“The Croods: A New Age” (Universal)

This is the poster for the movie "The Croods: A New Age." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service This follow-up to the 2013 original is a spirited, fun-filled animated comedy suitable for almost all ages. A Stone Age couple (voices of Nicolas Cage and Catherine Keener) and their three children (voices of Emma Stone, Clark Duke and Kailey Crawford) join a teenage boy (voice of Ryan Reynolds) on a […]

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President Biden’s ‘litany of compassion’ must also include the unborn child

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States as his wife, Jill Biden, holds a Bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 20, 2021. (CNS/ Reuters)

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore In responding to the pro-choice presidency of Joe Biden, I’m going to try and take a leaf from the book of Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said he “took no pleasure” in contradicting former President Trump on COVID. When Dr. Fauci felt he had to correct the record […]

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Bloomington sixth-grader Bryce Smeltzer already shows a big heart for service

With a donation from an out-of-school sponsor, Bryce Smeltzer was able to buy enough stockings and small gifts for 100 residents at a nearby retirement community so they would know they were not forgotten at Christmas. Helping were parents Michael and Shannon Smeltzer and younger brother Lucas. (Provided photo)

BLOOMINGTON — When Bryce Smeltzer gets bored he doesn’t look for trouble. He gets creative. Good thing, too. A burst of creativity last fall enabled the Corpus Christi sixth-grader to provide 100 stockings filled with small gifts for the residents at Westminster Village, a retirement community just across the street from the Bloomington school. The […]

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Fr. Anthony Labedis, OFM Conv., 87, dies; funeral is Saturday at Holy Family, Peoria

Father Anthony Labedis, OFM Conv.l

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Holy Family Church in Peoria for Father Anthony Labedis, OFM Conv., a Kewanee native who was in residence at the parish for 10 years before moving to Palatine a year ago. Father Tony, as he was known, died on Monday, Feb. […]

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A spiritual ‘game plan’ to grow our hearts deeper in Christ this Lent

This design represents Christ's 40 days in the desert. The passage is from the first reading this Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (CNS graphic/Nancy Wiechec)

My Vocation is Love / By Lindsey Weishar I don’t know about you, but I often mentally brace myself for Lent. The season feels so long, so winter-ridden, and in this time of lingering pandemic, especially isolating. Yet, the Online Etymology Dictionary reminds me that Lent comes from an Old English word meaning “lengthening of […]

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Diocesan Marriage Mass on Feb. 13 to feature concert, renewal of vows

Performing in a 3:30 p.m. concert on Feb. 13 prior to the Marriage Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral will be Dr. Todd Kelly on trumpet and vocalist Maria Hercik.

All married couples are invited to get an early start on Valentine’s Day activities this weekend by attending the Diocese of Peoria’s Marriage Mass and Concert on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 13, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka will be the principal celebrant of the 4 p.m. Mass and will lead the […]

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The Catholic Post opens subscription campaign with a focus on renewal, hope

The Catholic Post has opened its 2021 Delivering Unity Campaign with a theme of renewal following a year of pandemic and its historic impacts on society and the church. “It will be an exciting time,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, expressing hopes that the Diocese of Peoria emerges from the pandemic “like roaring lions.” […]

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Street outside St. Mary’s Cathedral is now ‘Honorary Bishop Fulton Sheen Avenue’

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka applauds as Gregg Mulligan, a Peoria city traffic operations worker, unveils a newly erected sign designating Madison Avenue outside of St. Mary's Cathedral as "Honorary Bishop Fulton Sheen Avenue." Bishop Tylka then blessed the sign during ceremonies on Feb. 4. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

In a celebration blending religious and civic pride in one of Peoria’s most famous and influential historic residents, the street outside St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria was given the honorary designation of “Bishop Fulton Sheen Avenue” on Feb. 4. “These were the streets where Fulton Sheen grew up,” said Msgr. Stanley Deptula, executive director of […]

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Bishop Tylka visits Peoria Heights school virtually for Catholic Schools Week

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka offers a blessing for the Feast of St. Blase on the middle school students at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights during a virtual visit for Catholic Schools Week on Feb. 3. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PEORIA HEIGHTS — Many of the Catholic Schools Week activities that involve visitors had to be curtailed this year, but where there’s a will there’s a way. With determination and a little creativity, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka was able to make a virtual visit to St. Thomas the Apostle School on Feb. 3. Students in […]

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Catholic Schools Week celebrations continue despite pandemic realities

Student Council members Mitch Sager, seventh grade, and Reese Welker, eighth grade, hand out decorated cups filled with hot chocolate mix, mini marshmallows and peppermint candies as a token of gratitude to members of St. Mary Parish in Kickapoo as Catholic Schools Week begins. A few of the activities planned by the Diocese of Peoria's 42 Catholic elementary schools, high schools and academies are listed below. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

KICKAPOO — It was all about gratitude as Catholic Schools Week kicked off on Jan. 31 around the Diocese of Peoria. At St. Mary Church here, those warm wishes were accompanied by a decorated cup filled with a packet of hot chocolate mix, mini marshmallows and peppermint candy all wrapped up in cellophane and a […]

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