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Mount Carmel  parishioners invited to attend Our Lady of Loreto

Mount Carmel parishioners invited to attend Our Lady of Loreto

By William T. Clew The weekend Mass schedule at Our Lady of Loreto Parish has been expanded to accommodate parishioners from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel – St. Ann Parish after that parish church was closed last Sunday. Msgr. F. Stephen Pedone, pastor of both parishes, said that Loreto “is a beautiful church and they’re […]

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Pernet builds families

Pernet builds families

By Tanya Connor He hadn’t heard of Pernet Family Health Service, although he lived right down the street. That changed when he was about 15, and was invited to the agency’s Homework Club, he said. He went for the food – not the homework – and gained a lot more. Tyler Brown, 18, was sharing […]

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Worcester Diocese posts communications survey

Worcester Diocese posts communications survey

WORCESTER – The Diocese of Worcester, in conjunction with its parishes and missions throughout Worcester County, has launched an online survey for Catholics here. The survey is an important part of a communications strategic plan “which is focused on finding ways to be more of a communications ministry,” according to a press release from Raymond […]

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  • Bishop gives John Collins the John Cardinal Wright Award

    Bishop gives John Collins the John Cardinal Wright Award

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    By Tanya Connor John Collins, who has brought his knowledge of Thomas Merton to prison and the diocese through The Catholic Free Press, received the John Cardinal Wright Award from Bishop McManus April 21 at the Chancery. As Mr. Collins spoke, it seemed he could link the famed Trappist monk to anyone or anything. “I’ve […]

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  • Peaceful #ProtestPP highlights value of a sign

    Peaceful #ProtestPP highlights value of a sign

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    By Margaret M. Russell Nancy Clark didn’t want to carry a sign when she was praying outside the abortion facility on Pleasant Street. She said she didn’t want to draw attention to herself and just wanted to quietly pray for the women and babies entering the building where abortions are performed. One day a friend […]

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  • Sleeping St. Joseph gets a place in bishop’s office

    Sleeping St. Joseph gets a place in bishop’s office

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    The Society of Saint Joseph of Boston, recently presented Bishop McManus with a replica of “The Sleeping St. Joseph” statue that Pope Francis has on his desk at the Vatican. And now, Bishop McManus has one in his office too. Frank Mazzaglia, special projects assistant to the Worcester diocesan superintendent of schools, and a member […]

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  • Queen of Peace statue provides occasion to pray

    Queen of Peace statue provides occasion to pray

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    By Tanya Connor A statue of the Queen of Peace is providing a moving opportunity to pray for the United States during this election year. And after kissing the crown for the statue, a paraplegic said she  was relieved of her pain. These were among highlights people shared from this week’s visit of an International […]

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    Shrewsbury mother’s love leads to helping others

    Shrewsbury mother’s love leads to helping others

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    By Tanya Connor Everything in my whole life that I am most proud of is because of Michael,” Carolyn Brennan, of St. Mary Parish in Shrewsbury, says of her oldest child, named for an archangel. The only thing she is prouder of is being smart enough to marry her husband, Michael, she adds. Her vocation […]

  • National

    St. Katharine Drexel Shrine, Blessed Sacrament motherhouse put up for sale

    St. Katharine Drexel Shrine, Blessed Sacrament motherhouse put up for sale

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    By Lou Baldwin Catholic News Service PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the congregation founded by St. Katharine Drexel, announced that it will sell its historic motherhouse in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. The 44-acre property also contains the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel and her tomb. At a future date, St. Katharine’s tomb […]

  • International

    Catholic official says Zambians shocked by violence

    Catholic official says Zambians shocked by violence

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    By Bronwen Dachs Catholic News Service CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — Zambians are shocked and ashamed of the xenophobic violence in the capital, Lusaka, in which mostly Rwandans’ homes and shops were ransacked, a church official said. “We are totally at a loss trying to explain the reasons behind this violence,” said Father Cleophas […]

  • Vatican

    New nuncio to U.S. says he’s ready to listen and learn

    New nuncio to U.S. says he’s ready to listen and learn

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the new nuncio to the United States, said he is ready to learn about the Catholic Church in the country and will try his best to be Pope Francis’ emissary, particularly in promoting a church that is close to those who suffer. […]

  • Commentary

    Unity begins with me!

    Unity begins with me!

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    Our unity at any given time bespeaks the very unity of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our unity as People of God mirrors the love that is found at the heart of the Holy Trinity. Our unity proclaims God’s unconditional love for all. Christ’s “Prayer for Unity” is one of the most touching parts […]

  • Spiritual

    God’s intimate love gives Jesus to us

    God’s intimate love gives Jesus to us

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    This is the fourth column in a 13-part series. By Cackie Upchurch Director of Little Rock Scripture Study If not for sin, would God have sent his only Son into the world? Did Jesus come primarily to save us from our sinfulness, to offer atonement for the evil we have done? What if the pristine […]