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Hospital to buy Sisters’ residence in Petersham

July 24, 2014 | 1:22 pm | Lead Story #3

By William T. Clew PETERSHAM – Heywood Healthcare of Gardner has entered into a contract with the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin to buy their property at 211 North Main St. The sale of the sisters’ residence and wellness center is contingent on Heywood receiving local, state and federal permits to operate […]

Swift action brings new buffer zone

July 24, 2014 | 1:20 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor and William T. Clew Wait and see whether to litigate. Continue what they’ve been doing. These are among ways pro-life advocates spoke of responding to the Massachusetts House of Representatives’ vote Wednesday for what some are calling the “new buffer zone bill.” By a 116-35 vote, the House passed a bill supporters […]

Unique experience

July 24, 2014 | 1:19 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor unique, hard-to-describe, truly Catholic experience with awesome teenagers. That’s how some described last weekend’s Steubenville East youth conference that drew about 250 members of the Worcester Diocese to the University of Rhode Island, along with hundreds from other states. “Thirty-three hundred (almost 3,600) Catholic youth singing and praising and worshipping God … […]

Partners is at 94 percent of goal

July 17, 2014 | 1:09 pm | Local

The annual Partners in Charity Appeal has received gifts and pledges totaling $4,682,919 so far, according to Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development. That is about 94 percent of the fund drive’s goal of $5 million. It is $317,081 short of the goal, but about $85,000 more than the Appeal received last […]

Young people find healing, purpose, God’s love in theology of the body

July 17, 2014 | 1:08 pm | Lead Story #3

By Sarah Hinds PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — For campus minister Amy West, St. John Paul II’s theology of the body is more than just the late pope’s writings on the human body, the creation of male and female, marriage and human sexuality. It is a means of healing and self-discovery for young people. “What I see […]

Votes fall short to move Senate bill forward in response to Hobby Lobby

July 17, 2014 | 1:07 pm | Lead Story #2

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Senate July 16 voted to block consideration of a bill aimed at reversing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and forcing businesses to provide contraceptive coverage for employees even if they object to it on religious grounds. Known as the “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference […]

Bill would give police discretion to move pro-life advocates

July 17, 2014 | 1:06 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor Massachusetts could soon have a new law similar to its abortion clinic buffer zone law which the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down last month. James F. Driscoll, executive director of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, the bishops’ public policy office, said yesterday that he expects the House of Representatives will vote on […]

Partners ahead of last year at this time

July 10, 2014 | 1:42 pm | Local

The annual Partners in Charity Appeal is doing better than it did at this time last year, but still needs $337,465 to reach its $5 million goal, according to Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development. The fund drive has received $4,662,535 in gifts and pledges, or 93 percent of the goal. That […]

Exploring the Bible

July 10, 2014 | 1:41 pm | Lead Story #2

During the week of June 23, members of the Webster Dudley Youth Group held a five-day, “Camp Catholic” Vacation Bible School, for children ages 4-10.  The program was attended by 32 youngsters from Webster, Dudley, Oxford, Douglas and Thompson, Conn., according to Christina Ralph, youth ministry coordinator. Each day of “Camp Catholic” had a different […]

Offerings at St. Anne Shrine focus on need for healing

July 10, 2014 | 1:38 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor STURBRIDGE – A spiritual place. A place of healing, peace and joy – for people of all religions and cultures. That’s the vision Assumptionist Father Dinh Votran has for St. Anne Shrine. Father Votran, who took the helm as director last September, is preparing for the shrine’s major and original devotion. The […]