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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 […]

Celebration ends, mercy continues

November 22, 2016 | 4:56 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor  | The Catholic Free Press Bishop McManus closed the Holy Door at St. Paul Cathedral Sunday, officially closing the Holy Year of Mercy here. At the beginning of a prayer service at 3 p.m., the Hour of Mercy, the congregation of more than 100 people faced the Holy Door behind the pews. […]

Pilgrimage to Gardner church

November 17, 2016 | 4:25 pm | Featured Article #4

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy is coming to a close. This Nov. 20 marks the end of a year in which Pope Francis has asked us to live out lives of mercy. This jubilee also gave us the chance to make a local pilgrimage to one of the Holy […]

Stick sculpture rises on campus

October 20, 2016 | 2:44 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – Coming upon an artist creating outdoor stickwork encourages people to talk about what’s most important to them. So says sculptor, Patrick Dougherty, whose hole-y creation at the College of the Holy Cross was recently “unveiled.” Fitting in a square 40 X 35 feet, and 25 […]

Holy Cross professor writes about presence of mercy in his life

September 16, 2016 | 2:38 pm | Featured Article #4

By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent WORCESTER –  “I think one of the things that the Holy Father is asking us to do during the Holy Year of Mercy is to reflect on how we have felt God’s merciful presence in our lives,” said Mathew N. Schmalz, an associate professor  at the College of the Holy […]

Festival brings parish family home to Mount Carmel

September 12, 2016 | 9:21 am | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – The revived Italian festival outside a closed Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Aug. 18-21 seemed to be partly about reviving parishioners. As Mass was about to start under a tent in the parking lot Sunday, Michael Scaglione said he saw people who haven’t been involved […]

Father Konicki walks The Way

August 19, 2016 | 12:27 pm | Featured Article #4

By William T. Clew | The Catholic Free Press He walked. He walked from the French-Spanish border across northern Spain to the Atlantic Ocean. He walked up mountains, into valleys, across roads and fields, through snow and rain, on hot days and cold. He walked for 33 days on the pilgrimage and four more days […]

Pope Francis inspires local travelers to World Youth Day

August 12, 2016 | 12:34 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press Pope Francis left his mark on local World Youth Day participants in this Year of Mercy. So did other followers of Christ, both living and canonized. Robin LeBlanc, a 21-year-old from Our Lady Immaculate Parish in Athol, said this was her first time to see the homes of […]