Parishes in Havana, Lewistown, and Manito end special ‘Year of the Eucharist’

Father David Whiteside offers a blessing at a Holy Hour at St. Patrick Church in Havana on June 23 as the Year of the Eucharist came to an end for the faith communities of Havana, Lewistown and Manito. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

HAVANA — Human beings are creatures of habit and many things tend to become routine, including Mass. That isn’t the case at St. Patrick in Havana, St. Mary in Lewistown, and Immaculate Conception in Manito, however, after parishioners spent a year focusing on the Eucharist. Led by Father David Whiteside, pastor, they engaged in a […]

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New website,, to offer details ahead of possible beatification

This is a screenshot from, a website that will offer updated information regarding the Dec. 21 beatification ceremonies for Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Are you looking for more information on the life of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen? Do you have questions about beatifications, canonizations, or plans regarding relics? Would you like to support the cause through prayer, volunteerism, or financial gifts? Answers to those and other questions are found at a newly launched website,, sponsored by […]

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“Midsommar” (A24)

By Catholic News Service All dressed up as slow-moving psychological horror, writer-director Ari Aster’s film is, in fact, an exercise in crude exploitation. Perpetually on the verge of breaking up, a couple of university students (Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor) seek to ease the tension by joining his graduate-school friends (William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter […]

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The Kingdom of God is not a vision for later, but to be lived here and now

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / July 7 Isaiah 66:10-14c; Psalm 66:1-3,4-5,6-7,16,20; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12,17-20 Recently I was present with several people meeting with state officials about a prison ministry program. Families of prisoners shared stories of their loneliness as a relative of someone in prison. They spoke of the […]

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Father Richard Bresnahan, 87, dies; funeral Mass is Monday in Moline

Father Richard Bresnahan

(UPDATE — For the full text of the homily at the funeral Mass for Father Bresnahan, click here.) MOLINE — A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 8, at Christ the King Church here for Father Richard Bresnahan, 87, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria known […]

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Msgr. Deptula: ‘Fulton Sheen is my friend, brother priest, hero, mentor, challenger’

Msgr. Stanley Deptula, executive director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation, holds a volume of the "positio," the official position paper for the sainthood cause of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, in Rome on May 24, 2011. The "positio" was presented by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to Pope Benedict XVI during the pontiff's general audience at the Vatican. (CNS/Paul Haring)

CHAMPAIGN — Not only has Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen come home to Peoria, but he now rests in the place that formed him spiritually and sent him out to evangelize the world, said Msgr. Stanley Deptula, executive director of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation. “I don’t think we can underestimate what that church, […]

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Two ‘friends of Sheen’ share reactions to his tomb now at St. Mary’s Cathedral

Bonnie Engstrom of St. Patrick Parish in Washington and five of her eight children kneel at the new tomb of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on June 28. The Engstroms' son, James Fulton, now 8, was allegedly miraculously healed by God through the intercession of Archbishop Sheen during a time of crisis at his birth in 2010. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jennifer Willems of The Catholic Post interviewed two key figures in the sainthood cause of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen — Bonnie Engstrom and Msgr. Stanley Deptula — about their reactions to the transfer of his mortal remains to a new tomb at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Bonnie Engstrom’s story follows. To read […]

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The hour that made Fulton Sheen’s day

By Katie Bogner “The purpose of the Holy Hour is to encourage a deep personal encounter with Christ. The Holy and Glorious God is constantly inviting us to come to Him, to hold converse with Him, to ask for such things as we need and to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with […]

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