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Fitchburg Venerini school’s next principal gets charism lesson

April 29, 2016 | 11:51 am | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor FITCHBURG – “What we can no longer do, you will do.” The Venerini sister was paraphrasing the pope’s words to her congregation’s foundress. She was addressing the new pastor and lay principal telling them that it is up to them to carry on. Sister Janet Badagliacca got emotional as she reflected on […]

Teaching youth to be advocates for life issues

April 7, 2016 | 5:39 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor A woman who trained youth in Louisiana to advocate for the unborn is bringing her ministry here. Sarah Mary Toce, now New England Life and Leadership Project Director for National Right to Life, spoke about this at the Massachusetts Citizens For Life Convention 2016, held Saturday at Assumption College. Other talks focused […]

Teaching others to share the faith

March 21, 2016 | 10:55 am | Featured Article #4, Local

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – For the first time in 25 years, the teacher said, he didn’t give the first homework assignment. But he and his wife offered numerous other pointers for doing the work. Since January, John and Therese Boucher, of St. John Parish in Worcester, have been teaching local Catholics how to do […]

St. Mary’s students establish service club

February 12, 2016 | 2:18 pm | Featured Article #4, Local

By Tanya Connor SHREWSBURY – St. Mary Elementary School is sending out an SOS for the Year of Mercy. SOS stands for “Service Over Self,” the name of a new service club, established for the jubilee year but intended to continue on. The club’s logo has the word “Service” with a line under it, over […]

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week: A new look for Webster schools … and more

February 2, 2016 | 4:56 pm | Featured Article #4

By William T. Clew WEBSTER – Things are changing at St. Louis and St. Anne elementary schools as faculty and administrators prepare for a new look and new name when the 2016-17 school year begins. The two schools, now the parish schools for St. Louis and Sacred Heart of Jesus parishes, will be combined to […]

Diocese releases financial reports

January 22, 2016 | 1:24 pm | Featured Article #4

Unrealized losses account for significant deficit WORCESTER –  The Diocese of Worcester had an operational deficit of $1,192,704 in the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, Bishop McManus said in a letter to the people of the diocese. That included unrealized loses of $840,001 on investments which, he said, are “primarily a reflection of the […]

Doctor-assisted suicide bill in committee

January 12, 2016 | 1:08 pm | Featured Article #4

BOSTON – Opponents and supporters of  Massachusetts House Bill 1991, which would allow doctors to help patients end their lives, took part in a four-hour-long hearing on the proposed measure  before the Joint Committee on Public Health at the State House in October. The Joint Committee is studying the bill and expected to make a […]

Bishop ordains three transitional deacons

December 21, 2015 | 6:04 pm | Featured Article #4

Wilmar Jair Ramos Mosquera, Diego Arney Buriticá Zuluaga and Joseph David Rice join Bishop McManus outside St. Paul Cathedral after he ordained them transitional deacons at a Mass there Saturday. They are preparing for the priesthood for the Worcester Diocese. Photos by Tanya Connor For more photos, see Photo Galleries.   http://www.catholicfreepress.org/catholic-free-press-photo-galleries/?album=2&gallery=155

Share God’s message – win a book

December 8, 2015 | 7:34 pm | Featured Article #4

Did you ever imagine that when you made your confirmation that you would continue to learn about your faith for years and years? At the time you probably thought that you knew everything you needed to know about the Catholic Church, about Jesus Christ, about God the Father, the Holy Spirit, Mary the Mother of […]

Eco-theology scholar says faith gives hope for change

November 23, 2015 | 11:03 am | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor JEFFERSON – Despite Earth’s serious ecological problems, there is hope, and faith plays a role, according to a scholar who is rejoicing in Pope Francis’ recent encyclical. Dennis Patrick O’Hara, director of the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology, spoke about that encyclical – “Laudato Si’” (On Care for Our Common […]