Two men from Canton correctional center baptized, welcomed to the ‘family’

Father Daniel Ebker pours water over Reed Catalano during the first of two baptisms on April 24 at the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton. Assisting is Deacon Joe LaHood, coordinator of prison ministry for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CANTON – Surrounded by the love of God and the Catholic community of central Illinois, two men at the Illinois River Correctional Center were received into the Catholic Church on April 24. Father Daniel Ebker, pastor at St. Mary Parish in Canton, baptized and confirmed Reed Catalano and Willie Davis, who also received Communion during […]

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Pilgrims from Diocese of Peoria share sadness, memories after Notre Dame fire

The Anders family of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton attended Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris with friends last Easter. Stephanie Anders called it “a moving experience” and considers the family “blessed to have had the opportunity.” Pictured are, front row, Joseph, Jonathan, and Norah; back row, Jeremiah, Alexa, and Stephanie. (Provided photo)

Our Lady of Paris is also much loved in the Diocese of Peoria, and local Catholics shared in the sorrow felt around the world April 15 when images of Notre Dame Cathedral in flames dominated newscasts and social media. “There are no words to explain the feeling of being there, and no words to describe […]

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Obituaries for mother of Msgr. Halfacre and father of Father William T. Miller

Marian Halfacre, mother of Msgr. Philip Halfacre, dies  MUNSTER, Indiana — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, April 25, at St. Thomas More Church here for Marian Louise (Parker) Halfacre, 83, the mother of Msgr. Philip Halfacre, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Streator and Sts. Peter and Paul Parish […]

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Avon woman finds what she was looking for as she is baptized at Easter Vigil

Father Jacob Rose lights the paschal candle, held by Deacon Robert Rodriguez, with a flame taken from the new fire built outside St. Patrick Church in Galesburg. Looking on is Father William Miller, pastor, who blessed the candle as part of the Service of Light at the Easter Vigil April 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GALESBURG — In the waters of baptism, Max and Owen De Smit received a new life in Christ last spring, and at the Easter Vigil on April 20, their mother Hannah joined them. She was one of two people baptized at the Holy Saturday liturgy at St. Patrick Church here, and one of nine received […]

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“Mary Magdalene” (Focus)

By Catholic News Service Respectful but off-key profile of the biblical saint (Rooney Mara) portrays her decision to join the Apostles in following Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix) as a feminist gesture of rebellion against her family and their effort to force her into an arranged marriage. St. Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) comes off as an egotistical villain […]

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OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee celebrates 100 years of service

The present OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center, located at the corner of South Street and Midland Road on the southwest edge of Kewanee, opened in 2008, but traces its roots back 100 years. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

KEWANEE — One hundred years of health care service to the region, a century of trust, and a future filled with faith, hope and dreams were prayerfully celebrated April 17 as OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center observed its centennial. “What an unbelievable legacy has been left to this community that now is a part […]

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“The Curse of La Llorona” (Warner Bros.)

From left, Raymond Cruz, Roman Christou, Linda Cardellini and Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen star in a scene from the movie "The Curse of La Llorona." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Intense but problematic horror story in which a legendary Mexican wraith (Marisol Ramirez), a weeping woman who killed her own children and now preys on those of others, stalks a widowed mother (Linda Cardellini) and her two small kids (Roman Christou and Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) in 1973 California. Despite some obvious loopholes […]

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Small group of volunteers makes certain oils are ready for priests at Chrism Mass

Sister Salve Tusing, FAS, (left) and Sister Merlinda Marco, FAS, hold just a few of the 230 sets of holy oils that were distributed to the priests after the Chrism Mass. These oils will be used in sacramental anointing at parishes around the Diocese of Peoria this year. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Each year as the Chrism Mass ends, the priests of the Diocese of Peoria receive sets of the newly blessed oils to use in sacramental anointing in their parishes over the next year. What many people don’t know is that those oils are bottled, labeled and placed in individual bags by a small group of […]

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Chrism Mass fills cathedral as bishop and priests renew promises, holy oils blessed

Deacon Daniel McShane carries the oil for the Sacred Chrism down the aisle of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria at the annual Chrism Mass on April 16. He will be consecrated with the oil at his ordination to the priesthood on May 25. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Sixth- and seventh-graders from St. Mary School and Parish in Pontiac will be confirmed this fall, and on April 16 they watched as Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, consecrated the Sacred Chrism that will be used to anoint them. They also saw him bless the Oil of the Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick […]

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“Penguins” (Disneynature)

This is a scene from the documentary "Penguins." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Disneynature)

By Catholic News Service At once the profile of a plucky 5-year-old Adelie penguin the filmmakers dub “Steve” and an introduction to his species as a whole, this winning documentary tracks him as he finds a mate and starts a family in the challenging surroundings of Antarctica. From building a nest of rocks in which […]

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