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Emmaus Days is returning to in-person this summer; registration now open

"More than Conquerors" is the theme for Emmaus Days 2021, a summer program for young men and boys sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria.

Registration is now open for Emmaus Days, a summer program for young men and boys sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria. After major adaptations last year because of the pandemic — including a series of online videos and small, one-day regional gatherings — the program returns to the familiar in-person format of four, multi-day sessions […]

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“Separation” (Open Road)

Violet McGraw and Rupert Friend star in a scene from the movie "Separation." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Blair Todd, Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service Schlocky horror flick from director William Brent Bell in which a failing comic-book artist (Rupert Friend) battles his soon-to-be ex-wife (Mamie Gummer), an angry lawyer, for custody of their 8-year-old daughter (Violet McGraw). After Mom suffers a mysterious, violent death, this cringe-inducing domestic drama gets grafted onto a ghost story involving […]

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“Here Today” (Sony)

Laura Benanti, Penn Badgley, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish and Audrey Hsieh star in a scene from the movie "Here Today." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Cara Howe, Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service In adapting a short story by his script partner, Alan Zweibel, director and co-writer Billy Crystal sets out to blend breezy humor with poignant drama. But his chronicle of the friendship between the aging comedy writer he plays and a buoyant street singer (Tiffany Haddish) whom the scribe meets by chance […]

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“Wrath of Man” (MGM)

Cameron Jack, Darrell D'Silva, Jason Statham, and Babs Olusanmokun star in a scene from the movie "Wrath of Man." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/MGM)

By Catholic News Service When a taciturn new employee (Jason Statham) joins a Los Angeles armored car company, it’s obvious to the audience, if not to his fellow employees (most prominently Holt McCallany), that he has an agenda of his own, one that eventually pits him against a gang of thieves made up of disgruntled […]

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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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