Bishop Tylka to celebrate Mass for new Catholics at cathedral on June 5

Trisha Lengfelder (left) with her sponsor Susan Zola listens as the Exsultet or Easter Proclamation is sung at the beginning of the Easter Vigil at St. Matthew Church in Champaign on April 16. Lengfelder would be received into full communion with the Catholic Church, be confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time that evening. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Those who were received into the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter Vigil have been invited to join Bishop Louis Tylka on Pentecost Sunday, June 5, for a Mass for New Catholics. It will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 607 N.E. Madison Ave. The families, friends and sponsors who accompanied these […]

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Four characteristics that indicate a life of authentic Christian discipleship

Living the Word / By Tim Irwin Sixth Sunday of Easter/May 22 Acts 15:1-2,22-29; Psalm 67:2-3,4,5,8; Revelation 21:10-14,22-23; John 14:23-29 Americans highly value convenience. When companies retool their products and services, they hope to make things more convenient for their customers. The website I use to book golf tee times has recently been reworked and to […]

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“Family Camp” (Roadside)

This is the movie poster for "Family Camp." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Roadside)

By Catholic News Service Leaden evangelical comedy in which the wife (Leigh-Allyn Baker) of a business-obsessed dad (Tommy Woodard) convinces him to sign their family up for a weeklong visit to the summer camp their parish runs in the hope of getting him to focus on being a spouse and father. Instead, he gets caught […]

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“Downton Abbey: A New Era” (Focus)

Hugh Bonneville, left, Elizabeth McGovern, center, and Laura Carmichael, right, star in a scene from the movie "Downton Abbey: A New Era." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Ben Blackall, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Screenwriter Julian Fellowes once again weaves his magic with this second film adaptation of his landmark ITV and PBS television series. This time out, the titular grand manor plays host to the cast and crew of a silent movie whose director (Hugh Dancy) falls for the married elder daughter (Michelle Dockery) […]

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Katie Faley: Praying with Mary through the powerful tool of the rosary

"No matter what aspect of the faith we meditate upon while praying the rosary," writes Katie Faley, "we are assured that Mary is listening to our prayers and imploring the Father to shower us with His grace." (CNS/Reuters)

May is such a wonderful month, isn’t it? We finally get to see the May flowers that the April showers worked so hard to nourish, the world regains its color, and we get to celebrate our earthly mothers and our heavenly mother. There are so many ways to honor Mary — May crownings, the Memorare, […]

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High schools complete strategic plan process; implementation set this fall

Matthew Vander Vennet, director of advancement and development at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, makes a point as the advancement committee for the Partners in Mission process at the school gets busy on April 29. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — The High School of Saint Thomas More became the fifth and final diocesan high school to put together a strategic plan this month, with the guidance of Partners in Mission, a Boston-based consulting firm engaged by the Office of Catholic Schools. With the approval of Bishop Louis Tylka, all the plans are due […]

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Nearly 500 will graduate from Catholic high schools in the diocese this month

The 85 seniors of St. Bede Academy in Peru pose for a group photo before the school's 130th Commencement on Sunday, May 15. The six other Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria will host graduation Masses and exercises the following two weekends. (Provided photo/Katherine Koyak, St. Bede Academy)

Learning to love like Jesus is a lifelong pursuit, and members of the Class of 2022 should expect the unexpected and not be afraid to “jump into the unknown” when surprises interrupt their best-laid plans. That was just some of the advice given to 85 seniors by speakers at the 130th Commencement of St. Bede […]

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New ‘Fountain of Grace Grotto’ is created, blessed at Peoria Notre Dame

Father Corey Krengiel, chaplain at Peoria Notre Dame High School, sprinkles holy water in blessing the new Fountain of Grace Grotto, "a little home for Our Lady." The May 8 celebration included reconsecrating the school to Our Lady. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Peoria Notre Dame High School was once again set aside for God’s purposes as the school community celebrated the dedication and blessing of the new Fountain of Grace Grotto. The ceremony, which took place on May 8, included reconsecrating the school to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Father Corey Krengiel, chaplain, said that by consecrating […]

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