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Eileen George remembered for her love, virtue, healing ministry

July 6, 2017 | 6:00 am | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press A laywoman known for her healing ministry locally and across the world was remembered in a memorial service Sunday. Her possible canonization is already being talked about, and a prayer seeking her intercession was distributed. Eilleen George, of St. Brigid Parish in Millbury, was popular for her […]

St. Mark’s Parish honors its ‘Pioneer Women’ with a tea party

June 16, 2017 | 10:49 am | Featured Article #1

By Christina Galeone  | Correspondent, The Catholic Free Press SUTTON – Have you ever wondered how your parish community grew into what it is today?  Laurie Williams, the office manager at St. Mark’s Parish, didn’t have to wonder.  Mrs. Williams could see how much the pioneer women of the parish helped shaped that vibrant community, […]

Bishop McManus announces clergy transfers

June 9, 2017 | 12:01 am | Featured Article #1

Three pastors are retiring, one is becoming a senior priest, and two are moving into “specialized ministry,” in clergy assignments Bishop McManus announced this week. Other priests are becoming pastors, administrators, or associate pastors. In most cases, this involves a change to a new or an additional place of ministry for those priests. An administrator […]

New young Serra leader sees opportunity to attract youth to the Church

June 6, 2017 | 2:46 pm | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – It was a different setting for the Serra clubs’ bishop’s night. For a time-honored reason. Members of the Serra Club of Southern Worcester County and the Serra Club of Northern Worcester County had dinner with Bishop McManus Saturday – in the gym at Our Lady of […]

Our Lady of Czestochowa establishes Fatima shrine

April 27, 2017 | 4:10 pm | Featured Article #1

Photo courtesy of Father Polek The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, erected in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Worcester, has been designated as a place of pilgrimage during the 100th Anniversary Year of the Fatima apparition. Father Ryszard Polek, pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa, said that Bishop McManus has designated the shrine as […]

Hundreds find their way in to the Church

April 27, 2017 | 3:46 pm | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Family – present and future – played a prominant role in bringing people to Church this Easter. To be initiated into the life of the Church, that is. Prayer and teachers also left their mark. These influences surfaced repeatedly in the stories of people at Our Lady of […]

Way of the Cross re-enacted in Southbridge

April 16, 2017 | 12:34 pm | Featured Article #1

Bishop McManus’ Easter Letter My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Love drew Mary Magdalene to Jesus’ tomb on Easter Sunday. In the pre-dawn darkness she set off in grief to anoint his body. Instead, she found an angel, an empty tomb and the announcement: “He has been raised, just as he said.” Fearful, but […]

Four receive awards for their pro-life witness

March 31, 2017 | 12:15 pm | Featured Article #1

Bishop McManus presented four people with pro-life awards on Thursday during a Mass at St. Paul Cathedral. This year the recipients span the ages, from high school to retirement. They are Margaret Dillon of Clinton, Nancy Clark of Worcester, Paul Tighe of Grafton, and retired Bishop Daniel P. Reilly. Two individuals who are often seen […]

Artwork unveils many colors of God

March 17, 2017 | 12:35 pm | Featured Article #1

By Susan Bailey | Catholic Free Press Correspondent Kathy Jordan claimed this verse from Jeremiah 29 as her own: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” It proved to be a bulwark during […]

Billboards share pro-life message

February 27, 2017 | 9:12 am | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Two pro-life billboards were put up on Grafton Street in Worcester this week, thanks to students and religious sisters and brothers at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River. “Make Worcester Pro-Life Again,” says one at 690 Grafton St. “Share the Joy of Life,” says the […]