Catholic Charismatic Conference will return to a two-day format July 27-28

Father Mark Goring, CC, and Maria Vadia will be featured speakers at the Catholic Charismatic Conference in Peoria July 27-28.

The Catholic Charismatic Conference returns to a two-day format for “Jesus Christ, Light of the World,” which will be held Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Addressing the theme for the 32nd annual gathering will be Father Mark Goring, CC, director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in […]

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Commissioned song, quilt among parish’s surprises for Msgr. Merdian on jubilee

Msgr. Merdian thanks Rita Kirk, Karen Boyle and Kate Elliott for their work on the quilt made to mark the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — With St. Pius X Church filled with family, friends and current and former parishioners from as far away as Louisiana and Chicago, Msgr. Mark Merdian thanked God for his 25 years of priestly ministry on June 3. “I love being a priest, if you can’t tell,” he told them with a smile. […]

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Logan County priest, deacon take part in Warriors to Lourdes healing pilgrimage

Father Jeffrey Laible of Lincoln, second from left, spiritual director for the Warriors to Lourdes program, and Father Tom Foster of Duluth, Minnesota, deputy director, visit with two of the pilgrims to Lourdes, France, on May 17. (CNS/Tamino Petelinsek courtesy Knights of Columbus)

LINCOLN — Healing comes in many ways when soldiers who have been wounded go to Lourdes. “People may come back to the United States or wherever home is and have a physical healing. However, they might also come back with a spiritual, maybe an emotional, maybe a moral healing, where there’s been some kind of […]

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“Healed by an Angel” series continues: Becky shares her incredible experience

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a three-part series written by Dr. Michael Porubcin, a member of St. Ambrose Parish in Milan. Dr. Porubcin is a hematologist and oncologist who serves as vice president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities, a chartered guild of the Catholic Medical Association.  In the […]

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Families of diocese’s new priests say they are caring, smart, have sense of humor

At the reception following the Mass of Ordination, Father Andru O'Brien offers a blessing to his family including parents Scott and Tera and sisters Abbi (left) and Megan. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

What can their new parishes in Streator and Peoria expect when newly ordained Father Ryan Mattingly and Father Andru O’Brien arrive in a few days? Who better to ask than their parents and sisters, who witnessed the Ordination Mass on May 26 from the front pews of St. Mary’s Cathedral but have been the closest […]

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Blame keeps us from partnering with Jesus

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/June 10 Genesis 3:9-15; Psalm 130:1-2,3-4,5-6,7-8; 2 Corinthians 4:13 — 5:1; Mark 3:20-35 The first reading in today’s Scriptures is, in my opinion, one of the most insightful and brilliant passages of the Bible. Every word helps illuminate the dilemma that humanity finds itself in regarding sin […]

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Mergers this month affect parishes in Livingston, northern McLean counties

With “a heavy heart” but also confidence that the changes “will help maintain the vitality of Catholic faith” in the region, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has announced a series of mergers affecting parishes in Livingston and northern McLean counties. In a letter read at 10 area parishes on the weekend of May 19-20, Bishop […]

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Class of 2018 top high school graduates share their memories, plans, gratitude

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following are photos and brief biographies of the valedictorians and salutatorians at the seven Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria. We congratulate them and all graduates. The top students were invited to answer two questions: 1) “How would you describe the advantages of attending a Catholic high school?” and […]

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“Action Point” (Paramount)

Johnny Knoxville, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Joshua Hoover, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Eric Manaka and Chris Pontius star in a scene from the movie "Action Point." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service This chaotic, poorly crafted comedy amounts to little more than an endless succession of painful, supposedly amusing, pratfalls. Johnny Knoxville stars as the owner of a low-rent amusement park in the California of the late 1970s where the constant risk of injury allegedly adds spice to the fun. While entertaining his […]

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“Adrift” (STX)

Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin star in a scene from the movie "Adrift." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/courtesy of STXfilms)

By Catholic News Service Fairly routine adventure, adapted by director Baltasar Kormakur from Tami Oldham Ashcraft’s (Shailene Woodley) memoir about surviving 41 days on a storm-wrecked yacht in the Pacific. A carefree California girl whose only ambition is to sail the world, in 1983 Tahiti she meets a handsome British yachtsman (Sam Claflin), and they’re […]

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