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$1.6 million bequest left to Partners in Charity

$1.6 million bequest left to Partners in Charity

The Diocese of Worcester has received bequest of $1.6 million from the estate of Claire R. Berthiaume to support Partners in Charity, Bishop McManus has announced. The annual Partners in Charity Appeal, which helps support 28 charitable, educational and ministerial organizations in the diocese, ended its fund drive Aug. 31, the end of the 2013-14 […]

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Millbury school year starts with new principal

Millbury school year starts with new principal

By Tanya Connor MILLBURY – God loves us – and others. And we should do the same. A new principal and pastor are seeking to counter a culture of violence with this message. John Hoogasian said Father Daniel R. Mulcahy, who became pastor of St. Brigid and Our Lady of the Assumption parishes July 1, […]

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Holy Cross buys West Boylston property

Holy Cross buys West Boylston property

By Father Paul J. Tougas Special to The CFP The College of the Holy Cross has purchased a 54-acre estate in West Boylston for use as a retreat center to accommodate the college’s burgeoning retreat program. The property was purchased on July 11 for $1.7 million, according to public records. The retreat movement is a […]

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  • ‘We don’t really retire,’ Father Mahoney says

    ‘We don’t really retire,’ Father Mahoney says

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    By Laura Lambert CFP Correspondent A 77-year-old retired priest, Father Thomas E. Mahoney,  knew all his life that he wanted to become a priest.  However, this knowledge didn’t stop him from procrastinating. “I knew since I was a little kid that I wanted to be a priest, maybe because I was brought up around priests […]

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  • Father Ryan balanced work and family

    Father Ryan balanced work and family

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    By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent In Romans 8:28, the Apostle Paul proclaims: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” In 1990, Marianne Lauria, a loving, devoted 34-year old mom, passed away from a brain aneurysm. Her brother faced the tragedy by fulfilling her wishes that […]

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  • Father Roy wants local Fraternity of Priests

    Father Roy wants local Fraternity of Priests

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    By Tanya Connor “This is my body, given for you.” “In to me see.” Using these phrases, a local priest encouraged about 30 of his peers from around the world to put relationship before ministry. Father Michael J. Roy said that this year he gave one of the major talks and celebrated the closing Mass […]

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  • The question – Teacher or Priest? The answer – Priest

    The question – Teacher or Priest? The answer – Priest

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    By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent WEBSTER – If he had to live his life over, he would do it the same way – with no regrets.  So said Father Charles Edward John Borowski, 73, who retired three years ago this June. In May he celebrated 48 years in the priesthood.  He is looking forward to […]

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  • Local

    Trinity Catholic honors ‘winningest coach’

    Trinity Catholic honors ‘winningest coach’

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    By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent SOUTHBRIDGE – More than 100 people gathered last Saturday evening to celebrate and honor Barbara “Bardy” Stevens at the LaSalle Reception Center for her award-winning accomplishments as coach of Bentley University’s women’s basketball team. Father Peter Joyce, pastor of Saint John Paul II Parish, welcomed everyone, and noted that Ms. […]

  • National

    Christian leaders meet Obama, discuss concerns for Mideast minorities

    Christian leaders meet Obama, discuss concerns for Mideast minorities

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    By Barb Fraze Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Eight Eastern Christian leaders spent 40 minutes talking to President Barack Obama about the situation of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. “We felt how deeply moved he was by what was happening to the Christians there,” Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch, said […]

  • International

    Ukrainian bishops tell West not to be accomplices in ‘sin of murder’

    Ukrainian bishops tell West not to be accomplices in ‘sin of murder’

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    By Catholic News Service LVIV, Ukraine (CNS) — Ukraine’s Catholic bishops have warned their country is now “flowing in blood,” and urged Western governments not to become “accomplices in the sin of murder” by failing to support it. “This peaceful sovereign nation has been subjected to a direct military intervention by a northern neighbor — […]

  • Vatican

    Feast days of Sts. John Paul II, John XXIII added to universal calendar

    Feast days of Sts. John Paul II, John XXIII added to universal calendar

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In light of “countless requests from every part of the world,” Pope Francis has approved putting Sts. John Paul II and John XXIII on the church’s universal calendar of feast days. Called the General Roman Calendar, it is the universal schedule of holy days and […]

  • Commentary

    James Foley: ‘It didn’t make sense, but faith did’

    James Foley: ‘It didn’t make sense, but faith did’

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    No one deserves to die like this. And no parents or family members should have to deal with the reality that the heinous and barbaric way in which their loved one is taken from them is temporarily available for a worldwide audience to view on YouTube. Though we could turn this into another debate about […]

  • Spiritual

    Deathbed ordination ‘reflects Paschal Mystery,’ says bishop

    Deathbed ordination ‘reflects Paschal Mystery,’ says bishop

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    By Rick Musacchio Catholic News Service SAN ANTONIO (CNS) — As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption Seminary: “Where is Bishop Choby?” “When will he get here?” And finally: “How many more hours until he ordains me?” Carmona, a fourth-year theology seminarian […]