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To be known as Saint John Paul II Parish

April 17, 2014 | 12:15 pm | Local

SOUTHBRIDGE – Bishop McManus has decreed that the name of Blessed John Paul II Parish be changed to Saint John Paul II Parish, effective 12:01 a.m. April 28 the day after the late pope is canonized a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, April 27 in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Francis. The bishop’s decree: […]

Cartoonist with pro-life message entertains, informs for Visitation House

April 17, 2014 | 12:13 pm | Lead Story #3

By Tanya Connor The radio program had a call – from a “stem cell phone.” “Ladies and Gentlemen, this is fantastic!” exclaimed the talk show host. “We have on the air a live unborn baby named Umbert. Umbert, do you realize how unbelievable this is?” “What, that I’m on the air or that I’m alive?” […]

Run and tell the joyful news

April 17, 2014 | 12:09 pm | Lead Story #1

Easter 2014 My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.”  Those recent words of Pope Francis were never more true than at the Easter encounter of St. Mary Magdalene with Jesus in the garden by the empty tomb. Mary Magdalene had […]

Bishop praises priests for being ‘spiritual medics’

April 17, 2014 | 12:06 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Priests are “spiritual medics” who meet, greet and embrace the people and gently lead them into the “field hospital” to be healed, Bishop McManus said. He was referring to Pope Francis’ statement that the Church is not an elite country club intended for a select few, but more like a field hospital […]

St. John’s restoration: back to former glory

April 17, 2014 | 11:19 am | Featured Article #1

By William T. Clew A few finishing touches and the work of restoring the sanctuary with its triptych, the front wall and side spaces at St. John’s Church will be done, said Geoffey Kostecki of Master Liturgical Design of Amherst. He, his wife Kristin Bock, and Lorna Hanes, started the restoration work last summer. Master […]

Diocesan parishes prepare for Easter with Ways of the Cross, liturgies

April 10, 2014 | 1:11 pm | Local

Several parishes will observe Good Friday with liturgies and outdoor Way of the Cross processions. Bishop McManus will lead the annual Way of the Cross procession at noon from St. John’s Church on Temple Street to St. Paul Cathedral, with stops along the way to pray the Stations of the Cross. He will be accompanied […]

Catholic Charities: Because life has glitches

April 10, 2014 | 1:07 pm | Lead Story #3

By William T. Clew WHITINSVILLE – “Life has its glitches,” said Noreen Landry. “We’re here for the glitches. We are helping people to get on their feet.” Mrs. Landry is area administrator for Catholic Charities in the Blackstone Valley and greater Milford area, which includes the office in the Whitinsville section of Northbridge. That office […]

Many flock to hear about parish rebuilding tools

April 10, 2014 | 1:05 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor AUBURN – Focus on the unchurched. Focus on the weekend. Move parishioners to act. These are strategies for parish growth, according to Father Michael White and Tom Corcoran who’ve lived through and written about rebuilding their parish. About 275 laypeople, clergy and religious, representing about 30 parishes, packed St. Joseph Parish Center […]

Revitalizing spirit

April 10, 2014 | 1:04 pm | Lead Story #1

By Michael O’Connnell WORCESTER – Tim Greene, 55, of Acushnet, had been to two other Catholic men’s conferences in Boston, but hadn’t tried out the annual conference in Worcester. This seemed like a good year to try it out, so he gathered up a small group and headed up Interstate-495. “I hadn’t been to one […]

Visitation House Holds its 9th Annual Fundraising Dinner

April 7, 2014 | 11:02 am | Local

The annual Visitation House fundraising dinner will feature long-time pro-life advocate Gary Cangemi as the keynote speaker and honor Dr. John Howland with the 2014 Ruth V.K. Pakaluk Award. Thursday’s event  is in support of the home on 119 Endicott St., Worcester, that welcomes homeless, pregnant women in crisis. Dinner will be from 5:30-9 pm […]