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Parish holds novena to Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette

February 13, 2014 | 12:56 pm | Lead Story #1

Parish holds novena to Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette By Tanya Connor NORTHBOROUGH – From student, to teacher, to priest, to bishop, faith was a main focus, in various ways. It was the 22nd annual novena to Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette at St. Bernadette Parish. It opened Monday with a […]

Prayer in school

February 6, 2014 | 12:57 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor “For the seventh- and eighth-grade girls basketball team.” “For all the cats and dogs at the ASPCA to get helped.” “For everyone in life.” These were among intentions students at Our Lady of the Angels Elementary School in Worcester shared during a Catholic Schools Week prayer service. Jan. 27 students, teachers, administrators […]

Webster schools take lead in planning for future

January 30, 2014 | 12:55 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor The three Webster parishes, which each run a school, are looking at the future of Catholic education in their community with the aid of a study provided by the diocese. Bishop McManus commissioned Meitler Consultants, of Milwaukee, to conduct a diocesan-wide data study of Catholic education last year, according to Delma L. […]

Residents head to Supreme Court on buffer zone

January 9, 2014 | 12:58 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor A local Catholic who had some involvement with the Massachusetts abortion clinic “buffer zone” case is looking forward to watching the U.S. Supreme Court hear the oral arguments next week. It’s a “big deal” for the Supreme Court to take the case and a “big deal” to get seats at the argument, […]

Joy born anew

December 19, 2013 | 11:54 am | Lead Story #1

That angelic announcement to shepherds tending their flock so long ago brings great joy to us and to our world today.  In the lowliest of circumstances God’s Son was born of the Virgin, born to save us, born to show God’s great love for us all.  That is cause for our greatest joy.  As Pope […]

Mercy Centre to end school program

December 12, 2013 | 12:49 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew The school program at the Mercy Centre will close in June, the end of the school year, because of decreasing enrollment. The adult program will continue and expand, Catherine Loeffler, director of Catholic Charities Worcester County, said Wednesday. The Mercy Centre provides special education for children ages 6 to 22 with […]

St. Mary’s to stay open

November 26, 2013 | 5:40 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor St. Mary’s Junior/Senior High School will stay open, thanks to the promise of a large sum of money from an anonymous donor, Father Thaddeus X. Stachura, headmaster, told The Catholic Free Press Monday. Father Stachura, pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, said he made the decision because of the promised donation […]

Bishop challenges people to share faith

November 26, 2013 | 1:40 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor Imagine sharing your faith with someone without faith or church affiliation. That’s what Bishop McManus asked of nearly 200 people who joined him for the closing of the Year of Faith, which focused on the new evangelization, among other priorities. The Worcester Diocese closed the universal Year of Faith with Solemn Choral […]

St. Mary’s get reprieve from closing

November 19, 2013 | 12:01 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew The decision to close St. Mary Junior/Senior High School has been put on hold until the end of Catholic Schools Week in late January to see whether a viable plan can be developed to keep the school open, Bishop McManus said Tuesday. Father Thaddeus X. Stachura, headmaster and pastor of Our […]

Veterans welcomed

November 14, 2013 | 12:40 pm | Lead Story #1

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent LEOMINSTER – Right after the students at St. Leo Elementary School sang “Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let it Begin with Me,” Gabriella Malo, an eighth grader, stood at the microphone. She read from a letter she had written, in appreciation of all the men and women who […]