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Parents Alliance for Catholic Education to dissolve

May 28, 2016 | 2:00 pm | Local

WORCESTER –  The Board of Trustees of Parents Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) has announced that it will cease operations and dissolve the corporation effective June 30 due to budget constraints. The announcement was made by Delma Josephson, president of the board, and superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Worcester. During the past 22-years, […]

New Polish saint calls people to ‘contemplate God’s mercy,’ bishops say

May 27, 2016 | 6:15 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The founder of the first Polish male religious order, who will be canonized in Rome June 5, calls people “to contemplate God’s mercy and proclaim that God’s heart is open to all,” said Poland’s bishops. Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701), founder of the Marians of the […]

Supreme Court’s Zubik decision is more compromise than punt, some argue

May 27, 2016 | 6:14 pm | National

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Immediately after the Supreme Court sent the contraceptive case back to the lower courts May 16, some called the decision a punt — the football analogy of sending the ball back to the other team — or in this case the lower courts. But the analogy […]

Deacons gather in Rome, share reflections on ministry, challenges

May 27, 2016 | 6:13 pm | Vatican

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — Thousands of permanent deacons and their wives began their Year of Mercy celebration by cutting straight to the heart of what it means to be a deacon, how the ministry impacts their families and the challenge of explaining their vocation to others, including bishops and priests. […]

Fatima facts: Vatican shepherds the flock away from conspiracy claims

May 27, 2016 | 6:10 pm | Spiritual

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger met the press in 2000 for the formal release of the so-called Third Secret of Fatima, he said he knew many people would be disappointed. Almost 16 years later, at the beginning of a yearlong preparation for the 100th anniversary of […]

Diocesan priest visits Egypt with CRS

May 27, 2016 | 6:02 pm | Featured Article #1

By Father Donato Infante III Diocese of Worcester “And what would you do if you did not receive the scholarship? Would you not be in university?” I asked. She replied, “I’m resilient.  I would find a way.” The young woman to whom I was speaking was Sajeda, a Syrian refugee.  When I first saw her […]

Gymnasium named for Msgr. Tinsley

May 27, 2016 | 5:55 pm | Featured Article #2

By William T. Clew LEICESTER – Msgr. Edmond T. Tinsley, who died Sept. 19, 2015, was honored Wednesday at the McAuley Nazareth Home for Boys, where he served for almost 60 years. At a ceremony and dinner attended by the McAuley Nazareth extended family, the gymnasium was officially named the Msgr. Edmond T. Tinsley Gymnasium. […]

Pilgrims begin to arrive in Rome

May 27, 2016 | 5:51 pm | Lead Story #3

By Msgr. Francis D. Kelly The Holy Year of Mercy observance in Rome is now “picking up steam” with the advent of the good weather. Literally, millions of people will cross St. Peter’s Square and enter the Holy Door, reminded of Jesus words – “I am the gate.” (John 10:9) Three weeks ago was the Jubilee for […]

Catholic Charities: Helping each other thrive

May 27, 2016 | 5:36 pm | Lead Story #2

By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent WORCESTER – In John 13:34-35, Jesus told his disciples: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Despite the […]

Immaculate Conception parishioners find peace in Our Lady’s Garden

May 27, 2016 | 5:33 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – There are many reasons to go to church. And Immaculate Conception Parish on Grove Street has given people another one. The draw is Our Lady’s Garden, where pastor and parishioners blessed stones honoring the deceased Sunday. Getting to that point involved an alternative school, 800 pounds of topsoil and a […]