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Teens encounter Christ

July 31, 2015 | 6:10 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor “This experience has been amazing … I started crying. It was a realization, feeling whole, one with God, and feeling that he loved me.” Carina Dillon, a 16-year-old from St. Patrick Parish in Rutland, was speaking about adoration. She was one of more than 150 youth and adults from at least 15 […]

Marriage: the primordial sacrament

July 16, 2015 | 3:09 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – “Gay marriage doesn’t affect me, so I’m not going to worry about it. It’s a civil right. Your opposition to it is hate speech.” How should Catholics respond to these comments? Christopher Klofft, an associate professor of theology at Assumption College, addressed such questions after giving a talk about marriage […]

Back at home – with Little Franciscans

July 6, 2015 | 6:58 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – From childhood, she felt called to work with the elderly, and felt at home at a facility run by religious sisters. As a young adult she was attracted by the sisters themselves, and wondered what was going on inside of her. She’d left the Church and felt guilty about her […]

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 […]