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Are we too satisfied to accept what Jesus asks?

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 1 Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78:3-4,23-24,25,25,54; Ephesians 4:17,20-24; John 6:24-35 One of the worst things that can happen to us is that we become satisfied. In the first reading the Israelites complain to Moses, “Would that we had died at the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, […]

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Handwriting champion from LaSalle finds cursive ‘helps me think better’

Hanna Waszkowiak holds the journal and medal the Trinity Catholic Academy student received as a fifth grader for winning the state title in the 2021 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. (Provided photo)

LASALLE — Texting and email may rule the day in terms of communication for many people, but don’t count out handwriting just yet. Hanna Waszkowiak certainly hasn’t and it took the Trinity Catholic Academy student to a state title in the 2021 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. She was named the top fifth-grader in Illinois for […]

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Sister Ann Regina Hughes, OSF, dies; longtime educator, community treasurer

Sr. Ann Regina Hughes, OSF

WEST PEORIA — Visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial are planned for Thursday, July 29, at Immaculate Conception Convent here for Sister Ann Regina Hughes, OSF. Burial will take place on Friday, July 30, in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by the Mass at 7 p.m. Father Dagobert […]

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Visit, celebrate our new retreat center

We hope you can make it to Sunday afternoon’s open house at the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center, featured in a special section within this issue of The Catholic Post. But if you can’t, not to worry. This jewel of renewal, built on the site of the former retreat center originally known as […]

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Lindsey Weishar: ‘Why have I stayed Catholic?’ — a recollection, invitation

"If not Catholic, what else would I be? What other way of living life would be as full of meaning, as rich, as brilliantly mysterious?" writes columnist Lindsey Weishar.

My Vocation is Love / By Lindsey Weishar A friend recently shared that July 4th and New Year’s Eve are days of recollection for her. While those around her are focused on fireworks displays or welcoming in a new year, she takes a moment to pause, to take stock. My own moment to do this […]

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Fr. Joseph Mai-Chi-Thanh, 92, dies; funeral is Thursday morning in Champaign

Father Joseph Mai-Chi-Thanh

CHAMPAIGN — A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Matthew Church here at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, for Father Joseph M. Mai-Chi-Thanh, pastor emeritus of St. Mary Parish in Pesotum. Father Mai-Chi-Thanh, a native of Vietnam who ministered to Vietnamese Catholics in the Champaign and Peoria regions, died on Sunday, July 25, […]

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“Old” (Universal)

Aaron Pierre, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Gael García Bernal and Vicky Krieps star in a scene from the movie "Old." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service In between an intriguing set-up and a reasonably credible conclusion, this thriller loses its way, becoming by turns tedious and chaotic. A couple (Gael García Bernal and Vicky Krieps) on the verge of divorcing and their young children (Nolan River and Alexa Swinton) join other guests from the resort hotel at […]

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“Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” (Paramount)

Andrew Koji stars in a scene from the movie "Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Ed Araquel, Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Silly and ponderous, yet morally interesting, action adventure, adapted from the world of Hasbro toys by director Robert Schwentke. A wandering loner who brawls for money (Henry Golding) finds his life transformed when, under the patronage of the heir (Andrew Koji) to a powerful clan of ninja warriors, he’s offered the […]

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Diocese issues school opening guidelines: parents to decide on masks, vaccinations

A bulletin board message is seen at Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth in this Catholic Post file photo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

With a school system that covers 17,000 square miles across 26 counties, a one-size-fits-all approach for returning to school won’t work this year, according to Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria. Rather, diocesan schools will employ a “layered prevention strategy” with local control and an emphasis on decision making […]

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