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Be ‘companions of Jesus,’ hundreds of Catholic men urged at march, Mass

Deacon Tony Ensenberger and Edgar Rodriguez, both of St. Paul Parish in Macomb, were among those carrying a statue of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus near the front of the men's march through downtown Peoria on April 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Hundreds of Catholic men from throughout the Diocese of Peoria were challenged to be “companions of Jesus Christ” and servant-leaders in their families, parishes and workplaces at the 16th annual “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith” on April 27. “Whether somebody invited you here, or if you came on your own, God wants you […]

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“Avengers: Endgame” (Disney)

Chris Hemsworth stars in a scene from the movie "Avengers: Endgame." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Primarily set five years after a cosmic villain (Josh Brolin) used a set of energy-endowed gems to wipe out half of all the living creatures in the universe, this sweeping Marvel Comics-based epic charts the efforts of the titular ensemble to harness time travel via Ant Man’s (Paul Rudd) quantum realm […]

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“Teen Spirit” (Bleecker Street)

Elle Fanning and Rebecca Hall star in a scene from the movie "Teen Spirit." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/LD Entertainment | Bleecker Street)

By Catholic News Service Elle Fanning is a 17-year-old Polish immigrant farm girl living on Britain’s Isle of Wight who enters a TV singing competition with the attendant complications involved in discovering her inner strengths. Writer-director Max Minghella has filled the story with pop songs old and new and keeps the plot predictable but not […]

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100 in Bloomington take part in a national prayerful protest of Planned Parenthood

Deacon Michael An of Epiphany Parish in Normal blesses about 100 people who had just completed a candlelight prayer vigil on the evening of April 13 on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood's Bloomington Health Center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — Stephanie Adams saw the movie “Unplanned” and felt a call to do something to support the pro-life effort. “The Holy Spirit took over my heart,” said Adams, who is active in “Alpha,” an evangelization outreach at the Bloomington-Normal Catholic parishes. When Adams learned shortly after seeing the movie that a Protest Planned Parenthood […]

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Group prays rosary for the defeat of proposed Illinois abortion legislation

Facing an image of Mary, Father John Verrier leads dozens of participants in prayer during the Peoria Pro-Life Rosary Rally on April 13 in downtown Peoria. It was held to seek the defeat of proposed abortion legislation in the Illinois General Assembly. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Trusting in the Blessed Mother and her promise to intercede on our behalf, dozens of people gathered in front of the Peoria County Courthouse April 13 to pray the rosary for the defeat of proposed abortion legislation in the Illinois General Assembly. “We dedicate this rosary to give courage to pro-life legislators in the Illinois […]

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Tom Brewer is walking from Danville to Peoria to help OSF Children’s Hospital

Tom Brewer is shown in last year's walk to support the OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois. (Photo from Tom's Walk4CHOI Facebook page)

TREMONT — A year ago, Tom Brewer walked 128 miles from Rockford to Peoria to raise funds and awareness for OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois. On Saturday, April 27, the Tremont resident begins a second walk to Peoria, with this one starting in Danville. Brewer’s nine-day, 132-mile trek starts at 8 a.m. that day […]

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$200,000 challenge grant goal met by local supporters of school in Uganda

Construction on dormitories for girls and boys at St. Patrick Nursery and Primary School in Isingiro District, Uganda, can begin thanks to a successful matching grant from The Meehan Family Legacy Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The school, founded by Father Julius Turyatoranwa, is supported by Building Hope in Kids-Uganda (BHIK-U), which was offered […]

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Galesburg RCIA co-leaders stepping down after decades of sharing faith journeys

Kate Larson, left, and Cindy Edmonson are stepping down from their RCIA ministry for the Galesburg Catholic community after 22 and 35 years, respectively. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GALESBURG — “We can’t stop smiling.” Kate Larson stole a glance at Cynthia Edmonson as she said this, standing side by side in a pew at St. Patrick Church as the Easter Vigil began, and it only made their smiles that much bigger. One wouldn’t have blamed them for crying, since this was their last […]

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When doubt comes, faith is only option

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)/April 28 Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; Revelation 1:9-11a,12-13,17-19; John 20:19-31 This week the Gospel according to John features the endearing story of St. Thomas the Apostle. Endearing perhaps because we can easily see ourselves in the doubting Didymus. The story of his conversion seems especially timely […]

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Survey interest in a Catholic high school for Galesburg-Monmouth-Macomb area

The proposed Catholic high school would serve the Galesburg-Monmouth-Macomb region.

Interest in Catholic secondary education in the western part of the Diocese of Peoria has led to a feasibility study to determine if a new Catholic high school should be established there. Meitler, a consulting firm from Wisconsin, has been retained to design and conduct a survey in May, according to Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent […]

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