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Bishop announces 37 assignment changes

June 19, 2014 | 1:30 pm | Lead Story #1

This year’s changes in 37 priests’ assignments bring a variety of changes for parishes and other places priests serve. All but one are effective July 1. Some parishes will begin sharing a pastor or administrator, and some will share an associate pastor, too. Some parishes are getting their own new pastor or associate. Some are […]

Two men ordained

June 12, 2014 | 1:20 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor The realization of what happened at Saturday’s ordination moved the mother of one of the new priests to tears. Laymen and countrymen called the other new priest their son and rejoiced in the example he sets as the diocese’s first Kenyan clergyman. Bishop McManus ordained James M. Boland, of St. Bernadette Parish […]

Bishop ordains 10 deacons

June 5, 2014 | 1:04 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor “I felt like I was in heaven, watching the whole Mass.” William Dighton, of St. Joseph Parish in Charlton, was talking about the diaconate ordination Saturday at St. Paul Cathedral in Worcester, a new experience for him. “It just lifted me up,” he said. “I had tears in my eyes. … I […]

New Gardner academy offers sliding-scale tuition

May 29, 2014 | 12:07 pm | Lead Story #1

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent GARDNER – Father Brian P. O’Toole believes a Catholic education should be available to all who want it, so he’s decided to offer reduced tuition to families of moderate means at the newly formed Holy Family Academy. This is the first such measure to be adopted in the diocese in […]

Polish cardinal visits Webster

May 22, 2014 | 1:02 pm | Lead Story #1

By Tanya Connor WEBSTER – St. John Paul II’s secretary rejoiced last Tuesday that his friend is venerated at St. Joseph Basilica. And he himself left people  in awe of him and the celebration surrounding his visit. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow, celebrated Mass at the basilica, visited its school, St. Joseph Elementary, and […]

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 […]