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Will we bear good fruit, or bad?

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/March 3 Sirach 27:4-7; Psalm 92:2-3,13-14,15-16; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45 The words “Know Yourself” were carved on the temple of Apollo in the ancient Greek city of Delphi. It was an admonition to enter the portal with an honest understanding of oneself, to recognize that among all creatures […]

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Faith journeys of 238 continue; Rite of Election set at cathedral March 9, 10

In this scene from last year's Rite of Election at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, Shawn Chakraborty of St. John's Catholic Newman Center in Champaign shares a light moment with Bishop Jenky as Father Robert Lampitt, chaplain and director of the Newman Center, looks on. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Breaking with tradition, the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be held Saturday, March 9, as well as the First Sunday of Lent, March 10, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The prayer service is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. In past years, the celebrations have […]

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The best ever? Schlarman girls repeat as state basketball champions, leave legacy

It takes two hands to symbolize Danville Schlarman's historic accomplishment in winning back-to-back IHSA Class 1A state championships. Here the Hilltoppers pose after their 62-36 title win over Lanark Eastland at Redbird Arena in Normal on Saturday. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

DANVILLE — If winning was the only goal of the Schlarman Academy girls basketball team, then the Hilltoppers’ repeat state championship earned last Saturday at Redbird Arena in Normal would be the latest in a long line of historic ways they achieved it. After all, the seniors on this talented squad never lost a home […]

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Former model Leah Darrow will keynote Diocesan Youth Rally on March 23

Leah Darrow

Former model Leah Darrow will be the featured speaker when high school students from throughout central Illinois gather on Saturday, March 23, for the 2019 Diocesan Youth Rally. “Love and Self-Worth” is the theme of this year’s rally, set to begin at noon at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria and conclude with a 6 […]

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“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (Universal)

Animated characters Astrid, voiced by America Ferrera, and Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel, appear in the movie "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II – adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Visuals are sumptuous, but the story scant as writer-director Dean DeBlois wraps up a trilogy of animated adventures in all three of which, based on books by Cressida Cowell, he has had a hand. Now the ruler of the community of Vikings whose aversion to dragons he cured, the lad (voice […]

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“Fighting With My Family” (MGM)

Dwayne Johnson stars in a scene from the movie "Fighting With My Family." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/MGM)

By Catholic News Service The fact-based story of a tight-knit British family obsessed with the sport of wrestling makes for an entertaining comedy-drama, written and directed by Stephen Merchant. Saraya-Jade Bevis (Florence Pugh) is inspired by her parents (Lena Headey and Nick Frost), both former wrestlers, and her brother and erstwhile sparring partner (Jack Lowden), […]

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Illinois bishops warn against ‘extreme’ abortion legislation in General Assembly

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, leads a rosary during the 40 Days for Life vigil last fall outside of Whole Women's Health, an abortion facility in Peoria. He and the other bishops of Illinois on Feb. 21 released a statement warning against "extreme" abortion legislation introduced last week in the state General Assembly. (The Catholic Post file photo/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following statement from the Catholic bishops of Illinois was released Feb. 21 through the Catholic Conference of Illinois. As Illinois faces so many pressing issues involving human life and dignity, it is incomprehensible that our elected officials have decided the pressing issue of the day is to enhance the chances that the […]

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Vatican summit on abuse crisis opens with acknowledgment of evil committed

Pope Francis prays during the opening session of the meeting on the protection of minors in the church at the Vatican Feb. 21, 2019. (CNS/Evandro Inetti, pool)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Opening the Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis said, “The holy people of God are watching and are awaiting from us not simple, predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures” to stop abuse. The summit meeting Feb. […]

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The full text of Bishop Jenky’s homily at Peoria Notre Dame all-school Mass Feb. 20

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, joined the Peoria Notre Dame High School community Feb. 20 to offer a Mass in remembrance of principal Randy Simmons, who died unexpectedly on Feb. 19. Many of the priests from Peoria-area parishes concelebrated and provided spiritual support and comfort to the students after the liturgy. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Peoria Notre Dame High School community gathered Feb. 20 for a rosary and Mass to remember principal Randy Simmons, who died unexpectedly at home the previous day at the age of 61. (See related stories here.) Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, was the main celebrant for the all-school Mass, which was offered […]

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Full transcription of the homily at the funeral Mass for Father Ronald Dodd

Father Ronald Dodd

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a transcription of the homily at the funeral Mass for Father Ronald Dodd. The Mass was celebrated at St. Bernard Church in Peoria on Feb. 19, and the homilist was Father Adam Cesarek, parochial vicar of parishes in Pontiac, Flanagan, Chenoa, and Lexington. Father Dodd’s obituary is found here. — Dear […]

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