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Unable to go to national March for Life, students pray, rally together in Peoria

Wearing specially designed hoodies they had hoped to unite them at the national March for Life that day, students from Peoria Notre Dame are seen in the foreground during the opening procession of a Respect Life Mass celebrated at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Jan. 21. Five other high schools were represented at the Mass. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Sharing the disappointment felt by many Catholic high school students in the diocese at not being able to attend that day’s national March for Life in Washington, D.C., Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka offered a memorable lesson Jan. 21 to those attending alternate events planned for them in Peoria. Bishop Tylka urged the students, and all […]

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March for Life speakers confident about abortion law changes but see work ahead

People walk up Constitution Avenue headed toward the U.S. Supreme Court while participating in the 49th annual March for Life in Washington on Jan. 21. (CNS photo/Jim Bourg, Reuters)

By Carol Zimmermann / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Speakers at the annual March for Life on Washington’s National Mall Jan. 21 spoke of a likely tipping point in the current protest against legalized abortions in the United States, but they also urged the crowd to remain vigilant in their advocacy and support for […]

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Fr. Richard Brunskill, 77, dies; visitation, funeral Mass are in Chatsworth Jan. 27

Father Richard Brunskill

CHATSWORTH — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sts. Peter and Paul Church here on Thursday, Jan. 27, for Father Richard W. Brunskill, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and the former pastor of nine of its parishes. Father Brunskill died on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at Piper City Rehab […]

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“Scream” (Paramount)

This is the movie poster for "Scream." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive.(CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Meta-stupid slasher flick in which a high school student (Jenna Ortega), her estranged older sister (Melissa Barrera) and the senior sibling’s boyfriend (Jack Quaid), among others, find themselves in the path of a copycat serial killer intent on upholding the homicidal tradition that has periodically plagued a small rural town and […]

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“Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” (Amazon)

This is a scene from the animated movie "Hotel Transylvania: Transformania." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Thin fourth installment in the animated franchise that kicked off in 2012, directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska. Ongoing tension between the proprietor of the titular hostelry, Count Dracula (voice of Brian Hull), and his free-spirited human son-in-law (voice of Andy Samberg) leads to the transformation of the former into […]

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Wedding at Cana offers opportunity to chronicle nature of Jesus’ ministry

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word/By Shawn Reeves Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 16 Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 The Scriptures are replete with marital language. Creation concludes with a marriage (Genesis 2:24-25); the poetic drama Song of Songs is pregnant with spousal imagery; the prophets persistently use marriage as a metaphor for divine […]

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Bishops offer gratitude as schools operate in ‘demanding circumstances’

Vanessa Fite calls the objects her kindergartners are looking for during a game of bingo at Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee. In a letter to principals, faculty and staff dated Jan. 10, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said he and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka appreciate everything they are doing “in very complicated and demanding circumstances” as COVID-19 continues to surge. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As principals, faculty and staff at Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria returned to the classroom after Christmas break, they received words of encouragement from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who said he and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka “deeply appreciate all that you are doing today in very complicated and demanding circumstances.” “We know […]

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Morton school adds tool to purify air, fight COVID, seasonal flu and colds

This is an inside look at how the ultraviolet lights are working on the gym ventilation system at Blessed Sacrament School in Morton. “Note the coil is clean, no build-up of biofilm,” said John Huser, buildings and maintenance supervisor. “The only build-up of biofilm is on the bottom and that is slowly being killed.” (Provided photo)

MORTON — Like every other Catholic school in the Diocese of Peoria, Blessed Sacrament School has made it a priority for its 217 students to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer often, and wear masks in order to keep COVID-19 at bay. Last November, they added one more safety measure that sets them apart, however. […]

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Round-up of Respect Life events in diocese to mark abortion ruling anniversary

Several prayerful and educational events are planned in the Diocese of Peoria near the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

Parishes, schools and organizations around the Diocese of Peoria will make the case for life from conception until natural death by hosting Masses and a variety of other events in the days to come in commemoration of the Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion in 1973. On the diocesan level, a Mass for the Legal […]

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COVID surge changes plans for diocese’s high school March for Life pilgrims

Students from Peoria Notre Dame High School are shown at the 2020 National March for Life in Washington, D.C. The COVID-19 surge led Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to cancel diocesan high school participation in this year's march Jan. 21, but the pilgrims are now invited to a Mass and program in Peoria on the same day. (Provided photo)

There will be no Catholic high school groups from the Diocese of Peoria traveling to the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., this year. Citing the dramatic increase in the number of transmissions and positive cases of COVID-19, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on Jan. 7 canceled diocesan high school participation in the annual […]

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