Pray with Bishop Tylka: Here is his parish, religious community prayer list for April

St. Patrick Church in Colona is pictured. Bishop Tylka will pray for the Colona faith community on Tuesday, April 20.

Since the beginning of the year, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for the parishes of the Diocese of Peoria by name with the help of a prayer calendar. It was developed with the assistance of Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). In addition […]

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“Nobody” (Universal)

RZA, Bob Odenkirk and Christopher Lloyd star in a scene from the movie "Nobody." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Allen Fraser, Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service A mild-mannered suburban family man (Bob Odenkirk) gets caught up in an escalating cycle of crime and violence after thieves break into his house. What his opponents, who eventual include a Russian mob boss (Alexey Serebryakov), initially fail to realize, though, is that he is a highly skilled former military operative […]

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An invitation to ‘The Lost Art of Sacrifice’ — a powerful part of our faith

Reviewed by Lindsey Weishar In a culture in which the concept of sacrifice is often either misunderstood or ignored, Vicki Burbach’s “The Lost Art of Sacrifice” invites readers to delve into a powerful part of our Catholic spirituality. A compelling image Burbach offers for understanding sacrifice is her experience of teaching swimming students how to […]

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Living the Word: Jesus is not merely king, but our Lord and the Son of God

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion/March 28 (At the procession with palms) Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16 (At the Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 — 15:47  My 6-year-old is often impatient with his siblings. Usually, it is during play, when he has imagined a very specific narrative of interaction […]

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“The Father” (Sony Classics)

Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins star in a scene from the movie "The Father." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults.(CNS/Sean Gleason, Sony Classics)

By Catholic News Service While this drama has nothing new to say about the challenges of dementia, it does present the difficulties resulting from that illness in an innovative way. In adapting his play with co-screenwriter Christopher Hampton, director Florian Zeller portrays the mental confusion of a man in his 80s (Anthony Hopkins) by keeping […]

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“Yes Day” (Netflix)

Jennifer Garner, Edgar Ramirez, Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner and Everyl Carganilla star in a scene from the movie "Yes Day." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Matt Kennedy, Netflix)

By Catholic News Service At the suggestion of a teacher (Nat Faxon), a once-adventurous and fun-loving couple (Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramírez) who fear they have become overly strict parents offer their children (Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner and Everly Carganilla) the experience of the title, a 24-hour period during which the kids make the rules […]

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Illinois bishops urge action to stop repeal of state’s Parental Notice of Abortion Act

The Catholic Bishops of Illinois have urged citizens to contact their state represenatives, state senators, and the Governor to oppose legislation before the General Assembly that would repeal Illinois' Parental Notice of Abortion Act. (Photo of State Capitol from

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was released March 16 by the Catholic Conference of Illinois. It was signed by the bishops heading the Archdiocese of Chicago and the dioceses of Belleville, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We, the diocesan bishops of Illinois, write today out of great concern.  Bills […]

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