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Priests memories go beyond parish

September 19, 2014 | 10:53 am | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor SHREWSBURY – “I was there when the Israelis invaded. … I was reading a French newspaper. I looked up and there was a flatbed truck with an artillery piece.” Father Philip D. McNamara is talking about stopping in Lebanon in 1982 on his way home from another assignment. He was there three […]

Give to your school

September 19, 2014 | 10:46 am | Lead Story #1

Bishop McManus, in a letter to the people of the diocese, asks that they help support local Catholic schools by giving to the Catholic School Appeal on Sept. 27 and 28. There are envelopes for the Appeal provided in the parish offertory packages and in the 2013-14 annual report from the diocesan Catholic schools office.  […]

Mass. bishops oppose expanded gambling

September 19, 2014 | 10:44 am | Lead Story #2

The four Catholic bishops of Massachusetts have urged residents to oppose the expansion of “predatory gambling” in the state when they vote Nov. 4. They urged a “Yes” vote on ballot question 3. A “Yes” vote would ban casinos and slot parlors in the state. In a statement released Monday, they said that the Church […]

Good Shepherd youth serve Blessing of Hope

September 19, 2014 | 10:33 am | Lead Story #3

By Jason Patnode Special to The CFP UXBRIDGE  – “For it is in giving that we receive.”  It is a simple yet poignant quote articulated more than 800 years ago by Saint Francis of Assisi, and one that resonates strongly with 11 youth and three adult missionaries from Good Shepherd Parish of Linwood upon their […]

‘We don’t really retire,’ Father Mahoney says

September 19, 2014 | 10:12 am | Featured Article #2

By Laura Lambert CFP Correspondent A 77-year-old retired priest, Father Thomas E. Mahoney,  knew all his life that he wanted to become a priest.  However, this knowledge didn’t stop him from procrastinating. “I knew since I was a little kid that I wanted to be a priest, maybe because I was brought up around priests […]

The question – Teacher or Priest? The answer – Priest

September 18, 2014 | 12:42 pm | Featured Article #3

By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent WEBSTER – If he had to live his life over, he would do it the same way – with no regrets.  So said Father Charles Edward John Borowski, 73, who retired three years ago this June. In May he celebrated 48 years in the priesthood.  He is looking forward to […]

Father Ryan balanced work and family

September 18, 2014 | 11:13 am | Featured Article #4

By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent In Romans 8:28, the Apostle Paul proclaims: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” In 1990, Marianne Lauria, a loving, devoted 34-year old mom, passed away from a brain aneurysm. Her brother faced the tragedy by fulfilling her wishes that […]

James Foley: ‘It didn’t make sense, but faith did’

September 12, 2014 | 12:54 pm | Commentary

No one deserves to die like this. And no parents or family members should have to deal with the reality that the heinous and barbaric way in which their loved one is taken from them is temporarily available for a worldwide audience to view on YouTube. Though we could turn this into another debate about […]

Feast days of Sts. John Paul II, John XXIII added to universal calendar

September 12, 2014 | 12:48 pm | Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In light of “countless requests from every part of the world,” Pope Francis has approved putting Sts. John Paul II and John XXIII on the church’s universal calendar of feast days. Called the General Roman Calendar, it is the universal schedule of holy days and […]

Deathbed ordination ‘reflects Paschal Mystery,’ says bishop

September 12, 2014 | 12:47 pm | Spiritual

By Rick Musacchio Catholic News Service SAN ANTONIO (CNS) — As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption Seminary: “Where is Bishop Choby?” “When will he get here?” And finally: “How many more hours until he ordains me?” Carmona, a fourth-year theology seminarian […]