“The Strangers: Prey at Night” (Aviron)

Bailee Madison stars in a scene from the movie "The Strangers: Prey at Night." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Aviron Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Sadistic horror flick in which a couple (Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson), their rebellious teen daughter (Bailee Madison) and her more compliant older brother (Lewis Pullman) arrive at a lakeside trailer park to visit relatives but find the place eerily deserted. They are soon set upon by a trio of masked, […]

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“A Wrinkle in Time” (Disney)

Reese Witherspoon and Storm Reid star in a scene from the movie "A Wrinkle in Time." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service New Age-style bromides dominate the script of this often eye-pleasing adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel for young adults. Four years after the unexplained disappearance of her father (Chris Pine), a NASA scientist who, together with his physicist wife (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), had developed an unorthodox method of time and space travel, […]

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“Death Wish” (MGM)

Bruce Willis stars in a scene from the movie "Death Wish." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive.

By Catholic News Service Even dressed up with some style and the presumption of wit, this remake is the same nihilistic racist vigilante fantasy that the five films in the first series were years ago. Director Eli Roth and screenwriter Joe Carnahan have set the tale of Paul Kersey, originally a New York architect played by […]

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New seminarian credits eucharistic adoration, service for his vocation

New seminarian Nathan Hopper said he is grateful to the people of the Diocese of Peoria for their support and prayers, and he continues to pray for them in return. Provided photo

Last fall, nine men were accepted as the newest seminarians for the Diocese of Peoria. Among them was Nathan Hopper, who is attending Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland and in his first year of pre-theology studies. “I am so excited to be studying to become a priest for the Diocese of Peoria,” said […]

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Diocese is blessed with 9 new seminarians as vocation awareness seeds take root

The nine men accepted as seminarians for the Diocese of Peoria last fall all have different stories. The good news of their vocation interest is "obviously the work of prayer and the great support of the people of the Diocese of Peoria," said Father Patrick Henehan, vocation director of recruitment.

Seeds planted at last year’s Hundredfold Workshop to raise awareness of vocations have started to blossom, with nine more men accepted as seminarians for the Diocese of Peoria. Sent to Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, last fall were: Chip Chipman of St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington; Nathan Hopper of Epiphany, Normal; Justin […]

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Msgr. Ketcham’s influence on vocations recalled by young priests, seminarians

Msgr. Gregory Ketcham celebrates Mass at St. John's Chapel in Champaign in this file photo from St. John's Catholic Newman Center. Msgr. Ketcham, who died Feb. 8 at the age of 50, was known for promoting vocations in the way he lived the Gospel and celebrated Mass. (Provided photo/Greg Taylor)

In more than two decades of ministry, Msgr. Gregory Ketcham touched countless lives. Among them were the many students at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center in Champaign who discerned their vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life and holy marriages from the way he celebrated Mass and boldly proclaimed the Gospel with his life during his […]

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Cardinal Cupich talks Lent and takes students’ questions at U of I Newman

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago gives the homily during a Mass at St. John's Catholic Chapel in Champaign on Feb. 24. During his visit to St. John's Catholic Newman Center, the cardinal also took students' questions during a "Coffee with the Cardinal" session in Lewis Lounge. At right, Junior Turner Rives poses a questions about mysticism in the Catholic Church. (Provided photo/Ariel Majewski and The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Cardinal Blase Cupich shared messages of hope, inclusion, encouragement and God’s love with Catholic Illini when he visited St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois last Sunday. While he had been to the nation’s largest Newman Center before, this was his first visit since being named the spiritual leader of […]

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All high school students are invited to diocese’s Youth Rally 2018 on March 24

The keynote speaker at Youth Rally 2018 will be singer, songwriter, and youth minister Jackie Francois Angel from Orange County, California.

High school students from throughout the Diocese of Peoria are invited to take part in Youth Rally 2018, which this year is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 — the vigil of Palm Sunday. The rally will begin at noon at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria and conclude with participants carrying blessed palms in an […]

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Only power and wisdom of God endure

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Third Sunday of Lent/March 4 Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:8,9,10,11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25 Out of necessity, I’ve become somewhat of a handyman in our home over the past 16 years, and I’m always pleased when I find the repair depends on a standardized part. Standardization has provided industry with a swiftness and […]

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