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“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” (Columbia)

This is a scene from the movie "Venom: Let There Be Carnage." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service The sequel to 2018’s “Venom,” directed by Andy Serkis, is two films in one: a raucous buddy comedy about an investigative journalist (Tom Hardy) and the eponymous alien lizard learning to coexist, and a loud and violent action thriller with multiple villains, all worthy of the Marvel comic source material. An […]

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“The Many Saints of Newark” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "The Many Saints of Newark." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Not so much a prequel to “The Sopranos” than a richly textured origin story of Tony Soprano, this is a matter of details to fans of the long-running drama, and confusing to anyone else. Screenwriters David Chase and Lawrence Konnor and director Alan Taylor show us that Tony’s belief, expressed in […]

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Urbana parish ‘reignites’ and keeps the fire burning after paying off debt

Father Joel Phelps, former parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish in Urbana, stands by with another lighter as the certificates symbolizing the loan from the Diocese of Peoria are burned by (from left) Father Anthony Co, Father George Remm and Father Joseph Hogan on Sept. 26. The debt was paid down more than a year ahead of schedule. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

URBANA — When parishioners started raising funds to expand and renovate St. Patrick Church here, parish leaders said there should be a party with dancing in the streets when the debt was finally paid off. That’s exactly what happened last Sunday, as Father Anthony Co, pastor; Father George Remm, pastor emeritus; and Father Joseph Hogan […]

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Gratitude, prayers for police, firefighters, and first responders voiced at Blue Mass

Officer Brieanne Lonergan of the Rock Island Police Department prays during the Blue Mass celebrated Sept. 26 at Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island. To her right is Officer Jacob Waddle, also of the Rock Island police. Both are members of Sacred Heart Parish. (Provided photo/Kelly Haertjens)

ROCK ISLAND — Prayers of gratitude for — and the protection of — law enforcement professionals, firefighters, EMTs, and all who risk their lives for others’ safety were voiced during a Blue Mass celebrated Sept. 26 at Sacred Heart Church here. “This Mass is our opportunity to give thanks to you for your service, to […]

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100 couples celebrate the gifts of love, faith, and family at Anniversary Mass

Sam and Cheryl Pagoria gaze at one another as Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka offers a blessing over couples attending the Diocese of Peoria’s Anniversary Mass on Sept. 26 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The Pagorias, members of Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Spring Valley, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2021. (For The Catholic Post/Daryl Wilson)

The “gift of love” was celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 26 when nearly 100 couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria who are observing silver and golden wedding anniversaries in 2021 gathered for a Mass celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka. “Your perseverance, your loyalty to one another, is not just […]

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“Dear Evan Hansen” (Universal)

Ben Platt and Kaitlyn Dever star in a scene from the movie "Dear Evan Hansen." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Ben Platt reprises his Broadway role as the angst-ridden teen of the title in director Stephen Chbosky’s screen version of the award-winning 2016 musical drama. After the troubled brother (Colton Ryan) of the fellow student for whom the lad yearns (Kaitlyn Dever) takes his own life, a misunderstanding leads the parents […]

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“Cry Macho” (Warner Bros.)

Clint Eastwood stars in a scene from the movie "Cry Macho." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Clint Eastwood directed and stars in this gentle, though naive, road movie, set in 1980. He plays a burned-out rodeo star who, at the behest of his ex-boss (Dwight Yoakam), a Texas rancher, travels to Mexico to find the cattleman’s preteen son (Eduardo Minett) and bring him to the States to […]

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Diocese’s catechists have creatively taught God’s love during pandemic

With catechists and members of the RCIA team standing behind him, Father Donald Levitt, pastor at Christ the King Church in Moline, extends his hand in blessing to include parents and grandparents as witnesses to the Catholic faith in their families on Catechetical Sunday, Sept. 19. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

COVID-19 made it difficult, but catechists around the Diocese of Peoria found new and creative ways to teach young people about God’s love, the friendship of Jesus, and why it’s important to live their faith all day, every day. Last Sunday they were praised for their ongoing efforts as parishes celebrated Catechetical Sunday. This year’s […]

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