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    Jan 26, 2015

    ‘Draft plan’ created regarding future of Cathedral High School

    (Iobserve photos/Rebecca Drake)

    By Terence Hegarty
    SPRINGFIELD – A “draft plan” addressing the challenges surrounding Cathedral High School has been created, Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski said today as he addressed the media.

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    Jan 26, 2015

    Persecuted for faith, Christians are united in bloodshed, pope says

    By Carol Glatz
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians are united in bloodshed as they suffer from violence and persecution in various parts of the world, Pope Francis told Christian leaders.

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    Jan 26, 2015

    Bishop Rozanski presents statement on Jan. 24-25 discussions on future of Cathedral High

    Staff report
    (Iobserve file photo)

    SPRINGFIELD -- After two days of problem solving sessions held in Westfield to discuss the future of Cathedral High School, Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski presented the following statement at a 1:30 p.m. press conference today at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, here:

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    Jan 25, 2015

    Bishop Rozanski celebrates annual Mass with the deaf community

    Story and photos by Terence Hegarty

    SPRINGFIELD – At a special 2 p.m. Mass Jan. 24 held at Mary, Mother of Hope Parish here, Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski thanked the nearly 80 attendees from the deaf community for their faith and their outreach in the Diocese of Springfield.

Apr 8, 2013

Hundreds gather in Franklin County for Divine Mercy Celebration



Story and photos by Julie Beaulieu

GREENFIELD – Hundreds of parishioners from throughout Franklin County gathered at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield for a Divine Mercy Celebration on Sunday, April 7.

Ten parishes participated in confessions, Benediction, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a novena prayer.

Father Anthony Cullen, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Shelburne Falls and mission parishes St. John the Baptist in Colrain and St. Christopher in Charlemont, celebrated Mass with a dozen concelebrants. Father Cullen gave a brief background on Divine Mercy Sunday.

“Divine Mercy Sunday, as we realize, actually started with Pope John Paul II, who introduced the whole idea,” Father Cullen said. “We learned about Sister Faustina, who then became St. Faustina, and the Sacred Heart message, focusing most fully on the mercy of Jesus.”

Father Cullen also was impressed with the turnout for the celebration.

“I’ve been in this deanery now nine months. I’m still sort of getting my feet wet. It’s my first year,” he said. “I was very impressed with the number of people who came out, and the lines for confession. To see so many people coming to adore the Divine Mercy, Jesus himself, (was) very, encouraging and very, very powerful.”

Deacon John Leary, who serves at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Greenfield, said the celebration has been going on for the last 20 years.

“It always gives me great joy to see the community come together,” Deacon Leary said. “We do this as a deanery and it involves all ten churches up here in Franklin County, and to have people, and representatives, from all of the churches come together as one, as a community, really does show us what church is all about: coming together as a community, praising God, asking for his mercy.”

Father José Bermudez, pastor of St. Mary Church in Orange, gave a homily entitled, “Why Go to Confession More Often?”

The event was sponsored by the Franklin County Deanery.