Jan Smith, pro-life champion and founder of Family Resources Center, dies at 88

Jeannette A. "Jan" Smith

MORTON — A funeral was held on March 16 for Jeannette A. “Jan” Smith, the founder and longtime director of the Family Resources Center in Peoria. She was 88. Mrs. Smith died March 11, 2023, in Morton. “I learned with sadness about the death of Jan Smith,” said Father William Miller, chair of the Diocesan […]

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Fish dinners in full swing around diocese

The following list was compiled from information provided to The Catholic Post. New listings will be added as they become available. If you would like to add a fish fry, send an email to Jennifer Willems at — BLOOMINGTON: The Knights of Columbus, Father John D. Ring Council 574, will hold a fish fry every […]

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“65” (Sony)

Adam Driver stars in a scene from the movie “65.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Patti Perret, courtesy Sony)

By OSV News When the spaceship he pilots is wrecked by meteors, a humanoid alien (Adam Driver) crash lands on prehistoric Earth where he and the only other survivor of the disaster, a young passenger (Ariana Greenblatt) who reminds him of the ailing daughter (Chloe Coleman) he left at home, must trek to a rescue […]

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“Scream VI” (Paramount)

Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Mason Gooding star in a scene from the "Scream VI." The OSV News classification is O -- morally offensive. (OSV News photo/Philippe Bossé, Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s)

By OSV News Dreary horror flick in which the franchise’s trademark masked killer — or someone simply dressed in his guise — menaces the lives of an array of young actors while also targeting series veterans now regarded as “legacy” characters. The latter include two sisters (Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega) as well as a […]

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“Champions” (Focus)

Ernie Hudson and Woody Harrelson star in a scene from the movie “Champions.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Shauna Townley, Focus Features)

By OSV News Positive basic values, including an implicit pro-life message, underlie the somewhat rough-grained surface of this sports comedy, adapted by director Bobby Farrelly from the 2018 Spanish-language film “Campeones.” To avoid prison time following his arrest for drunk driving, an emotionally isolated basketball coach (Woody Harrelson) whose career has been stymied by anger […]

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“Jesus Revolution” (Lionsgate)

Jonathan Roumie and Kelsey Grammer star in a scene from the movie “Jesus Revolution.” The OSV News classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (OSV News photo/Dan Anderson, Lionsgate)

By OSV News Warmhearted fact-based drama recounting how large numbers of the Woodstock generation were won over to Evangelical Christianity through the unlikely collaboration between a believing hippy (Jonathan Roumie) and a previously starchy California minister (Kelsey Grammer). As their expanding mission leads to mass baptisms, their eventual converts include a once-troubled teen (Joel Courtney) […]

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Sister Margaret Murphy, OSB, longtime educator, dies; funeral planned March 10

Sister Margaret T. Murphy, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Sister Margaret T. Murphy, OSB, on Friday, March 10, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. West. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. and be livestreamed through the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery Facebook page. Burial will follow in […]

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How are we being transformed this Lent?

Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB

Living the Word l Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB Second Sunday of Lent l March 5 Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 33:4-5,18-19,20,22; 2 Timothy 1:8b-10; Matthew 17:1-9 On our property at St. Mary Monastery, in an open space that can be easily viewed from our health care area windows, we have planted a witchhazel bush. The witchhazel has an […]

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