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Diocese plans trips to March for Life

December 11, 2014 | 6:55 pm | Local

WORCESTER  – With prayers for warmer weather this year, the diocesan Respect Life Office is accepting reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis for the trip to Washington D.C.  to attend the Jan. 22 March for Life. Last year’s bus trips to the March for Life were cancelled when a snowstorm up and down the East […]

Trinity Catholic’s ‘kindness cards’ give school a good name

December 11, 2014 | 6:53 pm | Lead Story #3

By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent SOUTHBRIDGE – They are for practicing random acts of kindness, said Josie Citta, principal of Trinity Catholic Academy, about their “pay-it -forward” cards. The school also has “word-of-mouth” cards – but more on those later. The idea for the pay-it-forward cards came from Melissa Hilli, a pre-school aide and real […]

Bishop McManus and priests share joys, challenges

December 11, 2014 | 6:51 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Evangelization and catechesis of their people, and their own guidance, spiritual renewal and retirement needs, were among concerns priests raised with Bishop McManus in small group meetings this fall. In an interview with The Catholic Free Press Monday, the bishop also spoke briefly about the annual pew count and gave updates about […]

Filling up local food pantries

December 11, 2014 | 6:50 pm | Lead Story #1

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent Cash is king. At least that’s the case at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at Saint John Paul II Parish in Southbridge. During Advent, some people might be wondering what type of presents they can give to their local parish-based food bank, which serve the needy throughout the […]

‘Everyday saints’ build their faith on the rock of Christ, pope says

December 4, 2014 | 5:36 pm | Spiritual

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — “Everyday saints” are those for whom faith is not just about appearances, who do not go around strutting like peacocks, but who live God’s love even in the midst of struggle, Pope Francis said. Those who are only “apparent Christians,” who put on the faith […]

Vatican to release findings of investigation of U.S. women religious

December 4, 2014 | 5:35 pm | Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The final report of a five-year, Vatican-ordered study of communities of women religious in the United States will be released by the Vatican Dec. 16. The top two officials of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and three leaders […]

Agencies prepare response as powerful typhoon takes aim on Philippines

December 4, 2014 | 5:30 pm | International

By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Catholic and other humanitarian agencies prepared for another potentially devastating storm in the central Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit continued to gain strength and approached the same region devastated 13 months ago. The government Dec. 4 ordered mandatory evacuations of flood-prone and coastal communities, including portions […]

N.Y. religious leaders ask that protests be peaceful

December 4, 2014 | 5:25 pm | National

By Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — The day after a grand jury decided it would not indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, the New York City Commission of Religious Leaders asked that any protests arising from the matter be peaceful. “We all agree […]

Students display talent

December 4, 2014 | 5:21 pm | Local

By Tanya Connor Faces displayed emotion – doleful countenances of singers of sad songs and sunny smiles of sure-footed dancers. The 12 entertainers were students from the Diocese’s four central Catholic schools: St. Peter Elementary, St. Peter-Marian Junior/Senior High and Holy Name Junior/Senior High, all in Worcester, and St. Bernard’s High in Fitchburg. They were […]

Locals await changes in immigration law

December 4, 2014 | 5:19 pm | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor Some local Catholics are praising President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, calling for more action and seeking ways the Church might help. “It’s an important step for protecting immigrants and families and it is in keeping with Christ’s directive in Scripture to welcome the stranger,” Diane Lambert, administrator of family and […]