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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 […]

Two men ordained

June 12, 2014 | 1:20 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor The realization of what happened at Saturday’s ordination moved the mother of one of the new priests to tears. Laymen and countrymen called the other new priest their son and rejoiced in the example he sets as the diocese’s first Kenyan clergyman. Bishop McManus ordained James M. Boland, of St. Bernadette Parish […]

Bishop ordains 10 deacons

June 5, 2014 | 1:04 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor “I felt like I was in heaven, watching the whole Mass.” William Dighton, of St. Joseph Parish in Charlton, was talking about the diaconate ordination Saturday at St. Paul Cathedral in Worcester, a new experience for him. “It just lifted me up,” he said. “I had tears in my eyes. … I […]

New Gardner academy offers sliding-scale tuition

May 29, 2014 | 12:07 pm | Lead Story #1

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent GARDNER – Father Brian P. O’Toole believes a Catholic education should be available to all who want it, so he’s decided to offer reduced tuition to families of moderate means at the newly formed Holy Family Academy. This is the first such measure to be adopted in the diocese in […]

Polish cardinal visits Webster

May 22, 2014 | 1:02 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WEBSTER – St. John Paul II’s secretary rejoiced last Tuesday that his friend is venerated at St. Joseph Basilica. And he himself left people  in awe of him and the celebration surrounding his visit. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow, celebrated Mass at the basilica, visited its school, St. Joseph Elementary, and […]