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Bishop McManus and priests share joys, challenges

Bishop McManus and priests share joys, challenges

By Tanya Connor Evangelization and catechesis of their people, and their own guidance, spiritual renewal and retirement needs, were among concerns priests raised with Bishop McManus in small group meetings this fall. In an interview with The Catholic Free Press Monday, the bishop also spoke briefly about the annual pew count and gave updates about […]

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Leicester parishes officially merge

Leicester parishes officially merge

By Tanya Connor Two Leicester parishes, St. Joseph and St. Pius X, were officially merged into a new parish called St. Joseph-St. Pius X at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 29. The parishes celebrated the merger the previous weekend, at Lord’s Day Masses for the feast of Christ the King, according to Father Robert A. Loftus, pastor. […]

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Trinity Catholic’s ‘kindness cards’ give school a good name

Trinity Catholic’s ‘kindness cards’ give school a good name

By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent SOUTHBRIDGE – They are for practicing random acts of kindness, said Josie Citta, principal of Trinity Catholic Academy, about their “pay-it -forward” cards. The school also has “word-of-mouth” cards – but more on those later. The idea for the pay-it-forward cards came from Melissa Hilli, a pre-school aide and real […]

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Featured Articles

  • Filling up local food pantries

    Filling up local food pantries

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    By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent Cash is king. At least that’s the case at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at Saint John Paul II Parish in Southbridge. During Advent, some people might be wondering what type of presents they can give to their local parish-based food bank, which serve the needy throughout the […]

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  • Mother, daughter share special bond

    Mother, daughter share special bond

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    By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent Tammi Novia joyfully carries the cross for many Masses at St. Mary Parish in Jefferson. Her mom, Anna Nelson, said that someone once asked her daughter if she was afraid of carrying the cross so high. Mrs. Nelson said, “She turns and looks at them. She said, ‘I’m not carrying […]

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  • Nativity grads come back

    Nativity grads come back

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    By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent WORCESTER – They graduated from the Ignatius Class of Nativity School in 2006, St. John’s High School in 2010, and Providence College in 2014. Juainer Beato-Lopez and Jacob A. Kelley are now back at Nativity School teaching as part of the Nativity Fellows Program. Mr. Lopez and Mr. Kelley are […]

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  • Scholar goes to prison,  forms Thomas Merton Society chapter

    Scholar goes to prison, forms Thomas Merton Society chapter

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    By Tanya Connor SHIRLEY – The only chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society that is located in a prison is at MCI-Shirley, according the 83-year-old who started it there. John Collins, a member of St. Mary Parish in Shrewsbury who writes columns about the popular Trappist monk for The Catholic Free Press, said this […]

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  • Local

    Diocese plans trips to March for Life

    Diocese plans trips to March for Life

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    WORCESTER  – With prayers for warmer weather this year, the diocesan Respect Life Office is accepting reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis for the trip to Washington D.C.  to attend the Jan. 22 March for Life. Last year’s bus trips to the March for Life were cancelled when a snowstorm up and down the East […]

  • National

    N.Y. religious leaders ask that protests  be peaceful

    N.Y. religious leaders ask that protests be peaceful

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    By Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — The day after a grand jury decided it would not indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, the New York City Commission of Religious Leaders asked that any protests arising from the matter be peaceful. “We all agree […]

  • International

    Agencies prepare response as powerful typhoon takes aim on Philippines

    Agencies prepare response as powerful typhoon takes aim on Philippines

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    By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Catholic and other humanitarian agencies prepared for another potentially devastating storm in the central Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit continued to gain strength and approached the same region devastated 13 months ago. The government Dec. 4 ordered mandatory evacuations of flood-prone and coastal communities, including portions […]

  • Vatican

    Vatican to release findings of investigation of U.S. women religious

    Vatican to release findings of investigation of U.S. women religious

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The final report of a five-year, Vatican-ordered study of communities of women religious in the United States will be released by the Vatican Dec. 16. The top two officials of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and three leaders […]

  • Commentary

    Everyone deserves a home

    Everyone deserves a home

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    By Tony Magliano Just imagine for a moment that you have no home. What will you do for meals today? Where will you shower? Where will you sleep? If you have children, how will you provide for them? And how will you cope with being homeless tomorrow, next week, next month? Such imaginations are distressing. […]

  • Spiritual

    ‘Everyday saints’ build their faith on the rock of Christ, pope says

    ‘Everyday saints’ build their faith on the rock of Christ, pope says

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — “Everyday saints” are those for whom faith is not just about appearances, who do not go around strutting like peacocks, but who live God’s love even in the midst of struggle, Pope Francis said. Those who are only “apparent Christians,” who put on the faith […]