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Milford parishes join for Year of Mercy pilgrimage

September 29, 2016 | 4:56 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press It was a welcome experience of coming together – and being welcomed. That’s how pilgrims described the Year of Mercy celebration in Milford on Sept 18. Some performed a work of mercy, bringing donations for a food pantry. There were confessions and a brief service in St. […]

Students give All Saints Academy rave reviews

September 16, 2016 | 2:48 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press WEBSTER – “Awesome!” That’s how Emily Walsh, a sixth-grader from St. Louis Parish, described her new school, All Saints Academy. It was Sept. 8. Bishop McManus had just cut the ribbon for the new school, after celebrating what could be called a double-birthday Mass in St. Louis Church. […]

Blessed encounters with Saint Teresa of Kolkata

September 12, 2016 | 11:36 am | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Local Catholics who met or saw St. Teresa of Kolkata shared their experiences as the world celebrated her canonization in Rome. “She is the most blessed human being, with a sweet smile on her face,” said Felix Mathew, who attends Immaculate Conception Parish in Worcester and talked […]

Young and old moved by Steubenville East

July 21, 2016 | 4:21 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press “Jesus Christ was just a few feet away from us!” Alyssa Mulry, 17, was talking about adoration last Saturday at the Steubenville East youth conference, held at UMass Lowell. A priest carrying a monstrance around the arena stopped above her. “It just made me so much more humble,” […]

Worcester prays in response to shootings

July 8, 2016 | 5:31 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – Catholics and others here responded with prayer in the wake of the killing of police officers in Dallas. Claire Schaeffer-Duffy, of the SS. Francis and Therese Catholic Worker House, said her husband, Scott Schaeffer-Duffy quickly called for a prayer vigil at noon outside City Hall. Mrs. Schaeffer-Duffy said it was […]

Bishop McManus announces pastoral changes

June 3, 2016 | 6:04 pm | Lead Story #1

Three pastors in the diocese are retiring. Two pastors are moving to new parishes, in new communities. And two administrators are becoming pastors of the parishes over which they held watch. Bishop McManus announced these and other changes in priests’ assignments, many taking effect July 1.   Father Conrad S. Pecevich, pastor of St. Anne Parish […]

Immaculate Conception parishioners find peace in Our Lady’s Garden

May 27, 2016 | 5:33 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – There are many reasons to go to church. And Immaculate Conception Parish on Grove Street has given people another one. The draw is Our Lady’s Garden, where pastor and parishioners blessed stones honoring the deceased Sunday. Getting to that point involved an alternative school, 800 pounds of topsoil and a […]

Divine Mercy and St. Jean Vianney

May 12, 2016 | 2:17 pm | Lead Story #1

By Kristine Correira Special to The CFP WORCESTER – An annual conference that focused on Divine Mercy included a surprise for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Father Patrice Chocholski told about the surprise before his second talk and brought it out at Mass. He was the keynote speaker for the 12th annual Divine Mercy Medicine, […]

Assumptionists recall Congolese priest killed last week

March 24, 2016 | 1:22 pm | Lead Story #1, Local

By Tanya Connor And William T. Clew “I think he’s a martyr of the truth.” That’s how a priest serving at Assumption College in Worcester described his fellow Congolese Assumptionist, Father Vincent Machozi, who was killed in their homeland Sunday. Father Mulumba Kambale Matsongani, the only Congolese Assumptionist now living in the Worcester Diocese, shared […]

Parish mission reflects on God’s Mercy

March 7, 2016 | 1:29 pm | Lead Story #1, Local

By Susan Bailey CFP Correspondent “Our God has opened his arms on the cross and embraced us as we are.” This was the message of mercy that Benedictine Father Benet Phillips preached during the closing Mass of St. Rose of Lima’s parish mission, “Merciful like the Father.” The mission, which commenced during the Sunday, Feb. […]