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Many called  to enter the Church – Colleges join  parishes at rite

Many called to enter the Church – Colleges join parishes at rite

By Tanya Connor Despite cold, stress, and distance from family, Brent Tai realizes he’s not alone. He’s learning things he wouldn’t gain from the academic education he’s here from Taiwan to pursue. This is part of the story the Holy Cross College sophomore tells about participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Sunday […]

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Suffering people put you in the presence of God

Suffering people put you in the presence of God

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – The president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services gave suggestions Wednesday for how people here can work with and for those in need around the world. First, it’s important to “not turn our eyes away from the people who are suffering.” Second, “know that suffering is relevant to us because […]

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St. Anna School’s social media sparks interest

St. Anna School’s social media sparks interest

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent LEOMINSTER – In less than two years, St. Anna Elementary School has had three principals. The current one is Bobbie French, who took over last summer. Things are going very well, and enrollment is up, she noted. Last year, there were 179 students, a figure that has since climbed to […]

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Featured Articles

  • Prayer-Partners

    Prayer-Partners

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    By Margaret M. Russell Partners in Charity has always been a partner in prayer, but is a prayer-partner in a new way this year. A donation envelope that includes a place for donors to include their personal prayer requests has brought a flood of responses. Bishop McManus has promised to take all of the prayer […]

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  • Holy Cross community offers Lenten reflections

    Holy Cross community offers Lenten reflections

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    By Tanya Connor • “It happened on a subway train. A man, seeing my black suit and white collar, pointed to me and said in a voice loud enough for others to hear, ‘I think you Catholic priests were misled in your training.’” • “Last fall I made the decision that I didn’t want to […]

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  • Adding a thread to the faith community

    Adding a thread to the faith community

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    By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – Sunday’s official beginning of ministry to Haitians in the Worcester Diocese excited Haitians – and members of Holy Family Parish who welcomed them, remembering their own history. Bishop McManus inaugurated the ministry by celebrating Mass in French at Holy Family’s church, St. Joseph’s, at 35 Hamilton St. Concelebrating was the […]

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  • John Allen kicks off Partners campaign with stories about the popes

    John Allen kicks off Partners campaign with stories about the popes

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    By Tanya Connor Pope Francis’ agenda and vision for the Catholic Church centers on leadership as service, a missionary conception of Church and mercy as the core Christian message for this time. These elements are a winning strategy for the new evangelization – and for Partners in Charity. That’s what John L. Allen Jr., who’s […]

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  • Local

    Webster schools sign agreement to combine

    Webster schools sign agreement to combine

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    By Tanya Connor WEBSTER – The merging of St. Louis and St. Anne elementary schools is one step closer with the signing of an agreement by the bishop and pastors. Students and adults spoke favorably about coming together for a Mass Feb. 12 in St. Louis Church at which Bishop McManus, Father William F. Sanders […]

  • National

    Father Theodore Hesburgh, higher education leader, diplomat, dies at 97

    Father Theodore Hesburgh, higher education leader, diplomat, dies at 97

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    By Catholic News Service NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) — Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, who led the University of Notre Dame through a period of dramatic growth during his 35 years as president and held sway with political and civil rights leaders, died Feb. 26 at the age of 97. As the longest serving […]

  • International

    Assyrian Christians released, but many concerned for those still held

    Assyrian Christians released, but many concerned for those still held

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      By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Christians in the Middle East welcomed the release of nearly 20 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in northeastern Syria, but expressed concern that more than 200 others remained in captivity. “I can confirm the release of 19 persons (17 men and 2 […]

  • Vatican

    Homeless man of deep faith given funeral, burial in Vatican City

    Homeless man of deep faith given funeral, burial in Vatican City

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A homeless man who faithfully attended Mass at a church inside Vatican City for decades was buried in a Vatican cemetery after it was discovered he had died and was left unidentified in a hospital morgue. Willy Herteleer was well-known by the Swiss Guards keeping […]

  • Commentary

    The Easter Mystery and Moses

    The Easter Mystery and Moses

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    By Father Paul Tougas Lent always gives us  the theophany event of the Transfiguration. This year, year B, gives us Mark. This mystery focuses of the transformation of Jesus into some other-worldly figure. The inclusion of the historic prophets, long dead, Elijah and Moses is startling and they are mostly ignored by preachers. Mark tells […]

  • Spiritual

    During Lent, pope offers handy tips for preparing for confession

    During Lent, pope offers handy tips for preparing for confession

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance. After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession — “because […]