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    May 26, 2015

    Pope, in interview, talks about his daily habits, hopes, concerns


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    By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he wants to be remembered as "a good person who tried to do good. I cannot ask for anything more than that."

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    May 26, 2015

    Dublin archbishop: Church needs 'reality check' after marriage vote

    By Michael Kelly
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS file photo/Paul Haring)

    DUBLIN (CNS) -- Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said the church needs a "reality check" after Irish voters overwhelmingly supported same-sex marriage.

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    May 25, 2015

    Michael Tilotson, longtime Catholic Communications freelancer, passes away at age 50

     

    SPRINGFIELD – Michael Tillotson, a longtime freelance television videographer and director for the Diocese of Springfield’s Catholic Communications office, died late last week at the age of 50. Michael had worked part-time for the diocese for more than 25 years.

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    May 24, 2015

    Holy Spirit leads to truth, renews the earth, emboldens, pope says


    (CNS photo/Michael Alexander, Georgia Bulletin)

    By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The power of the Holy Spirit transforms people into bold witnesses of the Gospel, who reach out to others, exercise charity and live in harmony with creation, Pope Francis said.


Apr 8, 2013

Hundreds gather in Franklin County for Divine Mercy Celebration


 

REGIONAL

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.