Couples enjoy evening of love, blessings, renewal and music at Marriage Mass

Couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria renew their wedding vows during the Marriage Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 15. Among them were Jason and Kelly Weber of the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community (right) and Ed and Cathy Lee of Immaculate Conception Parish, Monmouth. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Love was in the air at St. Mary’s Cathedral the evening after Valentine’s Day as couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria renewed their wedding vows at the annual Marriage Mass. “As married couples, you are not only a blessing to one another, but your love and fidelity are blessings to the entire Body of […]

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“Sonic the Hedgehog” (Paramount)

James Marsden and Sonic, voiced by Ben Schwartz, are seen in the movie "Sonic the Hedgehog." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service There’s something oddly mechanical and even maladroit about this adaptation of the Sega videogame. On a lengthy road trip from rural Montana to San Francisco, the super-speedy extraterrestrial character of the title (voice of Ben Schwartz) interacts with various humans, most prominently a sheriff (James Marsden) he’s befriended, while being pursued […]

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“Fantasy Island” (Sony)

Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell and Michael Pena star in a scene from the movie "Fantasy Island." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Muddled horror flick transforms the TV drama series that aired in the late 1970s and early 1980s into a dark, incoherent mess. Under the supervision of the manager (Michael Pena) of a luxurious resort, an ensemble of guests (most prominently Maggie Q and Lucy Hale) lives out a variety of dream […]

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Deacon Samuel Taylor, 59, dies; funeral Mass is offered at St. Mary, Canton

Deacon Samuel Taylor

CANTON — A funeral Mass was offered on Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Mary Church here for Deacon Samuel Taylor, who served the parish as a permanent deacon since his ordination in 2012. Deacon Taylor died at his Canton residence on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. He was 59. Born Aug. 25, 1960 in Dixon to […]

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“The Photograph” (Universal)

Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield star in a scene from the movie "The Photograph." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Mature, though morally flawed, romantic drama interweaves the burgeoning current-day relationship between a museum staffer (Issa Rae) and a journalist (LaKeith Stanfield) with flashbacks to the 1980s bond between the curator’s mother (Chante Adams), then an up-and-coming professional photographer, and her less ambitious boyfriend (Y’lan Noel). Writer-director Stella Meghie works at […]

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Jesus calls us beyond being ‘morally good people’ into the inner life of the Trinity

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Feb. 16 Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119:1-2,4-5,17-18,33-34; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37 The summer after my sophomore year of college seminary I went to Mexico for an intensive language program. One weekend all of the students in my cohort went to Acapulco, while I visited an orphanage. I learned […]

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“Abby’s Journey” video event Feb. 23 to open 40 Days for Life campaign in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — “Abby’s Journey,” a video featuring former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson and her journey into pro-life ministry, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Holy Cross Parish Center, 405 W. Clark St. The showing of the video will help kickoff the spring campaign of 40 Days for Life […]

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“Les Miserables” (Amazon)

Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, and Djebril Zonga star in a scene from the movie "Les Miserables." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Amazon Studios)

By Catholic News Service Set in a rundown Paris suburb with a large community of Muslim immigrants, this drama traces the slow breakdown of its public order. Director Ladj Ly, who co-wrote the screenplay with Giordano Gederlini and Alexis Manenti, uses the outline of a police procedural — the film mostly takes place over a […]

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