Bartonville parish mission Jan. 6-7 will help ‘start your New Year with Jesus’

Al Barbarino

BARTONVILLE — “Start Your New Year with Jesus — A Faith-Filled New Year’s Resolution” is the theme for a parish mission that will be held Sunday, Jan. 6, and Monday, Jan. 7, at St. Anthony Church, 2525 S. Skyway Road. It will be given by lay evangelist Al Barbarino. Both sessions will begin at 7 […]

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Bushnell priest’s Nativity village ‘hobby’ invites people deeper into ‘living reality’

"Christ was born just like any other child. . . . This is not God pretending to be a human being. It is God who becomes one of us," says Father Patrick O'Neal, whose Fontanini Nativity village has 300 figurines and about 60 structures. (Provided photo)

BUSHNELL — Anyone who wants to know what Father Patrick O’Neal’s hobby is need only visit St. Bernard Church, where he is the pastor, and walk down the center aisle. Throughout Advent he has been sharing his Fontanini Nativity village, complete with 300 figurines and about 60 structures, with parishioners and members of the community. […]

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Schoenstatt movement helping families at Normal parish, beyond strive for holiness

Area families, most from Epiphany Parish in Normal, taking part in a retreat at the Schoenstatt International Retreat Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in early December pose for a group photo in the shrine chapel. (Provided photo)

NORMAL — A group of Catholic families striving for holiness at Epiphany Parish here are being guided by, and having an impact on, a Marian movement founded in Germany more than a century ago. Twelve families — 10 from Epiphany, and one each from Rutland and Peoria — took part in a first-of-its-kind Covenant Family […]

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Why more than 500 Nativities fill the Rushville home of Regina Ehrhardt

Nativities rest on nearly every flat surface in Regina Ehrhardt's Rushville home. She displays them throughout the year. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

RUSHVILLE — Christmas isn’t a season for Regina Ehrhardt. It’s a way of life. The Rushville woman’s home is filled with Nativity scenes in the form of pillows, throws, table cloths and runners, plates, wall hangings, water globes, ornaments, and a cookie jar, in addition to some more traditional displays. During a recent visit she […]

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$3 million capital campaign to fund improvements at St. Columba, Ottawa

OTTAWA — With exterior renovations to its historic church complete, St. Columba Parish here has entered a second phase of church preservation and restoration with the launching of a $3 million capital campaign. “This is truly an exciting time for St. Columba,” wrote Father David Kipfer, pastor, in a letter included in family campaign packets […]

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290 students in diocese benefit in first year of tax credit scholarship program

Nearly 300 students in the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria have benefited as a result of the new tax credit scholarship program in Illinois. Dr. Susan Stolt, associate superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria, reported that $1,107,592 in scholarships had been awarded to 290 students as of Dec. 18. Empower […]

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Let Christ transform doubting hearts

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Fourth Sunday of Advent/Dec. 23 Micah 5:1-4a; Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 Broken promises can train us to stop expecting great things — even if the promises were just implicit and our expectations unreasonable. Someone we love and depend on seems to owe us something and, usually because of weakness (rarely […]

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“The Mule” (Warner Bros.)

Clint Eastwood stars in a scene from the movie "The Mule." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service This ambling, fact-based story of an octogenarian drug runner who becomes a success at it because no one, evidently, believes he’s capable of such a dangerous task is more than a little morally tone deaf. Clint Eastwood, who directed from a script by Nick Schenk, plays an easygoing Illinois horticulturist who […]

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“Mortal Engines” (Universal)

Robert Sheehan, Jihae and Hera Hilmar star in a scene from the movie "Mortal Engines." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Visually impressive but dramatically sterile adventure set in a dystopian far future where huge mobile cities roam around battling one another for scarce resources. Thrown together by chance, a previously contented citizen of locomotive London (Robert Sheehan) and a rebel warrior (Hera Hilmar) put aside their initial differences to fight the […]

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Sister Joanne Di Iulio, CHM, dies at 92; taught at Alleman H.S. for three decades

Sister Joanne Di Iulio, CHM

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Sister Joanne Di Iulio, CHM, a longtime teacher at Alleman High School in Rock Island, died Dec. 8, 2018, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, Iowa. She was 92. Visitation is planned for Friday, Dec. 14, at the Humility of Mary Center in Davenport, beginning with a rosary at 4 p.m. […]

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