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St. Bernard’s to offer AP program; longtime headmaster to retire

July 31, 2014 | 1:32 pm | Lead Story #2

FITCHBURG – A new Advanced Academy will begin this fall at St. Bernard Central Catholic High School, Delma Josephson, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools, announced. She also announced the retirement of the school’s longtime headmaster, James Conry. The superintendent said that the Advanced Academy is a program that consists of pre-advanced placement classes in the […]

Swift action brings new buffer zone

July 24, 2014 | 1:20 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor and William T. Clew Wait and see whether to litigate. Continue what they’ve been doing. These are among ways pro-life advocates spoke of responding to the Massachusetts House of Representatives’ vote Wednesday for what some are calling the “new buffer zone bill.” By a 116-35 vote, the House passed a bill supporters […]

Votes fall short to move Senate bill forward in response to Hobby Lobby

July 17, 2014 | 1:07 pm | Lead Story #2

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Senate July 16 voted to block consideration of a bill aimed at reversing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and forcing businesses to provide contraceptive coverage for employees even if they object to it on religious grounds. Known as the “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference […]

Exploring the Bible

July 10, 2014 | 1:41 pm | Lead Story #2

During the week of June 23, members of the Webster Dudley Youth Group held a five-day, “Camp Catholic” Vacation Bible School, for children ages 4-10.  The program was attended by 32 youngsters from Webster, Dudley, Oxford, Douglas and Thompson, Conn., according to Christina Ralph, youth ministry coordinator. Each day of “Camp Catholic” had a different […]

Supreme Court ruling called ‘great victory’

July 3, 2014 | 12:48 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Members of the Worcester Diocese, affected or not by Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, commented about it this week. There was praise for the decision, and also concern about what it did not address and questions still to be answered. “It’s certainly a great victory,” said Allison […]

Bishops’ lawyers discusses HHS mandate history

June 26, 2014 | 1:55 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor A lawyer for the U.S. bishops says most employers who have filed lawsuits seeking to protect their religious beliefs while providing health insurance to their employees have been granted some kind of relief . “We’re winning in the courts,” Hillary Byrnes, assistant general counsel for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, […]

St. John Paul II parishioners see patron made a saint

June 19, 2014 | 1:34 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor The pastor and pilgrims from St. John Paul II Parish in Southbridge had St. Peter’s Basilica all to themselves after getting stuck in crowds for their patron’s canonization. Despite pushy people, the April 27 canonization Mass in Rome was a Pentecost-like experience. And because the 17-member Southbridge contingent was kept back from […]

Doing it God’s way leads to altar

June 12, 2014 | 1:24 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor A youth conference chaperone offered to do things God’s way. The next day he was fighting a sudden urge to respond to a possible priestly vocation. The next month he was in seminary. “From the time I had this big encounter with God to the time I entered the seminary was 35 […]

Celebrating our ‘Freedom to Serve’

June 5, 2014 | 1:05 pm | Lead Story #2

The diocese will begin its observance of the national Fortnight for Freedom – June 21 to July 4 – with a vigil Mass at 7 p.m. June 20 in St. Paul Cathedral, to be celebrated by Bishop McManus.This year’s theme is “Freedom to Serve.” After Mass, Hillary Byrnes, assistant general counsel for the United States […]

Bishop to ordain priests, deacons on next two weekends

May 29, 2014 | 12:07 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Bishop McManus is to ordain two men priests for the Diocese of Worcester at a 10 a.m. Mass June 7 at St. Paul Cathedral. Tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the cathedral he ordains 10 deacons; five permanent and five transitional. Rev. Mr. Charles P. O. Omolo, who is to be the Diocese’s […]