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Visit restored St. Mary’s Cathedral during Founder’s Weekend celebrations Aug. 24-28

One section of the newly designed ceiling of the restored St. Mary's Cathedral, Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

St. Mary’s Cathedral has been the mother church of the Diocese of Peoria for more than 125 years, and yet extensive restoration inside and out has made it new again. People throughout central Illinois are invited to come and “Rediscover St. Mary’s” at a series of liturgical celebrations planned for Founder’s Weekend, Aug. 24-28. “I […]

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Diocese’s new Catholic school principals share their background, vision

Eight Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria are welcoming new administrators as the 2016-17 academic year begins. Seven have accepted the job on a full-time basis, while one veteran is filling in for the fall semester only. The new principals are: Laura Cody, St. Paul School, Macomb; Lisa Doughan, St. Thomas School, Philo; Jamie […]

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Before Rio, there was Krakow

About 50 pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria are among the throngs shown walking to the Field of Mercy near Krakow, Poland, for a prayer vigil and Mass with Pope Francis to conclude World Youth Day. (Provided photo/Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary)

By the time this is read, there will be all sorts of familiar storylines and images from the Olympic Games in Rio. Already as of Tuesday morning, just three days in, we’ve become acquainted with athletes from around the world in pools, on balance beams, and even on the beach.  We’ve been dazzled by the […]

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Dorothy Naumann, parish secretary in Elmwood, retires after 57 busy years

Dorothy Naumann's long and dedicated service to St. Patrick Parish in Elmwood has been recognized with both diocesan and papal honors. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

YATES CITY — It’s only two miles between Dorothy Naumann’s house and the office at St. Patrick Church in Elmwood. It’s a path her car knows well — she’s been traveling it for the last 57 years as the parish secretary. Now her car will have new roads to explore. At 90, Mrs. Naumann has […]

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Charismatic Renewal Conference draws 155 to encounter with mercy, praise

Barbara Lanzdorf-Heil leads conference participants in prayer during the 30th annual Charismatic Renewal Conference on July 30. She encouraged them to remember God's promises and believe that "what has been written in the book of your life has not been erased." The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

EAST PEORIA — With the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis is inviting people to a new, personal encounter with Jesus not once, but every day. That doesn’t just apply to Catholics or people of good will. “The Father’s mercy is for everyone,” according to Walter Matthews. “It is for all of humanity until the […]

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Are willing to take the lowest place?

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 14 Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10; Psalm 40:2,3,4,18; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 “Blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.” Jesus’ saying in the Gospel goes against the grain of common sense. Why would I be blessed because someone is unable to repay me? Our […]

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St. Mary, Pontiac, to celebrate 150 years of parish life with activities Aug. 21-27

A Sesquicentennial Celebratory Mass will be offered at St. Mary Church in Pontiac at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. A block party will follow.

PONTIAC — After 150 years of sharing the faith in this Livingston County community, a simple celebration just won’t do for members of St. Mary Parish here. They have planned a week of activities, starting with a parish breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 21, and culminating with a Mass and block party on Saturday, Aug. 27. […]

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“Suicide Squad” (Warner Bros.)

Jared Leo and Margot Robbie star in a scene from the movie "Suicide Squad." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Clay Enos, Warner Bros. Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service A lurid atmosphere marks this initially stylish but ultimately ridiculous and chaotic DC comics-based adventure. A hard-bitten intelligence agent (Viola Davis) assembles a team of violent villains (most prominently Will Smith and Margot Robbie), places them under the command of the military’s leading special ops warrior (Joel Kinnaman), and compels them […]

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“Indignation” (Summit)

By Catholic News Service Challenging drama, set in the early 1950s, in which a young Jewish man (Logan Lerman) wins a scholarship to an elite college where he forms an unusual bond with an emotionally troubled fellow student (Sarah Gadon) and butts heads with the school’s traditionally minded dean (Tracy Letts). While writer-director James Schamus’ […]

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