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Bishop McManus and priests share joys, challenges

December 11, 2014 | 6:51 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Evangelization and catechesis of their people, and their own guidance, spiritual renewal and retirement needs, were among concerns priests raised with Bishop McManus in small group meetings this fall. In an interview with The Catholic Free Press Monday, the bishop also spoke briefly about the annual pew count and gave updates about […]

Leicester parishes officially merge

December 4, 2014 | 5:16 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Two Leicester parishes, St. Joseph and St. Pius X, were officially merged into a new parish called St. Joseph-St. Pius X at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 29. The parishes celebrated the merger the previous weekend, at Lord’s Day Masses for the feast of Christ the King, according to Father Robert A. Loftus, pastor. […]

Bishop honors three retired religious

October 30, 2014 | 8:31 pm | Lead Story #2

WORCESTER – Bishop McManus highly praised consecrated religious and their witness before presenting three of them with the annual Retired Religious awards at a special Mass Sunday at Notre Dame du Lac. “I make the sentiments of St. Paul – gratitude – my own,” he said in his homily, after talking about how the apostle […]

Red Mass honors those upholding truth and justice

October 23, 2014 | 4:16 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Imagine this: two lawyers are walking down Main Street, exhibiting an easy familiarity between them. But once in the courtroom, they duel with each other over their clients’ conflicting interests. It could look like they’re merely seeking victory, but “it is really the pursuit of truth and the implementation of justice,” aided […]

Vocations director updates Serra supporters

October 7, 2014 | 4:43 pm | Lead Story #2

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent LEOMINSTER – Father James S. Mazzone spoke at the first yearly meeting of the Worcester Serra North club, held recently at St. Leo Parish. As vocations director, he has worked with a number of members over the years, as the club seeks to support and increase vocations to the priesthood […]

St Mary’s ‘Little Team that Could’

September 26, 2014 | 12:02 pm | Lead Story #2

By William T. Clew The movie “Hoosiers” was about a team from a small high school in Indiana that, against all odds, won the state basketball championship against teams from much larger high schools. Nobody made a movie about the 1964 basketball team from St. Mary’s High School. But someone could have, and perhaps should […]

Mass. bishops oppose expanded gambling

September 19, 2014 | 10:44 am | Lead Story #2

The four Catholic bishops of Massachusetts have urged residents to oppose the expansion of “predatory gambling” in the state when they vote Nov. 4. They urged a “Yes” vote on ballot question 3. A “Yes” vote would ban casinos and slot parlors in the state. In a statement released Monday, they said that the Church […]

Millbury school year starts with new principal

September 12, 2014 | 11:23 am | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor MILLBURY – God loves us – and others. And we should do the same. A new principal and pastor are seeking to counter a culture of violence with this message. John Hoogasian said Father Daniel R. Mulcahy, who became pastor of St. Brigid and Our Lady of the Assumption parishes July 1, […]

Diocesan school year starts with change and hope

August 28, 2014 | 1:21 pm | Lead Story #2

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent WORCESTER – As students head back to class, there will be a number of changes within the diocesan school system. In Gardner, there is now one Catholic elementary school instead of two. Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart elementary schools have merged to form a new institute called Holy Family Academy, […]

Nazareth continues Assumption tradition

August 21, 2014 | 1:22 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor LEICESTER – Devotion, tradition, memories. These still mark the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at McAuley Nazareth Home for Boys. After the annual outdoor Mass at the grotto, Marie Cecchini stopped in front of the statues of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette. “I’ve been coming out […]