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Funeral homily: Father Richard Mullen was generous, devoted, a “priest’s priest”

Father Richard L. Mullen

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the homily from the March 28 funeral Mass for Father Richard Mullen, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria. (Read his obituary here.) The funeral was celebrated at Holy Cross Church in Champaign, and the homilist was Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. — The early Christians called themselves “The Living.” […]

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Annual Diocesan Appeal under way; seeks $6,580,000 to strengthen diocese, parishes

The Annual Diocesan Appeal opens in parishes across the Diocese of Peoria this weekend, inviting Catholics to serve Christ by sharing their gifts “to enable the church to do what is called to do.” “It is religious truth that by giving we receive,” says Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in a nine-minute video to be […]

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Largest, longest Bingo game in diocesan history opens, and you can still join

All paid subscribers to The Catholic Post receive a unique card in the first-ever, diocese-wide Bingo game. A new number will be revealed in each issue, and the winner will receive a $5,000 shopping spree from Sherman's.

The largest and longest game of Bingo in the history of the Diocese of Peoria is under way. Thousands are already playing, but there’s still room for you and your household to join the fun — and, more importantly, be an informed Catholic throughout 2018 The prize for the Bingo winner? A $5,000 furniture shopping […]

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“Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare” (Universal)

Tyler Posey and Violett Bean star in a scene from the movie "Blumhouse's Truth or Dare." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS photo/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Rather than chilling viewers, director and co-writer Jeff Wadlow’s thriller merely succeeds in endangering its cast via a supernatural version of the titular game from which there is no apparent escape. While visiting Mexico for spring break, a group of friends (most prominently Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey and Violett Beane) becomes […]

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“Isle of Dogs” (Fox Searchlight)

Animated characters Chief, voiced by Bryan Cranston, King, voiced by Bob Balaban, Atari Kobayashi, voiced by Koyu Rankin, Boss, voiced by Bill Murray, Rex, voiced by Edward Norton, and Duke, voiced by and Jeff Goldblum, appear in the movie "Isle of Dogs." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS photo/Fox Searchlight)

By Catholic News Service This highly stylized stop-motion animation pushes the limits of writer-director Wes Anderson’s customary deadpan drollery, and the dark, lonely world he creates as its backdrop is most definitely not for small children. Feared as disease carriers, all dogs are banished from a Japanese city by its formidable and corrupt mayor (voice […]

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“Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” (Fun Academy)

By Catholic News Service A generally endearing animated slice of history, this comedy-tinged drama follows the adventures of the plucky canine who became an honorary noncommissioned officer in the Army thanks to his feats of derring-do during World War I. Adopted by a young soldier (voice of Logan Lerman) doing basic training in his hometown […]

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100 women religious celebrate, grow in holiness at regional spiritual workshop

More than 100 members from eight religious communities in the Diocese of Peoria and the Diocese of Springfield gather for a group photo at the regional spiritual workshop hosted by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis at their East Peoria motherhouse on April 7. The day was co-sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EAST PEORIA – Holiness begets holiness and women religious, by strengthening their commitment to consecrated life, help everyone recognize and grow in their own call to holiness, Father Dennis Gill said at a regional spiritual workshop hosted by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis last weekend. “For many people, holiness is not […]

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Catholic men and boys invited to annual march and Mass in Peoria on April 28

A statue of St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus is carried during a recent Diocesan Men's March through downtown Peoria. St. Joseph and the Holy Family is the theme of this year's march set to take place in downtown Peoria on Saturday, April 28. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The Diocese of Peoria’s 15th annual Men’s March and Mass will bring hundreds of Catholic men and boys to the Peoria riverfront on Saturday, April 28, to explore a theme that is both timeless and current: “St. Joseph and the Holy Family.” Since the first “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith” in 2004 was […]

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St. Faustina relic at St. Mary, DePue, adds to celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday

Father Kevin Creegan, pastor of St. Mary Parish in DePue, holds a first-class relic of St. Faustina Kowalska, whose visions of Jesus inspired the Divine Mercy Sunday devotion and message. The parish has created a space in the church to display the relic that includes a photo of St. Faustina, the Divine Mercy image, a kneeler, votive candles, and books of her Diary. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

DePUE — When Catholics of the DePue area gathered for Divine Mercy Sunday devotions on April 8 at St. Mary Church, they prayed in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and before a first-class relic of the Polish nun whose visions of Jesus inspired the Divine Mercy message and devotion. In early February, […]

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St. Mary, Pontiac, to open Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium this fall

Kindergarten students from St. Mary School in Pontiac take part in a ceremonial groundbreaking on April 6 for a renovation project to create a learning space for the parish’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd faith formation process. Leading the blessing ceremony are Father David Sabel, pastor, and Father Adam Cesarek, parochial vicar. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PONTIAC — Wearing hard hats and holding shovels and hammers that had been painted gold, the kindergarten students at St. Mary School “broke ground” for the new Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium that will open this fall. The ceremonial event, held in the school gym on April 6, left the floor intact but allowed […]

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