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‘Thank God’ moment

August 7, 2015 | 12:33 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – A tree crushing a local Catholic’s car became a “thank God” moment Tuesday after a fast-moving storm left damage in its wake. Claire Schaeffer-Duffy, of St. Peter Parish, said she had gone to close the windows of the Toyota Prius she and her husband, Scott, use for their ministry. They […]

St. Anne parishioners agree: old church to be taken down

July 31, 2015 | 5:57 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor St. Anne Church in Ashburnham will be demolished and the Center Street property put up for sale, Father John F. Hamm, the administrator of St. Anne and St. Denis parishes, said this week. He said he did not know exactly when that will happen. A consensus about the plan of action was […]

St. Anne’s shuttered; families go to St. Denis

July 16, 2015 | 3:04 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor No decision has been made about what to do with St. Anne Church, 162 Center St., Ashburnham, which is in danger of collapse and must be made safe or removed, according to diocesan and town officials who met Monday. “This building is unsafe and dangerous and would be especially dangerous in case […]

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 […]