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    Apr 20, 2014

    Easter proclaims that love gives life, pope says; share it with others

     
    (CNS photos by Paul Haring)

    By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis urged Christians to remember how they first encountered Christ

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    Apr 19, 2014

    The light of Christ has come into the darkness of our world


    (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

    By Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell, Bishop of Springfield
    SPRINGFIELD – The following is the text of the homily to be given by Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell at this evening’s Easter Vigil

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    Apr 19, 2014

    Traditional blessing of Easter food held at Our Lady of the Cross Parish

    Story and photos by Julie Beaulieu
    HOLYOKE – Continuing a Polish tradition, parishioners of Our Lady of the Cross Parish here participated in an Easter Blessing of the Food April 19.

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    Apr 18, 2014

    Hundreds pray for an end to abortion on Good Friday

    Story and photo by Carolee McGrath
    SPRINGFIELD --  More than 200 people gathered in front of Planned Parenthood in Springfield on Good Friday morning to pray for


Apr 8, 2013

Hundreds gather in Franklin County for Divine Mercy Celebration


 

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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.