John the Baptist’s mysterious declaration

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 19 Isaiah 49:3,5-6; Psalm 40:2,4,7-8,8-9,10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34 Do you know what an earworm is? It’s a catchy song that “worms” its way into your ear and seems to lodge itself in your brain, playing over and over again. “Don’t Stop Believing.” “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “Call […]

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Diocesan pilgrims brave elements to be among 9,000 at March for Life Chicago

It was easy to pick out the pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria among the 9,000 pro-life advocates in Daley Plaza in Chicago on Jan. 11. They were the ones letting everyone know that "Life Plays in Peoria" as March for Life Chicago began. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHICAGO — It was a tough year for respect life advocates in Illinois, still mourning the passage of the Reproductive Health Act that made abortion a fundamental right in the state. That didn’t stop March for Life Chicago, however. Organizers moved this year’s event to a bigger venue. According to their estimates, 9,000 people from […]

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“Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight)

Roman Griffin Davis, Taika Waititi and Scarlet Johansson are seen in the movie "Jojo Rabbit." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fox Searchlight)

By Catholic News Service Writer-director Taika Waititi’s thoroughly offbeat satire, adapted from Christine Leunens’ 2004 novel “Caging Skies,” pretty much exemplifies the expression “not to all tastes” since it sees Waititi also playing a young German boy’s vision of Adolf Hitler as his imaginary friend during the final year of World War II. Roman Griffin […]

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“Bad Boys for Life” (Columbia)

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence star in a scene from the movie "Bad Boys for Life." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Columbia)

By Catholic News Service The assassination spree at the heart of this action-comedy sequel reuniting Miami police partners and best friends Will Smith and Martin Lawrence is portrayed so graphically that, together with other gory mayhem and a sometimes-flippant attitude toward faith, it renders this slick third film in the franchise inappropriate for any age […]

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“Dolittle” (Universal)

Robert Downey Jr. and a gorilla named Chee-Chee star in a scene from the movie "Dolittle." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Chaotic comic adventure, loosely based on Hugh Lofting’s “Doctor Dolittle” books for children, about a physician-turned-veterinarian (Robert Downey Jr.) who has acquired the ability to communicate with the critters he treats. Having become a recluse after the death of his wife, he’s drawn out of seclusion when an attendant from Buckingham […]

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Prayerful Pontiac March for Life ‘felt like Chicago’ for more than 40 participants

Christine Stark (foreground) and more than 40 other participants in a March for Life sponsored by the Ignite Youth Ministry of St. Mary Parish in Pontiac pass the church on their way to the steps of the Livingston County Courthouse on Jan. 11. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

PONTIAC — They were separated by 100 miles and a mix of winter precipitation, but a renewed March for Life through downtown Pontiac last Saturday prayerfully marked the same cause as March for Life Chicago, the largest pro-life event in the Midwest that also took place Jan. 11. (See related story on diocesan pilgrims in […]

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God’s hand evident throughout 55 years of teaching for Sr. Janet Cassidy, OSB

For most of her 55 years in Catholic education, Sister Janet Cassidy, OSB, taught first and second grade. Now she serves as the math interventionist at Seton Catholic School in Moline. "My life has been blessed," she said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — When Sister Janet Cassidy entered the Benedictine community at St. Mary’s Monastery in Nauvoo, she was willing to do whatever was asked of her. She just wanted to be a Sister. “I did not intend to become a teacher. They must have seen something in me that I did not see in myself,” […]

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Creative models to support, deliver Catholic education are being sought

Students from Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington walk hand-in-hand in this file photo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Catholic schools across the Diocese of Peoria have strong support from their pastors, who see them as a mission of the parish. At the same time, the priests have expressed a desire for the Office of Catholic Schools to be “creative” in planning for the future, according to Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent. “They all believe […]

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Couples invited to post-Valentine’s Day Marriage Mass, date night on Feb. 15

Pianist, composer, and inspirational speaker Eric Genuis will perform as part of the date night evening that follows the Diocesan Marriage Mass on Feb. 15.

The day after Valentine’s Day, couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria are invited to join Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, for a celebration of the gift of Christian marriage. The Diocese of Peoria’s annual Marriage Mass and Date Night will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15. It begins with a 4 p.m. Mass celebrated […]

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