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Diocesan financial reports released

January 20, 2017 | 3:41 pm | Lead Story #2

The Diocese of  Worcester finished the 2016 fiscal year with a surplus of $210,373, or 0.8 percent, on total expenses of $26,002,905, Bishop McManus reported in a letter to the diocese this week. Last year the diocese had an operating deficit of $1,192,704. The bishop’s report comes after a complete audit of the financial accounting […]

The Christmas story without words

January 6, 2017 | 5:07 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Catholic Christians are displaying their faith in public – and getting some positive responses. They are reaching people’s eyes and ears outside church doors – through manger scenes and Christmas carols. “I’ve had people stop at the rectory and ask to take photos,” says Father Michael N. […]

Mark Shriver searches for real Pope Francis

December 9, 2016 | 4:59 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – A Holy Cross graduate from a family prominent in politics and social service returned to his alma mater, promoting Pope Francis and the college’s retreats. Mark K. Shriver, nephew of President John F. Kennedy and president of Save the Children Action Network, spoke at the […]

Missionaries from Diocese return from Haiti

November 17, 2016 | 5:28 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Members of the Worcester Diocese reported this week that they have collected more than $200,000 for hurricane relief in Haiti. Among donations was a surprise one from prisoners. The Worcester Diocese sent $75,000 to the Les Cayes Diocese, with which it has a twinning relationship, and has […]

Panel discusses state of marriage, papal exhortation

November 3, 2016 | 3:18 pm | Lead Story #2

By Margaret M. Russell |  The Catholic Free Press Marriage is in a bad way and in the years since the 1980 synod on the family there have been tremendous changes in society, panelists agreed during a discussion of “Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love,” held Oct. 27. “Amoris Laetitia” is Pope Francis’ reflection on […]

Legal professionals urged to apply values to their work

October 20, 2016 | 5:14 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Apply your values and principles to your job. Get rid of laws that don’t reflect those values and principles. Father Paul T. O’Connell, associate judicial vicar for the Diocese of Worcester, issued that challenge to judges, lawyers and others Sunday at St. Paul Cathedral. The senior priest […]

St. Bernard’s Elementary at 130th

September 30, 2016 | 4:36 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press FITCHBURG – St. Bernard Elementary School celebrated its 130th anniversary Sunday with a lesson – for teachers. Bishop McManus taught it through his homily at a Mass at St. Bernard Parish at St. Camillus de Lellis Church. Students served in various roles and the religious sisters who […]

First Friday pilgrimage at St. JPII Parish

September 16, 2016 | 4:29 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press SOUTHBRIDGE – Walking to a pilgrimage church, and through its Holy Door, is a source of grace for pilgrims and their priests, according to some who have done it. St. John Paul II Parish has been holding a pilgrimage the first Friday of each month during the […]

Webster Parish spreads the faith to neigborhood

September 12, 2016 | 11:33 am | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WEBSTER – Spreading the message of the Gospel out in the world – starting with the neighborhood. There’s a very big drive at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish to do that, according to Joan Machado, head of the parish’s evangelization team. On Aug. 27 they had their […]

Thieves break in to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church

July 8, 2016 | 1:02 pm | Lead Story #2

The Catholic Free Press Thieves broke into Our Lady of Czestochowa Church at 34 Ward St. early Saturday, stole a projector, a speaker, 12 microphones, a small amount of cash and damaged a votive candle stand. Father Ryszard Polek, pastor, said two thieves were photographed by a security camera that had just been set up. […]