart guy’s […]

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“The Boss” (Universal)

Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell star in a scene from the movie "The Boss." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service After a prison stint for insider trading, a disgraced businesswoman (Melissa McCarthy, who also co-wrote the script) moves in with her former assistant (Kristen Bell) and the secretary’s preteen daughter (Ella Anderson). While minding the youngster, she strikes on the idea of staging a comeback by starting a for-profit version of […]

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“Barbershop: The Next Cut” (Warner Bros.)

Anthony Anderson, Common and Cedric the Entertainer star in a scene from the movie "Barbershop: The Next Cut." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Earnest but heavy-handed debates about how to deal with gang violence are interspersed with frequently vulgar jokes in this seriocomic portrayal of life on Chicago’s South Side. With the shop of the title now augmented by a beauty parlor (led by Regina Hall), much of the barbed chitchat exchanged between the […]

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“The Jungle Book” (Disney)

Neel Sethi stars in a scene from the movie "The Jungle Book." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service This adaptation of British author Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 collection of stories about the adventures of a “man-cub” (Neel Sethi) raised by animals offers delightful, good-natured, heartfelt entertainment for the entire family, the most easily frightened tots possibly excepted. Orphaned as a baby, the boy is led by a kindly panther (voice […]

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‘For Her’ online magazine aims to help women have life of ‘beauty, meaning’

Cynthia Dermody, editor in chief of "For Her" magazine, said the new online magazine launched by Aleteia was created for "the modern Catholic woman." (CNS/handout)

By Julie Asher, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Women’s fashion and lifestyle magazines abound on the Internet and in print, but there’s still a void in what those offer to women, according to the editor of a new online magazine launched by the global Catholic network Aleteia.org. For Her — forher.aleteia.org — was created […]

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