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Bishop praises priests for being ‘spiritual medics’

April 17, 2014 | 12:06 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Priests are “spiritual medics” who meet, greet and embrace the people and gently lead them into the “field hospital” to be healed, Bishop McManus said. He was referring to Pope Francis’ statement that the Church is not an elite country club intended for a select few, but more like a field hospital […]

Many flock to hear about parish rebuilding tools

April 10, 2014 | 1:05 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor AUBURN – Focus on the unchurched. Focus on the weekend. Move parishioners to act. These are strategies for parish growth, according to Father Michael White and Tom Corcoran who’ve lived through and written about rebuilding their parish. About 275 laypeople, clergy and religious, representing about 30 parishes, packed St. Joseph Parish Center […]

Cardinal O’Malley keeps date this year

April 3, 2014 | 12:40 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston was a year late, but right up to date. Not having been elected pope last year, he was available to speak about the man who was – Pope Francis – at this year’s Adopt-A-Student dinner March 27 at Mechanics Hall. Robert R. Pape, chairman of […]

Pro-life Mass draws full crowd at cathedral

March 27, 2014 | 12:12 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor St. Paul Cathedral was standing-room only Tuesday morning. The occasion was the annual Mass for Life on the feast of the Annunciation, at which Bishop McManus presents diocesan pro-life awards. Students from 22 Catholic schools in the diocese and a group of about 30 homeschoolers and their parents filled most of the […]

Diversity in Church

March 20, 2014 | 12:45 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Miguel Colón. Nicholas Benoit. Therece Nzimy Abarimwo. These names were called out in St. Paul Cathedral March 9 during the Rite of Election. They reflect the diversity of individuals preparing to enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Parishes that have the largest number of people preparing to receive the sacraments […]

‘Encounter’ campaign promoting increased distribution of newspaper

March 13, 2014 | 12:41 pm | Lead Story #2

By Father Paul J. Tougas The Catholic Free Press has announced a year long campaign to increase the distribution of the diocesan newspaper hoping to reach several thousand more people. This announcement was made in a letter mailed to pastors this past week asking for their participation in the  campaign to Encounter the Gospel, the […]

Telling stories in Nana’s tea room

March 6, 2014 | 12:55 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor SOUTHBRIDGE – Lacy white curtains, doilies draped over upholstered chairs and delicate teacups give the room an air of elegance. Yet the Dublin lass who opened this delightful tea room at an age when many retire claims she’s not a decorator. She gives God the glory. Welcome to Nana B’s Teas. Service […]

2014 Partners in Charity

February 28, 2014 | 6:46 pm | Lead Story #2

By William T. Clew The annual Partners in Charity Appeal, which provides support for charitable, educational and ministerial organizations in the Worcester Diocese, is under way. The theme of the 2014 fund drive “Our Faith in Action” asks us to put our faith in action by being sources of hope and light. “There is nothing […]

Father ‘Jack’ fondly remembered

February 13, 2014 | 1:00 pm | Lead Story #2

Father John E. “Jack” Kelley, 78, who died Monday at Life Care Center of Auburn after years of living with cancer, was remembered this week for his faith, friendship and humor. Bishop McManus was to celebrate Father Kelley’s funeral Mass Thursday at St. Bernard’s Parish at St. Camillus de Lellis Church in Fitchburg, with burial […]

Scouts attend children’s Mass at St. Edward’s

February 6, 2014 | 1:02 pm | Lead Story #2

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent WESTMINSTER – Last Sunday was the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. This is when Our Lady and Saint Joseph brought Jesus to the temple, 40 days after his birth. A man named Simeon, guided by the Holy Spirit, recognized this child as the Messiah. And Anna, a prophetess […]