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Bishop honors catechists

November 26, 2015 | 12:22 pm | Local

BOYLSTON – “The pope was a brother bishop talking to us,” Bishop McManus told a group of diocesan catechetical leaders Tuesday at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club. The bishop spoke at an appreciation luncheon for the people who have received certification from the diocesan Office of Religious Education. Certificates were presented at the luncheon to Moira […]

Eco-theology scholar says faith gives hope for change

November 23, 2015 | 11:03 am | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor JEFFERSON – Despite Earth’s serious ecological problems, there is hope, and faith plays a role, according to a scholar who is rejoicing in Pope Francis’ recent encyclical. Dennis Patrick O’Hara, director of the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology, spoke about that encyclical – “Laudato Si’” (On Care for Our Common […]

Local group celebrates St. John Paul II Day in Washington

November 23, 2015 | 10:50 am | Featured Article #3

By Deacon Joseph Baniukiewicz   Polonia, people of Polish heritage living outside of Poland, celebrated St. John Paul II Day in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Oct. 17.  Many people from various states attended this special day with their pastors in the recently established national shrine dedicated to St. John Paul II. The Knights of Columbus […]

Men, women in consecrated life, called to renewal

November 23, 2015 | 10:43 am | Featured Article #2

By Tanya Connor A deeper, more intimate encounter with Jesus is the way forward for religious men and women and their institutes, Bishop McManus said at the Mass he celebrated for the Year of Consecrated Life Saturday at Assumption College. Several religious priests concelebrated. Other religious priests, brothers and sisters participated from the pews. Afterwards, […]

She figured that nuns ran the Church, so she joined them

November 22, 2015 | 2:59 pm | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor Nuns ran the Church, she thought. So she joined them. Fifty-two years later, she’s still a sister – but for a different reason. Sister Theresita Donach told this story when she was back in the Worcester Diocese this past summer. She was here to receive the Service to Humanity Award from Forward […]

St. John’s headmaster to retire at year’s end

November 19, 2015 | 9:05 pm | Lead Story #2

By William T. Clew SHREWSBURY – Michael W. Welch, who has announced he will retire as headmaster of St. John’s High School at the end of the school year, said that he has been “very blessed” to have led the school that he loves for 15 years. A graduate of St. John’s in 1978, Mr. […]

Cathedral announces $800,000 capital campaign

November 19, 2015 | 9:03 pm | Lead Story #1

By Margaret M. Russell It begins in prayer and, through the grace of God, ends in success. An $800,000 capital campaign for St. Paul Cathedral was announced to parishioners Saturday evening and will be taken diocesan-wide in the coming weeks. Msgr. Robert K. Johnson, cathedral rector,  announced the “Legacy of Faith, Hope & Love” campaign […]

Churches open doors for Thanksgiving Dinner

November 19, 2015 | 8:59 pm | Local

The annual Thanksgiving dinner, hosted by Bishop McManus and Catholic Charities, will be served Nov. 26 in the St. Paul Cathedral Cenacle in the cathedral basement. Dinners also will be delivered to those who are homebound. At Thanksgiving last year, about 180 people sat down with Bishop McManus in the Cenacle to enjoy turkey and […]

Supreme Court will hear appeals in Catholic, other groups’ mandate cases

November 6, 2015 | 5:57 pm | National

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court justices said Nov. 6 they will hear seven pending appeals in lawsuits brought by several Catholic and other faith-based entities against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate. The court will hear appeals from groups in Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and the District […]

Church leaders should serve, not amass money, prestige, pope says

November 6, 2015 | 5:56 pm | Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians are called to go out and serve others, not live a sheltered, comfortable life just serving themselves, Pope Francis said in a homily. “When the church is lukewarm, closed up inside itself, even many times a wheeler-dealer,” then that church is no longer one […]