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Worcester, Les Cayes dioceses renew twinning relationship

September 5, 2017 | 1:14 pm | Lead Story #1

By Margaret M. Russell The Catholic Free Press The leaders of two dioceses joyfully joined their people once again in a covenant of solidarity.  Worcester’s Bishop McManus and Haiti’s Cardinal Chibly Langlois of the Diocese of Les Cayes renewed the twinning relationship that began 27 years ago. In true Haitian tradition, with prayer, music and […]

Diocesan teachers accept negotiated contract

August 28, 2017 | 3:56 pm | Lead Story #1

WORCESTER  –The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Worcester announced Monday that the local members of the Diocesan Educators Lay Teachers Association (DELTA) voted Sunday night to approve the negotiated contract for diocesan school teachers. The contract language will remain in effect for two years and affect about 100 teachers at Holy Name Central […]

Partners in Charity exceeds $5 million goal

August 18, 2017 | 4:30 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew | The Catholic Free Press   The annual Partners in Charity Appeal has exceeded its $5 million goal, according to Michael P. Gillespie, director of the diocesan Office of Stewardship and Development. This is the second consecutive year that the appeal, which helps to support 28 diocesan ministries and agencies, has […]

Local leader attends national convocation

July 31, 2017 | 6:16 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press An unprecedented national gathering provided inspiration for further thought, prayer and outreach and showed the respect the bishops have for lay people’s expertise, according to the Worcester Diocese’s participant. “The importance of a personal relationship with God…came across pretty well” at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in […]

Fitchburg’s St. Anthony parish school closing

June 22, 2017 | 12:08 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor  The Catholic Free Press St. Anthony Elementary School in Fitchburg is not re-opening next fall, according to those involved. Among reasons they cited were decreased enrollment, financial difficulties, demographics and disgruntled families. “It’s just really sad – (it’s) a good school,” said Delma L. Josephson, superintendent of schools. “I think everything came […]

Union teachers authorize strike vote; hope diocese presents new offer

June 15, 2017 | 12:39 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor  | The Catholic Free Press Teachers from the union representing the diocese’s four central Catholic schools voted to authorize a strike vote Thursday, according to Kathryn Harris, union president. Union members will reconvene Aug. 27 to learn if there are any new proposals from the diocese, she said. If they are not […]

Milford Catholic parents present plan to keep school open

May 5, 2017 | 11:20 am | Lead Story #1

June 16 set as deadline for more students, more money By William T. Clew | The Catholic Free Press MILFORD – There is hope that Milford Catholic Elementary School will stay open for the 2017-18 school year if its supporters can meet certain conditions by June 16. Michael Walsh, chairman of the school board, said […]

Bishop speaks to the priesthood

April 13, 2017 | 12:47 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Priests must never underestimate how essential their priesthood is for the life of the Church, Bishop McManus told them at the annual Chrism Mass Tuesday at St. Paul Cathedral. He asked them to look around at their parishioners there, a small representation of all those they serve. […]

Hispanic Ministry still vital

March 31, 2017 | 12:48 pm | Lead Story #1

Parishes take on more responsibility By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Keeping a vibrant Spanish community at St. John Paul II Parish in Southbridge is very important, as some evangelical churches are aggressively proselytizing Hispanic Catholics, said Father Peter Joyce, pastor. His parish is one of six parishes that receives Partners in Charity […]

Partners Appeal reaches 26% after first in-pew collection

March 24, 2017 | 12:19 pm | Lead Story #1

The annual Partners in Charity Appeal has reached 26 percent of its $5 million goal, according to Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development. Gifts and pledges totaled $1,425,619 at the end of the day Wednesday, he said. That was $233,444 more than was reported a week ago. Many parishes conducted in-pew collections […]