Pro-lifers in Quad Cities grateful Planned Parenthood clinic is closing

Vicki Tyler, executive director of the Women's Choice Center of the Quad Cities, shows models illustrating human life from conception to birth to a group of young visitors to the center's mobile unit July 13 at St. Mary Church in Rock Island. The Women's Choice Center is a pro-life outreach located across the street from Planned Parenthood in Bettendorf, Iowa, which among its services has offered abortions for nearly two decades but may soon close. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BETTENDORF, Iowa — The pro-life community in the Quad Cities is expressing optimism but vowing to continue their prayer and educational efforts after learning that the Planned Parenthood clinic here is expected to close. “Obviously we are very pleased with the announcement that Planned Parenthood would close four more clinics in Iowa, including our local […]

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“Wish Upon” (Broad Green)

Joey King and Mitchell Slaggert star in a scene from the movie "Wish Upon." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Broad Green Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Low-budget Faustian fable has a teen girl (Joey King) coming into ownership of a Chinese “wish box” that can grant her seven wishes, enabling all her dreams of wealth and popularity to come true — but at the price of grisly deaths for all the friends and relatives she holds dear. […]

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Proposed school would build hope in Uganda, says Father Julius Turyatoranwa

Father Julius Turyatoranwa is pictured outside St. Patrick School in Washington. The priest, who has served in the Diocese of Peoria since 2007, hopes to form a sister-school relationship between the Illinois school and the proposed St. Patrick Boarding Primary School in his homeland of Uganda. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WASHINGTON — In the United States, a good education offers an advantage when students look at starting a career with a decent salary and benefits. In Uganda, it means so much more, however. In the east-central African nation, it can help to break the generational cycle of poverty, according to Father Julius Turyatoranwa, parochial vicar […]

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“War for the Planet of the Apes” (Fox)

This is a scene from the movie "War for the Planet of the Apes." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Monkey business turns deadly serious in this climactic installment of the rebooted film franchise based on the work of French science-fiction author Pierre Boulle (1912-1994) and directed in 3-D by Matt Reeves. An epic battle is underway between the super-sentient simians and what’s left of the human race after a devastating […]

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Bishop from the Philippines to be in Peoria July 22 for Santo Nino devotions

Bishop David William V. Antonio, apostolic administrator of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines, will concelebrate Mass for the Peoria-area Filipino community at St. Joseph Church in Peoria on July 22. The Mass will also include a procession and blessing of Santo Nino icons, such as the one pictured at right.

The Filipino-American community of central Illinois is preparing to welcome a special guest to its celebration for the 19th anniversary of the enthronement of the Santo Niño de Cebu at St. Joseph Church in Peoria. He is Bishop David William V. Antonio, who was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Nuevo Segovia, Philippines, in […]

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Let the church hear your voice

Two major online surveys, one local and one global, now being conducted by the church offer Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria an opportunity to share their thoughts with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and even Pope Francis. Bishop Jenky, as you may have seen on these pages or heard in your parish, is seeking […]

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St. Mary Parish in Peru to celebrate its 150th anniversary with Aug. 6 Mass, dinner

Among those organizing events commemorating the 150th anniversary of St. Mary Parish in Peru are, from left, Dick Nowatka, Jo Marie Duncan, Sandy Nowatka, Joyce Koontz, Bill Dekowski, Mary Suarez, Bob Suarez, Bonnie Pikula, Stan Pikula and Lois Carroll. (Provided photo)

PERU — Established in 1867, St. Mary Parish is marking its 150th anniversary this year. To celebrate the occasion, parishioners are planning a Mass and dinner for Sunday, Aug. 6. Msgr. J. Brian Rejsek, pastor, will be the celebrant for the 10:30 a.m. liturgy at St. Mary, 1319 Sixth St. The anniversary dinner will follow […]

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Chillicothe parishioner, 101, is honored for a lifetime of extraordinary service

"You've got to keep going," said Ruth McLaughlin, 101, shown with her dog, Lilly, at the cozy house they share in Chillicothe. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHILLICOTHE — You won’t find Ruth McLaughlin sitting around watching television. In fact, sitting around is something the centenarian has never been very good at. “You’ve got to do something. You’ve got to keep going,” said Mrs. McLaughlin, 101, during a recent visit. “When you’re doing things you like to do, you don’t give it […]

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Parable of the Sower: Will we accept the challenge to bear good fruit?

Sharon Priester

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 16 Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 65:10,11,12-13,14; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23 The people of Israel struggled many years while they were in exile. Throughout all these years, God did not abandon them. His power and love for the people were evident. Not only did He bring forth the rain and snow to water […]

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Sister Marcelina Casandro, OSF, dies; funeral Friday at West Peoria convent

Sister Marcelina Casandro, OSF

WEST PEORIA — Visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial are planned for Friday, July 14, for Sister Marcelina Casandro, OSF. A member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception, she died July 11, 2017, at the community’s Mother of Peace Home. She was 89. Visitation will be held from 3:30 to […]

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