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“Blithe Spirit” (IFC)

Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens star in a scene from the movie "Blithe Spirit." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Angus Young, IFC Films)

By Catholic News Service As part of the research for a screenplay he’s writing, a celebrated crime novelist (Dan Stevens) invites a well-meaning but inept medium (Judi Dench) to conduct a seance at his home, during which she unwittingly conjures up the specter of his late wife (Leslie Mann), significantly complicating his relationship with his […]

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Pray with Bishop Tylka: Here is his parish, religious community list for March

Of course a parish under the patronage of St. Patrick is on Bishop Tylka's list for March 17, St. Patrick's Day. In 2021 it will be St. Patrick Parish in LaSalle, whose historic church is pictured here.

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for the parishes of the Diocese of Peoria by name with the help of a prayer calendar he developed with Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception — also known as the Heading Avenue Franciscans. In addition to the parishes, the calendar […]

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Catechumens, candidates take next step in their faith journeys at Rite of Election

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, engages in some light banter with Father Adam Cesarek, pastor of of St. Mary Parish in Pontiac, before he signs the parish's Book of the Elect at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion Feb. 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Each parish and Newman Center has taken a different path to prepare adults and children to receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist at the Easter Vigil over the last year, but all of them converged at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last weekend for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing […]

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Time is right to pressure pharmaceutical industry on ethical concerns: doctor

A medical assistant fills a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Tim Millea, president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities, says the time is right to pressure the pharmaceutical industry to avoid ethical concerns in future research and produciton. (CNS/Reuters)

While the church has taught that it is morally acceptable and an “act of charity” to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, a Quad Cities physician active nationally in Catholic health care policy says now is the time to pressure the pharmaceutical industry to avoid ethical concerns in future research and production. “This is an opportunity that […]

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Local first-time authors pen books on God’s grace, providence, life’s milestones

From left are Joyce Heiple of Germantown Hills, author of "Grace Through the Seasons"; Steve Mamanella, former diocesan communications director, author of "Providential"; and Ottawa Marquette Academy teacher Clara O'Neal, author of "You're on Your Way!"

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Feb. 28 edition of The Catholic Post included stories on three first-time authors with ties to the Diocese of Peoria who have recently had their books published. We’ll start their stories on this page, and link to the full accounts. — AUTHOR JOYCE HEIPLE HOPES THE MEMORIES SHE SHARES AWAKEN OTHERS TO […]

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Author Joyce Heiple hopes the memories she shares awaken others to God’s grace

GERMANTOWN HILLS — Joyce Heiple knows well enough by now that if God wants something, she’ll get the message if she’s willing to listen. That’s what she hopes her new book, “Grace Through the Seasons,” will help others do, too. She’s so attentive to God’s grace because “it’s what’s made me who I am,” she […]

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Brother Marion “Daniel” Sanchez, OSB, LaSalle native, dies unexpectedly at 29

Brother Marion Sanchez, OSB

LASALLE — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 22 at St. Patrick Church here for Brother Marion “Daniel” Sanchez, OSB, a LaSalle native who was a Benedictine Brother of St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama. Brother Marion died unexpectedly on Feb. 16 at the rectory of St. Mary Parish in Milaca, Minnesota. He […]

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Lent offers us the opportunity to ponder and sacrifice for what is truly lasting

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word / By Shawn Reeves Second Sunday of Lent / Feb. 28 Genesis 22:1-2,9a,10-13,15-18; Psalm 116:10,15,16-17,18-19; Romans 8:31b-34; Mark 9:2-10 Working with engaged couples, I am sometimes dismayed to see how much more planning and imagination has gone into the wedding day than the marriage. The vast majority of couples I have worked with […]

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