“Booksmart” (Annapurna)

Austin Crute and Noah Galvin star in a scene from the movie "Booksmart." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Annapurna Pictures)

By Catholic News Service The high school romance film gets a radical makeover by director Olivia Wilde who upends the traditional boy-meets-girl love story, emptying a veritable Pandora’s box of teenage unmentionables onto the big screen. On the night before their high school graduation, two best friends (Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever) decide to discover […]

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“Aladdin” (Disney)

Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott star in a scene from the movie "Aladdin." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Spirited live-action remake of the 1992 animated feature in which the street lad of the title (Mena Massoud) is aided by a genie (Will Smith) both in his seemingly hopeless pursuit of the princess (Naomi Scott) for whom he’s fallen and in thwarting the evil schemes of her father the sultan’s […]

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Art at new Diocesan Museum exhibit lifts hearts, faith; student winners featured

Sixth-grader Drew Lauritsen of St. Mary School in Pontiac captures an image of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, from "Lift Up Your Hearts: Sacredness, Art, Beauty," the new exhibit at the Diocesan Museum. The icon was made in 1942 by Wilbur H. Burnham of Boston for the private chapel of former Peoria Bishop Joseph H. Schlarman. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The beauty seen and expressed in a new exhibit at the Diocesan Museum is enough to give anyone a faith lift. “Lift Up Your Hearts: Sacredness, Art, Beauty” is the theme of a display that opened in March and will continue through December. The Diocesan Museum is located in the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria […]

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Class of 2019 being sent forth with prayers, challenges, gratitude

Kara Spear of Hanna City receives a “Blessing of Hands” from Father Dennis Spohrer during the Baccalaureate Mass May 18 at the Peoria Civic Center for graduates of the Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing. Spear was one of 93 students earning a bachelor of science in nursing degree. Father Spohrer is assistant chaplain at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center. Also administering the blessing were Msgr. Mark Merdian, diocesan episcopal vicar for healthcare, and Deacon Joseph Knapp, pastoral care manager at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Whether they are graduating from a Catholic college, high school, or grade school, members of the Class of 2019 in the Diocese of Peoria are being asked to stay close to the Lord and share Christ’s love wherever life takes them in the future. “Your love of God brings an additional quality to your professional […]

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Emotional tribute as end of school year in diocese marked with Mass, luncheon

Patti Simmons hugs Father Kyle Lucas after the chaplain's emotional tribute to her husband, Randy Simmons, who was honored posthumously as the 2019 Distinguished Principal of the Year. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

When it comes to leaving a legacy, perhaps there is none better than “to let Jesus Christ be known and loved,” and that’s how the principals and pastors of schools around the Diocese of Peoria remembered a dear friend and colleague gone too soon. “I think Randy Simmons’ legacy is that you go to Peoria […]

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Four Catholic school principals are retiring or moving on as summer begins

Four principals are preparing to retire or make changes as the school year comes to an end. They are (from left) Sheila Cromien of Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee; Joe McDaniel of Holy Cross School in Champaign; David Hobin of Alleman High School in Rock Island; and Rick Pantages of St. Mary School in Kickapoo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Saying they will miss the family atmosphere at their schools and seeing the students and their parents every day, four principals are making changes as summer begins. Retiring are Sheila Cromien, who has led Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee since 2013; Joe McDaniel, who has served as principal or co-principal of Holy Cross School in […]

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21 priests receive new assignments

Twenty-one priests are receiving new assignments in appointments made this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Five parishes will welcome new pastors. At four other parishes, priests who have been serving as administrators have been named pastor. New chaplains have been named for three high schools — Peoria Notre Dame, The High School of […]

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New shrine to Mary is blessed on site of tornado-damaged church in Naplate

St. Mary’s Shrine is an open-air stone structure filled with items from the former St. Mary Church in Naplate, near Ottawa. (Provided photo/Terry Cavanaugh)

NAPLATE — A shrine in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary was blessed May 12 on land that until a tornado hit in early 2017 was the site of a Catholic church under her patronage. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, presided at the dedication of St. Mary’s Shrine, an open-air stone structure at 2005 Center […]

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Archdiocese of New York makes new appeal in Archbishop Sheen case

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is pictured preaching in an undated photo. (CNS file photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE — The following news release was issued by the Catholic Diocese of Peoria on May 20: The Archdiocese of New York has filed a second motion in the Court of Appeals, New York’s top court, asking permission to again appeal a lower court judgment that authorizes Archbishop Sheen’s family to move his remains […]

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St. Anthony, Bartonville to mark 50th anniversary with Mass, dinner June 8

Anniversary banners hang inside St. Anthony Church in Bartonville. A Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and a dinner to follow on June 8 culminate the parish's celebration of its 50th anniversary.

BARTONVILLE — Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will join members of St. Anthony Church on Saturday, June 8, as they celebrate their parish’s 50th anniversary. A Mass of Thanksgiving is planned for 4:30 p.m. and will be concelebrated by Father David Heinz, pastor, along with previous pastors and visiting priests. A buffet dinner for those […]

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