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Former Planned Parenthood director encourages pro-life audience

April 16, 2015 | 2:44 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – “What are you doing?” a former abortion clinic director asked hundreds of pro-lifers here Tuesday. Speaking at Visitation House’s 10th anniversary benefit dinner, Abby Johnson told attendees not to consider that dinner their pro-life activity for the year. Eve Lindquist, Visitation House executive director, said a record number – about […]

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 […]

Church leaders show unity

January 30, 2015 | 11:28 am | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor With Christians being martyred, their search for unity and their shared witness is urgent. And they are one. These were among points made at the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service Friday at Assumption College. The Rev. Laura Everett, executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches and a pastor […]

101 years of life!

January 9, 2015 | 6:16 pm | Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – She celebrated her birthday with Jesus – more than once. But when you pass 100, you have reason to celebrate. And Gladys Donlin (Hill) Babon has been celebrating – all her life, it seems. Now she reminisces with delight about the past: enjoying simple childhood pleasures, falling in love, celebrating […]

Dream of missionary work comes true

December 23, 2014 | 3:13 pm | Featured Article #3, Lead Story #2

By Tanya Connor Asking how she could pay back her teacher for Swahili lessons and paying for her children’s sneakers led a local Catholic to Africa this fall. The dreams of the children there struck her. And she formed a wish list for them. Lynne Brouillette, of St. Anne and St. Patrick Parish in Sturbridge, […]

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. […]