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The basis of life and peace is not wealth or possessions, but God alone

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 4 Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23; Psalm 90:3-4,5-6,12-13,14,17; Colossians 3:1-5,9-11; Luke 12:13-21 Today the stock market is up: “S&P 500, Nasdaq hit new highs Friday ahead of crucial Fed decision.” How many of us have these sorts of headlines for our daily diet? In the Gospel today, there […]

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The holy humor of Fulton Sheen

By Katie Bogner “There is a close relationship between faith and humor. . . . He who possesses faith knows that this world is not the only one, and therefore can be regarded rather lightly.” From “Treasure in Clay: The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen” As the beginning of a new school year draws near, students […]

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Bishop Barron confronts sexual abuse crisis in ‘Letter to a Suffering Church’

Reviewed by Matthew Vander Vennet Throughout the church’s history, there have been times when she must go through a process of purgation and purification. While remaining the spotless Bride of the eternal Bridegroom, she also remains made up of human beings who continually fall short and are in constant need of reform. Bishop Robert Barron, […]

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A list of parishes in the Diocese of Peoria hosting perpetual eucharistic adoration

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While many parishes offer eucharistic adoration on special days of the week or during special liturgical seasons, perpetual adoration takes place at the following parishes: Champaign: Adoration Chapel, St. Matthew Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive. It is open to the public from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with access by key for regular adorers outside those […]

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After 20 years, perpetual adoration ends, new program begins at Holy Family, Peoria

After leading prayers and removing the Blessed Sacrament, Father Giles Gilbert, OFM Conv., closes the doors over the monstrance for the last time in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at Holy Family in Peoria on Aug. 1. After nearly 21 years, a new program of eucharistic adoration began Aug. 2. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

More than 20 years of perpetual eucharistic adoration came to an end at Holy Family Parish in Peoria on Aug. 1 as a quiet procession, led by Father Giles Gilbert, OFM Conv., accompanied Jesus from the adoration chapel in the parish center to the church. On Friday, Aug. 2, parishioners and friends started spending time […]

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“Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood” (Columbia)

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio star in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Writer-director Quentin Tarantino uses two fictional characters — a screen star (Leonardo DiCaprio) who’s experiencing a career crisis and his stunt man and best pal (Brad Pitt) — to explore the milieu of real-life 1969 Tinseltown. Menace underlies the pitch-perfect evocation of the era as both one of infamous cult leader […]

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Diocese to present first-ever Respect Life Conference; people of all ages welcome

Attacks on the dignity of the human person at every level make it necessary to engage the culture now and people will get the information they need to do that at the first-ever Respect Life Conference hosted by the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Peoria on Sept. 13-14. All sessions will be held […]

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Parish respect life representatives gather as ‘people of hope’ to pray, plan next steps

Cecilia Soñé, director of Respect Life Ministry and natural family planning coordinator for the Diocese of Peoria, holds up the poster for this year's observance of NFP Awareness Week, July 21-27, at the annual meeting of parish respect life representatives July 13. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The church teaches that those who have hope live differently and Cecilia Soñé, director of Respect Life Ministry for the Diocese of Peoria, thanked parish respect life representatives for being that sign to the world. “You all live differently. You were called to this from the beginning of time,” Soñé told the 25 men and […]

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Western Catholic high school does not advance, but door not closed completely

Findings of the Western Diocesan High School Feasibility Study, conducted over four months this spring by Meitler Consultants, were reported at the end of June and published earlier this month.

While there is a desire for a Catholic high school in the western part of the Diocese of Peoria, a feasibility study found that enrollment and funding were major areas of concern, and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has accepted a recommendation not to proceed at this time. The door was not closed completely, however. […]

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Vatican approves miracle attributed to intercession of Venerable Fulton Sheen

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Diocese of Peoria issued the following press release on July 6, 2019. Most Rev. Daniel Jenky, C.S.C., Bishop of Peoria announces with overwhelming joy that Pope Francis has formally approved the miracle that is attributed to the intercession of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. In 2010, in central Illinois, a newborn infant was […]

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