“Doctor Sleep” (Warner Bros.)

Ewan McGregor stars in a scene from the movie "Doctor Sleep." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Disturbing horror sequel to 1980’s “The Shining” finds the psychic little boy of that film grown into a troubled hospice orderly (Ewan McGregor) who unites with a similarly gifted teen girl (Kyliegh Curran) to combat an occult band of wanderers (led by Rebecca Ferguson) who torture and murder clairvoyant kids and […]

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Youths at diocese-wide Abide in Me retreat assured ‘God desired you. Period.’

Phil Lee, director of the diocesan Office of Divine Worship, places a monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament atop a tower of candles during a period of adoration at the Abide in Me youth retreat held Nov. 1-3 at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington. Father Eric Bolek, parochial vicar of St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, and St. Mary, Downs, is at right. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — In this age of brief texts and tweets, Father Matthew Hoelscher had a four-word message for high school youth from across the Diocese of Peoria who spent last weekend on a retreat at Corpus Christi Catholic School here. “God desired you. Period,” he repeatedly emphasized during a homily on Nov. 2 at Abide […]

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Fr. Caster’s new book offers insights and inspiring words from St. Thérèse of Lisieux

OTTAWA — Father Gary Caster is listed as the author of “The Way of Simple Love: Inspiring Words from St. Thérèse of Lisieux,” but his words are found on only three pages of the new 180-page paperback published in September by Franciscan Media. A talented writer — Father Caster’s 2018 book “Prayer Everywhere: The Spiritual […]

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‘Inside Suzie’ were lessons now being shared in book by Ginny Pettit of Geneseo

Ginny Pettit of Geneseo holds a photo of her daughter, Suzie, as a teenager and the book she wrote, "Inside Suzie," about her daughter's early years as someone living with developmental delays. Even though she was unable to communicate, Suzie's love and smile spoke volumes to the people around her, Pettit said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GENESEO — No words are necessary to show love and Suzie Pettit excelled at that. While developmental delays left her unable to walk or talk, she taught everyone around her how to love well, too. Ginny Pettit has shared what her family and friends learned in a 28-page book, “Inside Suzie,” which was released by […]

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War veterans invited to find peace on 2020 ‘Warriors to Lourdes’ pilgrimage

Father Jeffrey Laible, spiritual director for Warriors to Lourdes, distributes Communion during Mass for English-speaking service members and their companions at the grotto in Lourdes, France, during the International Military Pilgrimage in May 2016. (Provided photo/Lt. Col. William Wong, M.D.)

Even though the war may be over, the battle continues for many who were scarred by combat. The Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage offers a way to find peace, according to Father Jeffrey Laible, pastor of four Logan County Catholic parishes and spiritual director for the program. “It’s the opportunity to receive the gift of healing. […]

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Seeking ‘everlasting encouragement’ of God’s faithfulness in resurrected life

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Nov. 10 2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14; Psalm 17:1,5-6,8,15; 2 Thessalonians 2:16 — 3:5; Luke 20:27-38 Rarely does someone grow in understanding without asking questions, but not all questions are honest ones. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is encountered with a rather insincere question about a hypothetical situation. The question is insincere […]

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“Last Christmas” (Universal)

Henry Golding and Emilia Clarke star in a scene from the movie "Last Christmas." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Awkward and problematic blend of romantic comedy and drama tells the conversion story of a selfish, thoughtless young woman (Emilia Clarke), a childhood refugee from ex-Yugoslavia living in London, whose life is transformed after she meets and falls for a mysterious, sensitive stranger (Henry Golding). Her reform benefits the stern but […]

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“Playing With Fire” (Paramount)

John Cena and Christian Convery star in a scene from the movie "Playing With Fire." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Generally harmless but painfully unfunny comedy in which the superintendent (John Cena) of a group of smokejumpers (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) gives temporary shelter at their rural headquarters to a teen girl (Brianna Hildebrand) and her two younger siblings (Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) after their family’s […]

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‘Theology of Home’ collection tells how God should be found in places we dwell

"Theology of Home" is a collection of writings that teach about how God can and should be found in the places we dwell. It is coauthored by Carrie Gress, Noelle Mering, and Megan Schriber.

Reviewed by Katie Bogner “Love, by nature, is meant to be shared. Like a light coming on in the darkness, it isn’t contained but rather spreads and beckons others to come. Our homes can be reflections of, and participants in, this light the more we mirror God’s brilliance.” While having dinner with friends recently, one […]

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New Catholic Medical Association guild forms in Champaign-Urbana; meets Nov. 16

Dr. Schmitz is president and Deacon Dr. Scott is vice president of the newly formed Champaign-Urbana Venerable Fulton Sheen Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. Both are members of St. Matthew Parish in Champaign.

CHAMPAIGN — A new guild of the Catholic Medical Association has formed in the Diocese of Peoria to help current and future physicians in the Champaign-Urbana region live and promote the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine. “A core group of Catholic physicians have been meeting on a regular […]

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