St. Joseph Parish, Brimfield, again invites “Box of Joy” gifts for needy children

Children in Guatemala celebrate receiving "Boxes of Joy" through a campaign sponsored by Cross Catholic Outreach. This year, St. Joseph Church in Brimfield is a regional drop-off center for the boxes, which are to contain gifts for impoverished children in the Caribbean and Central America. (CNS/Cross Catholic Outreach)

BRIMFIELD — Christmas may seem far away, but now is the time to act to provide hope for children in need around the world, and St. Joseph Parish is ready to help. Once again the Brimfield parish will be a drop-off center for Cross Catholic Outreach and its Box of Joy program, which invites people […]

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Life Chains, 40 Days for Life, dinners, will mark October as Respect Life Month

"Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent" is the theme of the 2018-19 Respect Life Program of resources made available to parishes through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. October is observed as Respect Life Month.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, motorists and passersby will find men, women and children lining major intersections in their communities to form a Life Chain. This is the 31st year for the prayerful, peaceful witness, which is intended as a reminder of the sanctity and dignity of human life. October is Respect Life Month and Oct. […]

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At screening, documentary’s creators foresee a ‘natural’ sexual revolution

Alana Newman and Daniel diSilva share a light moment with the audience prior to the Sept. 22 screening of their new documentary "Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae" at Hettinger Hall of St. Jude Parish in Peoria. The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody

The director and narrator of a new documentary screened at a Peoria parish on Sept. 22 believe the sexual revolution that followed the introduction of artificial contraception in the 1960s may soon give way to a new and “real sexual revolution” that embraces natural family planning (NFP). “I believe with all my heart there is […]

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Assignments: Msgr. Deptula named pastor of parishes in Champaign and Seymour

Msgr. Stanley Deptula, director of the Office of Divine Worship and diocesan vice chancellor since 2004 who also serves as rector of St. Mary’s Cathedral and pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Bernard parishes in Peoria, has been named pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Champaign and St. Boniface Parish, Seymour. In a series of […]

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Lewistown parish hall to be named for longtime pastor Msgr. Robert O’Connor

Msgr. Robert O'Connor

LEWISTOWN — Msgr. Robert O’Connor, who faithfully served St. Mary Parish for more than 50 years, never sought recognition for anything he did. He certainly wouldn’t allow anything to be named after him, according to longtime parishioner Elizabeth Forrest. That doesn’t mean the parishioners at St. Mary didn’t intend to do it someday. This Saturday, […]

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ACE teachers give two years, receive lifetime experiences in faith-filled service

The Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellows working in the Diocese of Peoria strike a pose before leaving their summer classes at the University of Notre Dame to take their posts in central Illinois: (clockwise from upper left) Erin McNally, who is teaching at St. Mark, Peoria; Luke Heineman, St. Edward School, Chillicothe; and Maria Wnorowski and Lucy Enright, Peoria Notre Dame High School. (Provided photo)

If things had gone according to plan, Lucy Enright would be in medical school and Luke Heineman might be pursuing a doctorate in history or attending law school this year. Instead, she is teaching physics at Peoria Notre Dame High School and he is teaching English and language arts at St. Edward School in Chillicothe, […]

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“Smallfoot” (Warner Bros.)

Characters are shown in a scene from the animated movie "Smallfoot." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Turning the legend of Bigfoot on its head, this animated musical comedy charts the quest of a young yeti (voice of Channing Tatum) to prove that so-called smallfeet — that is, humans — exist, despite the fact that the inscribed stones by which the life of his mountaintop community has traditionally […]

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“Assassination Nation” (Neon)

By Catholic News Service Writer-director Sam Levinson’s messy teen-age satire devolves into a heavy-handed morality tale about our online lives, dark sexual secrets, scapegoating, public shaming and mass mayhem. The film, which evokes the witch trials in 17th century Massachusetts, stops short of being exploitative, but not by much. The leader (Odessa Young) of a jaded […]

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Real Presence, music draw hundreds to 177 Project events in Rock Island, Champaign

Catholic musicians Greg Boudreaux, left, and Ben Wagner, right, performed as past of the 177 Project evening at Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island on Sept. 20. They are among 24 musicians taking part in the 177 Project, a nationwide tour of eucharistic adoration and music. In the center, Father Anthony Co elevates a monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament during a Holy Hour that was the focus of the evening. A second evening was scheduled the following night at St. John's Catholic Newman Center in Champaign. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

ROCK ISLAND — “We need to be here, right?” Catholic musician Greg Boudreaux asked the question moments after 300 people had spent an hour adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament at Sacred Heart Church here during a 177 Project event on Thursday evening. “Especially at this point in our church, especially at this moment in […]

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