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“Come Play” (Focus)

Gavin MacIver-Wright, Winslow Fegley, Azhy Robertson and Jayden Marine star in a scene from the movie "Come Play." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Jasper Savage, Amblin Partners via Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Reasonably effective and refreshingly gore-free monster movie in which an isolated 8-year-old autistic boy (Azhy Robertson) is stalked by an otherworldly creature who pretends to want to befriend him but in fact has a far darker design in mind. With her marriage (to John Gallagher Jr.) breaking down, the lad’s mom (Gillian Jacobs) […]

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Sr. Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, dies; funeral Mass is Thursday at St. Mary Monastery

Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, a longtime classroom and music teacher who published a book about her experiences earlier this year, died at St. Mary Monastery on Oct. 27, 2020. She was 91. Because of restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, a private visitation and Christian wake service are planned for […]

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Why I feel close to Fr. Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus

The beatification ceremony for Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be celebrated Oct. 31, 2020, in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. Father McGivney is pictured in an undated portrait. (CNS file photo)

Guest Column / By Jack Swan On Oct. 31, the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney will be the first American-born parish priest to be beatified. (See related story here.) Although many believe he attained sainthood two days after his 38th birthday on the morning of Aug. 14, 1890, he has been fervently prayed to and […]

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Jesus sums up law of the entire universe with beautiful, profound simplicity

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 25 Exodus 22:20-26; Psalm 18:2-3,3-4,47,51; 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10; Matthew 22:34-40 “I have made this letter longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter,” wrote Blaise Pascal. Real simplicity requires genius. The holy grail of physics is the “theory of everything” that will […]

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Praying silently, publicly on abortion, trusting that God hears and answers

Catholic Post columnist Paul Thomas Moore prays in the annual Life Chain on Oct. 4 outside the Planned Parenthood facility in Peoria.

“In My Father’s House” / By Paul Thomas Moore It’s very pleasant here, I’m thinking. Some elderly folks have lawn chairs on the sidewalk. Kids are playing on the grass just beyond. Most of us don’t know one another, though we all know why we’re here. It’s Sunday, October 4th. The breeze is whispering early-autumn […]

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OSF HealthCare opens new medical office facilities in Champaign and Chillicothe

Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi blesses the new OSF Medical Group Primary Care facility at Union Square in Champaign during ceremonies on Oct. 12. Father Deus is chaplain of OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville. (Provided photo/OSF HealthCare)

Blessing and ribbon cutting ceremonies were recently celebrated at newly opened OSF HealthCare medical office complexes in Champaign and Chillicothe. In Champaign, a new primary care office has been opened at Union Square, 1712 W. Springfield Ave. The location has seven exam rooms, a procedure room, lab and x-ray services, an exam room for rehabilitation […]

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“Honest Thief” (Open Road)

Liam Neeson and Kate Walsh star in a scene from the movie "Honest Thief." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service An entertaining action thriller, this fast-paced game of cat-and-mouse between a bank robber with a conscience and a duo of crooked cops, directed and co-written by Mark Williams, offers its protagonist, should he prevail, two prizes: a shot at redemption and the love of a good woman. The eponymous criminal (Liam […]

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Sister M. Sara Koch, OP, dies; served 36 years at St. Malachy Parish/School, Rantoul

Sister M. Sara Koch, OP

SPRINGFIELD — A private Mass of Resurrection will be offered on Oct. 20 at Sacred Heart Convent here for Sister M. Sara Koch, OP, who served for 36 of her 59 years of religious profession at St. Malachy Parish in Rantoul, including two different times as school principal. Sister Sara died suddenly on Oct. 18, […]

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