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“Going in Style” (Warner Bros.)

Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin star in a scene from the movie "Going in Style." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Leaden comedy about a trio of retirees (Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin) driven to desperation by financial woes who cook up an unlikely scheme to rob a branch of the bank they blame for the cancellation of their pensions. As they get tips for a successful caper from an […]

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“Smurfs: The Lost Village” (Columbia)

Papa Smurf, voiced by Mandy Patinkin, and Smurfwillow, voiced by Julia Roberts, appear in the animated movie "Smurfs: The Lost Village." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Colorful but unengaging children’s cartoon in which, as the blue elves of the title — Mandy Patinkin voices their leader — continue to defend themselves against the schemes of the evil wizard (voice of Rainn Wilson) who has long sought to steal their youth-restoring, power-bestowing “essence,” the sole female among them […]

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Priests renew vows, holy oils are blessed during Chrism Mass at cathedral

Consecrated women and men, lay faithful and Catholic school students and administrators offered an extended round of applause for their parish priests and chaplains after the clergy renewed their commitment to priestly service at the Chrism Mass April 11. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Every Mass is holy beyond compare, but the Chrism Mass is “an extraordinary moment of grace” in the life of the church, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those who filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for the annual Holy Week liturgy on April 11. It is a time when Catholic priests throughout the world […]

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‘Hunger Feast’ at St. Philomena School in Peoria opens eyes, hearts to inequalities

As junior high teacher Amy Murphy and student Morgan Varwig served bowls of rice and beans at the St. Philomena Hunger Feast on April 5 in Peoria, signs throughout the gym raised awareness of hunger globally and locally. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Irene VanderVennet was out to dinner with her grandson, Charlie Shadid, and a group of friends. There were fresh flowers and nice china on the table set for 10, the food was varied and plentiful, and the servers were doting and friendly. Just a matter of feet away, however — and well within Charlie and […]

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Monmouth teacher, students record song to support, promote ‘pedaling priests’

Father Tom Otto watches the debut of the music video "Riding for the Lord" after it was recorded April 5 by the students of Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth. The song supports the bicycle ride across the Diocese of Peoria that Father Otto and two other priests will undertake later this month to seek prayers for priestly vocations. (Provided photo)

MONMOUTH — As Father Tom Otto rides his bike across the Diocese of Peoria to raise prayers for and awareness of vocations, he will have a song in his heart thanks to the students at Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth. “Riding for the Lord” has lyrics written by music teacher Alisa Ramer and is sung […]

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“The Case for Christ” (Pure Flix)

Mike Vogel stars in a scene from the movie "The Case for Christ." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents.(CNS /Pure Flix)

By Catholic News Service As his wife (Erika Christensen) undergoes a gradual conversion to evangelical Christianity, sparking discord in their marriage, an aggressively atheistic Chicago journalist (Mike Vogel) uses his investigative skills to try to disprove the Resurrection, and with it the faith. Director Jonathan M. Gunn’s screen version of Lee Strobel’s memoir intertwines intelligent […]

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OSF HealthCare Center for Health – Pekin is blessed; set to open April 17

Using a giant scissors provided by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and surrounded by medical, business, and community leaders, Sister Theresa Ann Brazeau, OSF, and Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, lead a ribbon cutting April 6 at the new OSF HealthCare Center for Health - Pekin. (Provided photo/Jim Carlson, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center)

PEKIN — Claiming it as “sacred ground on which human life will be served,” the new OSF HealthCare Center for Health – Pekin was blessed in ceremonies April 6 at its location in the East Court Village Shopping Center, 3422A Court St. “This wonderful center is an investment in health care and in this beautiful […]

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Pedaling priests to bike across diocese April 24-28 seeking vocation prayers

In training for their 350-mile ride across the Diocese of Peoria, (from left) Father Tom Otto, Father Adam Cesarek and Father Michael Pica pause long enough for a photo in front of the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (Provided photo/Amy Chovan, Office of Priestly Vocations)

Being a priest has made Father Michael Pica, Father Adam Cesarek and Father Tom Otto so happy that they are preparing to share their joy with people from Rock Island to Danville — literally. The three priests will spend the Second Week of Easter riding their bikes 350 miles across the Diocese of Peoria to […]

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DePue parish hosts Diocese of Peoria’s first ‘Mother-Daughter Tea’ event in Spanish

Laura Mendez strokes the cheek of her daughter, Valeria Villagomez, as she tells the new "princess of Mary, Queen of Heaven" what gifts the girl brings to their family. They are members of the LaSalle Catholic Community. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

DEPUE — Giving an iPhone 7 to someone who has never used a smart phone is going to leave them confused and using only the most basic functions. To use it wisely and in the way it was intended, they need to learn what they have. The gift of fertility is the same and more […]

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All men and boys of diocese invited to April 29 ‘Call to Catholic Men of Faith’

A scene from the men's march at the 2015 "A Call to Catholic Men of Faith." This year's event is Saturday, April 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Hundreds of Catholic men and boys from throughout the Diocese of Peoria are expected to join Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in Peoria on Saturday morning, April 29, for the 14th annual “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith.” Known informally as the Men’s March and Mass, the event begins with a rally on the […]

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