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“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” (Lionsgate/CBS Films)

Andrew Daly, Thomas Barbusca, Griffin Gluck and Isabela Moner star in a scene from the movie "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/CBS Films)

By Catholic News Service Parents may not care for the underlying message of this comedy for kids in which an artistically gifted but mildly troubled preteen (Griffin Gluck) rebels against the excessive discipline enforced by the rigid principal (Andy Daly) of his new school. Though his revolt, in which he’s aided by his best friend (Thomas […]

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“Queen of Katwe” (Disney)

Lupita Nyong'o and Madina Nalwanga star in a scene from the movie "Queen of Katwe." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service A glorious drama that applies the traditional formula of an uplifting sports film to the real-life story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), and then goes in unexpected directions to expose the scars horrific poverty can leave on the human soul. In adapting a book by Tim Crothers, director […]

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Funeral for Sister Martina Brinkschroeder, OSB, is Oct. 12

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Martina Brinkschroeder, OSB, died on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at St. Mary Monastery. She was 94 and in her 74th year of profession as a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict. Visitation is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery, […]

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“The Girl on the Train” (Universal)

Emily Blunt stars in a scene from the movie "The Girl on the Train." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive.(CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Seamy suburban melodrama about the intersecting lives of an unemployed alcoholic (Emily Blunt), her ex-husband (Justin Theroux), his new wife (Rebecca Ferguson) and a couple (Haley Bennett and Luke Evans) who live in the same neighborhood. In adapting Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel, director Tate Taylor elicits an intense performance from Blunt, […]

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Pilgrims take prayer on the road for Walk to Mercy in Hancock County

Father Tom Otto heard confessions and talked with pilgrims as they made the Walk to Mercy on Sept. 24. The pilgrimage covered 17 miles of Hancock County roads, starting in Dallas City and ending at the Holy Door at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Nauvoo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

NAUVOO — First came the Holy Door and prayers of thanksgiving inside Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Then the pilgrims on the Walk to Mercy sought out shade, water and a place take off their shoes as they celebrated the completion of their 17-mile journey from Dallas City. Some had developed blisters, while others contended […]

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New wing at Bloomington school will unite student body on one campus

Taking a moment to commemorate the groundbreaking for the new junior high wing at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington are (from left) Faith Banister; Ava Sivore; Bridget Wieland; architect David Leggans; contractors Paul Berns and Bob Berns; principal Gwenn Roche; Father Tony Lee, pastor, and Father Jeff Windy, parochial vicar, of Holy Trinity and Historic St. Patrick parishes, Bloomington; Father Dustin Schultz, then administrator of St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, and St. Mary, Downs; Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria; Father Michael Pica, parochial vicar of St. Patrick Church of Merna and St. Mary, Downs; Cole Certa; Liam Campbell; and Danny O’Brien. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — By next fall, the body of Christ will be one body at Corpus Christi Catholic School. Ground was broken for a new wing on Sept. 23 that will bring the junior high students to what is now the elementary school campus and unite the school at 1909 E. Lincoln St. Next year’s sixth- […]

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Our Lady of Fatima, Bishop Sheen focus of Oct. 22-23 mission at Washington parish

Dr. Peter Howard is author of "The Woman: Thy Mystery of Mary as Mediatrix in the Teaching of Fulton J. Sheen."

WASHINGTON — Marian consecration, Our Lady of Fatima, and the prophetic wisdom of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen will be the focus of a parish retreat led by Dr. Peter Howard on Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, at St. Patrick Church, 705 E. Jefferson. A nationally known speaker who recently relocated to the […]

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Public Square Rosary Rallies planned on Saturday, Oct. 15, in six communities

(The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Public Square Rosary Rallies are being organized in several communities of the Diocese of Peoria on Saturday, Oct. 15, to pray for our nation and the conversion of sinners as Our Lady of Fatima requested. According to the organization America Needs Fatima, the rosary will be prayed at more than 16,000 public locations around the […]

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Three movies with Catholic themes being brought to diocese in the coming weeks

“Apparition Hill” to open Oct. 7-13 at Bloomington and Peoria theaters Cinemas in Peoria and Bloomington will be among those screening the new documentary “Apparition Hill,” which is opening in 35 cities this Friday, Oct. 7. The film explores the alleged appearances of Mary in the village along the border of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia through […]

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All of us need healing light of God’s love

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 9 2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19 Today’s readings are about those who are outsiders, people on the fringe. They are about the people in our lives who find themselves in despair and hopelessness, who live on the edge. They also […]

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