Jesus’ birth occurred at a moment in history, but Son of God has always existed

Kim Padan

Living the Word/By Kim Padan Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord/Dec. 25 At the Vigil Mass: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 89:4-5,16-17,27,29; Acts 13:16-17,22-25; Matthew 1:1-25 Mass During the Night: Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,11-12,13; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 Mass at Dawn: Isaiah 62:11-12; Psalm 97:1,6,11-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20 Mass During the Day: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm […]

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“American Underdog” (Lionsgate)

Anna Paquin and Zachary Levi star in a scene from the movie "American Underdog." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Michael Kubeisy, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Cheerful, lively biopic tracing the initial challenges and eventual rise to stardom of NFL quarterback Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi). Though he proves himself an outstanding player in college, Warner’s alma mater is too far down on the pecking order for any pro team to consider drafting him or giving him a […]

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“The Matrix Resurrections” (Warner Bros.)

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss star in a scene from the 2021 film "The Matrix Resurrections." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Murray Close, courtesy Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service As this third sci-fi sequel — set 20 years after the last installment — opens, the computer whiz protagonist of the series (Keanu Reeves), once a rebel against the mental enslavement by which a race of intelligent machines kept vast numbers of humans trapped in the simulated reality of the title […]

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“Sing 2” (Universal)

This is an image for the movie "Sing 2." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Writer-director Garth Jennings’ follow-up to his 2016 animated jukebox musical finds that comedy’s ensemble of animal entertainers aiming for the big time. Led by the koala theater owner (voice of Matthew McConaughey) who brought them together in the kickoff, the singers and hoofers (voiced, among others, by Tori Kelly, Reese Witherspoon, […]

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‘Seeing the Face of God’ — a Christmas message from Bishop Louis Tylka

The Nativity of Our Lord is depicted in this section of a larger stained glass window from the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at the Diocese of Peoria's new Sacre-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia. It is one of nine windows from Germany that formerly adorned Sacred Chruch in Rutland and have now found a new home in the retreat center's main chapel. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Once again, we find ourselves prepared to welcome Christ in the celebration of Christmas. We have decorated our tree, wrapped the presents, and prepared our homes and meals. But more importantly, we have spiritually readied ourselves to welcome the truth of this holiday — our Savior has been born! Each time we delve into the […]

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Deadline nears to join bus pilgrimage to March for Life Chicago on Jan. 8

The Diocese of Peoria’s Respect Life Ministry is sponsoring a bus pilgrimage on Saturday, Jan. 8, to attend the March for Life Chicago 2022. Space is limited, and reservations must be made by Thursday, Dec. 23. The bus pilgrimage is open only to those 18 and older, and online registration can be done at […]

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Office of Catholic Schools will ‘err on the side of caution’ to nationwide school threat

The Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria will be on a “soft lockdown” on Friday, Dec. 17, due to a viral TikTok post threatening school violence across the United States. Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of the Diocese of Peoria’s 42 Catholic schools, sent an email to the pastors, chaplains, principals and diocesan school communities […]

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Advent invites us to walk the path of hope, prepare for peace Christ brings

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Living the Word/By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Fourth Sunday of Advent/Dec. 19 Micah 5:1-4a; Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 The last Sunday of Advent brings into focus the promise of a new and glorious age. We anticipate with the ancient Scriptures the birth of One who promises hope and peace to our weary world. The […]

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Lindsey Weishar: Let Mary lead us through Advent to the humble stable

Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe brought from homes for a blessing surround a display at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Dec. 11, the eve of her feast. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

My Vocation is Love / By Lindsey Weishar I think Advent may be one of my favorite times of the liturgical year. It’s a season infused with mystery, anticipation. The readings from Isaiah that we’ve encountered in the past weeks sound otherworldly — “the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb” (Is. 11:6), “Then will […]

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