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Rediscovering our neighbors, with help from Pope Francis, Mother Teresa’s Sisters

Father Jeremy Freehill and members of St. Ann Parish check on a neighbor during their weekly rosary walk through the church neighborhood on the south side of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

My Vocation is Love / By Lindsey Weishar In early October, Pope Francis released his encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti.” He offers the parable of the Good Samaritan as a model of neighborliness: “Like the chance traveller in the parable, we need only have a pure and simple desire to be a people, a community, constant and […]

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“Let Him Go” (Focus)

Diane Lane and Kevin Costner star in a scene from the movie "Let Him Go." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Kimberley French, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service In mid-1960s Montana, a retired sheriff (Kevin Costner) and his strong-willed wife (Diane Lane) are concerned for the welfare of their young grandson after their widowed daughter-in-law (Kayli Carter) and her physically abusive second husband (Will Brittain) abruptly leave town and move in with his family in North Dakota. Traveling there […]

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Sister Estelle Wiltz, OP, dies; Peoria native was a former principal in Peoria, Kewanee

Sister Estelle Wiltz, OP

SINSINAWA, Wis. — A funeral Mass was offered on Oct. 29 at the Dominican motherhouse here for Sister Estelle Wiltz, OP, a longtime educator who served as principal at St. Mark School in Peoria and Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee. Burial followed in the Motherhouse Cemetery. Sister Estelle died Oct. 21, 2020, at St. Dominic […]

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Wisdom requires deep listening to the whispers of God

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Nov. 8 Wisdom 6:12-16; Psalm 63:2,3-4,5-6,7-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 Wisdom is a topic that has, on the surface of it, great appeal. Who would not want wisdom? How do I gain wisdom? We can think in our minds of a person who exemplifies it. But what is wisdom? Many years […]

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“Come Play” (Focus)

Gavin MacIver-Wright, Winslow Fegley, Azhy Robertson and Jayden Marine star in a scene from the movie "Come Play." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Jasper Savage, Amblin Partners via Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Reasonably effective and refreshingly gore-free monster movie in which an isolated 8-year-old autistic boy (Azhy Robertson) is stalked by an otherworldly creature who pretends to want to befriend him but in fact has a far darker design in mind. With her marriage (to John Gallagher Jr.) breaking down, the lad’s mom (Gillian Jacobs) […]

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Sr. Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, dies; funeral Mass is Thursday at St. Mary Monastery

Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, a longtime classroom and music teacher who published a book about her experiences earlier this year, died at St. Mary Monastery on Oct. 27, 2020. She was 91. Because of restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, a private visitation and Christian wake service are planned for […]

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Why I feel close to Fr. Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus

The beatification ceremony for Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be celebrated Oct. 31, 2020, in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. Father McGivney is pictured in an undated portrait. (CNS file photo)

Guest Column / By Jack Swan On Oct. 31, the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney will be the first American-born parish priest to be beatified. (See related story here.) Although many believe he attained sainthood two days after his 38th birthday on the morning of Aug. 14, 1890, he has been fervently prayed to and […]

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Jesus sums up law of the entire universe with beautiful, profound simplicity

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 25 Exodus 22:20-26; Psalm 18:2-3,3-4,47,51; 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10; Matthew 22:34-40 “I have made this letter longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter,” wrote Blaise Pascal. Real simplicity requires genius. The holy grail of physics is the “theory of everything” that will […]

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Praying silently, publicly on abortion, trusting that God hears and answers

Catholic Post columnist Paul Thomas Moore prays in the annual Life Chain on Oct. 4 outside the Planned Parenthood facility in Peoria.

“In My Father’s House” / By Paul Thomas Moore It’s very pleasant here, I’m thinking. Some elderly folks have lawn chairs on the sidewalk. Kids are playing on the grass just beyond. Most of us don’t know one another, though we all know why we’re here. It’s Sunday, October 4th. The breeze is whispering early-autumn […]

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