“Mile 22” (STX)

Mark Wahlberg stars in a scene from the movie "Mile 22." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/STX)

By Catholic News Service The sloppy, toxic mix of gunfire, explosions and cursing makes this difficult to endure and impossible to recommend. Director Peter Berg and screenwriter Lea Carpenter have carved a slight story of a CIA paramilitary team led by an agent (Mark Wahlberg) who’s permanently angry, scornful of diplomats and diplomacy, and prone […]

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Blessed Sacrament in Morton opens school year with walk into new addition

Second-grader Luke Khouri holds out his hand to greet well-wishers as students walked through the new entrance to Blessed Sacrament School in Morton on Aug. 16. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MORTON — Led by the eighth-graders, the students of Blessed Sacrament School walked into the new academic year by walking through the doors to the new school entrance on Aug. 16. Parents, grandparents and Blessed Sacrament parishioners lined the path to the $3.7 million addition, offering hugs and high-fives as the students passed by. The […]

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“Crazy Rich Asians” (Warner Bros)

Constance Wu and Henry Golding star in a scene from the movie "Crazy Rich Asians." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service This adaptation of the popular novel by Kevin Kwan is a surprisingly pedestrian affair, directed by Jon M. Chu. A university professor (Constance Wu) in New York City is invited by her long-time boyfriend (Henry Golding) on a trip to Singapore to meet his family. There she discovers he is the […]

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More schools and parishes are adopting the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Everything in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium is made of real materials that are child-sized. Here, St. Philomena kindergarten teacher Debbie Salander works with Claire King, who is learning more about the Mass at an altar with a real chalice, ciborium and candles. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As children around the Diocese of Peoria returned to school this week, they were greeted by their principals, teachers, and the best friend they will ever have: Jesus, the Good Shepherd. While he is the primary teacher in every Catholic school, Jesus is the only teacher for a religion program known as the Catechesis of […]

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Youth group at Manito parish opens a ‘Blessing Box’ to serve area needy 24/7

Immaculate Conception Parish youth group members pose with the Blessing Box which they helped design and will keep filled with items for free distribution to the needy of the Manito area. From left, the youth are Mary Kate Figge, Samantha Masalana, Josie Woodley Alyssa Sondag, and Jameson Woodley. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MANITO — After a Sunday Mass at which Jesus was proclaimed as the “Bread of Life,” Immaculate Conception Parish here stocked and dedicated an outdoor “Blessing Box” to freely share food and some of life’s other physical necessities with those in need. “We pray that all who seek love and assistance here may find (Christ) […]

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‘Garden of Hope’ is a growing service to neighbors of St. Ann Church in Peoria

Pictured in the Garden of Hope near St. Ann Church in Peoria are, from left, Mike Simon, coordinator of OSF Gardens; Jo Garrison, director of ambulatory patient care at OSF HeathCare Saint Francis Medical Center and leader of the community garden team; Mary Ann Burk, a Faith Community Nurse at St. Ann who began the garden two years ago, and Father Don Roszkowski, parish administrator. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Hope is growing near St. Ann Church on Peoria’s south side. So are corn, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, onions, watermelon, cantaloupe, peas, kale, cabbage, and several other vegetable, herb, and fruit plants. The Garden of Hope, established modestly by the parish two years ago on a grassy lot west of the church parking lot, has blossomed […]

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660 at Summer Institute hear messages of hope for teaching the youth of today

Claire Kunkel, a fifth grade teacher from Trinity Catholic Academy in LaSalle, receives Communion from Father Matthew Hoelscher, who later presented a breakout session, "Teaching the 'Why': The Gift of Catholic Education," at the Diocesan Summer Institute. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Adolescence and young adulthood can be a confusing time for them, as well as the people who love them, teach them and journey in faith with them, but God gave all of us that time of life for a reason, according to Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP, the keynote speaker for this year’s Diocesan Summer […]

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Pro-life Joshua Seminar, Camp welcome adults, teenagers in Galesburg next month

GALESBURG — Knox County Right to Life is hosting two opportunities to help high school students and adults stand up for life. The fifth annual Joshua Seminar for adults is planned for Friday, Sept. 7, at Costa Catholic Academy, 2726 Costa Drive. It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Those who have attended […]

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As our schools reopen

By the time this newspaper reaches homes, the first day of the new academic year will already be in the books at most Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria. It’s a “first day” only for the students. Principals, teachers, and maintenance personnel have been busy making plans and preparations — some since the final […]

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Is reading, reflecting on Word of God a part of our personal prayer life?

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 19 Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 Meister Eckhart was a Dominican who was born in Germany in the 13th century. He was a philosopher, a theologian and a mystic. One quote attributed to him came to mind as I read today’s second reading […]

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