Faith and farming: Fr. Lee Brokaw offers blessings and prayers at harvest time

While the goal is to keep the combine moving during harvest, brothers Tim and Todd Main of Altona made an exception so Father Lee Brokaw could bless their equipment Sept. 24. Perhaps more important than blessing the machinery is the prayer he offers for the farmers, that they might remain close to God. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ALTONA — Dwarfed by a combine that could harvest 12 rows of corn at a time, Father Lee Brokaw raised his arms and blessed the machine as he had five others at the request of his parishioners in Galesburg and Abingdon. The blessings extend far beyond the farm equipment, however. “I pray that farmers are […]

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Final call for photos of deceased loved ones for Post’s 2 All Souls memorial video

A screen capture from The Catholic Post's 2018 All Souls Day memorial video. We once again invite readers to submit photos of recently deceased loved ones for inclusion in our 2021 tribute.

The Catholic Post invites photos of loved ones who died in the past year for inclusion in a memorial video to be released on Nov. 2, All Souls Day. The photos should be of persons from within the Diocese of Peoria who have died since Sept. 1, 2020. They may be emailed to  or […]

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Several communities to host public square rosaries on Saturday, Oct. 16

(The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Public Square Rosary rallies are planned for next Saturday, Oct. 16, around the Diocese of Peoria. They will be among 20,000 rosary rallies held across the United States on that day, chosen because of its nearness to the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, which occurred in Fatima on Oct. 13, 1917. Gatherings made […]

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Paul Moore: ‘I’d like to share my story with you . . . it has a good ending’

In My Father’s House / Paul Moore She had prayed for the right way to approach people entering the Planned Parenthood clinic. She’d tried, “Can I share some resources with you?” However, she discovered that people entering or leaving abortion clinics weren’t too interested in receiving “resources.” Instead, trial, error and prayer taught her to […]

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‘Holy Eucharist’ is theme for parish mission in Moline offered Oct. 17-19

Father Britto M. Berchmans

MOLINE — “Holy Eucharist: The Gift and The Call” is the theme for a parish mission that will be given Oct. 17-19 at Sacred Heart Church, 1608 13th St. The speaker will be Father Britto M. Berchmans. Sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. each day. The sacrament of reconciliation will be available following the […]

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Living the Word: The treasure of eternal life is learned through self-giving

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 10 Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90:12-13,14-15,16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30 There was once a revolutionary, who when he was young, prayed to God “Lord, give me the energy to change the world.” As he approached middle-age and realized that half his life was gone without changing a […]

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Respect Life Dinner speaker challenges pro-lifer’s thinking on ‘exceptions’

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka welcomes those attending the Diocese of Peoria's Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 2 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. At left is Cecilia Soñé, director of Respect Life Ministry for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

It is fair to say that Kristi Hofferber, the keynote speaker at the Diocese of Peoria’s Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 2, is “exceptional.” The adoption advocate and pro-life counselor from the St. Louis area challenges the thinking not only of pro-choice advocates but many in the pro-life community as well. “Those who are conceived […]

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“The Addams Family 2” (MGM)

This is a movie poster for "The Addams Family 2." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/MGM)

By Catholic News Service In this animated sequel to the 2019 film, directed again by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, the beloved characters from the imagination of Charles Addams are as creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky as ever, and the humor remains dark and macabre, but overall good-natured. Gomez (voice of Oscar Isaac) and Morticia […]

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