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Young adults will hear from Father Richards at Fourth Watch: Geneseo Aug. 16

Father Larry Richards will explore "Knowing God's Love" at Fourth Watch: Geneseo at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16. His talk and the social that follows wlll be held at St. Malachy Church.

GENESEO – “Knowing God’s Love” will be the theme for a talk by Father Larry Richards at Fourth Watch: Geneseo, a young adult gathering planned for Friday, Aug. 16. It will be held at St. Malachy Church, 595 E. Ogden Ave. His talk at 7 p.m. will be followed by a social from 8 to […]

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“The Lion King” (Disney)

The characters Nala, voiced by Beyonce Knowles-Carter, and Simba, voiced by Donald Glover, appear in the movie "The Lion King." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Director Jon Favreau’s remake of the 1994 animated musical uses a blend of live-action techniques and computer-generated imagery to tell the story of a lovable young lion (voice of Donald Glover) with a royal destiny. While his birth is greeted with joy by most of the animals over whom his parents […]

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‘No hands or eyes but yours’

A sign with a Scripture verse has been hung on a vandalized statue of Jesus in Serenity Park on Peoria's south side. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

During World War II, a French village lost a beloved statue of Christ in a bombing raid. The villagers managed to rebuild the statue, except for its hands. Those pieces were never found in the rubble. Finally, the villagers placed a plaque on the statue with the inscription, “I have no hands but yours.” The […]

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Biking for Babies team spreads pro-life mission and joy in ride through diocese

Members of the Biking for Babies "Northern Missionaries" team pose July 11 outside St. Joseph Newman Center at Bradley University in Peoria during an overnight stop on their ride from Green Bay to St. Louis. The previous night, the riders stopped in Ottawa, attending Mass at St. Patrick Church and sharing their mission at a potluck dinner. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After 13 flat tires, two spills, a series of 4:15 a.m. wake-up calls, and four days of riding 100 miles — including one day in weather that felt like more than 100 degrees — why were members of a Biking for Babies team that passed through the Diocese of Peoria last week smiling? “It’s been […]

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Coal Valley church reopens 8 months after vehicle crashed through a wall

Father Anthony Ego, pastor of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Coal Valley, gives a homily during the church's grand reopening Mass on July 7. The church suffered extensive damage last October when a pickup truck crashed through its southwestern corner, seen here behind the piano. (For The Catholic Post/Brian Wellner)

By Brian Wellner / For The Catholic Post COAL VALLEY — There are silver linings to the extensive damage done at St. Maria Goretti Church after a truck crashed into its southwestern wall last October. One of them is that it gave parishioners an excuse to get rid of the old orange carpet. “I was […]

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Funeral homily: Fr. Dick Bresnahan — wise counselor, extraordinary parish priest

Father Richard Bresnahan

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Catholic Post publishes excerpts, when available, from the homilies given at funeral Masses for priests of the Diocese of Peoria. Following is the homily from the July 8 funeral Mass at Christ the King Church in Moline for Father Richard Bresnahan. (See obituary here.) The homilist was Msgr. Doug Hennessy, and the […]

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Martha and Mary: What part does quiet and reflection play in our service?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 21 Genesis 18:1-10a; Psalm 15:2-3,3-4,5; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42 So what is your better part? For Mary in today’s Gospel it is visiting with Jesus. Martha is not much pleased with that. She feels slighted because she has to fulfill the tasks at hand. So often […]

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The Electronic Evangelist

By Katie Bogner (Second in a series) “Radio is like the Old Testament, for it is the hearing of the Word without the seeing. Television is like the New Testament, for the Word is seen as it becomes flesh and dwells among us.” From “Treasure in Clay: The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen” Best-selling author, […]

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“Crawl” (Paramount)

Barry Pepper and Kaya Scodelario star in a scene from the movie "Crawl." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Gory horror flick, set in Florida, traps a semi-estranged father (Barry Pepper) and daughter (Kaya Scodelario) in a basement crawl space that’s rapidly being flooded by a hurricane and pits them against a host of man-eating alligators. Those not put off by watching the main characters be gnawed on and the […]

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