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“Central Intelligence” (Warner Bros.)

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart star in a scene from the movie "Central Intelligence." Catholic News Service classification, A-III -- adults. Motion Picture Association of America rating, PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Warner Brothers) See MOVIE-REVIEW-CENTRAL-INTELLIGENCE June 17, 2016.

By Catholic News Service A high IQ is not a prerequisite for seeing this dimwitted action comedy, directed and co-written by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Stuck in a mundane job, and with his marriage to the sweetheart (Danielle Nicolet) of his youth on the rocks, an unhappy accountant (Kevin Hart) who was once voted “most likely […]

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“Finding Dory” (Disney)

Animated character Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, appears in the movie "Finding Dory." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service This dandy animated sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo” sets that film’s trio of main characters on another epic journey, this one undertaken to reunite the absent-minded blue tang of the title (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) with her long-lost parents (voices of Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy). Her eventful quest, on which […]

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Fr. Rayson, Fr. Dittmer appointed new vicars for Champaign and LaSalle

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has named new vicars for the LaSalle and Champaign vicariates. In Champaign, Father Robert Rayson will succeed Father Joseph Hogan as vicar. Father Rayson has been pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Champaign, as well as St. Boniface, Seymour, since 2012. Father Hogan, who has served as vicar for three […]

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Memorial to fallen officers from around diocese blessed at St. Augustine Manor

Father David Whiteside presided at the blessing for the new memorial, which is located in the chapel of St. Augustine Manor in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Families and friends of Catholic law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty have a new way to remember their loved ones in prayer. St. Augustine Manor in Peoria has placed a memorial to fallen officers from around the Diocese of Peoria in its chapel at 1301 N.E. Glendale Ave. It was blessed by […]

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Gratitude, recognition as Mass concludes school year in diocese

Gathered in the Diocesan Museum for a final photo are the school leaders who are retiring or departing: (from left) Mark Csanda, St. Mary School, Bloomington; Ryan Bustle, The High School of Saint Thomas More, Champaign; Scott Turnipseed, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, East Moline; Steve Eisemann, Costa Catholic Academy, Galesburg; Barb Shrode, St. Paul School, Macomb; Joan Leonard, Jordan Catholic School, Rock Island; Melissa Reder, St. Thomas School, Philo; and Mary Pat Shepherd, Schlarman Academy, Danville. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Before they closed the books on another year, principals and pastors from Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria came together in Peoria on June 2 to pray and celebrate all that has been accomplished. “I see a lot of tired people,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, quipped at the beginning of Mass in the […]

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Sheen attributed everything to his consecration to Mary: Institute speaker

A ruling on the requested transfer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's remains to Peoria is expected in the coming weeks.

The Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was the focal point of Dr. Peter Howard’s keynote talk and a breakout session on Mary June 4 at the Diocesan Summer Institute at the Peoria Civic Center. The scholar called the El Paso native his hero and spiritual mentor. “He attributed all of his success to his consecration […]

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Institute speaker offers seven ‘secrets’ of saints, others for success in prayer

Before the Diocesan Summer Institute closed in Peoria June 4, keynote speaker Dan Burke offered seven “secrets” of saints and others who have success in prayer. Establishing a sacred space, dedicated to God and used solely for this purpose, is one of them. Another is setting aside sacred time. “If we don’t do this, we […]

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Rebooted Diocesan Summer Institute draws nearly 1,000 into ‘depths of mercy’

At Father Timothy Hepner's request, the priests, seminarians and women religious present at the Diocesan Summer Institute gathered in front of the Peoria Civic Center stage. "We are blessed," said Father Hepner, but asked all in attendance for prayers to increase vocations. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Jesus took his disciples aside to pray on occasion and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, encouraged nearly 1,000 teachers, religious educators, priests, seminarians, women religious and parishioners to view the rebooted Diocesan Summer Institute the same way. “All of you, who do so much work in the diocese, need this time together with the Lord,” […]

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First Communicants told sacrament brings Jesus even nearer than a hug

Dressed in her First Communion attire, 7-year-old Alemie Claire I. Cuizon joined cathedral cantor Rosa Beyer in leading the responsorial psalm during the Mass with First Communicants at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on June 11. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

When we receive Jesus in Holy Communion, the Lord is as near to us as if we were with him in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago and he gave us a hug. That’s one message Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, shared with First Communicants and their families from around the Diocese of Peoria who joined him […]

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Who do we say Jesus is?

By Father Tom Kelly Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time/June 19 Zechariah 12:10-11;13:1; Psalm 63:2,3-4,5-6,8-9; Galatians 3:26-29; Luke 9:18-24 The Gospel writer Luke frequently pictures Jesus as praying, particularly at important times when decisions have to be made. In this Sunday’s Gospel passage, Jesus appears to be praying about his future ministry. He first asks his […]

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