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Health care bill diagnosis: never had input from those who care for sick

March 24, 2017 | 4:42 pm | Featured Article #4

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity, who is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, doesn’t mince words when it comes to the American Health Care Act, which was short of votes and withdrawn by House Republicans late March 24. Two days before the […]

Hospital chapel art honors Southbridge woman

March 17, 2017 | 12:40 pm | Featured Article #4

By Christina Galeone Catholic Free Press Correspondent SOUTHBRIDGE – Lorraine A. Langevin enjoyed the simple things in life. The parishioner at St. John Paul II Parish, who passed away about three years ago at the age of 88, enjoyed the tranquil experience of boating on Cedar Lake in Sturbridge, and she treasured time spent with […]

Parish responds to people’s hunger for faith

February 27, 2017 | 11:29 am | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press LINWOOD – Parishioners hungry for more of the faith. A pastor and parish council seeking to give them something relevant for their lives. These desires have come together, producing a speaker series. It starts with Bishop McManus and local laymen this Lent, and is intended to continue. […]

Msgr. Czarnecki sees suspension of refugee program as ‘drastic’

February 16, 2017 | 6:56 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press President Donald Trump’s memorandum to restrict refugees’ entry into the United States is “pretty drastic,” said a local priest who has served refugees nationally and locally. But it is probably dictated, to a certain extent, by the situation in the world, he said. Msgr. Anthony S. Czarnecki […]

First Saturday practices revived

February 2, 2017 | 1:47 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press Experiences in Ghana, London and Worcester helped a local Catholic revive Catholic devotions. Samuel Morrison, joined by his wife, Helina, are doing this through the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary Ministry they started. Mrs. Morrison said it includes first Saturday devotions at their church, […]

Superintendent to retire after school year ends

January 31, 2017 | 12:20 pm | Featured Article #4

Bishop McManus has announced that Delma L. Josephson, Ph.D. will retire as Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Worcester at the end of August. Bishop McManus also announced that he will establish a search committee for a new superintendent under the direction of David Surprenant, Esq., former chair of the Catholic Schools Board. […]

Diocesan financial reports released

January 27, 2017 | 12:41 pm | Featured Article #4

The Diocese of  Worcester finished the 2016 fiscal year with a surplus of $210,373, or 0.8 percent, on total expenses of $26,002,905, Bishop McManus reported in a letter to the diocese this week. Last year the diocese had an operating deficit of $1,192,704. The bishop’s report comes after a complete audit of the financial accounting […]

2016 in the Diocese of Worcester

January 20, 2017 | 3:25 pm | Featured Article #4

By William T. Clew JANUARY On Jan. 3 Bishop McManus merged St. Anne and St. Denis parishes in Ashburnham to form a new St. Denis Parish, after St. Anne’s church building was demolished. The Town of Ashburnham had declared it unsafe in July 2015. Repairs were too costly for the few families there. On Jan. […]

African choir evangelizes in song

December 22, 2016 | 5:03 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WEST BOYLSTON – Evangelization was the focus as a Catholic choir launched its first CD recently. St. Andrew’s African Choir Ministry recorded the music CD, titled “The Gift of Love,” (Zawadi ya Upendo in Swahili). The 16 choir members from various countries sing for African Masses at […]

Finding ‘room in the inn’ for retired religious

December 9, 2016 | 5:12 pm | Featured Article #4

By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent Is there room for Jesus – and his followers – in your inn? This weekend, Dec. 10-11, the National Religious Retirement Office will give parishioners in the Diocese of Worcester the chance to be the “innkeepers” who make that decision to have a positive, life-enhancing impact on the lives of […]