“Renfield” (Universal)

Nicholas Hoult and Nicolas Cage star in a scene from the movie “Renfield.” The OSV News classification is O -- morally offensive. (OSV News photo/Michele K. Short, Universal Pictures)

By OSV News Potentially enjoyable comic material is washed away by a flood of gore in this send-up of the horror genre. Nicholas Hoult plays the titular character, the longtime but increasingly disaffected assistant to Dracula (Nicolas Cage). As he seeks to break free from his servitude and acquires a love interest in the person […]

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Funeral planned April 24 for Deacon Gary L. Schultz, 75, of Farmington

Deacon Gary L. Schultz

FARMINGTON — A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 24, at St. Matthew Church here for Deacon Gary L. Schultz, a member of the Diocese of Peoria’s eighth class of permanent deacons. Msgr. Timothy Nolan will preside at the 11 a.m. liturgy. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. A visitation […]

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Ours is a faith of second chances, renewal and forgiveness

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word l Deacon Greg Kandra Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy l April 16 Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31 This Sunday gives us one of my favorite Gospel readings — a story of doubt that turns into belief, of stubbornness that gives way to assent and conversion. It […]

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Léonie Martin: The sister in the shadow

Cause of Our Joy l Katie Faley April is National Autism Awareness Month. While there’s technically an official patron saint of those with autism (St. Thorlak), there’s a lesser-known patron hiding in the shadow of her very famous sister. Léonie Martin was the older sister of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. There wasn’t much known about […]

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New spiritual adviser to Council of Catholic Women finds right ‘outfit’

Deacon Ed Mallow receives a blessing from Bishop Louis Tylka before proclaiming the Gospel at the Memorial Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in January. In addition to serving at St. Thomas the Apostle in Peoria Heights, Deacon Ed assists at liturgies at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

By Paul Thomas Moore PEORIA HEIGHTS — On the last day of their pilgrimage to the Holy Land in February, Deacon Ed Mallow of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and the rest of the “Peoria pilgrims” rose at 4:30 a.m. and walked along the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem. “It was still dark, and […]

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Catholic Charismatic day of renewal planned for April 22 in Peoria

Deacon Kevin Zeeb

“I Am Waiting for You, Come!” is the theme for a Catholic Charismatic Renewal day of renewal planned for Saturday, April 22, at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 N.E. Madison Ave., in Peoria. It will begin with registration at 9 a.m. and end with prayer at 3:30 p.m. The speakers will be Deacon Kevin Zeeb […]

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Baby Food Project marks 50 years of supporting life, with help from students

Seventh-graders from St. Patrick School in Washington deliver baby food and formula to the St. Gianna Baby Pantry of Catholic Charities in Peoria as part of the 50th annual Baby Food Project on March 31. With them is Kay Grillot, president of Tazewell County Right to Life. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

All concerned were feeling blessed as they participated in the 50th Annual Tazewell County Right to Life Baby Food Project in support of pregnant women and their children on March 31. Chris Kapraun’s seventh grade class from St. Patrick School in Washington had a chance to present the baby food they had collected personally to […]

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Divine Mercy Sunday dispenses ‘sprinkles of mercy’ across diocese April 16

Polish Sister St. Faustina Kowalska is depicted with an image of Jesus Christ the Divine Mercy. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

In 2000, St. John Paul II declared that the Second Sunday of Easter would be devoted to the celebration of God’s great mercy. Catholics around the Diocese of Peoria will come together again this Sunday, now known as Divine Mercy Sunday, to pray and give thanks. A feature of Divine Mercy Sunday is the possibility […]

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Bishop’s Easter Letter encourages all to ‘Make Jesus visible by who you are!’

Bishop Louis Tylka pours holy water over John Marchetti of St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal as he baptizes him at the Easter Vigil at St. Mary's Cathedral on April 8. Marchetti would take John the Baptist as his confirmation name a few minutes later. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Easter l April 9, 2023 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We celebrate with great joy the good news of Christ’s resurrection. Our Easter joy comes from the witnessing to us and through us that Jesus has conquered death and lives anew. As St. Peter testified: “They put him to death by hanging him on a […]

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