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Lindsey Weishar: Holy Uncertainty

The Resurrection window at St. John's Catholic Chapel in Champaign. (Provided photo)

My Vocation is Love / Lindsey Weishar If you’re ever at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center in Champaign for an evening Mass you may detect a light shining through the small Resurrection window behind the altar on the right side of the church. The light’s coming from Room 205; I know this because it was […]

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Summer gift ideas for young Catholics

Reviewer Katie Bogner recommends these three books for consideration as gifts for First Communicants, confirmands, and high school or college graduates. (Provided photo)

Reviewed by Katie Bogner Whether you are looking for sacrament and celebration gifts or suggestions for fun summer reading, here are some great new books for Catholic kids. For Your First Communicant “Saved by the Lamb: Moses and Jesus” — Maura Roan McKeegan This is the newest edition to the Old and New series, a […]

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The full text of the homily at the funeral Mass in Odell for Msgr. William Watson

Father Thomas Taylor gives the homily at the May 3 funeral Mass for Msgr. William Watson at St. Paul Church in Odell. (Screenshot from Watson-Thomas Funeral Home livestream)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily at the May 3 funeral Mass at St. Paul Church in Odell for Msgr. William Watson. (See obituary here.) The homilist was Father Thomas Taylor, who served with Msgr. Watson at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Peoria Heights for 12 years. An archived video […]

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Join Bishop Tylka in praying for these parishes of the diocese during May

St. Mary in El Paso is one of several parishes under the Blessed Mother's patronage that are on Bishop Tylka's prayer list for May. He will specially remember the El Paso faith community on May 12.

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for each parish in the Diocese of Peoria by name, thanks to a calendar he developed with the assistance of Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). The prayer calendar also includes days special to the religious communities active […]

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Pope calls for monthlong global prayer marathon in May for end of pandemic

A health care worker wearing personal protective equipment pulls a patient suffering from COVID-19 on a stretcher outside Guru Teg Bahadur hospital in New Delhi on April 24. COVID-19 is claiming thousands of lives daily in India. (CNS/Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has called for a global prayer marathon for the entire month of May, praying for the end to the pandemic. “The initiative will involve in a special way all shrines in the world” in promoting the initiative so that individuals, families and communities all take part in reciting the […]

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‘The Way Back,’ ‘Pray,’ Dolly Parton special among 2021 Christopher Award winners

Christopher Awards are seen in this illustration photo. (CNS/Paul Schneck, courtesy The Christophers)

By Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — The feature film “The Way Back,” a documentary on Father Patrick Peyton, and a Christmas special featuring Dolly Parton were among this year’s Christopher Award winners. ABC News also claimed two awards among the 22 overall winners announced in New York by the Christophers, whose motto is […]

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