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Celebrate our Catholic schools

As Catholic Schools Week begins this Sunday, students and teachers are ready to celebrate in a variety of ways. For the rest of us, we suggest a few homework assignments to join in the fun and grow in appreciation of the treasure we have in our midst. First, take a good look at the special […]

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All life is sacred, even Dylann Roof’s

Defending innocent human life, such as the pre-born, is one thing. Speaking up for the life of an unrepentant multi-murderer is quite another. Proclaiming God’s mercy is usually a wonderful Christian duty. Proclaiming it for Dylann Roof takes courage. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone of Charlotte had courage in reminding Catholics of church teaching after jurors […]

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Hundredfold Workshop helps parishes ‘prepare the soil’ for seeds of vocations

Rhonda Gruenewald visits with the Franciscan Apostolic Sisters, one of several religious communities present for the Hundredfold Workshop on Jan. 21 at Hettinger Hall of St. Jude Parish, Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Vocations awareness in the Diocese of Peoria got a boost last Saturday when 150 people gathered at St. Jude Church and its Hettinger Hall in Peoria for the Hundredfold Workshop sponsored by the Office of Priestly Formation. That doesn’t mean each parish will be able to deliver five seminarians to Father Tim Hepner, diocesan vocation […]

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Optimism, resolve blend at Life Rally in Peoria on eve of inauguration

Among those taking part in a prayerful walk in downtown Peoria against abortion on Jan. 19 were four members of the Franciscan Sisters of John the Baptist. From left, they are Sister Marion Hudacova, Mother Vaclava Ballon, Sister Lea Stefancova and Sister Salezia Rudyova. The walk preceded a Life Rally sponsored by Central Illinois Right to Life. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Nearing age 90 with the latter half of his life devoted to the pro-life movement,  Joe Scheidler struck an optimistic tone Jan. 19 as he challenged his Peoria audience to “stay firm in your convictions.” “Abortions are down,” he said near the conclusion of the annual Life Rally sponsored by Central Illinois Right to Life […]

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The attitude of true humility leads to justice

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 29 Zephaniah 2:3;3:12-13; Psalm 146:6-7,8-9,9-10; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Matthew 5:1-12a Tim McGraw’s popular song “Humble and Kind” has these words in the refrain: “Hold the door, say please, say thank you, Don’t steal, don’t cheat and don’t lie. I know you got mountains to climb, but […]

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Catholic Charities series exploring poverty causes, solutions opens Jan. 27

The series -- on three successive Friday evenings beginning Jan. 27 -- utilizes six, half-hour videos produced by the PovertyCure initiative.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is hosting a three-part series reflecting on the causes of poverty and encouraging solutions. The series — on three successive Friday evenings beginning Jan. 27 — utilizes six, half-hour videos produced by the PovertyCure initiative. The gatherings are open free of charge to all interested persons and will […]

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“20th Century Women” (A24 Films)

Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig star in a scene from the movie "20th Century Women." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/A24 Films)

By Catholic News Service Writer-director Mike Mills’ rambling, unfiltered drama — loosely based on his adolescence in late 1970s Santa Barbara, California — is a pleasant, nostalgic journey to yesteryear. But it’s also nearly plotless, which makes for an often-frustrating viewing experience. A free-spirited mother (Annette Bening), whose idea of romance was formed in the […]

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“Split” (Universal)

Anya Taylor-Joy stars in a scene from the movie "Split." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Psychological thriller from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan posits that victims of childhood abuse are not only prone to dissociative identity disorder — split personalities — but also that each persona can have unique physical characteristics. Shyamalan’s not out to make anyone think too deeply about this prognosis. He prefers to couch […]

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“The Bye Bye Man” (STX)

Douglas Smith stars in a scene from the movie "The Bye Bye Man." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/STX Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service Overwrought horror flick in which a college student (Douglas Smith), his live-in girlfriend (Cressida Bonas) and his best pal since childhood (Lucien Laviscount) rent a spooky house together where they are plagued by the malevolent specter of the title (Doug Jones). His main trick is to cause hallucinations setting each member […]

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