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Schools office names distinguished educators for the 2021-2022 academic year

The honorees will be profiled in the Catholic Schools Week section of The Catholic Post next month and recognized at a Mass and luncheon marking the end of the school year in May.

This week the Office of Catholic Schools announced the names of the Distinguished Pastor, Principal and Teacher who are being honored for outstanding service this year. They are Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., pastor of Holy Family Parish and School in Peoria; Patsy Santen, principal of St. Vincent de Paul School, Peoria; and Vanessa […]

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“West Side Story” (20th Century)

Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez star in a scene from the movie "West Side Story." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults.(CNS/Niko Tavernise, 20th Century Studios)

By Catholic News Service Splendid second film version of the classic 1957 Broadway musical, directed by Steven Spielberg. As it charts the romance of its modern-day Romeo and Juliet, Manhattan slum dwellers Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler), and their effort to cross the ethnic divide that separates them, a division embodied and intensified […]

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National Eucharistic Revival ‘a great opportunity’ for diocese: Bishop Tylka

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka celebrates Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Bishop Tylka took part in the fall assembly of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore in late November at which a three-year National Eucharistic Revival was approved. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

A three-year National Eucharistic Revival plan approved by the U.S. bishops on Nov. 17 presents “a great opportunity” for Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria to “deepen our appreciation for the gift of the Eucharist and its central place in our life of faith and in the church.” So said Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka after […]

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‘Greatest experience’ — Diocesan teens, Bishop Tylka among 11,000 at NCYC 2021

Pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria are pictured in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during a Nov. 19 general session of the National Catholic Youth Conference. (Provided photo/Phil Lee)

Celie Leibach will remember the “amazement” of being with nearly 11,000 teens from across the country at Lucas Oil Stadium for the closing Mass of the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. “I could feel the Holy Spirit in the room,” said the junior at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, adding […]

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Supreme Court justices seem willing to allow Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban

A pro-life advocate is seen near the U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 1, the day justices heard oral arguments in a case about a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of gestation. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

By Carol Zimmermann / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In the Supreme Court’s first major abortion case in decades — which looked at Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy — the majority of justices Dec. 1 seemed willing to let that ban stay in place. But it was unclear if they […]

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Altar cloth from pioneer days is returned to family of deacon in Nauvoo

Deacon Dan Moffitt (left) stands with Father Thomas Szydlik, parochial vicar of the five parishes in the Hancock County Catholic Community, and Deacon Bob Seidler. Father Szydlik is holding the nearly 200-year-old altar cloth, which has been folded and preserved in a box. They are standing in the 1820s Moffitt home. (Provided photo)

NAUVOO — A piece of family history has been returned to Deacon Dan Moffitt, thanks to a promise kept by another permanent deacon and distant cousin from Santa Clarita, California. That promise involves an altar cloth used in the cabin of Thomas Moffitt of Nauvoo by priests who traveled up and down the Mississippi River […]

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Advent a time of waiting, clearing obstacles

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Living the Word / By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Second Sunday of Advent/Dec. 5 Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6 In the days of the Baal Shem Tov, the saintly founder of this particular tradition of Hassidism, it would happen that he would take his disciples into a quiet spot in the forest. There […]

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After vows, Sister Clara Maria continues her ‘campus ministry in a habit’ at ISU

Sister Clara Maria of the Visitation and the Precious Blood of Christ smiles as she professes her perpetual vows as a member of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Receiving those vows is Mother Adela Galindo, foundress. Sister Clara Maria is assistant director of the St. John Paul II Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal. (Provided photo)

NORMAL — At one point in her life, Sister Clara Maria Malay, SCTJM, discerned that she was being called to marriage. Little did she know then that the call she had received was to be a bride of Christ as a member of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She entered […]

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Dangers of ‘screen addiction’ explored in presentation at Rock Island parish

Dr. Timothy Millea, president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities, makes a point during his Nov. 20 presentation "We Become What We Behold: The 'Other Pandemic' of Screen Addiction" at Farrell Hall of St. Pius X Church in Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

ROCK ISLAND — Do you stop what you’re doing — conversations, dinner, your job, even attentive driving — every time your smartphone pings a notification? Do you check your social media constantly to see if your latest post has another “like” or comment? Do you scroll through your Facebook feed repeatedly even though little has […]

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Grateful Morton parishioner Louis Hofer creates a sacred space in his backyard

Louis Hofer of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton is pictured near the backyard religious display he is happy to show all visitors to his home. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MORTON — Louis Hofer woke up one morning and had an idea to do something for Jesus. “He’s been so good to me,” says the 82-year-old member of Blessed Sacrament Parish here. But then Hofer already had much experience in serving his Savior, including through the Knights of Columbus and as a supply driver for […]

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