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    Apr 26, 2015

    Former Today Show correspondent headlines at diocesan women’s conference

     

    Story and photos by Carolee McGrath
    CHICOPEE – Mike Leonard had humble beginnings. The former Today Show correspondent didn’t come from money, he wasn’t the best student. And yet, with the love of his family, with his faith and creativity, he managed to find his way.

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    Apr 25, 2015

    Catholics to press nuclear weapons ban at U.N. treaty review conference


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    By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It was April 11, 1963, as the Catholic Church was in the midst of the Second Vatican Council, that St. John XXIII issued his landmark social encyclical "Pacem in Terris" ("Peace on Earth") that included a call for a verifiable ban on nuclear weapons.

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    Apr 24, 2015

    Pope's prayer suggestion: Remember when you first met Jesus


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    By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In every relationship, including one's relationship with Jesus, it is important to remember that "first encounter," that initial, life-changing moment of love, Pope Francis said.

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    Apr 24, 2015

    Goal of dialogue to 'deepen understanding' of one another, says speaker

    Story and photo by Rico De Silva, Catholic News Service
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) -- A speaker told participants at the 2015 National Workshop on Christian Unity in Charlotte that a lack of unity "seriously undermines Christian witness in the world from a Muslim perspective, and it's ever present in our dialogue with Islam."


Aug 31, 2014

Bishop Rozanski makes first pastoral visit to Berkshires


 

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Story and photos by Sharon Roulier

PITTSFIELD – Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski made his first official visit to the Berkshires this weekend as he celebrated Mass at St. Joseph Church in Pittsfield. 

Some 700 worshippers from throughout the Berkshires attended the 11:30 a.m. Mass that welcomed the faithful from parishes in the deanery, hosted by St. Joseph’s.

“To make his first official visit it says something about the Berkshires and something about the people here,” said Msgr. Michael Shershanovich, St. Joseph’s pastor,  in an interview with Catholic Communications following the Mass. “The people here are so faithful and we’re so far away from Springfield. To have something like this, it’s a real shot in the arm.”

Joining Bishop Rozanski for the mid-day liturgy was Bishop-Emeritus Timothy A. McDonnell who now resides at St. Joseph’s.  Also present were Berkshire County dean, Father Christopher Malatesta and Fathers John Salatino, Peter Naranjo, David Raymond, Michael Pierz and David Aufiero.

During his homily, the bishop spoke about his role as a new parish priest 30 years ago, serving in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He recalled visits he paid to a woman parishioner who was suffering from severe back spasms and was homebound. The woman, and her husband, always greeted the young priest with a joy-filled spirit, he recalled.

“I was perplexed by their cheerfulness,” said the bishop. But then he began to understand that despite the woman’s suffering, the couple found joy in being together.

“They taught me about priesthood and the joy in serving,” said the bishop, urging the congregation to “embrace the cross.”

“Accepting it as Jesus asks us to do is when we find true joy,” said Bishop Rozanski.

“I just felt so much peace and joy in the church. We had people laughing and people praying and that is so important,” he said.Msgr. Shershanovich said that the bishop’s homily was a reflection of his motto, “Serve the Lord with Gladness.”

The Mass included both a Spanish hymn and Polish song during Communion.

Theresa Wojick Quillard, a parishioner of St. Patrick’s in Hinsdale was among the hundreds who waited in the long receiving line to greet Bishop Rozanski during a reception in the parish center following the Mass.

“I’m one hundred percent Polish and I’m happy to meet the bishop because he’s Polish, too,” said Quillard. “We’re going to enjoy having him as our bishop.

Look for more on this story in an upcoming edition of "Real to Reel," which airs Saturday evenings at 7 on WWLP-22NEWS.