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Milford Catholic School closing

June 22, 2017 | 12:11 pm | Lead Story #2

William T. Clew The Catholic Free Press MILFORD – The closing of Milford Catholic Elementary School will bring to an end 137 years of Catholic schools in Milford. Milford Catholic Elementary will close for the 2017-2018 year, Michael Walsh, chairman of the school board, said in a letter to parents and friends of the school Tuesday. […]

Fitchburg’s St. Anthony parish school closing

June 22, 2017 | 12:08 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor  The Catholic Free Press St. Anthony Elementary School in Fitchburg is not re-opening next fall, according to those involved. Among reasons they cited were decreased enrollment, financial difficulties, demographics and disgruntled families. “It’s just really sad – (it’s) a good school,” said Delma L. Josephson, superintendent of schools. “I think everything came […]

Vatican supports new elections to solve Venezuelan crisis

June 16, 2017 | 4:57 pm | Vatican

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Negotiations between government and opposition groups in Venezuela, followed by free and fair elections, are needed to put an end to violence and bring relief to the suffering people, a Vatican official said. In a letter June 13 to six former Latin American heads […]

In recognizing one’s weakness, God’s strength can be found, pope says

June 16, 2017 | 4:55 pm | Spiritual

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians who acknowledge their own weakness and limitations will find the saving power of God’s strength, Pope Francis said. However, recognizing one’s own vulnerability is “one of the most difficult things in life,” and those who fail to accept that truth about themselves set […]

Bishops’ voices called ‘vital’ to fight challenges to religious liberty

June 16, 2017 | 4:53 pm | National

By Sean Gallagher Catholic News Service INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — The U.S. bishops voted June 15 to make the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty a permanent standing committee. The 132-53 vote came on the second day of the bishops’ spring assembly in Indianapolis. There were five abstentions. A simple majority was required for approval. The […]

Church offers counseling to help students cope with trauma of London fire

June 16, 2017 | 4:51 pm | International

By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service Church agencies are helping London Catholic school students cope with the trauma of the Grenfell Tower fire, including knowing that some of their fellow students are missing. Children who attended Catholic schools in the shadow of Grenfell Tower are among about 76 people who have yet to be accounted […]

Always in ministry, now an ordained minister

June 16, 2017 | 11:01 am | Lead Story #3

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press “As of Saturday morning I will end 36 years of ministry as a lay person.” Paul Covino, director of campus ministry at Assumption College, was reflecting on his ordination to the permanent diaconate a few days before it took place. On June 3 he was ordained to […]

Journey to diaconate filled with happy blessings

June 16, 2017 | 10:56 am | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press He tried twice to pursue priesthood, and was later told by a priest that he would marry. Then a nun promised prayers for “the baby.” At a gathering of people who promote vocations, he was introduced as a would-be deacon. Finally pursuing that call, he was welcomed […]

St. Mark’s Parish honors its ‘Pioneer Women’ with a tea party

June 16, 2017 | 10:49 am | Featured Article #1

By Christina Galeone  | Correspondent, The Catholic Free Press SUTTON – Have you ever wondered how your parish community grew into what it is today?  Laurie Williams, the office manager at St. Mark’s Parish, didn’t have to wonder.  Mrs. Williams could see how much the pioneer women of the parish helped shaped that vibrant community, […]

Melkite Church ordains local, married deacon a priest

June 16, 2017 | 10:40 am | Featured Article #3

By Susan Bailey Correspondent, The Catholic Free Press “Axios! He is worthy!” So proclaimed the congregation at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish on Hamilton Street in Worcester upon the ordination of longtime deacon Dennis McCarthy to the priesthood on Saturday. Bishop Nicholas Samra of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton, along with Father Paul Frechette, […]