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Photographer Tom Keegan honored by Vocations Office

June 25, 2015 | 7:11 pm | Lead Story #2

By William T. Clew “Tom just shows up to do this on his own,” Father James S. Mazzone, director of the diocesan Office for Vocations said. Father Mazzone is talking about Thomas F. Keegan, professional photographer from Shrewsbury, who has been taking pictures of ordinations of priests in the Diocese for 60 years. He takes […]

Talk and action called for by encyclical, local observers say

June 18, 2015 | 4:12 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor and William T. Clew Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, has elicited reactions from local people, some of whom have not only expressed concerns about the environment but have acted on those concerns. The encyclical is a call to conversion of our lifestyle, attitude, values and priorities, said Jesuit Father […]

Chapel dedicated day after funeral

June 4, 2015 | 5:09 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – A chapel modeled on a church attended by movie stars was dedicated May 27 in memory of one of its donors – the day after her funeral. St. John Parish’s lower church was renovated to look like the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, Calif., said St. John’s […]

Feeding body and soul with Divine Mercy

May 15, 2015 | 3:21 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – Deborah Bratkon speaks with awe about her reserved seat at Sunday’s 8 a.m. Mass at St. John’s Church. She’s used to being in the parish’s St. Francis Xavier Center – eating in its soup kitchen. But on Mother’s Day, at Mass, she made her consecration to Jesus through Mary. This […]

Bishop calls racism a moral evil, serious sin

April 30, 2015 | 5:07 pm | Lead Story #2

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent FITCHBURG – Growing up in the Bronx, Mickey Guzman did not feel the sting of racism. “The community was completely diverse,” he explained. However, moving to Illinois to attend college, he realized that not everyone viewed him in a favorable light, due to the color of his skin. On campus, […]

Passion play in Polish debuts in Dudley parish

April 10, 2015 | 4:57 pm | Lead Story #2

Passion play in Polish debuts in Dudley parish By Tanya Connor DUDLEY – Exciting. Moving. A way to draw closer to God, to contribute, to get involved in the community. These were among comments actors made about the Passion play they put on in Polish during Palm Sunday Mass at St. Andrew Bobola Parish. Father […]

Bishop to priests: Love God’s people

April 2, 2015 | 1:50 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – “Do you love God’s people?” Bishop McManus asked priests Tuesday. He was preaching at the annual Chrism Mass at St. Paul Cathedral. At this Mass the oils used for sacraments are blessed, priests renew their commitment to priestly service and priests celebrating significant anniversaries of priesthood are recognized. In his […]

Parish missions call people to action

March 27, 2015 | 6:03 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Papal challenges – and plans to respond. A Polish priest employing the four Rs. Seminarians preaching at their professor’s church. Laity, a religious sister and priests wrapped together in a “package deal” with a meal. These are among creative ways local parishes found to offer missions this Lent. “I believe every parish […]

Jesuit leader connects with novena

March 12, 2015 | 2:21 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – Novena-goers. St. Francis Xavier. Pope Francis. Red Sox manager John Farrell. The leader of U.S. and Canadian Jesuits spoke of personal connections with all of these people Saturday. He was making his first visit to the annual St. Francis Xavier Novena at St. John Parish. “I loved it!” said Father […]

Students witness to pro-life views

February 20, 2015 | 12:51 pm | Lead Story #2

By  Tanya Connor NORTH GRAFTON – Working around embryonic stem cells. Pondering an unexpected question. Growing up with excitement about new babies – and learning through school activities. These are ways local youth say they grew in embracing pro-life views. Now they witness to others in word and action – including veteran pro-lifers. Tuesday they […]