Parents say parishioners should expect a smiling, prayerful ‘Padre Pica’

Father Pica blesses his parents, Jane and Jerry Pica of Champaign, at the reception following the ordination Mass. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Members of St. Patrick Church of Merna Parish in Bloomington and St. Mary, Downs, should expect a smiling, prayerful priest when newly ordained Father Michael Pica joins their faith communities as parochial vicar on June 8. That’s according to the two people who know Father Pica best – his parents, Jerry and Jane Pica (pronounced […]

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‘Church in Peoria rejoices’ May 28 as Father Michael Pica is ordained

Newly ordained Father Michael Pica poses with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on the balcony of the cathedral rectory immediately following the May 28 ordination Mass. Also pictured are Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, of St. Bede Abbey and the vicars general of the Diocese of Peoria, Msgr. Paul Showalter, P.A., and Msgr. James Kruse. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Father Michael P. Pica was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during solemn, ancient rites in a joy-filled Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, May 28. “The church in Peoria rejoices today,” said Bishop Jenky in opening remarks after Deacon Pica entered in a processional including priests, deacons […]

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Faith, family strengthen Caterpillar executive Ed Rapp for challenges of ALS

Family has always been a priority for Ed Rapp, seen here with (from left) daughters Ali and Steph, wife Ann, grandson Cole Edward, daughter-in-law Katy, and son Jay. “For me now it’s not a question of going places, it’s a question of being with the people you want to be with,” he said. (Provided photo)

Ed Rapp has ALS. Learning that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis came as a total surprise to Rapp, group president of the Resource Industries Group at Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria. There is no cure for the disease, which affects the nervous system and impairs physical function. While ALS still raises more questions than answers for […]

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“X-Men: Apocalypse” (Fox)

Jennifer Lawrence and Evan Peters star in a scene from the movie "X-Men Apocalypse." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS photo/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Directed by Bryan Singer from a script by Simon Kinberg, this ninth film in the Marvel Comics series raises the bar on mindless mayhem. It lays waste famous landmarks in eye-popping 3-D to the backing of a soundtrack that will have viewers longing for some aspirin. Unearthed by overzealous archeologists, history’s […]

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“Alice Through the Looking Glass” (Disney)

Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska star in a scene from the movie "Alice Through the Looking Glass." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS photo/Disney)

By Catholic News Service The heroine of this forced, mechanical follow-up to Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” (2010) is not Lewis Carroll’s curious 7-year-old girl but rather an intrepid sea captain with an entrepreneurial streak who refuses to bend to the will of a patriarchal society. Fueled by empathy and an appetite for risk, Alice […]

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“The Angry Birds Movie” (Columbia)

Chuck, voiced by Josh Gad, and Red, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, appear in the animated movie "The Angry Birds Movie." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS photo/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Take an addictive phone app, contrive a plot to “explain” motivations, chuck in puns, a bit of potty humor and lengthy slapstick sequences, and you have the recipe for this inane 3-D animated adaptation. Co-directors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly track the efforts of a trio of flightless friends (voices of […]

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Graduates, heed jubilarians’ advice

The 2016 Jubilarian section published in the May 22 issue of The Catholic Post can be accessed by clicking on the E-Edition link on this page.

  Inside this feature-packed issue of The Catholic Post is hidden a wonderful commencement speech for Catholics graduating from high schools and colleges this month. Our special section profiling priests, deacons, and consecrated men and women marking major anniversary years alone contains a treasure trove of advice. We hope all of our readers will dig […]

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Two priests have shared gifts of preaching, teaching for 60 years

The last 60 years have seen some turbulent times in the nation and major changes in the church, but they have also provided moments of great joy for Father Robert Hoffmann and Father Thomas Kelly. In the days ahead they will gather with family and friends to celebrate all that has been and what is […]

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Clergy appointments – Diocese of Peoria

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has announced the following new assignments for priests in the Diocese of Peoria. SENIOR STATUS Msgr. Charles J. Beebe, P.A., from pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Roanoke, and St. John Parish, Benson, to senior status Father Donald R. Henderson, from parochial vicar, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sacred Heart Parish, and St. Bernard […]

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