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Webster schools put forward plan for consolidation

May 14, 2014 | 12:01 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew WEBSTER – A plan for what is being called “a new vision for the future of Catholic education in Webster” has been released by the diocesan office of the superintendent of Catholic schools. The plan calls for classes from kindergarten through fourth grade to be held at St. Louis School at […]

Southbridge parish celebrates new saints, new name

May 1, 2014 | 12:40 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor “Welcome to Saint John Paul II Parish.” Father Nelson J. Rivera chose his words carefully at the 8 a.m. Mass Sunday. A worldwide celebration had affected the parish where he is associate pastor. Earlier that morning, in Rome, the patron of Blessed John Paul II Parish in Southbridge had officially been declared […]

Newly baptized shares influences, journey story

April 24, 2014 | 1:03 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – What the “little Protestant kid” thought was polytheism has become the glue that will keep the newly baptized 63-year-old a Catholic. John Stevens took the plunge after nearly 35 years of attending Mass with his wife, Nancy Berube. He was baptized, confirmed and received his first Communion at the Easter […]

Run and tell the joyful news

April 17, 2014 | 12:09 pm | Lead Story #1

Easter 2014 My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.”  Those recent words of Pope Francis were never more true than at the Easter encounter of St. Mary Magdalene with Jesus in the garden by the empty tomb. Mary Magdalene had […]

Revitalizing spirit

April 10, 2014 | 1:04 pm | Lead Story #1

By Michael O’Connnell WORCESTER – Tim Greene, 55, of Acushnet, had been to two other Catholic men’s conferences in Boston, but hadn’t tried out the annual conference in Worcester. This seemed like a good year to try it out, so he gathered up a small group and headed up Interstate-495. “I hadn’t been to one […]

‘Father’ Rueger honored with scholarship in his name

April 3, 2014 | 12:38 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – “Father Rueger,” as the Diocese’s retired auxiliary bishop was affectionately called, was honored last week at the Adopt-A-Student dinner with a scholarship in his name. He advocated service, especially through priestly vocations. Guest speaker Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston told about Pope Francis’ calling to the priesthood, and the outreach […]

Father Remillard stays busy in retirement

March 27, 2014 | 12:11 pm | Lead Story #1

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent HOLDEN – Father Andre Remillard retired from active ministry in 2012. He stepped down from his position as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Jefferson, where he spent 15 years, because of Parkinson’s disease. Although he’s not running a parish, he stays very busy. He helps out at St. Mary’s, […]

In early days Partners appeal tops $1M

March 20, 2014 | 12:44 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew By March 18, just 13 days after it began on Ash Wednesday, the annual Partners in Charity appeal  topped the $1 million mark, according to Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development. Gifts and pledges total $1,010,200. Some 2,000 donors have made pledges or gifts. Gifts totaling $79,200 have […]

Finding faith on campus

March 13, 2014 | 12:40 pm | Lead Story #1

By William T. Clew When Emily Cambrola came to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, it was to study biomedical engineering with a goal of going on to medical school. She is in her junior year, so she’s still working on that. But she has achieved something else that isn’t the first thing most people think of when […]

Retreat gives men new start with an eye toward mercy

March 6, 2014 | 12:52 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor He beamed as he talked about making a special consecration to Jesus through Mary. And he hasn’t even had the opportunity to be baptized; his family looked down on the Church because of negative media portrayals of it, he said. Now things are changing for Joseph Brooks, thanks in part to a […]