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“The King of Staten Island” (Universal)

Pete Davidson and Steve Buscemi star is a scene from the 2020 film "The King of Staten Island," directed by Judd Apatow. The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Mary Cybulski, Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service A directionless slacker (Pete Davidson) still trying to come to terms with the long-ago death of his fireman father finds his life transformed when his mom (Marisa Tomei) begins dating another firefighter (Bill Burr) with whom he at first butts heads but eventually discovers common ground. Below the crust of vulgar […]

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As churches reopen for Mass, first returnees say it is ‘wonderful’ to be back

Wearing face coverings and in socially distanced pews, members of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Streator take part in the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 7. Many churches in the Diocese of Peoria reopened for Masses last weekend, welcoming up to 25 percent of their seating capacity. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

STREATOR — “Wonderful” was the adjective of choice after Mass on Sunday when members of St. Michael the Archangel Parish here were asked how it felt to be back inside their church for the first time since coronavirus precautions closed it and others to the public almost three months ago. “To see people and to […]

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Rock Island artist Jill Rodts’ chalk creations are inspiring area parishioners

Jill Rodts, a member of St. Pius X Parish in Rock Island, is pictured with her chalk depiction of the Blessed Mother quietly meditating while holding her Son and a lamb. She told The Catholic Post this image was inspired after she received Holy Communion May 15 at St. Pius X Church. (Provided photo)

SILVIS — The Holy Spirit invited artist Jill Rodts to get creative during the COVID-19 pandemic and she responded by inspiring others with chalk art left on the sidewalks of Quad Cities churches and her own driveway. Among her latest creations, drawn at the invitation of Father Peter Zorjan, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe […]

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Bishop Jenky condemns racial injustice, deplores violence, calls for prayer

Catholic priests from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis join African American clergy on June 2, to march and pray at the site where George Floyd was pinned down May 25 and died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Pictured are Father Joe Gillespie, Father Doug Ebert, Father Kevin Finnegan, Father Brian Park and Father Peter Williams. (CNS/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)

EDITOR’S NOTE: On June 4, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, released the following statement on racial injustice and the violence of recent days. His words are followed by links to statements from other bishops of Illinois and a Catholic News Service sampling of comments on the topic by prelates from throughout the United States. — […]

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“Mr. Topaze” (Film Movement)

This is a scene from the 1961 movie "Mr. Topaze." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/GIMP via Film Movement)

By Catholic News Service This 1961 comedy, adapted from a 1928 play by Marcel Pagnol, is the only feature for which celebrated comic actor Peter Sellers took directing credit. Sellers also stars as the titular character, a timid but rigidly honest schoolteacher in an unnamed French town. After his inflexible integrity leads to a breach […]

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“Shirley” (Neon)

Elisabeth Moss and Odessa Young star in a scene from the movie "Shirley." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/courtesy Killer Films)

By Catholic News Service Working from the fact-based novel by Susan Scarf Merrell, director Josephine Decker and screenwriter Sarah Gubbins deliver a mid-20th-century period drama centered on famed horror writer Shirley Jackson (“The Lottery”), played by Elisabeth Moss. Jackson, and her professor husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg), who acquire fictitious foils in the form […]

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Why are the names for God so important?

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity/June 7 Exodus 34:4b-6,8-9; (Psalm) Daniel 3:52,53,54,55; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18 “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” These words from today’s second reading are announced at the beginning of […]

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Construction begins on addition for historic St. Mary of Lourdes Church

An architect's drawing shows the new entrance and addition planned for St. Mary of Lourdes Church near Germantown Hills. During construction this summer, Masses will be celebrated in the nearby parish center. (Provided sketch/O'Shea Builders)

GERMANTOWN HILLS — Groundbreaking ceremonies took place at St. Mary of Lourdes Church here on May 18 for an addition to the rural church that has welcomed Catholics to its prairie location west of Metamora for 150 years. The addition will serve as the entrance to the church and will include a multipurpose room, restrooms, […]

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Vandals damage Peoria church windows; donations welcomed to assist repairs

This detail shows where one of the rocks thrown by vandals on May 25 broke the stained glass window at St. Joseph Church in Peoria. (Provided photo)

Windows depicting the Queenship of Mary and the Assumption of Mary were damaged over Memorial Day at St. Joseph Church in Peoria. Father Alexander Millar, pastor, said large rocks were thrown through the protective glass and two of the panes, perhaps with a slingshot. Police estimated the damage at $15,000. Bids are being taken to […]

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Seeing, and healing, the racial divide

“As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.” – […]

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