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Bishop speaks to the priesthood

Bishop speaks to the priesthood

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Priests must never underestimate how essential their priesthood is for the life of the Church, Bishop McManus told them at the annual Chrism Mass Tuesday at St. Paul Cathedral. He asked them to look around at their parishioners there, a small representation of all those they serve. […]

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Seder tradition continues at Sacred Heart, Hopedale

Seder tradition continues at Sacred Heart, Hopedale

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press HOPEDALE – The shofar was passed on to a younger generation as Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish celebrated its 35th annual Seder on the eve of Palm Sunday. “This is a bittersweet moment for me,” said Michael Matondi, the parishioner who has chaired this Jewish Passover celebration for […]

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Seniors honored with citations scholarships

Seniors honored with citations scholarships

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Christ-centered. Transformative for time and eternity. That’s the kind of education a school must provide in order to be authentically Catholic, Bishop McManus said at the 10th annual Adopt-A-Student dinner, held April 6 at Mechanics Hall. An authentically Catholic school must also provide an education that motivates […]

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  • Way of the Cross re-enacted in Southbridge

    Way of the Cross re-enacted in Southbridge

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    Bishop McManus’ Easter Letter My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Love drew Mary Magdalene to Jesus’ tomb on Easter Sunday. In the pre-dawn darkness she set off in grief to anoint his body. Instead, she found an angel, an empty tomb and the announcement: “He has been raised, just as he said.” Fearful, but […]

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  • Bishop Rueger, many priests celebrate jubliee years

    Bishop Rueger, many priests celebrate jubliee years

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    By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – The memories of 30 years as a bishop and many years as a priest before that came in no particular order to Bishop George E. Rueger while talking to a reporter recently. One story would trigger another. And so, sitting in the rectory, he reminisced, […]

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  • Conference inspires men and they keep attending

    Conference inspires men and they keep attending

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    By Michael O’Connell | CFP Correspondent WORCESTER – Despite a steady record of strong attendance year after year, co-chair Angelo Guadagno admitted he was concerned about the turnout at the 17th annual Worcester Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference. Snow, sleet and rain were in the forecast, and conference organizers braced themselves for no-shows. “I’m so happy […]

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  • Haitian Apostolate: Sharing ‘water’ with those in need

    Haitian Apostolate: Sharing ‘water’ with those in need

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    By Christina Galeone | CFP Correspondent Relationships are key to twinning between parishes here and in Haiti. So is the annual Partners in Charity Appeal. These were among messages proclaimed last month as St. Mary’s in Shrewsbury welcomed the pastor of its twin parish, St. Michel’s in Roche-a-Bateau, Haiti. Father Serge Denis, who was visiting […]

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  • Local

    Teens experience hunger

    Teens experience hunger

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    By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Teenagers frosted cupcakes for people who would be eating at the Mustard Seed soup kitchen in Worcester last Saturday. They themselves hadn’t eaten, but they didn’t even lick their fingers, according to Carol DeAngelis, a catechist and youth group leader at St. Columba Parish in Paxton. What […]

  • National

    Trump signs bill to let states redirect funds away from abortion clinics

    Trump signs bill to let states redirect funds away from abortion clinics

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    By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Donald Trump signed a bill into law April 13 that allows states to redirect Title X family planning funding away from clinics that perform abortions and to community clinics that provide comprehensive health care for women and children. The new law overrides a rule change made in […]

  • International

    Nigerian bishop says Boko Haram needs fought in spiritual realm, too

    Nigerian bishop says Boko Haram needs fought in spiritual realm, too

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    By Peter Ajayi Dada Catholic News Service LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) — The Catholic bishop of a diocese at the center of the Boko Haram insurgency said the militants need to be fought on several levels. “The battle against Boko Haram should not be limited to the physical realm, but it needs to be fought in […]

  • Vatican

    Pope washes feet of 12 prison inmates at Holy Thursday Mass

    Pope washes feet of 12 prison inmates at Holy Thursday Mass

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    By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a gesture of service toward  marginalized people, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates, including three women and a man who is converting from Islam to Catholicism. Although in Jesus’ time, washing the feet of one’s guests was performed by slaves, Jesus […]

  • Commentary

    I’m Not “Intrinsically Disordered!”

    I’m Not “Intrinsically Disordered!”

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    Making Sense of Bioethics By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, having left the priesthood and the Church over issues connected to homosexuality. I ran into […]

  • Spiritual

    An empty tomb and a bodily resurrection: why it matters

    An empty tomb and a bodily resurrection: why it matters

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    By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholics and other Christians have grown up believing in the Resurrection, but the Apostles themselves were among the first who were skeptical that Jesus arose from the dead. They didn’t believe it at first when they were told by the women who had come to anoint […]