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McAuley Nazareth Home offers stability

April 27, 2017 | 3:58 pm | Lead Story #1

By Father Paul J. Tougas Anne Power has been a staff person at McAuley Nazareth Home in Leicester for 12 years. “That’s almost half my life” she says laughing. She started as a child care staff person and moved on to a special needs teaching position, which reflects her educational background. She holds a master’s […]

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 […]

Catholic schools go social

January 27, 2017 | 1:07 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor  | The Catholic Free Press There’s more than one way of sharing the good news about our Catholic schools today. That comes across clearly when you talk with people around the Diocese of Worcester who are promoting their schools. Susan M. Saucier says she wants people to get a “clear picture of […]

Parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann and Our Lady of Loreto react to merger

January 21, 2017 | 4:00 pm | Lead Story #1

Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – Happiness, determination to pray and support for the pastor were among worshippers’ responses after the official announcement that Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann and Our Lady of Loreto Parishes will merge Feb. 1. Bishop McManus’ decree about the merger and a letter he sent parishioners were […]

Classrooms of St. Aloysius filled with learning again

December 9, 2016 | 4:56 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew | The Catholic Free Press HARDWICK – St. Aloysius School in the Gilbertville section of town is alive again, thanks to support of parents, teachers, St. Aloysius Parish, the Worcester Diocese and especially members of the McQuaid family, which has provided “bucks, brains and brawn” to bring it to life. It […]

Holy Name students tops in Talent Show

November 22, 2016 | 4:44 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – Three seniors at Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School placed first in the Catholic Schools Have Talent 2016 competition, held Nov. 18 at their school. It was the fourth Adopt-A-Student Talent show, said Robert Pape, Adopt-A-Student steering committee president. He said the show was […]

Religious, lay leaders react to Trump win in presidential election

November 9, 2016 | 1:37 pm | Lead Story #1

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Lay and religious leaders of all stripes reacted to news of Donald J. Trump’s upset win in the Nov. 8 presidential election. Most expressed hope that Trump would pay attention to their agenda, while others were more decidedly downbeat and still others counseled prayer. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz […]

Videos of Conscience and the Catholic Voter

October 31, 2016 | 4:44 pm | Lead Story #1

The Catholic Free Press and the diocesan Respect Life Office hosted a four-part series on Conscience and the Catholic Voter. The diocesan TV Ministry videotaped the talks and they are now available for viewing.  Election Day is Nov. 8. Please take the time to watch the videos. Bishop McManus – ‘The Catholic voter: Called to […]