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Help others ‘get the faith’ by sharing yours

January 20, 2017 | 3:59 pm | Featured Article #3

By Tanya Connor  | The Catholic Free Press “At what point in your life did you really come to ‘know’ Jesus, and not just ‘know about’ him? What happened? How did this change your life?” About a dozen members of different parishes in the diocese shared personal stories to answer these questions at an evangelization […]

St. Vincent Cancer & Wellness Center offers spiritual support group

January 20, 2017 | 3:47 pm | Lead Story #3

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – People whose cancer has affected them spiritually have been expressing a need for help with such struggles. As a result, St. Vincent Hospital has formed a support group to provide that help. It is for cancer patients, cancer survivors, and those concerned about them. The […]

Diocesan financial reports released

January 20, 2017 | 3:41 pm | Lead Story #2

The Diocese of  Worcester finished the 2016 fiscal year with a surplus of $210,373, or 0.8 percent, on total expenses of $26,002,905, Bishop McManus reported in a letter to the diocese this week. Last year the diocese had an operating deficit of $1,192,704. The bishop’s report comes after a complete audit of the financial accounting […]

Superintendent to retire after school year ends

January 20, 2017 | 3:36 pm | Local

Bishop McManus has announced that Delma L. Josephson, Ph.D. will retire as Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Worcester at the end of August. Bishop McManus also announced that he will establish a search committee for a new superintendent under the direction of David Surprenant, Esq., former chair of the Catholic Schools Board. […]

2016 in the Diocese of Worcester

January 20, 2017 | 3:25 pm | Featured Article #4

By William T. Clew JANUARY On Jan. 3 Bishop McManus merged St. Anne and St. Denis parishes in Ashburnham to form a new St. Denis Parish, after St. Anne’s church building was demolished. The Town of Ashburnham had declared it unsafe in July 2015. Repairs were too costly for the few families there. On Jan. […]

Cardinal Tobin looks to bridge chasm between faith, life in anxious world

January 10, 2017 | 12:15 pm | Spiritual

By Beth Griffin Catholic News Service NEWARK, N.J. (CNS) — The chasm between faith and life is the greatest challenge facing the Catholic Church today, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said at his installation Mass, and he urged the church to be salt for the earth so that the presence of Christ does not become “a […]

Georgia woman killed by gunman at Florida airport was parish stalwart

January 10, 2017 | 12:06 pm | National

By Catholic News Service ATLANTA (CNS) — Olga Woltering, a bedrock member of her parish and the Atlanta Cursillo movement and beloved to her family and many friends, was among five people killed in the Jan. 6 shooting at a Florida airport. Woltering, 84, was leaving for a cruise with her husband, Ralph, to celebrate […]

Making Sense of Bioethics: Thinking through the temptation of cohabitation

January 10, 2017 | 11:54 am | Commentary

By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. Men and women clearly need each other and naturally gravitate toward arrangements of mutual support and lives of shared intimacy. Because women are frequently the immediate guardians of the next generation, they have a particular need to ascertain if there will be steady support from a man prior to giving […]

Haitian visitors share personal messages at St. Mary, Milford

January 6, 2017 | 5:09 pm | Lead Story #3

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press MILFORD – People at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish got a personal update from their sister parish in Haiti. A delegation from Sacré Coeur Parish in Les Cayes visited Massachusetts Dec. 10-14. The pastor, Father Jean-Alfred Bernard, and two parish council members, Pierre Antoine Borgella and […]

The Christmas story without words

January 6, 2017 | 5:07 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Catholic Christians are displaying their faith in public – and getting some positive responses. They are reaching people’s eyes and ears outside church doors – through manger scenes and Christmas carols. “I’ve had people stop at the rectory and ask to take photos,” says Father Michael N. […]