Priest to present the Gospel of Mark from memory March 19 at St. Bede Abbey

Father Joseph Morris memorized the Gospel of Mark while bedridden for five months with a badly broken leg. (Photo from

PERU — Father Joseph Morris will perform a dramatic recitation by memory of the entire Gospel of Mark at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the St. Bede Abbey Church. The performance will take more than 90 minutes and includes an intermission. The public is invited and there is no admission charge, though a […]

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Lent: Our chance to fall in love with God

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin First Sunday of Lent/March 1 Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7; Psalm 51:3-4,5-6,12-13,17; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 Lent invites us to seek a deeper understanding about our lives. This brings us to a brief discussion of context frames. When someone shares information with us, we understand it by putting it into context. If you said to […]

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Tristan Daugherty wins first state title for Peoria Notre Dame wrestling

Tristan Daugherty, a senior at Peoria Notre Dame, hugs head coach Kevin Burk after winning the IHSA Class 1A state championship in the 126-pound division on Feb. 22 at the State Farm Center in Champaign. At right is Danny Burk, assistant coach. (Photo courtesy

Peoria Notre Dame wrestler Tristan Daugherty capped a stellar high school career and senior season by winning the Illinois High School Association Class 1A state championship with a 20-5 technical fall over previously unbeaten Nik Jiminez of Harvard in the 126-pound weight division. “It’s amazing,” Daugherty told The Catholic Post on Monday, two days after […]

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Musician Matt Faley returning home to lead diocesan youth rally on March 14

Among the gifts Matt Faley has enjoyed sharing are songwriting and leading music at youth rallies and conferences around the country. (Photo from

Catholic musician Matt Faley will feel right at home when he steps to the microphone at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on March 14 as the main presenter at the 2020 diocesan youth rally. After all, he has traveled the country leading praise and worship. And his two talks — on the Eucharist and […]

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Return to Christ’s arms this Lent

By Lindsey Weishar Here we are again at the start of Lent. Admittedly, this season has never been my favorite. In past Lents I’ve noticed a certain anxiety inhabits my soul. It’s almost as if I must become hardened to fast, to pray, to change. The result is that Lent weighs on me until I […]

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“Brahms: The Boy II” (STX)

Christopher Convery stars in a scene from the movie "Brahms: The Boy II." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/STXfilms)

By Catholic News Service After being traumatized by a violent home invasion, a British businessman (Owain Yeoman), his American wife (Katie Holmes) and their young son (Christopher Convery) temporarily relocate from London to a house in the English countryside where the lad unearths an antique doll that turns out to be more terrorist than toy. […]

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Priest hopes that being in spotlight at Josh Groban concert can inspire good

Singer Josh Groban and Father Patrick Setto, assistant pastor of Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church in Southfield, Mich., are pictured in a Youtube screenshot during a Feb. 9, 2020, concert in Windsor, Ontario. Groban, a world-famous tenor, passed the microphone to the priest, who began singing "To Where You Are" and was met with immediate cheers and applause. (CNS photo/Youtube)

By Gabriella Patti / Catholic News Service WINDSOR, Ontario (CNS) — Everything about that Sunday night was a surprise for Father Patrick Setto, starting with his cousins surprising him with tickets to a Josh Groban concert in Windsor, across the border from Detroit, and ending with the world-famous tenor passing off his microphone to the […]

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“The Call of the Wild” (Twentieth Century)

Harrison Ford and a dog named Buck appear in the movie "The Call of the Wild." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Jack London’s beloved 1903 novel returns to the big screen for the seventh time in this computer-generated special effects extravaganza, directed by Chris Sanders. A pet St. Bernard-Scotch Collie mix dog is kidnapped from his California owner (Bradley Whitford) and shipped to the Yukon, where gold fever is raging, and large […]

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Coronavirus concern is personal for Chinese students, St. Bede community

This sign in the lobby of St. Bede Academy's new Perino Science Center celebrates the school's sister relationship with Kinglee High School in Zhengzhou, China. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

PERU — Concern over the coronavirus that is plaguing China and spreading is personal and magnified at St. Bede Academy here, which has 30 international students, the great majority from China. “Everyone’s worried, but hopefully things will turn good very soon,” said You-Ling (Weileen) Wang, director of academic achievement and support for the international students. […]

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Catholic Relief Service health official, U.S. bishops keep close eye on coronavirus

Catholics celebrate Mass at Hong Kong's Catholic Cathedral with protective masks on Feb. 2. The threat of spreading the coronavirus has forced Catholic officials in Hong Kong to suspend all public Masses on Sundays and weekdays from Feb. 15 to Feb. 28. (CNS Photo/Francis Wong)

By Carol Zimmermann / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The coronavirus has the world’s attention. The disease, which surfaced in China last year, has infected more than 64,000 people and killed at least 1,383 by mid-February. It has spread to 24 countries and been labeled a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. […]

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