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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Health Association, doesn’t mince words when it comes to the American Health Care Act, which was short of votes and withdrawn by House Republicans late March 24.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. […]

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 […]