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“Come Play” (Focus)

Gavin MacIver-Wright, Winslow Fegley, Azhy Robertson and Jayden Marine star in a scene from the movie "Come Play." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Jasper Savage, Amblin Partners via Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Reasonably effective and refreshingly gore-free monster movie in which an isolated 8-year-old autistic boy (Azhy Robertson) is stalked by an otherworldly creature who pretends to want to befriend him but in fact has a far darker design in mind. With her marriage (to John Gallagher Jr.) breaking down, the lad’s mom (Gillian Jacobs) […]

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Sr. Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, dies; funeral Mass is Thursday at St. Mary Monastery

Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, a longtime classroom and music teacher who published a book about her experiences earlier this year, died at St. Mary Monastery on Oct. 27, 2020. She was 91. Because of restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, a private visitation and Christian wake service are planned for […]

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First-ever Harvest Mass for Bishop Tylka unites grateful Raritan-area farmers

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka started his visit to St. Patrick Church in Raritan by climbing up into the cab of a combine owned by the Brokaw family. Richard Brokaw said he answered as many questions as he could before they had to move on. The church and cemetery can be seen on the left. (The Catholic Post/Richard Brokaw)

RARITAN — After a challenging growing season, farmers in this Henderson County community gave thanks for yields of corn and soybeans that were better than expected at a Harvest Mass on Oct. 24. Joining them for the liturgy at St. Patrick Church was Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka. “This is my first-ever Harvest Mass, but not […]

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Founder’s beatification Oct. 31 is inspiring local Knights of Columbus members

The beatification ceremony for Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be celebrated Oct. 31, 2020, in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. Father McGivney is pictured in an undated portrait. (CNS file photo)

Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be beatified on Oct. 31 during a special Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut. Members of the Knights of Columbus in councils throughout the Diocese of Peoria are joining the celebration spiritually and virtually. Jack Swan, president of the Peoria […]

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Why I feel close to Fr. Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus

The beatification ceremony for Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be celebrated Oct. 31, 2020, in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. Father McGivney is pictured in an undated portrait. (CNS file photo)

Guest Column / By Jack Swan On Oct. 31, the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney will be the first American-born parish priest to be beatified. (See related story here.) Although many believe he attained sainthood two days after his 38th birthday on the morning of Aug. 14, 1890, he has been fervently prayed to and […]

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Moline parishioners’ rosary group on Facebook Live draws hundreds to prayer

The rosary is live at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at "CTK Rosary Group" on Facebook and is recorded so people can view it later, if they wish. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

MOLINE — Deb Erickson would prefer that her name not be used in this story. “Give God the glory,” she said. But God has been active in her life. So perhaps he’ll understand if her name is used a few times to tell how she became a founding member of the CTK Rosary Group on […]

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Diocesan Museum exhibit explores the history, mission of Catholic health care

A photograph from the OSF HealthCare archives shows members of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis assisting in surgery. The photo, believed to be from the 1940s, is part of a new exhibit "A Look into the Catohlic Health Care in the Diocese of Peoria" now on display at the Diocesan Museum at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria.

In a year when matters of health are in the daily news, a museum exhibit on Catholic health care in the Diocese of Peoria is both timely and itself impacted by the pandemic. “This historic exhibit was planned before the COVID outbreak,” said Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, archivist and caretaker of the diocesan museums located […]

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Diocesan Council of Catholic Women convenes via Zoom, installs officers

In this screenshot from the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women's virtual convention on Oct. 10, keynote speaker Judy Hehr talks about the paradox of the cross and says that when we forget that we are called to be Christ and see Christ in one another, what we do is in vain.

As COVID-19 has continued to linger as a health concern, many organizations wondered what to do about annual events. Some, like the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, lost their venue when parishes had to limit gatherings due to safety precautions. That didn’t stop the PDCCW, however. The board decided to switch to a virtual […]

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Jesus sums up law of the entire universe with beautiful, profound simplicity

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 25 Exodus 22:20-26; Psalm 18:2-3,3-4,47,51; 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10; Matthew 22:34-40 “I have made this letter longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter,” wrote Blaise Pascal. Real simplicity requires genius. The holy grail of physics is the “theory of everything” that will […]

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