Screening of new “Sexual Revolution” film to feature director, narrator Sept. 22

A private screening of the new documentary will take place at Hettinger Hall of St. Jude Parish in Peoria on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Not only is a screening of the new documentary “Sexual Revolution: 50 Years since Humanae Vitae” coming to Peoria, so are its director as well as a Catholic writer and musician whose life story is the centerpiece of the Springtime Productions film. The screening is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, at Hettinger Hall of St. […]

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Diocese sets conference Aug. 18 to revisit ‘Humanae Vitae’ on its 50th anniversary

Pope Paul VI is pictured in this undated photo. In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the late pope's landmark encyclical, "Humanae Vitae," the Diocese of Peoria is sponsoring a daylong conference Aug. 18 to explain why the teaching remains more relevant than ever. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

It may be 50 years old but don’t let the age of “Humanae Vitae,” the groundbreaking document by Pope Paul VI, fool you. It’s more relevant today than ever before, according to diocesan officials who are planning a conference for Saturday, Aug. 18, to help people understand why. Sponsored by the diocesan Office of Respect […]

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Benedictines host interfaith prayer service to ‘Keep Todas Familias Together’

Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, prioress of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island (second from left), and guests are silent as the monastery bell tolls, calling them "in sadness to stand in solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters" as an interfaith prayer service begins July 14. Sister Mary Core, OSB, (at left) serves as the master of ceremonies. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — With joined hearts and voices, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery and 60 women, men and children prayed last Saturday morning for the families that have been separated at the U.S. border and all those “who have fled their homes seeking freedom, employment, justice and peace.” “As we pray today for […]

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Clinton native finds 600 miles can’t keep her from running family farm

Cynthia Ryan McComiskey and her mother, Mary Ann Ryan, take a few minutes to look over the soybean fields near their DeWitt County home. With her father's death in January, McComiskey has become the fifth generation of her family to run their 650-acre farm. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CLINTON — As the soybeans fill the fields of her family farm, Cynthia Ryan McComiskey is facing the first growing season since her father, Gerald “Jerry” Ryan, died in January. Thanks to him, she was well prepared to take her place as the fifth generation of farmers in this DeWitt County community, even though she […]

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“The Equalizer 2” (Columbia)

Denzel Washington and Pedro Pascal star in a scene from the movie "The Equalizer 2." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive.(CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Neither the gifts of Denzel Washington in the title role nor the good his character sometimes achieves compensate for the second round of do-it-yourself justice he delivers to various malefactors in director Antoine Fuqua’s follow-up to his 2014 thriller. This time out, the protagonist is a Lyft driver who sometimes avenges his […]

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New piano skills, the world’s “seconds” inspire Father Klamut’s latest CD, ‘Beta’

Father Charles Klamut plays piano at the rectory of St. Ambrose Parish in Milan. He also serves as pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Andalusia. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MILAN — A lifelong guitar player, Father Charles Klamut recently took up piano. His newly released music collection, “Beta, Volume I,” not only shares that fresh musical chapter but demonstrates that the priest’s songwriting artistry continues to evolve as well. “I aim for thoughtful lyrics and songs that hang out around the edges of experience,” […]

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Rock Island Benedictines plan prayer service for families separated at border

St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island.

ROCK ISLAND — Concerned for the children separated from their families at the U.S. border and the effect this will have on all concerned for years to come, the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery are inviting people to join them in asking God for guidance this Saturday, July 14, at “Keep Todas […]

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“Skyscraper” (Universal)

Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell star in a scene from the movie "Skyscraper." The Catholic News Service classification, A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service An American security expert (Dwayne Johnson) gets more than he bargained for when he agrees to review the safeguards at the world’s tallest building in Hong Kong whose owner (Chin Han) puts him and his family up there during their visit. A plot to destroy the structure leaves his wife (Neve […]

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Sr. Isabel’s friends from Mexico reunite to guide retreat for area’s Spanish-speaking

Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM, joins retreatants in giving a sign of their love for Jesus during movements to a praise song. Sister Isabel, director of Hispanic ministry for the Diocese of Peoria, was among those leading a retreat for Spanish-speaking Catholics July 7 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

A retreat day for Spanish-speaking Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria on July 7 was also a reunion of several longtime friends from Mexico who traveled to central Illinois at the invitation of one friend who now calls this area home. “When I was young we were in a prayer group together,” said Sister Isabel […]

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“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” (Sony)

Animated characters appear in the movie "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Breezy second sequel to the 2012 original finds Dracula’s daughter (voice of Selena Gomez) arranging for her overworked father (voice of Adam Sandler) and the other friendly monsters who staff the hostelry of the title (the most prominent voiced by Kevin James, David Spade and Steve Buscemi) to take a cruise. […]

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