“The Suicide Squad” (Warner Bros.)

Michael Rooker stars in a scene from the movie "The Suicide Squad." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/courtesy Studio Wildcard)

By Catholic News Service Intentionally over-the-top, gleefully gory mayhem overwhelms all other considerations in writer-director James Gunn’s DC Comics-based follow-up to 2016’s “Suicide Squad.” Lost under the crimson tide are a few clever witticisms and an overall spirit of genre self-mockery as a ruthless intelligence officer (Viola Davis) assembles an ensemble of imprisoned criminals (most […]

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Catholic schools in Diocese of Peoria will comply with Pritzker mask mandate

The 42 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria will follow Gov. JB Pritzker's mandate for universal masking in all schools in Illinois, from pre-kindergarten through high school, according to a statement released Aug. 4 by Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent. (Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

Citing the high transmission rates of the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the fact that vaccines have not yet been approved for children younger than 12, Gov. JB Pritzker on Aug. 4 announced a universal mask mandate for all schools and day cares. It is effective immediately and applies to everyone regardless of vaccination status. […]

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Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center’s main Chapel of the Sacred Heart, altar are dedicated

"It is our absolute honor to present to you the keys to the Chapel of the Sacred Heart," said Leanne Skuse, president of River City Construction in East Peoria, builders of the Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center, as she gave the keys to Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka in a ritual "handing over of the building" prior to the procession into the chapel for the Mass of Dedication on Aug. 2. Among those looking on are Msgr. Stanley Deptula and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA – The cornerstone of the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center bears the names of both Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, so it was fitting they shared roles as its Chapel of the Sacred Heart was dedicated on Monday, Aug. 2. Bishop Tylka was principal celebrant and presided […]

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Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center declared ‘beautiful’ by hundreds at open house

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka cut a ceremonial ribbon officially opening the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center during Sunday's open house in Magnolia. Looking on at right is Deacon Terry Stalsberg, executive director of the retreat center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA – The reviews started coming in shortly after the doors opened on Aug. 1 at the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center. And they are glowing. “I was just blown away,” said Chuck Loebach, a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Granville who attended Sunday’s open house with his wife, Nancy. “I figured […]

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