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Classrooms of St. Aloysius filled with learning again

Classrooms of St. Aloysius filled with learning again

By William T. Clew | The Catholic Free Press HARDWICK – St. Aloysius School in the Gilbertville section of town is alive again, thanks to support of parents, teachers, St. Aloysius Parish, the Worcester Diocese and especially members of the McQuaid family, which has provided “bucks, brains and brawn” to bring it to life. It […]

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Mark Shriver searches for real Pope Francis

Mark Shriver searches for real Pope Francis

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – A Holy Cross graduate from a family prominent in politics and social service returned to his alma mater, promoting Pope Francis and the college’s retreats. Mark K. Shriver, nephew of President John F. Kennedy and president of Save the Children Action Network, spoke at the […]

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African choir evangelizes in song

African choir evangelizes in song

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WEST BOYLSTON – Evangelization was the focus as a Catholic choir launched its first CD Saturday. St. Andrew’s African Choir Ministry recorded the music CD, titled “The Gift of Love,” (Zawadi ya Upendo in Swahili). The 16 choir members from various countries sing for African Masses at […]

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  • Journey to the priesthood: Joseph Rice

    Journey to the priesthood: Joseph Rice

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    By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press “A lot of people I know stopped going to church,” a local Catholic told The Catholic Free Press this week. Why? They felt they’d done things for which they couldn’t be forgiven. His solution? Become a priest. “I always desired to help people,” explained Deacon Joseph David […]

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  • Missionaries of Mercy to continue their work

    Missionaries of Mercy to continue their work

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    By Tanya Connor and William T. Clew The Catholic Free Press Three “missionaries of mercy” designated by Pope Francis lived in the Diocese of Worcester during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, but did some of their work outside the country. As “missionaries of mercy,” Assumptionist Father Dinh Vo Tran, and pastors Father Peter J. Joyce […]

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  • Parish collects, distributes backpacks for homeless people

    Parish collects, distributes backpacks for homeless people

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    By Susan Bailey CFP Correspondent Brilliant ideas often come at the dinner table. This was the case recently with Jeff and Rose Lawrence and their grandchildren. During a discussion regarding a CCD project taking place at St. Edward’s in Westminster involving Our Father’s House (an organization serving the homeless in Fitchburg), one child posed a […]

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  • Finding ‘room in the inn’ for retired religious

    Finding ‘room in the inn’ for retired religious

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    By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent Is there room for Jesus – and his followers – in your inn? This weekend, Dec. 10-11, the National Religious Retirement Office will give parishioners in the Diocese of Worcester the chance to be the “innkeepers” who make that decision to have a positive, life-enhancing impact on the lives of […]

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  • Local

    Two to be ordained Dec. 17

    Two to be ordained Dec. 17

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    By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – Two men are to be ordained during a 10 a.m. Mass, Dec. 17 at St. Paul Cathedral. Deacon Joseph David Rice, of Our Lady of Providence Parish at St. Bernard’s Church, is to be ordained a priest. Henry Ramírez Pínzon, of Colombia, is to be […]

  • National

    Oakland bishop prays for victims, first responders in warehouse fire

    Oakland bishop prays for victims, first responders in warehouse fire

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    By Catholic News Service OAKLAND, Calif. (CNS) — In response to the Dec. 2 fire that erupted in an Oakland warehouse, Bishop Michael J. Barber of Oakland said in a statement that his “prayers and thoughts are with all those who have died or are suffering from the tragic fire.” “We also pray for the […]

  • International

    ‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

    ‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

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    By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Even the Christmas decorations seem more cheerful this year in Bethlehem. A new display of Santa’s reindeer and sleigh were about to alight at the main traffic circle on Manger Street, and a big white Christmas tree made of lights perched merrily next to […]

  • Vatican

    Vatican commission launches child protection website

    Vatican commission launches child protection website

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    By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has launched a beta version of its website in English and has included its template for local guidelines on preventing sexual abuse, resources for a day of prayer for the victims and survivors as well as a mailing address […]

  • Commentary

    Orphans in liquid nitrogen

    Orphans in liquid nitrogen

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    Making Sense of Bioethics By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk Some humanitarian tragedies occur quietly and “in the background,” only gradually coming to light years or decades after serious harm has already occurred, like nerve damage in infants exposed to lead paint, or cancers in patients who were exposed to asbestos. More recently, the humanitarian tragedy of […]

  • Spiritual

    At Christmas, recognize your sin and let God caress you, pope says

    At Christmas, recognize your sin and let God caress you, pope says

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At Christmas, God reveals his full power, which is the power of relentlessly seeking his lost sheep and, when he finds them, giving them a caress, Pope Francis said. “One who does not know the caresses of the Lord does not know Christian doctrine. One […]