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Wedding liturgy text, customs reflect needs of changing Church

Wedding liturgy text, customs reflect needs of changing Church

Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Couples preparing for marriage – or celebrating their wedding anniversary – have new material to use this year. The Catholic Church’s English translation of rites for such occasions went into effect late last year. Called “Order of Celebrating Matrimony,” the text replaced the 1969 text, “Rite of Marriage.” […]

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Worcester Men’s Conference moves to new venue

Worcester Men’s Conference moves to new venue

Speakers announced Assumption College will be the site of the 17th annual Worcester Catholic Men’s Conference, Msgr. Thomas J. Sullivan and Angelo Guadagno, who co-chair the conference, have announced. They also outlined the speaking program for the day-long event which is scheduled for Saturday, April 1. The conference is the nation’s oldest diocesan-sponsored event. The […]

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Superintendent search committee named

Superintendent search committee named

Bishop McManus has named Atty. David E. Suprenant of Sutton, former Catholic Schools Board chairman, to head a nine-member search committee to find a successor for retiring Superintendent Delma Josephson. Mrs. Josephson, superintendent since 2009,  announced in January that she will retire before the start of the next school year. Other committee members are: Doreen […]

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  • Billboards share pro-life message

    Billboards share pro-life message

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    By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Two pro-life billboards were put up on Grafton Street in Worcester this week, thanks to students and religious sisters and brothers at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River. “Make Worcester Pro-Life Again,” says one at the Interstate 290, Exit 14 ramp. “Share the Joy of […]

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  • Catholic Schools: Nourishing the seeds of faith

    Catholic Schools: Nourishing the seeds of faith

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    St. Aloysius students hear about careers ranging from moms to farmers By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press GILBERTVILLE – A farmer struck a familiar chord with students at St. Aloysius Catholic School when she talked about raising chickens. Kristin Bohan was one of several people who shared information about their jobs during the […]

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  • Catholic Charities continues its work with refugees

    Catholic Charities continues its work with refugees

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    By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Fluid policies about refugees entering the United States have confused and concerned people responsible for resettling them here. This is an area of intense concern for Catholic Charities locally and nationally, said Diane Lambert, senior administrator for programs for Catholic Charities Worcester County. Timothy J. McMahon, executive […]

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  • Msgr. Czarnecki sees suspension of refugee program as ‘drastic’

    Msgr. Czarnecki sees suspension of refugee program as ‘drastic’

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    By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press President Donald Trump’s memorandum to restrict refugees’ entry into the United States is “pretty drastic,” said a local priest who has served refugees nationally and locally. But it is probably dictated, to a certain extent, by the situation in the world, he said. Msgr. Anthony S. Czarnecki […]

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  • Local

    Travel Webinar for Ireland, Feb. 21

    Travel Webinar for Ireland, Feb. 21

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    The Catholic Free Press & Emmanuel Radio present St. Patrick’s Ireland September 16 – 25, 2017 Join us on a faith-based journey that blends the history and culture of Ireland with some of its most revered pilgrimage sites. Spend time in worship and contemplation at the Marian Shrine of Knock. Visit the monastic site of […]

  • National

    USCCB leaders urge Trump to protect religious liberty

    USCCB leaders urge Trump to protect religious liberty

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    By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic Church leaders in a Feb. 16 statement said they were encouraged that President Donald Trump may be considering an executive order to protect religious freedom and said they would be grateful if he would move forward with the pledge that his administration would “do everything in its […]

  • International

    After years in war zone, burnout rises among those who serve Syrians

    After years in war zone, burnout rises among those who serve Syrians

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    By Jean Ko Din Catholic News Service TORONTO (CNS) — Humanitarian aid workers in Syria and Lebanon are exhausted, said Helene Tremblay-Boyko, who recently traveled to the region. It’s not the kind of exhaustion a person feels at the end of a long day, she said. This exhaustion comes from working in the same desperate […]

  • Vatican

    Pope greets U.S. grass-roots groups, saying they help ‘communities thrive’

    Pope greets U.S. grass-roots groups, saying they help ‘communities thrive’

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    By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service MODESTO, Calif. (CNS) — Pope Francis congratulated more than 600 representatives of grass-roots organizations for responding with mercy to society’s hurting people during the opening of the four-day U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements. In a letter to the assembly Feb. 16 read alternately in English and in […]

  • Commentary

    How does the Catholic Church resolve new bioethical questions?

    How does the Catholic Church resolve new bioethical questions?

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    By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk A number of years ago, I participated in a debate at Harvard on embryonic stem cell research which also included a Jewish rabbi, an Episcopalian clergyman, and a Muslim imam. The debate went smoothly and cordially, although I was the only voice in the group who defended the human rights of […]

  • Spiritual

    Counteract vitriol by toning it down, talking less, listening more, pope says

    Counteract vitriol by toning it down, talking less, listening more, pope says

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — Addressing the fear of immigrants, dissatisfaction with a “fluid economy” and the impatience and vitriol seen in politics and society, Pope Francis told Rome university students to practice a kind of “intellectual charity” that promotes dialogue and sees value in diversity. “There are lots of remedies […]