Diocesan youth have ‘amazing’ encounter with Jesus at Steubenville conference

Among the 5,000 high school students who attended the Steubenville STL Mid-America Conference at Missouri State University July 7-9 were young people from the Diocese of Peoria, including St. Thomas the Apostle in Peoria Heights, St. Mark in Peoria, Blessed Sacrament in Morton, St. Matthew and The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington, and Marquette Academy in Ottawa. (Provided photo)

High school students from around the Diocese of Peoria weren’t sure what they were going to find at the Steubenville Mid-America STL Conference at Missouri State University, but Jesus was waiting for them and he knew what he wanted them to find. It was none other than himself, present in the Eucharist, that touched hearts […]

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By practicing the faith, we can make light of Christ shine, reveal God’s kingdom

Living the Word l Tim Irwin Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time l July 23 Wisdom 12:13,16-19; Psalm 86:5-6,9-10,15-16; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43 St. Matthew presents five sermons spread throughout his Gospel, the most well-known being the Sermon on the Mount. Beginning last week and concluding next week, the Gospel readings feature the third great sermon — […]

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In fun and faith, Sheen Family Day shows life worth living, faith worth having

Volunteer Sarah Hogan, principal of St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria, conducts a guided tour of St. Mary’s Cathedral. She touched on Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s ordination there, and the time he dropped a wine cruet on the marble floor, causing it to shatter, while serving Mass for Bishop John Lancaster Spalding. The bishop predicted that one day young Fulton would study at Louvain University in Belgium, as he had, and be “just as I am” -- a bishop. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore of The Catholic Post Since the mid-20th century, Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been celebrated as a master of popular media for the purpose of inspiring faith. When they met in 1979, Pope John Paul II said of him, “You have written and spoken well of the Lord Jesus. You are […]

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“Oppenheimer” (Universal)

Cillian Murphy stars in the movie “Oppenheimer.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Melinda Sue Gordon, Universal)

By OSV News Impressive but uneven portrait of the famed theoretical physicist of the title (Cillian Murphy in a complex portrayal) who died in 1967, aged 62. Writer-director Christopher Nolan compellingly depicts both the scientist’s collaboration with a hard-driving Army general (Matt Damon) in the race to develop the atomic bomb during World War II […]

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“The Miracle Club” (Sony Classics)

Laura Linney and Mark O'Halloran star in a scene from the movie “The Miracle Club." The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Jonathan Hession, Sony Classics)

By OSV News A pilgrimage to Lourdes provides the framework for this tender tale about long-festering emotional wounds and the possibilities of reconciliation and renewed relationships. In a hardscrabble neighborhood of 1967 Dublin, two best friends (Maggie Smith and Kathy Bates) excitedly prepare to journey to the sacred destination in the company of a third […]

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“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” (Paramount)

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie “Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning - Part One.” The OSV News classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (OSV News photo/Christian Black, Paramount Pictures and Skydance)

By OSV News Slick, vibrant seventh adventure for Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and his band of plausibly deniable espionage collaborators (principally Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg). This time out, they’re not only up against human villains (Esai Morales, Vanessa Kirby) but an experimental Artificial Intelligence project run amok and intent on ruling the world as […]

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Totus Tuus: Helping young people take a summer plunge into the waters of faith

Children of the Danville Vicariate say good morning to heaven as part of the Totus Tuus morning “pump up” at Schlarman Academy on June 21. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore of The Catholic Post DANVILLE — In approximately 50 dioceses across North America, it wouldn’t be summer without Totus Tuus. The Diocese of Peoria is one of them. This year, 22 parishes are hosting the weeklong program with daytime itineraries for children entering grades one through six, and evening schedules for teens […]

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