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St. Peter’s marks centennial

August 21, 2014 | 1:10 pm | Lead Story #1, Uncategorized

By Tanya Connor PETERSHAM – Members of St. Peter’s Parish illustrated their spirit with stories and memories as they celebrated the 100th anniversary of their church’s dedication. Bishop McManus celebrated the Mass Sunday. Concelebrants were the new pastor, Father Edwin Montaña, priests who formerly served the parish and one from a religious order in town. […]

Leominster responds to homeless families with ‘Christmas in July’

August 14, 2014 | 12:00 pm | Lead Story #1

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent LEOMINSTER – Most parishes have a “giving tree” in the weeks before Christmas. This summer, though, St. Leo Parish celebrated “Christmas in July.” A bare tree was placed on the front side of the church, so parishioners could take a tag, each of which had the age and clothing size […]

St. Gabe’s teaches about faith in a fun environment

August 7, 2014 | 12:50 pm | Lead Story #1

By Laura Lambert CFP Correspondent UPTON – The chatter of nearly 200 young people filled the halls of Saint Gabriel the Archangel Church this past week as the Catholic parish of Mendon and Upton welcomed 100 youngsters and more than 80 volunteers to their annual vacation Bible school program. This year’s pirate theme was a […]

Seminarians’ summer provides glimpse of life as priest

July 31, 2014 | 1:31 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor A Brazilian has seen a different kind of poverty here. A Venezuelan has surprised parishioners with his local connections. And a Worcester man has brought his experience with his father’s death to his hospital ministry. These are among stories the Diocese’s seminarians tell about their summer assignments. Brazilian native Mateus Souza said […]

Unique experience

July 24, 2014 | 1:19 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor unique, hard-to-describe, truly Catholic experience with awesome teenagers. That’s how some described last weekend’s Steubenville East youth conference that drew about 250 members of the Worcester Diocese to the University of Rhode Island, along with hundreds from other states. “Thirty-three hundred (almost 3,600) Catholic youth singing and praising and worshipping God … […]

Bill would give police discretion to move pro-life advocates

July 17, 2014 | 1:06 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor Massachusetts could soon have a new law similar to its abortion clinic buffer zone law which the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down last month. James F. Driscoll, executive director of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, the bishops’ public policy office, said yesterday that he expects the House of Representatives will vote on […]

Offerings at St. Anne Shrine focus on need for healing

July 10, 2014 | 1:38 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor STURBRIDGE – A spiritual place. A place of healing, peace and joy – for people of all religions and cultures. That’s the vision Assumptionist Father Dinh Votran has for St. Anne Shrine. Father Votran, who took the helm as director last September, is preparing for the shrine’s major and original devotion. The […]

Catholic doctor giving up patient care to reform healthcare nationally

July 3, 2014 | 12:47 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor GARDNER – Obamacare wasn’t proposed to fix the medical system, a local Catholic doctor said last week. Rather, it aims to encourage others to repair that system. Dr. Paul Carpentier, founder of In His Image Family Medicine in Gardner, is leaving his practice to help do that. National health care reformers encompass […]

Court declares buffer zone unconstitutional

June 26, 2014 | 1:29 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew And Catholic News Agency And Catholic News Service – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts state law that imposed a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, in which protesters and pro-life counselors could not enter to speak with patients. Local people who regularly vigil outside the Planned […]

Bishop announces 37 assignment changes

June 19, 2014 | 1:30 pm | Lead Story #1

This year’s changes in 37 priests’ assignments bring a variety of changes for parishes and other places priests serve. All but one are effective July 1. Some parishes will begin sharing a pastor or administrator, and some will share an associate pastor, too. Some parishes are getting their own new pastor or associate. Some are […]