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Catholic Schools Week activities highlight prayer, academics and fun

Brantley Drake and Charley Franey, pre-kindergarten students at Schlarman Academy in Danville, show that there is fun to be had while learning. Catholic Schools Week, which runs from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, features both, along with opportunities for prayer and service. (Provided photo)

“Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” is the theme for National Catholic Schools Week, which begins Sunday, Jan. 29, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 4. It is sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association. While the 44 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria may celebrate in different ways on different days, these themes from the […]

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St. Mary School in Bloomington has been ‘home’ to Donna Zvonar for 45 years

Donna Zvonar, who has taught for 45 years at St. Mary School in Bloomington, lets her class settle before handing out a test. She said she loves watching the students make discoveries and grow spiritually. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Catholic Schools Week starts tomorrow, Jan. 29, and runs through next Saturday, Feb. 4. The theme for the national celebration is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Jerry Sanderson, interim superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria, reflects on that theme in a column he wrote for The Catholic Post. What follows […]

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Catholic schools known for excellence, embrace church’s evangelizing mission

Jerry Sanderson

By Dr. Jerry Sanderson The annual observance of Catholic Schools Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the Christ-centered mission of Catholic schools and the impact that a Catholic education has on the lives of students. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” We see this theme lived out in our diocesan schools as […]

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Midway through journey, diocesan pilgrims to France send, receive prayers

Photos like this are being posted from the pilgrimage to France that is being led by Bishop Louis Tylka. Assisting are (from left) Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, diocesan vocation director of recruitment, and Father Patrick Henehan, diocesan vocation director of formation and pastor of St. Jude Parish in Peoria. Among the 40 pilgrims is Father Keith Walder (far right), pastor of St. Thomas Parish in Philo and St. Mary Parish, Pesotum. They are standing in front the altar at the tomb of St. John Vianney in Ars. (Provided photo)

Forty pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria aren’t alone in traveling back and forth from France Jan. 22-31. Prayers are also flying in both directions, especially prayers for vocations. Bishop Louis Tylka is leading the pilgrimage – today the group is in Nevers, Chartres and Lisieux – with the assistance of Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, diocesan […]

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“Missing” (Screen Gems)

Storm Reid and Megan Suri star in a scene from the movie "Missing." The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Temma Hankin, courtesy Screen Gems)

By OSV News Co-writers and directors Will Merrick and Nick Johnson keep viewers guessing with the ever-shifting plot developments of this internet-focused thriller, a stand-alone sequel to 2018’s “Searching.” A Los Angeles-based high school senior (Storm Reid) who takes the devotion of her widowed mother (Nia Long) for granted and is none too impressed with […]

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“A Man Called Otto” (Sony)

Tom Hanks stars in a scene from the movie "Otto." The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Niko Tavernise, courtesy Columbia Pictures)

By OSV News Generally goodhearted but formulaic profile of a curmudgeonly bereaved widower (Tom Hanks) whose grim outlook on life begins to change after he’s befriended, at first unwillingly, by a young couple (Mariana Treviño and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) who’ve just moved into his suburban housing development. As the sunny, spunky Latina wife works to dispel […]

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“M3GAN” (Universal)

This is a scene from the movie "M3GAN." The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults.(OSV News photo/Geoffrey Short, courtesy Universal)

By OSV News Wickedly funny send-up of the devil doll subgenre of horror films begins in a somewhat somber mood as a career-focused, emotionally repressed electronic toy developer (Allison Williams) tentatively tries to become a caregiver to her recently orphaned 8-year-old niece (Violet McGraw). But when the researcher employs one of her latest creations, the […]

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“Plane” (Lionsgate)

Gerard Butler and Mike Colter star in a scene from the movie "Plane." The OSV News classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (OSV News photo/Kenneth Rexach, courtesy Lionsgate)

By OSV News Gerard Butler stars as an airline captain who finds that crash landing his plane after it’s struck by lightning is only the first daunting difficulty he must overcome in this hard-edged action adventure, directed by Jean-François Richet. Other challenges include the fact that the Philippine island to which he was forced to […]

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Respect life goals remain in diocese, but events shift with reversal of Roe v. Wade

Pro-life advocates gather for the 50th annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 20. Among them were students from Peoria Notre Dame High School and Marquette Academy in Ottawa. (OSV News/Gregory A. Shemitz)

For decades, in the Diocese of Peoria and around the nation, the date Jan. 22 has been a rallying point for those promoting the sanctity of human life and honoring the tens of millions of lives ended by abortion since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decisions that legalized it. Those goals remain, but the court’s […]

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Webinars planned to help people talk to lawmakers about assisted suicide

Noting that legislation to legalize assisted suicide is coming to Illinois, the Catholic Conference of Illinois is planning training sessions to help people formulate “well-thought, organized, and respectful responses” when talking to lawmakers. Leading the webinars will be Bob Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, and Dawn Fitzpatrick, senior coordinator of Human […]

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