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Catholic Schools Week Masses, activities are being planned with a nod to safety

“Catholic Schools: Faith, Excellence, Service” is the theme for National Catholic Schools Week, which begins this Sunday, Jan. 30, and runs through next Saturday, Feb. 5. This the 48th year for the observance, which is sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association. The pandemic may be making things difficult, but the 43 Catholic schools and […]

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We cannot see distinctly until we see God directly in heavenly life

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word / By Shawn Reeves Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 30 Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19; Psalm 71:1-2,3-4,5-6,15, 17; 1 Corinthians 12:31 — 13:13; Luke 4:21-30 Mirrors never show things as they are. They always display the inverse of how things truly appear. The ancient Corinthians were artisans of mirrors. But they were not the mirrors you […]

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‘Adoption, the Loving Option’ is theme for pro-life prayer service in Galesburg Feb. 6

Traci Brown

GALESBURG — “Adoption, the Loving Option” is the theme for the interdenominational prayer service planned for Sunday, Feb. 6, by Knox County Right to Life. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 858 S. Academy St. The prayer service marks the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. […]

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Couples invited to Diocesan Marriage Mass, date night on Saturday, Feb. 12

Married couples will be invited to renew their wedding vows during the Feb. 12 Marriage Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Here Jon and Channon Rider of St. Mary Parish in Kickapoo do so at the 2019 Marriage Mass. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Just before Valentine’s Day, all married couples are invited to celebrate the gift of Christian marriage at the Diocesan Marriage Mass and Date Night scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12, in Peoria. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka will celebrate the Marriage Mass and lead the couples in a renewal of their wedding vows. The Mass begins at […]

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Fr. Robert Weakley, OFM, Peoria native, former pastor in Germantown Hills, dies

Father Robert Weakley, OFM Conv.

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Father Robert “Bob” Weakley, OFM, a Peoria native who served as pastor of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Germantown Hills for nine years, died on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at St. John the Baptist Friary in Cincinnati. He was 80. Franciscan friars, family, and friends will receive Father Bob’s body at […]

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March for Life speakers confident about abortion law changes but see work ahead

People walk up Constitution Avenue headed toward the U.S. Supreme Court while participating in the 49th annual March for Life in Washington on Jan. 21. (CNS photo/Jim Bourg, Reuters)

By Carol Zimmermann / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Speakers at the annual March for Life on Washington’s National Mall Jan. 21 spoke of a likely tipping point in the current protest against legalized abortions in the United States, but they also urged the crowd to remain vigilant in their advocacy and support for […]

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Fr. Richard Brunskill, 77, dies; visitation, funeral Mass are in Chatsworth Jan. 27

Father Richard Brunskill

CHATSWORTH — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sts. Peter and Paul Church here at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, for Father Richard W. Brunskill, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and the former pastor of nine of its parishes. Father Brunskill died on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at […]

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“Scream” (Paramount)

This is the movie poster for "Scream." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive.(CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Meta-stupid slasher flick in which a high school student (Jenna Ortega), her estranged older sister (Melissa Barrera) and the senior sibling’s boyfriend (Jack Quaid), among others, find themselves in the path of a copycat serial killer intent on upholding the homicidal tradition that has periodically plagued a small rural town and […]

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“Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” (Amazon)

This is a scene from the animated movie "Hotel Transylvania: Transformania." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Thin fourth installment in the animated franchise that kicked off in 2012, directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska. Ongoing tension between the proprietor of the titular hostelry, Count Dracula (voice of Brian Hull), and his free-spirited human son-in-law (voice of Andy Samberg) leads to the transformation of the former into […]

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