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Priests renew promises as sacramental oils are blessed at annual Chrism Mass

The permanent deacons of the Diocese of Peoria offer applause for the priests (standing), who renewed their commitment to priestly service at the Chrism Mass. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

God is capable of speaking to his disciples in a “still small voice,” but during Holy Week the Lord is much more direct, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said in his homily at the Chrism Mass on March 27. “In the life, the suffering, the death and the rising of Christ, God Himself is almost […]

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Sr. Jean . . . and Sr. Kathleen, Sr. Judith Ann, Sr. Sandra, Sr. Loretta, Sr. Silvia, etc.

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, 98, longtime chaplain of the Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team and campus icon, gives a thumbs up after the team defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament March 24 in Atlanta. (CNS photo/Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

“You’ve gone viral. Do you know what that means?” The question was posed to Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM, in one of the numerous nationally televised interviews the 98-year-old chaplain of Loyola University of Chicago’s men’s basketball team has granted during the Ramblers’ amazing run through the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. This time the questioner […]

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Have you had the encounter that will change your life?

Father Timothy Hepner

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord/April 1 Acts 10:34a,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes; John 20:1-9 or Mark 16:1-7 Let’s take a test. The only right answer is the honest one. Which of these best describes your encounter with Jesus? A) Mary Magdalene: A sudden encounter, like being […]

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Snow can’t hold back the Holy Spirit as teens stirred up at Diocesan Youth Rally

Msgr. Stanley Deptula blesses palm branches held by Diocesan Youth Rally participants prior to the Mass closing the event at the Spalding Pastoral Center on March 24, the eve of Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

On the eve of Holy Week, in the middle of a spring snowstorm, the time was right for more than 100 Catholic teenagers from around the Diocese of Peoria to choose a life of greatness. “If you want to be a saint, you have to start right now living it,” said Jackie Francois Angel, keynote […]

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Trinity Catholic Academy’s Living Stations of the Cross a LaSalle tradition

Jesus (Stevan Sanchez) meets his mother (Lauren Griggs) on his way to Calvary in a scene from the Living Stations of the Cross performed by Trinity Catholic Academy in LaSalle. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

LA SALLE — Deb Myers expects to shed a few tears when the eighth-graders of Trinity Catholic Academy here perform the Living Stations of the Cross during this Holy Week. She won’t be alone. The student production — set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, and 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, at St. […]

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Fr. Richard Mullen, 92, dies; funeral Mass is Wednesday at Holy Cross, Champaign

Father Richard L. Mullen

CHAMPAIGN — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at Holy Cross Church here for Father Richard L. Mullen, pastor emeritus of Holy Cross Parish and former associate editor of The Catholic Post. Father Mullen, who was granted senior status in 1997, died on Friday, March 23, […]

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Sister Joyce Rupp will present mini-retreat, sign books in Moline on April 16

Sister Joyce Rupp, OSM, will talk about "Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life" during her Moline visit.

MOLINE — Sister Joyce Rupp, OSM, will present a mini-retreat on “Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life” on Monday, April 16, at the Believers Together Center at Christ the King Church, 3205 60th St. Her visit is being sponsored by Benet House Retreat Center at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. The evening will […]

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“Paul, Apostle of Christ” (Sony)

James Faulkner stars as Paul in a scene from in the film "Paul, Apostle of Christ." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Bible-based drama in which St. Paul (pleasingly sonorous James Faulkner), imprisoned in Rome and facing martyrdom in the wake of that city’s Great Fire of AD 64 — which the Emperor Nero notoriously blamed on the followers of Jesus — is visited by his longtime collaborator and friend St. Luke (Jim […]

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“Sherlock Gnomes” (Paramount)

Sherlock Gnomes, voiced by Johnny Depp, center, Gnomeo, voiced by James McAvoy, and Juliet, voiced by Emily Blunt, appear in the animated movie "Sherlock Gnomes." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Busy but flat animated adventure in which the hero (voice of James McAvoy) and heroine (voice of Emily Blunt) of 2011’s “Gnomeo and Juliet” team with the detective of the title (voice of Johnny Depp) and his sidekick, Dr. Watson (voice of Chiwetel Ejiofor), to stop a spate of garden gnome […]

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