Cursillo volunteers’ dedication to prison ministry recognized by Canton facility

Sheila Kaurin, left, of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Morton, and Carrie Harp of St. Mary Parish, Canton, are co-recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CANTON — Prison ministry isn’t for everyone, but Sheila Kaurin of Morton and Carrie Harp of Canton feel nothing but gratitude that they are able to take Cursillo into the Illinois River Correctional Center and share faith with the inmates there. For their kindness, compassion and dedication, Kaurin and Harp were named co-recipients of the […]

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‘Special day’ as Daniel McShane is ordained to transitional diaconate

A joyful McShane family gathers around Bishop Jenky after the May 20 Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Pictured from left are John and Diane McShane, parents of newly ordained transitional Deacon Daniel McShane; brother Michael McShane; and brother Andrew McShane with wife, Jackie, and daughter Sears. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As the church celebrated the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost last Sunday, that same Spirit was being called upon as Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, ordained Daniel McShane to be a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Peoria. “Strengthened by the gift of the Holy Spirit, he will help the bishop and his […]

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The Holy Trinity may be beyond our understanding, but not beyond faith

Tim Irwin

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity/May 27 Deuteronomy 4:32-34,39-40; Psalm 33:4-5,6,9,18-19,20,22; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20 Christianity is a religion of mysteries and foremost among them is the one we celebrate this week, the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Christians profess that the Triune God is Love. Not just that God acts in loving ways. Rather, […]

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“Show Dogs” (Global Road)

Max, voiced by Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, stars in a scene from the movie "Show Dogs." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Global Road Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service A sequence involving the genital waxing and inspection of show dogs, though it reflects real-life practices and is intended to be humorous, presents a disturbing parallel with the plight of children being groomed for molestation and thus seriously mars this otherwise amiable comedy for kids. Combining live action with computer-generated animation, […]

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“Deadpool 2” (Fox)

Ryan Reynolds stars in a scene from the movie "Deadpool 2." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Twentieth Century Fox)

By Catholic News Service A second helping of excessively violent action with a side of foul-mouthed sarcasm is on offer in director David Leitch’s follow-up to the 2016 original. This time out, the titular smart aleck (Ryan Reynolds, who also co-wrote the script) teams with a fellow mutant (Zazie Beetz) whose superpower is amazing luck […]

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“Book Club” (Paramount)

Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen star in a scene from the movie "Book Club." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service An ensemble of friends, all ladies of a certain age, find a renewed interest in amour after their book club takes on E.L. James’ sadomasochistic “Fifty Shades” trilogy. Timid recent widow Diane Keaton lets the patronizing attitude of her duo of over-solicitous adult daughters stand in the way of her romance […]

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“First Reformed” (A24)

Ethan Hawke stars in a scene from the movie "First Reformed." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/courtesy A24)

By Catholic News Service This drama about a Protestant minister (Ethan Hawke) in upstate New York has quite a bit to say about religious belief, environmentalism, grieving, alienation, rage, the power of love and the corruption of religion by money and power. Writer-director Paul Schrader does not condescend to belief, but is interested in launching […]

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Catholic Conference of Illinois opposes limited reinstatement of death penalty

The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

Saying “you cannot teach killing is wrong by killing,” the Catholic Conference of Illinois expressed alarm over Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal May 14 to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois for mass killers and those who murder law enforcement officers. Gov. Rauner proposed the change as part of his rewrite of a gun control bill. […]

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“Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” (Focus)

Pope Francis stars in a scene from the documentary "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Focus)

By Catholic News Service Well-crafted, sometimes moving documentary in which the pontiff largely speaks for himself, touching on a wide variety of topics of interest to believers and nonbelievers alike and setting out his vision for the future of the church. Filmmaker Wim Wenders, who also narrates, uses interviews with the pope as well as […]

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“Life of the Party” (Warner Bros.)

Melissa McCarthy stars in a scene from the movie "Life of the Party." The Catholic News Service classification, A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Anemic comedy in which middle-aged mom Melissa McCarthy (who also co-wrote the script) is dumped by her husband (Matt Walsh) in favor of the hard-edged real estate agent (Julie Bowen) with whom he has been having an affair and decides to get a fresh start by returning to the university she […]

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