Priests of diocese share Easter joy with absent faithful via livestreamed Masses

Flowers surround the altar as Father Bowan Schmitt, pastor of St. Paul Parish in Danville, celebrates a recently livestreamed Mass.

It is only natural that some sadness and fear would be mixed with Easter joy this year, as COVID-19 restrictions kept people from gathering inside their churches and celebrating with family, but joy must have the greater claim according to homilies given by priests around the Diocese of Peoria this year. After all, Jesus’ first […]

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East Peoria Franciscans are beginning a new chapter in their vocations ministry

The new vocations team of Sister Teresa Paul Selamat, OSF, and Sister Rose Therese Mann, OSF, stand at the entrance to the East Peoria motherhouse of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and the new sign for Mount Alverno Novitiate. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EAST PEORIA — In religious formation, there is a delicate balance between giving people enough space to pray and discern what God is calling them to and offering enough community to provide example and support. To provide that balance, The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis have moved their formation program from Peoria […]

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In message to priests, Bishop Jenky hopes for renewed diocese post-pandemic

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, addresses priests of the Diocese of Peoria in this image taken from his April 7 message posted on YouTube.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the transcription of a video message from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to the priests of the Diocese of Peoria released April 7. Normally the priests renew their priestly promises when they gather with the bishop during Holy Week for the annual Chrism Mass. That liturgy was postponed because of COVID-19 […]

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Holy Hours for Vocations move online to keep needed and fruitful prayers coming

Father Timothy Hepner, vocation director of recruitment for the Diocese of Peoria, livestreams a Holy Hour for Vocations on the Facebook page of the Office of Priestly Vocations on April 14. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

At some point the COVID-19 pandemic will end, but the need for holy priests and consecrated women and men won’t. That’s why prayers for vocations must continue, according to Father Timothy Hepner, vocation director of recruitment for the Diocese of Peoria. Until people are able to gather in churches again, the Office of Priestly Formation […]

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“We Summon the Darkness” (Saban/Amazon Prime)

Alexandra Daddario, Logan Miller, Maddie Hasson and Amy Forsyth star in a scene from the movie "We Summon the Darkness." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/courtesy LB Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service This low-budget Satan worship-themed slasher film was apparently intended partly as an homage to 1980s horror movies. Devoid of coherent dialogue or action and punctuated by desultory stabbings and fleeting theological proclamations, it is instead simply a mess. As three rebellious girls in 1988 Indiana (Alexandra Daddario, Maddie Hasson and Amy […]

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Divine Mercy Sunday is seen as a chance to receive Christ’s mercy ‘anew’

Pope Francis walks near an image of Jesus of Divine Mercy after celebrating a Mass marking the feast of Divine Mercy in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 8, 2018. Masses for Divine Mercy Sunday, celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, are expected to be livestreamed in Catholic churches throughout the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic. CNS photo/Paul Haring

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, supreme chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, will celebrate a special livestreamed Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. (Central Time) at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. The archbishop also will join members […]

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Brother George Matsuoka, OSB, 98, dies; recalled for welcoming handshake, smile

Brother George Matsuoka, OSB

PERU — Brother George Matsuoka, OSB, a monk of St. Bede Abbey in Peru who for decades was beloved for his outstretched hand and smile that greeted St. Bede Academy students and guests as they arrived to and departed from school, died on Easter Sunday morning, April 12, 2020. He was 98. Reception of his […]

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“Trolls World Tour” (Universal)

Animated characters Mr. Dinkles, Biggie, Poppy and Branch are seen in the movie "Trolls World Tour." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. (CNS/DreamWorks Animation)

By Catholic News Service Animated musical follow-up to the 2016 original in which the pair at the center of the first story, the ever-optimistic queen (voice of Anna Kendrick) of the pop-music trolls and her more fearful best friend (voice of Justin Timberlake) discover that there are other nations of their kind, each dedicated to […]

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“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Focus)

Sidney Flanigan stars in a scene from the movie "Never Rarely Sometimes Always." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service To avoid her home state’s legal requirement that she obtain her parents’ permission to have an abortion, a 17-year-old high school student (Sidney Flanigan) from rural Pennsylvania travels to New York City seeking the procedure. She’s accompanied by her cousin (Talia Ryder) with whom she bonds and the pair meet a […]

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In solidarity with our candidates and catechumens on this unusual Easter Vigil

Father William Miller pours water over Hannah De Smit's head as he baptizes her at the Easter Vigil at St. Patrick Church, Galesburg, at the Easter Vigil last April. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The Diocese of Peoria was set to joyfully welcome hundreds of new Catholics during Easter Vigil liturgies on Saturday, April 11. To those who are in the final stage of spiritual journeys to the church that began in September (or long before) and are anticipating their baptisms, first Eucharists, and confirmations, we say: a) that […]

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