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Bishop approves indulgence for Fatima shrine visit

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

By William T. Clew The Catholic Free Press In a corner of A Shower of Roses religious shop in West Boylston there is a shrine where, this year, Catholics in a state of grace may receive a plenary indulgence. Bishop McManus sent the following letter April 6 to Patricia Quintiliani who, with her husband Don, […]

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 […]

Bishop McManus adds voice to statement from USCCB Committee on Migration

January 31, 2017 | 12:24 pm | Featured Article #1

Worcester’s Bishop McManus issued a statement today regarding President Trump’s executive memorandum, titled “The Protection of the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” Bishop McManus wrote: “It is hard to imagine an American alive today who does not include immigrants to this country in his or her family tree, ancestors who were […]

Mount Carmel, Our Lady of Loreto move ahead as one

January 27, 2017 | 12:55 pm | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor and Willian T. Clew The Catholic Free Press “We’re moving ahead,” said Msgr. F. Stephen Pedone, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann and Our Lady of Loreto parishes. His remark came after a week in which Bishop McManus announced that the two parishes will be merged into a new parish […]

Historical Commission will not study Mount Carmel property for historic district

January 21, 2017 | 6:00 am | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – The Worcester Historical Commission voted 3-2 not to initiate a study of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann Parish property for consideration as a historic district. At the Jan. 19 meeting, three of the five voting members voted against appointing the commission as a study […]

Two men give lives to the Church

December 22, 2016 | 4:47 pm | Featured Article #1

By Margaret M. Russell | The Catholic Free Press Family, and friends – old and new, rejoiced after the ordination of Joseph David Rice Saturday at St. Paul Cathedral. The day dawned snowy and blustery, but inside the cathedral the music and the affirmation of the congregation for two men giving their lives to the […]