Hundreds turn out in Normal to receive a blessing and Holy Week Survival Kit

Msgr. Eric Powell sprinkles holy water on one of the hundreds of cars filled with parishioners from Epiphany Parish in Normal that drove by to receive a blessing and Holy Week Survival Kit on Palm Sunday. They lined College Avenue to wait for an opportunity to turn into the entrance to the church parking lot. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

NORMAL — For four precious hours on Palm Sunday, priests and parishioners at Epiphany Catholic Church were able to share smiles and greetings as between 800 and 900 cars drove through the parking lot to pick up Holy Week Survival Kits. Due to the cancellation of public Masses, it was the first time they had […]

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“Slay the Dragon” (Magnolia)

This is a scene from the movie "Slay The Dragon." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Magnolia Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Well-crafted but distinctly partisan documentary examining the impact of gerrymandering on American politics. Filmmakers Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance use the struggle of a Michigan group called Voters Not Politicians, founded by political novice Katie Fahey, to end the practice in that state as the starting point for a wide-ranging exploration […]

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“Corpus Christi” (Film Movement)

Bartosz Bielenia stars in a scene from the movie "Corpus Christi." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Film Movement)

By Catholic News Service Polish production in which director Jan Komasa and screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz, who reworked his fact-based book, tell the grim story of a young man (Bartosz Bielenia), just paroled from a violent juvenile detention facility, who, having found his faith there as an altar server, aspires to become a priest. But his […]

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Drive through confessions offered by some parishes as Holy Week approaches

Among the priests of the Diocese of Peoria offering drive through confessions is Father Peter Zorjan, right, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Colona and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Silvis. At left, a penitent (foreground car) pulls up beside Father Zorjan's car outside of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church last Saturday. (Photos by Brian Wellner and provided)

By Brian Wellner / For The Catholic Post SILVIS — Parking lot confessions are the new normal in the Diocese of Peoria as more parishes take the private, intensely personal sacrament outside in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Last Saturday, Father Peter Zorjan heard confessions for the first time in front of Our Lady of […]

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