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Sister Paula retires from diocesan post as vicar for religious

March 6, 2014 | 10:43 am | Featured Article #4

By William T. Clew After nearly 23 years as diocesan vicar for religious, Sister Paula A. Kelleher, S.S.J., who retired Feb. 28, plans to take a little time off. But, like a sister in Leominster said several years ago as she left one job and moved on to another, “I’m not retired, I’m recycled,” Sister […]

Monastery ale

February 28, 2014 | 1:09 pm | Featured Article #4

By William T. Clew SPENCER – “It’s a very put-together Belgian beer.” That was the assessment of Chris Pierce, assistant beer manager at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough. He was talking about Spencer Trappist Ale, brewed at the Spencer Brewery at St. Joseph’s Abbey. The ale went on sale for the first time last Monday at […]

Starting aNEW with youth, young adult ministry

January 31, 2014 | 12:52 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor The diocese’s youth and young adult ministry is taking new turns, in more ways than one. The diocesan office is getting a new name, and launched  its new website, according to the new director, Elizabeth Cotrupi. The office is called “New Evangelization Worcester For Youth & Young Adults” or NEW for short. […]

Massachusetts pro-lifers react to Supreme Court proceedings

January 16, 2014 | 3:47 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor “It was very impressive – the whole thing. Being in the audience. Just getting into the place.” Roderick P. Murphy, of  Blessed John Paul II Parish in Southbridge, was talking about being at the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday for the oral arguments about the buffer zone around abortion clinics in Massachusetts. He […]

Westborough parish embraces young man living with ALS

December 26, 2013 | 1:21 pm | Featured Article #4

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent WESTBOROUGH – Matt Bruce was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis earlier this year. This progressive neurological condition, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, can strike anyone. But Mr. Bruce was an unlikely candidate. At 26, he was perfectly healthy. He lived in Worcester with two friends and he was working […]

Bishop implores families to provide funeral Mass for deceased

November 26, 2013 | 2:05 pm | Featured Article #4

In light of a growing practice of not providing deceased family members with a funeral Mass, Bishop McManus has written a pastoral letter (full text below) entreating all Catholics to recognize the importance of prayer and Mass at the time of death. “When a member of the Catholic community dies, the Church, who is our […]

Athol parish marks 100 years

November 4, 2013 | 1:01 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor ATHOL – An Apostolic Blessing from Pope Francis and the blessing of a picture of Our Lady of Vilna, patron of Lithuania, graced the 100th anniversary Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Sunday.     Joining the procession were members of the Knights of Lithuania from the Athol-Gardner Council # 10, Fourth […]

Prayers for the dead

October 28, 2013 | 3:48 pm | Featured Article #4

PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD Almighty God and Father, it is our certain faith that your Son, who dies on the cross, was raised from the dead, the first fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Grant that through this mystery your servants who have gone to their rest in Christ, may share in the Joy […]

Gathering for Marian festival

September 12, 2013 | 11:00 am | Featured Article #4

For the first time this year, Vietnamese from the Worcester Diocese were the organizers of an annual regional pilgrimage, according to their pastor.
Father Peter Tam M. Bui, pastor of Our Lady of Vilna Parish in Worcester, said he and his pastoral council put together the 33rd consecutive pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of La Vang and the Vietnamese martyrs, which drew thousands of Vietnamese Catholics and others to La Salette Shrine in Attleboro July 27.

Artists’ work puts human faces on the complexities of the border

July 23, 2013 | 1:51 pm | Featured Article #4

St. Thomas More Newman Center’s walls, halls and even the water fountain in the lobby were decked out in a wide variety of artwork and found items, displayed artistically. But it was the rows of unmatched shoes that told the simplest story.
Bedraggled sneakers, boots with their soles hanging by threads, sandals with broken straps, one apparently unsuccessful attempt at making footwear out of a piece of carpet and a bit of string were carefully lined along the main aisle, one shoe next to each pew.