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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 […]

Unrealized gains account for surplus for Diocese

January 16, 2015 | 6:53 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew The Diocese of Worcester finished the 2014 fiscal year with an operating surplus of $1,276,057, according to information released by Bishop McManus after an annual audit of diocesan financial activities. Expenses for 2014 were $25,271,377. In fiscal 2013 the diocese had a surplus of $122,418 on expenses totaling $24,750,617. In a […]

2014 Highlights in the Diocese of Worcester

January 2, 2015 | 4:28 pm | Lead Story #1, Uncategorized

This year, many in the Worcester Diocese took note of the historic canonization of two popes: John XXII and John Paul II. Compiled by William T. Clew January:  Roderick P. Murphy, director of Problem Pregnancy of Worcester Inc., and his wife, Jean, journeyed to Washington, D.C., to observe oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court […]

Christmas greeting from Bishop McManus

December 23, 2014 | 3:08 pm | Lead Story #1

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, During this season of joy, our hearts are stirred by the beauty, depth and constancy of God’s love for each one of us. Truly, God so loved the world that He sent His Son as our Savior (Jn 3: 16). As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our […]

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 […]