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Winter Vacation Bible School

February 27, 2017 | 11:33 am | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Students who don’t go away for winter break are getting a “vacation” here. Mary, Queen of the Rosary Parish in Spencer tried a new take on a time-honored program this week – Winter Vacation Bible School. With a summer camp theme, no less! The director, Kenneth Choquette, […]

Parish responds to people’s hunger for faith

February 27, 2017 | 11:29 am | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press LINWOOD – Parishioners hungry for more of the faith. A pastor and parish council seeking to give them something relevant for their lives. These desires have come together, producing a speaker series. It starts with Bishop McManus and local laymen this Lent, and is intended to continue. […]

Ecumenical services seeks to break down walls

February 27, 2017 | 11:24 am | Lead Story #3

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – Worshippers entering Assumption College’s chapel for the annual ecumenical service Friday were welcomed with programs and candles. But their way to the pews was partially blocked by students holding stones bearing bad words: “persecution,” “division,” “pride,” etc. During the service, the students (11 from Assumption […]

Former soccer pro to speak at Men’s Conference

February 27, 2017 | 11:18 am | Local

Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, a former soccer player for the New England Revolution, will speak at the 17th Annual Worcester Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference, scheduled for April 1 at Assumption College. The title of his talk is “Greatness Restored.” “Father Hilgenbrinck is a speaker all the participants can really look forward to hearing. The men who […]

Billboards share pro-life message

February 27, 2017 | 9:12 am | Featured Article #1

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 690 Grafton St. “Share the Joy of Life,” says the […]

Wedding liturgy text, customs reflect needs of changing Church

February 27, 2017 | 3:31 am | Featured Article #2

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.” […]

USCCB leaders urge Trump to protect religious liberty

February 17, 2017 | 2:42 pm | National

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 […]

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

February 17, 2017 | 2:33 pm | International

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 […]

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

February 17, 2017 | 2:32 pm | Spiritual

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 […]

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

February 17, 2017 | 2:31 pm | Vatican

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 […]