Living the Word: Jesus is not merely king, but our Lord and the Son of God

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion/March 28 (At the procession with palms) Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16 (At the Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 — 15:47  My 6-year-old is often impatient with his siblings. Usually, it is during play, when he has imagined a very specific narrative of interaction […]

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Baby Fulton Joseph a blessing surrounded by love, joy, faith, music, and many prayers

Knowing that babies in the womb can hear at around 18 weeks, Royce Hood wrote a song for his unborn son that uses the baby's heartbeat as its metronome and foundation. Here he sings "Fulton's Song" to the child and mother Elise. The YouTube video is embedded in our story below. (Provided photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: See update on this story here. Even though he hasn’t been born yet, Fulton Joseph Hood of Dunlap has showered blessings on his parents, Royce and Elise, and five older siblings. He has also made friends around the world, who have joined the Hoods in praying for a miracle for this tiny miracle […]

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“The Father” (Sony Classics)

Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins star in a scene from the movie "The Father." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults.(CNS/Sean Gleason, Sony Classics)

By Catholic News Service While this drama has nothing new to say about the challenges of dementia, it does present the difficulties resulting from that illness in an innovative way. In adapting his play with co-screenwriter Christopher Hampton, director Florian Zeller portrays the mental confusion of a man in his 80s (Anthony Hopkins) by keeping […]

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“Yes Day” (Netflix)

Jennifer Garner, Edgar Ramirez, Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner and Everyl Carganilla star in a scene from the movie "Yes Day." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Matt Kennedy, Netflix)

By Catholic News Service At the suggestion of a teacher (Nat Faxon), a once-adventurous and fun-loving couple (Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramírez) who fear they have become overly strict parents offer their children (Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner and Everly Carganilla) the experience of the title, a 24-hour period during which the kids make the rules […]

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Diocesan seminarian is chaplain of NCAA basketball tournament’s Mount St. Mary’s

Deacon Austin Bosse, a seminarian from the Diocese of Peoria and chaplain of the Mount St. Mary's basketball team, is pictured March 16 with team members, coaches, and support staff at the site of the Mountaineers "First Four" NCAA basketball tournament game against Texas Southern. Deacon Bosse is third from left in the front row. (Provided photo/Liz Moir, Mount St. Mary's Athletics)

INDIANAPOLIS — When the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament begins late Thursday afternoon, the very first game will feature a seminarian who is just two months away from being ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Peoria. No, Deacon Austin Bosse won’t be shooting 3-point shots or making soaring dunks. But he […]

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Illinois bishops urge action to stop repeal of state’s Parental Notice of Abortion Act

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was released March 16 by the Catholic Conference of Illinois. It was signed by the bishops heading the Archdiocese of Chicago and the dioceses of Belleville, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We, the diocesan bishops of Illinois, write today out of great concern.  Bills […]

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Pastors’ creativity, desire to provide sacraments continue year into pandemic

Assisted by Deacon Donald Koeberlein, Father Keith Walder celebrates Mass at Calvary Cemetery just east of Philo for members of St. Thomas Parish. He has been celebrating Mass there and at St. Mary Cemetery in Pesotum since permisson for outdoor Masses as given last June. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

With towering pine trees for a steeple and bright sun providing warmth, members of St. Thomas Parish in Philo gathered in Calvary Cemetery east of town for Mass on March 7. The joy of being together was evident on the faces of those sitting in cars and lawn chairs and in their ability to receive […]

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