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More than 1,200 Vietnamese gather for devotions, Mass at Divine Mercy

REGIONALStory and photos by Stephen KiltonicSTOCKBRIDGE –On the fifth anniversary of Vietnamese Day at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy here, Aug. 23, Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski celebrated Mass with more than 1,200 members of the Vietnamese ... [Published I Observe - 12 hours ago]
First reported Sep 01 2014 - Updated Sep 01 2014 - 1 reports

Hundreds use ‘fire’ to shun rain at outdoor charismatic service

REGIONALStory and photos by Carolee McGrathFEEDING HILLS – Gray skies and light rain would at least deter most from venturing to an outdoor event.But that was not the case here the evening of Aug. 22 as more than 200 people attended the second annual ... [Published I Observe - Sep 01 2014]
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 1 reports

Archbishop Kurtz has initial response to revised HHS mandate regulations

WASHINGTON–Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it is issuing an additional set of interim final rules to implement its requirement that health plans, including employer-sponsored plans, provide for sterilization, ... [Published I Observe - Aug 31 2014]
First reported Aug 30 2014 - Updated Aug 30 2014 - 1 reports

OBITUARY: Sister Patricia Ritchie, SSJ

REGIONAL(Photos courtesy of Sisters of St. Joseph)HOLYOKE – Sister of St. Joseph Patricia (Mary Albert) Ritchie, 77, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield for 59 years, died Aug. 21 in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke.(She is pictured ... [Published I Observe - Aug 30 2014]
First reported Aug 26 2014 - Updated Aug 26 2014 - 1 reports

UPDATED: Pope phones family of slain U.S. journalist

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of James Foley, a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria.In an Aug. 22 interview on NBC's "Today" show, John and Diane Foley briefly described the previous day's discussion ... [Published I Observe - Aug 26 2014]
First reported Aug 26 2014 - Updated Aug 26 2014 - 1 reports

Parish teens prepare and serve a meal for needy at Kate’s Kitchen

REGIONAL(Photos courtesy of St. Patrick Parish, South Hadley)By Sharon RoulierSPRINGFIELD – A group of teens from St. Patrick Parish in South Hadley recently shopped for, prepared and served a meal at Kate’s Kitchen in Holyoke.The 10 young people went ... [Published I Observe - Aug 26 2014]
First reported Aug 25 2014 - Updated Aug 25 2014 - 1 reports

Pope thanks people for prayers for his family after deadly crash

WORLD(CNS photos/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)By Cindy WoodenCatholic News ServiceVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, in mourning for the deaths of his nephew's wife and two small children, thanked people at his weekly general audience Aug. 20 for their ... [Published I Observe - Aug 25 2014]
First reported Aug 23 2014 - Updated Aug 23 2014 - 1 reports

Groundbreaking for apartments held at former Holyoke Catholic property

REGIONALStory and photos by Terence HegartyHOLYOKE – A groundbreaking ceremony for a $20 million project that will create 54 middle-income apartments at the former Holyoke Catholic High School property here was held the morning of Aug. 18.Chestnut Park ... [Published I Observe - Aug 23 2014]
First reported Aug 22 2014 - Updated Aug 22 2014 - 1 reports

Father Thomas F. Schmitt, 58, passes away following battle with cancer

SPRINGFIELD – Father Thomas F. Schmitt, a priest of the Diocese of Springfield serving at Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, passed away Aug. 16 at the age of 58 following a battle with cancer.Known for his work as a professor and as dean ... [Published I Observe - Aug 22 2014]
First reported Aug 22 2014 - Updated Aug 22 2014 - 1 reports

Annual Franklin County Marian celebration hosts 150

REGIONALStory and photo by Julie BeaulieuGREENFIELD – Approximately 150 participants, including priests, deacons and parishioners from throughout the Franklin County Deanery attended the deanery’s annual Marian Celebration Aug. 17 at Blessed Sacrament ... [Published I Observe - Aug 22 2014]
First reported Aug 19 2014 - Updated Aug 19 2014 - 1 reports

Actor Robin Williams' death reignites questions about suicide

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) -- After 35 years of providing counseling and a Catholic outreach to families with a loved one who died by suicide, Father Charles Rubey has consulted on more than his share of the resulting funerals or wakes.The priest is ... [Published I Observe - Aug 19 2014]
First reported Aug 07 2014 - Updated Aug 08 2014 - 2 reports

With grace and faith, Sisters of St. Joseph respond to sale of Mont Marie

HOLYOKE – At perhaps the saddest moment in their congregation’s 131-year history, nearly 150 Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield spontaneously stood, joined hands and began to sing:“This is holy ground. We’re standing on holy ground. For our God is present ... [Published I Observe - Aug 08 2014]

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...” He told the crowd that when he met his wife, he started attending church with her on occasion. He said that after he saw the movie "The Passion of the Christ,” he started on a journey, which led him to the Catholic Church."
...the 'accommodation,' under which the mandate still applies and still requires provision of the objectionable coverage," said Archbishop Kurtz. "Also, by proposing to extend the 'accommodation' to the closely held for-profit employers that were wholly exempted by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Hobby Lobby, the proposed regulations would effectively reduce, rather than expand, the scope of religious freedom.”"
...he is grieving himself, having just lost three members of his family and (with) his nephew critically ill,'' Diane Foley said on the program. "Here in the midst of his tremendous grief, he took the time to call. Our whole family was there, one of our beloved priest friends ... was there, my brother-in-law spoke in Spanish to him. He was just so kind."
...of the priests who translate the pope's words offered him condolences for the tragedy that struck his family, Pope Francis explained to the people: "The pope has a family, too. We were five siblings, and I have 16 nieces and nephews. One of these nephews was in an accident. His wife died along with his two small children -- one who was 2 years old and the other several months."

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More than 1,200 Vietnamese gather for devotions... [Published I Observe - 12 hours ago]
Hundreds use ‘fire’ to shun rain at outdoor cha... [Published I Observe - Sep 01 2014]
Archbishop Kurtz has initial response to revise... [Published I Observe - Aug 31 2014]
OBITUARY: Sister Patricia Ritchie, SSJ [Published I Observe - Aug 30 2014]
UPDATED: Pope phones family of slain U.S. journ... [Published I Observe - Aug 26 2014]
Parish teens prepare and serve a meal for needy... [Published I Observe - Aug 26 2014]
Pope thanks people for prayers for his family a... [Published I Observe - Aug 25 2014]
Groundbreaking for apartments held at former Ho... [Published I Observe - Aug 23 2014]
Annual Franklin County Marian celebration hosts... [Published I Observe - Aug 22 2014]
Father Thomas F. Schmitt, 58, passes away follo... [Published I Observe - Aug 22 2014]
Actor Robin Williams' death reignites questions... [Published I Observe - Aug 19 2014]
Installation of Bishop Rozanski is celebrated w... [Published I Observe - Aug 19 2014]
In South Korea, pope calls for peace, democracy... [Published I Observe - Aug 19 2014]
Teens grow in their faith at 31st annual C.A.M.... [Published I Observe - Aug 18 2014]
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