“Ratchet & Clank” (Gramercy)

Ratchet, center, voiced by James Arnold Taylor, appears in the animated movie "Ratchet & Clank." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Gramercy Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Busy 3-D visuals fail to mask the flat tone and by-the-numbers storytelling of this animated sci-fi adventure from co-directors Kevin Munroe and Jericca Cleland. After failing in his effort to join a team of glamorous intergalactic peacekeepers (their leader voiced by Jim Ward), a catlike mechanic (voice of James Arnold Taylor) […]

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“Mother’s Day” (Open Road)

Ayden Bivek, Kate Hudson and Aasif Mandvi star in a scene from the movie "Mother's Day." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS photo/Open Road)

By Catholic News Service Set in Atlanta, this sprawling ensemble comedy takes on, among other themes, divorce (Jennifer Aniston and Timothy Olyphant), marital secrets (Kate Hudson and Aasif Mandvi), parental prejudice (Margo Martindale and Robert Pine) and life after loss (Jason Sudeikis). Considerable focus and aplomb would be required to keep an audience engaged with […]

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Joy as the latest expansion at St. Jude Parish and School in Peoria is blessed

Bishop Jenky greets David and Nellie Gould and their daughters Norah, Bridget and Charlotte, who are students at St. Jude, and Margaret. Holding baby Sally is Sister Teresa Paul, OP. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Members of St. Jude Parish in Peoria have been enjoying their spacious new parish hall, and they invited Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to make himself at home there, too, as he blessed the facility after Mass on April 24. In addition to Hettinger Hall, he extended his blessing to the new preschool and kindergarten […]

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‘Pint size heroes’ make St. Mary School blood drive the tops in McLean County

As Kelly Gentsch, a fifth grade teacher at St. Mary School in Bloomington, prepares to give blood during a drive the school hosted on April 29, she answers questions from her children Maddie and Cole. The technician is Rayscha Hardwick. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — In just eight years, a blood drive hosted by St. Mary School has become the largest annual one-day donation event in McLean County. “I can’t believe what it’s become,” said Susan Bassi, a physical education and health teacher, as she stood in the school gym where the American Red Cross had set up […]

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Year of Mercy bags boost home prayer for Epiphany School families in Normal

Molli Wey and Summer Clark look over the materials in the Year of Mercy bag before the Epiphany School third-grader takes it home. She's the first one in her family to get the bag and said she was looking forward to praying the rosary. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

NORMAL — It’s not unusual for homework and other important information to go home with the students of Epiphany Catholic School each week, but that looks a little different during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Msgr. Eric Powell, pastor, and religion teacher Karen Overby collaborated to develop 10 Year of Mercy bags filled with prayer […]

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We must proclaim what we have seen and heard as Jesus’ witnesses

  By Shawn Reeves Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord/May 8 Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:2-3,6-7,8-9; Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23; Luke 24:46-53 For those of a certain age, images of kings and knights pervaded the literature and imaginations of our childhood. Popular cinema had been fascinated with the notion of the noble monarch, […]

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