Hopes for Sheen transfer still high despite granting of emergency stay

The transfer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's remains is seen as a key factor in allowing the sainthood cause to move forward.

Hopes buoyed in the Diocese of Peoria by a Nov. 17 court ruling allowing the family of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen to transfer the sainthood candidate’s remains from New York to Peoria have been tempered by the subsequent granting of an emergency stay to the Archdiocese of New York, which plans to appeal the […]

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Urbana parish hosts Vatican astronomer via Skype seeking answers to big questions

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory in Rome, addresses a crowd via Skype at Trinity Hall of St. Patrick Parish in Urbana on Nov. 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

URBANA — Being on two different continents didn’t seem to matter much when St. Patrick Parish here hosted a “visit” from Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory in Rome, on Nov. 20. With the help of Skype, the seven-hour time difference melted away, making it possible for parishioners and their guests to […]

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Hoopeston parish to stage original Advent play Dec. 10 in church hall

The cast of "The Third Sunday of Advent" is pictured during a recent rehearsal for the original comedy-drama to be performed at St. Anthony Parish in Hoopeston on Dec. 10. It was written by parishioner Tom Sweeney (upper right). )Provided photo/Jordan Crook, Hoopeston Chronicle)

HOOPESTON — St. Anthony Parish here will present an original play, “The Third Sunday of Advent,” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, in the church hall, 423 S. 3rd St. The comedy-drama was written by parishioner Tom Sweeney, who taught dramatic writing at Homewood-Flossmoor High School for 34 years and now lives in rural […]

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Father Harold Datzman, OSB, granted senior status; will return to St. Bede

Father Harold Datzman, OSB, is in St. Joseph Church in Peru, which he has refurbished with the help of parishioners. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — Expressing his gratitude for years of “generous service to the Diocese of Peoria,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has granted senior status to Father Harold Datzman, OSB, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Peru. Father Harold, 78, will return to St. Bede Abbey and be succeeded by Father Jacob Rose, who has been […]

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New hybrid operating room blessed at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington

Father Rogers Byambaasa, chaplain at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, blesses a new hybrid operating room on Nov. 23. Assisting is Deacon Gayle Cyrulik. Provided photo/Libby Allison

BLOOMINGTON — Blessing and dedication ceremonies took place Nov. 23 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center here for a new hybrid operating room and post-anesthesia care unit. The blessing culminated two years of work on the projects, whose combined construction and equipment costs were $8.9 million. Nearly three dozen staff members — many of them […]

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Macomb Vicariate Harvest Mass draws grateful crowd to St. Augustine Church

Father Daniel Ebker, Father Dominic Vitaliano, and Msgr. Richard Pricco concelebrate the Harvest Mass for the Macomb Vicariate on Nov. 15 at St. Augustine Church in St. Augustine. Provided photo/Kelly Zimmerman

ST. AUGUSTINE — Several area parishes were represented when a Harvest Mass for the Macomb Vicariate was hosted Nov. 15 by St. Augustine Parish here. “It was a great opportunity to give thanks to almighty God for the bountiful harvest and to see other Catholics from different parts of the vicariate,” said Father Dominic Vitaliano, […]

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Giving beyond Tuesday

This is written on what has come to be known as Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving — a holiday that used to stand on its own quite nicely but in today’s culture is followed by Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a new and noble idea that has mushroomed […]

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Advent calls us to hear, reassure those who ‘cry out

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Second Sunday of Advent/Dec. 4 Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12 Diogenes, one of the founders of the ancient school of philosophy called cynicism, was a crude and disruptive figure whose life was a running commentary on the insincerity of most men. Living in a barrel outside the city […]

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“Bad Santa 2” (Broad Green)

Billy Bob Thornton and Christina Hendricks star in a scene from the movie "Bad Santa 2." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS /Santamax Distribution)

By Catholic News Service As soul-deadening as its squalid urban setting, this follow-up to the 2003 original attempts to mine laughs out of human degradation. While planning a robbery at a corrupt Chicago charity, an alcoholic safe-cracker (Billy Bob Thornton) somehow manages to desecrate more Christmastime traditions than might seem possible. Director Mark Waters’ film […]

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