How are we sharing God’s light?

Living the Word l Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) l March 19 1 Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13a; Psalm 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 Both the first reading and the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Lent provide great drama. In the reading from the book of Samuel the focus is on the selection […]

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Proud to be Irish and Catholic at St. Patrick’s Mass and parade in Peoria

The float designed by the Diocese of Peoria invited people to "Live Like an Irish Saint" during the 41st St. Patrick's Day parade in Peoria March 17. Bishop Louis Tylka walked in front, while St. Patrick (Stephen Berlinger) walked behind. The back of the float had Bishop Tylka's coat of arms and episcopal motto, "Go Make Disciples." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“Everyone should be proud of their heritage, but we have better music and better food,” said Rita O’Neil Loyd, who was selected as Irish Mother of the Year for 2023 by the St. Patrick’s Society in Peoria. Few would have disagreed with her as the city’s 41st St. Patrick’s Day parade stepped off. Taking part […]

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Jan Smith, pro-life champion and founder of Family Resources Center, dies at 88

Jeannette A. "Jan" Smith

MORTON — A funeral was held on March 16 for Jeannette A. “Jan” Smith, the founder and longtime director of the Family Resources Center in Peoria. She was 88. Mrs. Smith died March 11, 2023, in Morton. “I learned with sadness about the death of Jan Smith,” said Father William Miller, chair of the Diocesan […]

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Third video in ‘Five Foundations’ series released, focuses on fostering vocations

Sister M. Bernadette, FSGM, and Father Chase Hilgenbrinck have a conversation about vocations, starting with everyone’s call to holiness, for the third video in a series on Bishop Louis Tylka’s “Five Foundations.” The video was released March 14. (Provided photo)

Everyone has a vocation. “We are all called to discern how best to serve the Lord, the church, and our communities,” said Bishop Louis Tylka as he introduced the third video in a series about the “Five Foundations” on which he hopes the Diocese of Peoria will build a “mission-driven, vibrant church of tomorrow.” As […]

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Fish dinners in full swing around diocese

The following list was compiled from information provided to The Catholic Post. New listings will be added as they become available. If you would like to add a fish fry, send an email to Jennifer Willems at — BLOOMINGTON: The Knights of Columbus, Father John D. Ring Council 574, will hold a fish fry every […]

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‘Messiness of life’ proves to be fertile ground for Pope Francis at 10 years

Bishop Louis Tylka greets Pope Francis on Sept. 8, 2022, the final day of a weeklong course of formation in Rome for more than 150 new bishops from around the world. Bishop Tylka said the pope has influenced his ministry by affirming that life is messy and that's OK, because that's where we find God. (Photo courtesy of L'Osservatore Romano)

Bishop Louis Tylka knew when Pope Francis stepped out onto the balcony after his election on March 13, 2013, that things were about to change. “He came out dressed more simply and asked for prayers for him before he offered prayers for us,” Bishop Tylka said. “Something was different. Something was changing.” He said we […]

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“65” (Sony)

Adam Driver stars in a scene from the movie “65.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Patti Perret, courtesy Sony)

By OSV News When the spaceship he pilots is wrecked by meteors, a humanoid alien (Adam Driver) crash lands on prehistoric Earth where he and the only other survivor of the disaster, a young passenger (Ariana Greenblatt) who reminds him of the ailing daughter (Chloe Coleman) he left at home, must trek to a rescue […]

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More than 300 affirmed for their journey of faith at the Rite of Election

At the Rite of Election on Feb. 25, Bishop Louis Tylka leads the applause for those who will complete their initiation and be received in the full communion of the Catholic church at the Easter Vigil. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Lent is a time to be renewed and the word itself is about springtime, new growth and new life, said Bishop Louis Tylka as he presided over the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion on Saturday, Feb. 25, and Sunday, Feb. 26, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Addressing the more than 300 […]

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“Scream VI” (Paramount)

Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Mason Gooding star in a scene from the "Scream VI." The OSV News classification is O -- morally offensive. (OSV News photo/Philippe Bossé, Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s)

By OSV News Dreary horror flick in which the franchise’s trademark masked killer — or someone simply dressed in his guise — menaces the lives of an array of young actors while also targeting series veterans now regarded as “legacy” characters. The latter include two sisters (Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega) as well as a […]

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“Champions” (Focus)

Ernie Hudson and Woody Harrelson star in a scene from the movie “Champions.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Shauna Townley, Focus Features)

By OSV News Positive basic values, including an implicit pro-life message, underlie the somewhat rough-grained surface of this sports comedy, adapted by director Bobby Farrelly from the 2018 Spanish-language film “Campeones.” To avoid prison time following his arrest for drunk driving, an emotionally isolated basketball coach (Woody Harrelson) whose career has been stymied by anger […]

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