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Eight men ordained for Worcester Diocese

June 25, 2015 | 7:06 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – St. Paul Cathedral was filled Saturday for the ordination of eight priests, the highest number ordained for the Diocese in any one year in more than three decades. The last year this happened was 1979, when eight men were ordained priests, according to Owen Murphy, former editor of The Catholic […]

New deacons ready for ministry to parishes

June 12, 2015 | 5:30 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor “My heart is just so full.” Carolyn McLaughlin, of St. Bernadette Parish in Northborough, was sharing her feelings after the ordination of seven permanent deacons Saturday at St. Paul Cathedral. They are Christopher R. Finan, 37; Bryan P. A. Lagimoniere, 65; David O. Lajoie, 58; Thomas E. Marshall, 61; Van X. Nguyen, […]

Bishop announces priest transfers

June 4, 2015 | 4:50 pm | Lead Story #1

Compiled by Tanya Connor This year’s changes in priests’ assignments bring new pastors or administrators to 14 parishes and a mission and new chaplains to two colleges. These positions need filling because six priests are retiring and others are going for further studies. Eight transitional deacons being ordained priests June 20 are joining priests being […]

Bringing Blessed Mother back with the rosary

April 30, 2015 | 5:04 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – As the month of Mary begins, a local Catholic is seeking to bring the rosary back into people’s lives – through a kit he’s put together. He’s been spurred on by priests and his own experiences with the rosary. And he gives full credit for the project to Mother Mary  […]

Families share new sacraments at St. George Parish

April 10, 2015 | 4:59 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – The Easter Vigil at St. George Parish was a family affair. At that Mass Saturday four teenagers received all three sacraments of initiation: baptism, Communion and confirmation. Three mothers received Communion and confirmation; mothers of three of the teens and the mother of a second-grader who will make her first […]

Men’s Conference draws 1,000

March 27, 2015 | 5:58 pm | Lead Story #1

By Michael O’Connell and Tanya Connor WORCESTER – While working on construction jobs, Mike Sullivan shares the Catholic faith. He meets some passionate Catholics, but more often he meets people who have fallen away from the faith or don’t want to discuss it. “I get a lot of ‘been there, done that,’” Mr. Sullivan, 53, […]

Lack of confession habits ‘foreign’ to some priests

March 12, 2015 | 2:14 pm | Lead Story #1

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent In certain parishes, confession lines are nearly non-existent. Some of the time, at least, a priest may bring something to read, as he waits for penitents who never arrive. This situation, however, is in stark contrast to what happens in other countries, where society is much less secular. In certain […]

Charity can begin at home

February 20, 2015 | 11:47 am | Featured Article #2, Lead Story #1

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent Putting our faith in action includes practicing the corporal works of mercy. But there are no specific instructions as to where we’re supposed to do this. For instance, we know that we’re supposed to feed the hungry. So, should we send our money to a faraway mission? Or, do we […]

Magical storyteller weaves faith into program

January 30, 2015 | 11:12 am | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WEBSTER – A magician brought the three Catholic schools in town together, unwittingly but at a good time. Each year St. Anne Elementary has a show for Catholic Schools Week, according to the principal, Sister Constance Bayeur, a Sister of St. Anne. But the performer they chose for this year – Jed […]

Bishop sends off youth to March for Life

January 23, 2015 | 3:15 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor Every Catholic must fully embrace the Gospel of Life, who is Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, Bishop McManus said at Wednesday’s send-off Mass for those headed to the March for Life. How Catholics do that differs for each person, but when they die they will stand before God, who will […]