Only Jesus is the true shepherd

Father Timothy Hepner

Living the Word l Father Timothy Hepner Fourth Sunday of Easter l April 30 Acts 2:14a,36-41; Psalm 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6; 1 Peter 2:20b-25; John 10:1-10 Jesus seems to ask a lot of me. When I became serious about being his friend, I had to give up other friendships. I had to stop listening to certain kinds of music […]

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Relics of eucharistic revival patrons will travel around diocese April 20-23

Those who attended the High School Eucharistic Conference on April 20 weren’t the only ones who will have a chance to venerate the relics of Blessed Carlo Acutis and St. Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, the patrons of the National Eucharistic Revival. On loan from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the relics will be traveling through […]

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Why do we venerate relics of the saints?

By Father Anthony Co My father loved to walk around in the woods. While in the woods he would often find neat-looking branches or discarded lumber. At home, he would whack on them with a Filipino machete to turn them into walking sticks or other things. When my dad died there were only a couple […]

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“The Pope’s Exorcist” (Sony)

"The Pope's Exorcist" is a 2023 supernatural horror film starring Russell Crowe as the late Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, a longtime exorcist for the Diocese of Rome. The film is 'inspired by' the Italian priest's memoirs. OSV News classification, L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS photo/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

By OSV News Initially promising but ultimately overheated possession tale based on books published by high-profile exorcist Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth (Russell Crowe). Summoned from Rome to attend to an American boy (Peter DeSouza-Feighoney) temporarily living in Spain who shows strong signs of being under the dominion of a demon (voice of Ralph Ineson), the […]

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“Air” (Amazon)

Matt Damon, and Viola Davis star in a scene from the movie “Air.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Amazon Studios)

By OSV News Forceful fact-based drama, set in 1984, charts the efforts of a marketing executive (Matt Damon) to rescue the failing basketball division of Nike by signing rookie Michael Jordan and creating the Air Jordan brand. After winning over the company’s initially skeptical founder and CEO (Ben Affleck), he teams with the head of […]

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“Renfield” (Universal)

Nicholas Hoult and Nicolas Cage star in a scene from the movie “Renfield.” The OSV News classification is O -- morally offensive. (OSV News photo/Michele K. Short, Universal Pictures)

By OSV News Potentially enjoyable comic material is washed away by a flood of gore in this send-up of the horror genre. Nicholas Hoult plays the titular character, the longtime but increasingly disaffected assistant to Dracula (Nicolas Cage). As he seeks to break free from his servitude and acquires a love interest in the person […]

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Funeral planned April 24 for Deacon Gary L. Schultz, 75, of Farmington

Deacon Gary L. Schultz

FARMINGTON — A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 24, at St. Matthew Church here for Deacon Gary L. Schultz, a member of the Diocese of Peoria’s eighth class of permanent deacons. Msgr. Timothy Nolan will preside at the 11 a.m. liturgy. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. A visitation […]

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Ours is a faith of second chances, renewal and forgiveness

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word l Deacon Greg Kandra Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy l April 16 Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31 This Sunday gives us one of my favorite Gospel readings — a story of doubt that turns into belief, of stubbornness that gives way to assent and conversion. It […]

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