Will we be outcasts in God’s Kingdom?

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 1 Sirach 3:17-18,20,28-29; Psalm 68:4-5,6-7,10-11; Hebrews 12:18-19,22-24a; Luke 14:1,7-14 This summer we have been treated to excerpts from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. Each of the four Evangelists brings a slightly different insight into their proclamation of Jesus. Perhaps, the stories about Jesus have become so familiar some two […]

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Outdoor classroom a place of prayer, learning at St. Mary School in Kickapoo

Kindergartner Owen Schaub gives a good drink of water to the newly planted flowers in the outdoor classroom at St. Mary School in Kickapoo. The students were guided by Owen's grandmother, master gardener Anne Schaub. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

KICKAPOO — Over the summer, a new classroom was added to St. Mary School here. Don’t look for it inside the building, however. The spacious new learning center is located behind the school on a large lot that had plenty of grass but wasn’t used for anything — until kindergarten teacher Josette Baumann received a […]

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Vicariate Masses to invite prayers for immigration, human trafficking causes

A public awareness poster at Catholic hospital in Florida calls attention to the problem of human trafficking. CNS file/Tom Tracy)

Noting that immigration and human trafficking are major concerns not just for the United States but around the world, the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is inviting the Catholic community to come together in prayer. Masses have been scheduled in each of the 12 vicariates of the diocese and will be offered through next […]

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Hispanic Ministry offers a professional listening ear to area’s Spanish-speaking

Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM, director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Peoria, is pictured with Olga Figueroa, her longtime friend from Mexico. Figueroa is a psychotherapist who offered workshops and private counseling in August to Spanish-speaking Catholics in LaSalle, Peoria, and Bloomington. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As a priest from Mexico was hearing confessions for 14 hours during a retreat day for Spanish-speaking Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria last summer, Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM, offered to help move things along. “Do you want me to tell them to be a little more quick — to just say their sins?” asked […]

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Send photos of recently deceased loved ones for All Souls Day memorial video

A screen capture from The Catholic Post's 2018 All Souls Day memorial video. We once again invite readers to submit photos of recently deceased loved ones for inclusion in our 2021 tribute.

The Catholic Post again invites photos of loved ones who died within the past year for inclusion in our annual All Souls Day memorial video. Photos will be included of Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria who have died since Aug. 1, 2018. Clear images may be emailed to or mailed to The Catholic […]

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Msgr. Albert Hallin, 90, dies; funeral Mass is Friday at Holy Cross in Champaign

Msgr. Albert Hallin stands in front of the small altar in his apartment at Inman Place in Champaign in this 2013 file photo. The former educator, pastor and holder of diocesan leadership positions died Aug. 26 at the age of 90. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at Holy Cross Church here for Msgr. Albert W. Hallin, P.A., whose 58 years in the priesthood was marked by leadership in education, parishes and diocesan positions. Msgr. Hallin, who in 2007 was named by Pope Benedict XVI […]

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“The Peanut Butter Falcon” (Roadside)

Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf star in a scene from the movie "The Peanut Butter Falcon." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Roadside Attractions and Armory Films)

By Catholic News Service Heartwarming drama, primarily set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, in which a young man with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) and no family to care for him escapes the retirement home where the state has warehoused him for lack of a more suitable facility and takes to the road. He […]

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Educators learn more about heavenly ‘friend’ at Catechetical Institute

Msgr. Stanley Deptula smiles as Bonnie Engstrom shares a favorite story about Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen during the keynote at the Diocesan Catechetical Institute on Aug. 13. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen made more than 800 new friends as Catholic school teachers, religious educators and interested parishioners came together for the annual Diocesan Catechetical Institute on Aug. 13. The back-to-school gathering was hosted by St. Vincent de Paul Church and School in Peoria. As he did during his long priesthood, the El […]

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“Overcomer” (Sony)

Alex Kendrick, Shari Rigby and Aryn Wright-Thompson star in a scene from the movie "Overcomer." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Faith and sports undergird this drama linking the fates of a track coach (Alex Kendrick), a cross-country runner (Aryn Wright-Thompson) and a hospital patient (Cameron Arnett) suffering from diabetes. Kendrick, who also directed and co-wrote the script (with his brother, Stephen) gets in his own way as evangelical sermonizing hobbles an […]

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