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Journey to diaconate filled with happy blessings

June 16, 2017 | 10:56 am | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press He tried twice to pursue priesthood, and was later told by a priest that he would marry. Then a nun promised prayers for “the baby.” At a gathering of people who promote vocations, he was introduced as a would-be deacon. Finally pursuing that call, he was welcomed […]

Fortnight theme: ‘Freedom for Mission’

June 8, 2017 | 5:53 pm | Featured Article #4

Bishop McManus is scheduled to celebrate a Mass for the Protection of Religious Freedom at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 22 in St. Paul Cathedral to open diocesan participation in the sixth annual national Fortnight for Freedom. The theme for this year’s Fortnight for Freedom is Freedom for Mission. The Fortnight runs June 21- July 4. […]

Local man met saints’ older brother

June 6, 2017 | 3:05 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press UXBRIDGE – “Where were you on October 13?” A local Catholic said he posed that question to a sibling of Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the visionaries Pope Francis canonized Saturday. They and their cousin Lucia dos Santos had reported receiving apparitions of the Blessed Mother monthly from […]

Those affected by ‘Little Audrey’ remember her at 10th anniversary

May 5, 2017 | 11:34 am | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – “Audrey was the beginning of my spiritual awakening; I felt called and invited to a deeper relationship with the Lord.” Kathy Jordan, of St. Bernard Parish in Fitchburg, was talking about Audrey Santo, whom she first visited in 1995. “I don’t know why God has […]

Circus priest offers Easter Mass for last show in Worcester

April 27, 2017 | 3:40 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor | THe Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – For their last Easter Mass, the congregation, numbering about 50, gathered on the DCU Center’s arena floor. The chaplain borrowed one of their colorful boxes for the altar. The altar cloths and his chasuble sported circus pictures. Costume designers had sewn pieces of old elephant […]

Haitian Apostolate: Sharing ‘water’ with those in need

April 11, 2017 | 2:19 pm | Featured Article #4

By Christina Galeone | CFP Correspondent Relationships are key to twinning between parishes here and in Haiti. So is the annual Partners in Charity Appeal. These were among messages proclaimed last month as St. Mary’s in Shrewsbury welcomed the pastor of its twin parish, St. Michel’s in Roche-a-Bateau, Haiti. Father Serge Denis, who was visiting […]

Doctor to talk about witnessing a miracle cure

March 31, 2017 | 12:17 pm | Featured Article #4

By Marie Romagnano and Father Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC Special to The CFP Barbara Rudzik was 20 years old and engaged to be married in June 2008. She had no history of any unusual diseases or medical conditions, but in February 2008 that all changed. She developed symptoms of a heavy cold. First she went to […]

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. […]