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Pentecost Triduum in Leominster & Lunenburg

May 18, 2015 | 3:49 pm | Local

Pentecost Triduum in Leominster and Lunenburg All are welcome to join with parishioners from our Lady of the Lake and St. Boniface in a celebration called “Live by the Spirit” on May 20 – 22 at 6:30 pm and May 23 at 5 pm.  Wednesday: Father Dan Mulcahy will speak on Patience and Self Control […]

Sentenced to death

May 15, 2015 | 5:14 pm | Local

By Gregory L. Tracy and Christopher S. Pineo The Pilot Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston A jury in Federal court in Boston has sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death on six counts related to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. The jury had deliberated for over 14 hours over the course of three days. […]

California bill targets state’s abortion-alternative pregnancy clinics

May 15, 2015 | 4:23 pm | National

By Christina Gray Catholic News Service SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — California medical clinics offering pregnant women alternatives to abortion may be forced to inform their potential clients that publicly funded abortions are available to them. If a fast-moving bill becomes law, it will require the state’s 71 abortion-alternative clinics to give out abortion and family […]

A paralyzed, fearful church is ill, needs Spirit for courage, pope says

May 15, 2015 | 4:18 pm | Spiritual

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — True Christians are not sad or afraid, Pope Francis said. Christians are courageous and full of joy because they know Christ is victorious, he is near and he loves them forever, the pope said in his homily May 15. During his morning Mass in the […]

New Palestinian saints promoted women, encouraged peace, priest says

May 15, 2015 | 4:16 pm | Vatican

By Laura Ieraci Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The two new Palestinian saints were instrumental in the promotion of women in the Arab world and in efforts for interreligious dialogue toward peace, said Jordanian Father Rifat Bader. Pope Francis was to canonize Blessed Marie-Alphonsine and Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified along with a […]

Church workers reach out to quake victims in remote Himalayan villages

May 15, 2015 | 4:14 pm | International

By Anto Akkara Catholic News Service NAMJUNG, Nepal (CNS) — “Sir, because of luck, we all survived. But, we may die of hunger,” Mithuram Pariyar said when a church relief team arrived after a four-hour drive from Kathmandu. “Nobody (relief worker) has set foot here in two weeks,” said Pariyar, summing up the travails of […]

The courageous witness of Blessed Oscar Romero

May 15, 2015 | 4:08 pm | Commentary

By Tony Magliano Who would have predicted it? Who would have imagined on Feb. 23, 1977, the day of his appointment as Archbishop of San Salvador, that the highly conservative Oscar Romero – who was suspicious of the Catholic Church’s involvement in political activism – would die a martyr’s death for courageously defending his people […]

Mustard Seed changes to secure its future

May 15, 2015 | 3:59 pm | Featured Article #2

By William T. Clew The Mustard Seed at 93 Piedmont St., a Catholic Worker House which provides hot meals on weekday nights to those who need it, is undergoing a change aimed at making it more cooperative and open to younger people in the future, according to one of the Mustard Seed founders. Michael Boover, […]

Latin Mass returns to cathedral

May 15, 2015 | 3:55 pm | Featured Article #4, Local

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – A Mass that employs the “language of the Church” and an “age-old” tradition has attracted the young – and their elders. It is a Latin Mass in which celebrant and people all face the same direction. “People were asking for it (Mass in Latin),” Msgr. Robert K. Johnson, rector of […]

Religious education office depends on Partners; Appeal at 81%

May 15, 2015 | 3:49 pm | Featured Article #1

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent WORCESTER – Some diocesan departments are fully funded by Partners in Charity. One of them is the Office of Religious Education, which oversees the religious formation of children and adults. All parish-based religious education programs fall under the umbrella of this department, which also certifies the religion teachers in the […]