Lent calls us to put God first in our lives

Father Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Fourth Sunday of Lent/March 31 Joshua 5:9a,10-12; Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3,11-32 Year A (When the Rite of Scrutiny is held) 1 Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13a; Psalm 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 There are two options for the sets of readings this Sunday. One is used at Masses with a Rite of […]

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Doctor to offer medical perspective on Christ’s passion and crucifixion April 4

Jesus falls for the first time in this image from the Stations of the Cross at St. Mary Church in Bloomington.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Dr. Timothy Millea, an orthopedic surgeon who is co-founder and current president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities, will present “The Passion and Crucifixion: A Medical Perspective” on Thursday evening, April 4, at Denning Hall of St. Paul the Apostle Church here. “This presentation is an anatomic and […]

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Capitol rally energizes pro-life Davids to confront pro-abortion Goliaths

SPRINGFIELD — After visiting their state legislators, those who attended Life Advocacy Day on March 20 joined more than 3,000 other pro-life advocates to raise their voices in opposition to extreme abortion legislation being considered in the Illinois General Assembly. The theme for the rally, sponsored by Illinois Right to Life Action, the Pro-Life Action […]

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“Unplanned” (Pure Flix)

Ashley Bratcher, who plays Abby Johnson, is pictured in a scene from the movie "Unplanned," the story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, and her decision to join the pro-life movement. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/

By Catholic News Service Hard-hitting, fact-based drama adapted from a memoir by Abby Johnson. During her rise to become one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the country, Johnson (Ashley Bratcher) gradually becomes uneasy about the organization’s marketing of abortion, a process of conversion that reaches a dramatic climax when she is asked […]

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“Us” (Universal)

Winston Duke, back, Lupita Nyong'o and Evan Alex star in a scene from the movie "Us." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Top-notch but excessively bloody horror fantasy from writer-director Jordan Peele. A childhood encounter with an exact double of herself proves to be the far-off prelude to a California woman (Lupita Nyong’o), her husband (Winston Duke) and kids (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) being visited and terrorized by a malignant version […]

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Life Advocacy Day draws hundreds to Springfield to meet with legislators

State Sen. Chuck Weaver, R-37th, listens as Erin Earl, a member of the Teens for Life at Peoria Notre Dame High School, makes a point during a meeting on Life Advocacy Day in Springfield on March 20. Looking on is club moderator Diane Means and John Swann of Sherrard, Richland Grove Township supervisor and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Allouez Council 658, in Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

(Updated March 27) SPRINGFIELD — Legislators representing people from districts in the Dioceses of Belleville, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield received visits from hundreds of their constituents on March 20, who urged them to vote “no” on what is being called the most extreme abortion legislation ever introduced in Illinois. The Life Advocacy Day was sponsored […]

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Diocese of Peoria issues response to the report of Attorney Jeff Anderson

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following press release was issued by the Diocese of Peoria on Wednesday, March 20. Peoria, Illinois — Today, Attorney Jeff Anderson published a lengthy report providing the names of various priests across the state of Illinois that he claimed had allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The section of this report […]

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Former editor reflects on the state of journalism, role of the Catholic press

Albina Aspell, 91, former editor and publisher of The Catholic Post, newspaper of the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Albina Aspell EDITOR’S NOTE: Now 91, Albina Aspell was on the staff of The Catholic Post for 21 years, becoming its first lay editor in 1982 and first lay publisher 10 years later. She is a pioneer for women in the Catholic press, a past president of the Catholic Press Association of the United […]

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Technology offers new ways of meeting, sharing religious education resources

Directors of religious education and catechists from around the Diocese of Peoria take notes during the "Called to Teach" religious education summit. The gathering gave them a chance to network, as well as hear about the plans the Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation has to support them. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Using technology to stay connected, share resources and even “meet” virtually is part of a new approach to religious education that was unveiled by the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation during “Called to Teach.” The “religious education summit” was held recently at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria and included a talk by […]

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Catholic schools honor memory of one of their own on St. Patrick’s Day

The Peoria Notre Dame Band prepares to step off from the mall in front of the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on March 17. They led representatives from 11 more Catholic schools in who marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Peoria in honor of principal Randy Simmons, who died Feb. 19. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Catholic schools from the Peoria area and surrounding communities had their own gathering of the clans March 17 as they marched as one behind Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, through the streets of downtown Peoria for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They did it to honor the memory of one of their own — Randy […]

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