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Bishop McManus and priests share joys, challenges

December 11, 2014 | 6:51 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor Evangelization and catechesis of their people, and their own guidance, spiritual renewal and retirement needs, were among concerns priests raised with Bishop McManus in small group meetings this fall. In an interview with The Catholic Free Press Monday, the bishop also spoke briefly about the annual pew count and gave updates about […]

African ministry gets new home in Chancery

December 4, 2014 | 5:15 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor Africans from various countries and local communities came together under one name to celebrate the blessing of a new space for the Diocesan African Ministry. The African Ministry was welcomed into the Chancery Tuesday with the blessing of its office there and a reception at which members met diocesan employees. The establishment […]

Bishop McManus to start dialogue on the family

November 20, 2014 | 4:14 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor After the first of the year the Worcester Diocese will begin consultations that Pope Francis has asked bishops to conduct, Bishop McManus told The Catholic Free Press Monday. The bishops are to seek the input of clergy, religious and laity in preparation for the world synod on the family next October, he […]

Bishop accepts recommendation for one parish in Gardner

November 2, 2014 | 7:05 pm | Lead Story #1

Bishop McManus issued a letter to the Catholic community in Gardner Saturday regarding the reconfiguration of the four-parish city. He has accepted the recommendation that there be one territorial parish there instead of the current four ethnic parishes. Presently, Father Thomas M. Tokarz is pastor to Holy Spirit Parish and St Joseph Parish. Father Brian […]

St. Bernadette School earns national recognition

October 7, 2014 | 4:38 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew NORTHBOROUGH – St. Bernadette School has been named  as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Secretary of Education. It is one of only 50 non-public schools, and the only one in New England, to receive the award. There were 287 public schools across the United States who […]

Togetherness celebrated at annivesary Mass

September 26, 2014 | 11:56 am | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor Married couples have a variety of ways of staying together. But one method of remaining close – bringing a lawn chair up to the roof – was perhaps the most unusual of those mentioned Sunday. The Diocese’s annual Mass for couples celebrating significant wedding anniversaries had just ended at St. Paul Cathedral. […]

Give to your school

September 19, 2014 | 10:46 am | Lead Story #1

Bishop McManus, in a letter to the people of the diocese, asks that they help support local Catholic schools by giving to the Catholic School Appeal on Sept. 27 and 28. There are envelopes for the Appeal provided in the parish offertory packages and in the 2013-14 annual report from the diocesan Catholic schools office.  […]

$1.6 million bequest left to Partners in Charity

September 12, 2014 | 11:10 am | Featured Article #1, Lead Story #1

The Diocese of Worcester has received bequest of $1.6 million from the estate of Claire R. Berthiaume to support Partners in Charity, Bishop McManus has announced. The annual Partners in Charity Appeal, which helps support 28 charitable, educational and ministerial organizations in the diocese, ended its fund drive Aug. 31, the end of the 2013-14 […]

Bishop McManus opens Gardner school with Mass

September 4, 2014 | 12:41 pm | Lead Story #1

By Patricia O’Connell GARDNER – The first day of school at Holy Family Academy began at 9 a.m. Aug. 28 with a Mass celebrated by Bishop McManus in Holy Rosary Church. Holy Family is a result of the merger of  Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart elementary schools, after it was decided one school would better […]

Dismas Family Farm cultivates more than produce

August 28, 2014 | 1:12 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew WESTBOROUGH – This is the fourth year that Dismas House has been involved with the Farmers’ Market on the lawn of the Congregational Church near the center of town and this is its strongest year so far. That is the assessment of David McMahon, Dismas House co-director with his wife Colleen […]