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Gratitude, prayers for police, firefighters, and first responders voiced at Blue Mass

Officer Brieanne Lonergan of the Rock Island Police Department prays during the Blue Mass celebrated Sept. 26 at Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island. To her right is Officer Jacob Waddle, also of the Rock Island police. Both are members of Sacred Heart Parish. (Provided photo/Kelly Haertjens)

ROCK ISLAND — Prayers of gratitude for — and the protection of — law enforcement professionals, firefighters, EMTs, and all who risk their lives for others’ safety were voiced during a Blue Mass celebrated Sept. 26 at Sacred Heart Church here. “This Mass is our opportunity to give thanks to you for your service, to […]

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100 couples celebrate the gifts of love, faith, and family at Anniversary Mass

Sam and Cheryl Pagoria gaze at one another as Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka offers a blessing over couples attending the Diocese of Peoria’s Anniversary Mass on Sept. 26 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The Pagorias, members of Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Spring Valley, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2021. (For The Catholic Post/Daryl Wilson)

The “gift of love” was celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 26 when nearly 100 couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria who are observing silver and golden wedding anniversaries in 2021 gathered for a Mass celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka. “Your perseverance, your loyalty to one another, is not just […]

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“Dear Evan Hansen” (Universal)

Ben Platt and Kaitlyn Dever star in a scene from the movie "Dear Evan Hansen." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Ben Platt reprises his Broadway role as the angst-ridden teen of the title in director Stephen Chbosky’s screen version of the award-winning 2016 musical drama. After the troubled brother (Colton Ryan) of the fellow student for whom the lad yearns (Kaitlyn Dever) takes his own life, a misunderstanding leads the parents […]

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“Cry Macho” (Warner Bros.)

Clint Eastwood stars in a scene from the movie "Cry Macho." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Clint Eastwood directed and stars in this gentle, though naive, road movie, set in 1980. He plays a burned-out rodeo star who, at the behest of his ex-boss (Dwight Yoakam), a Texas rancher, travels to Mexico to find the cattleman’s preteen son (Eduardo Minett) and bring him to the States to […]

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Diocese’s catechists have creatively taught God’s love during pandemic

With catechists and members of the RCIA team standing behind him, Father Donald Levitt, pastor at Christ the King Church in Moline, extends his hand in blessing to include parents and grandparents as witnesses to the Catholic faith in their families on Catechetical Sunday, Sept. 19. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

COVID-19 made it difficult, but catechists around the Diocese of Peoria found new and creative ways to teach young people about God’s love, the friendship of Jesus, and why it’s important to live their faith all day, every day. Last Sunday they were praised for their ongoing efforts as parishes celebrated Catechetical Sunday. This year’s […]

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Sale of hand-painted bowls, homemade soups will benefit Sophia’s Kitchen

Claire Crone (center), director of Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria, looks in on Sadie Pierce, Jane Seiler and Marlee Curtis who are putting their artistic skills to work as part of the Spoonful benefit for Sophia's Kitchen. In all, 200 bowls were painted Sept. 13-14. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PEORIA HEIGHTS — Who says you can’t help people and have fun at the same time? Budding Picassos, Van Goghs and Rembrandts gathered at Fired Up Pottery here on Sept. 13-14 to paint bowls that will be sold to benefit Sophia’s Kitchen, the sandwich program located at St. Joseph Church in downtown Peoria. Among those […]

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What keeps us from living as disciples of Jesus?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 26 Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19:8,10,12-13,14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 This Sunday’s Gospel explores the question: who speaks authentically on behalf of Jesus? It also offers a stern message concerning those things that might stop us from fully accepting the invitation from Jesus to live as his disciples. The […]

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Lindsey Weishar: ‘Thou mayest,’ and the necessity of tending to our wounds

"Cruella embraces an identity that denies the goodness within her and damages her relationships with others," writes Lindsey Weishar of the subject of the movie "Cruella," portrayed here by Emma Stone. (CNS photo/Laurie Sparham, Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

My Vocation is Love / Lindsey Weishar A facet of the 21st century I appreciate is film and literature’s interest in the boundary between good and evil. Though the culture also has huge blind spots when it comes to identifying good and evil, it does well in troubling the idea that a person is either […]

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