Est. 1923 - Church located at 24 Jabish Street in Belchertown

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Pope Francis makes 'Vos Estis' clergy abuse law permanent

Pope Francis on March 25 made permanent his 2019 experimental law on clergy sex abuse, which was established to hold bishops and religious superiors accountable for abuse that they commit or cover up, and extended the law to now include lay leaders who head international associations recognized by the Vatican.

Fast or feast: Meatless meals can provide what you — and the world — need

As a vegan Catholic, during Lent I take an approach to plant-based cooking that is simple and modest. But vegan recipes can also be incredibly indulgent and celebratory — when Lent is over, and the church is feasting.

Can queer liberation be found in the parables of Jesus?

Book review: If Jesus came to liberate all of us, does that mean queer liberation as well? Rolf R. Nolasco Jr. faces this question head-on in his new book Hearts Ablaze: Parables for the Queer Soul.

The Jesuit priest who was a spiritual force behind Alcoholics Anonymous

Book review: Dawn Eden Goldstein's autobiography of Jesuit Fr. Edward Dowling explores the life of the Jesuit priest who was a spiritual sponsor and dear friend to Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Fifth Sunday of Lent: The dynamic of God's love

Scripture for Life: The Scriptures urge us to practice living faith, to allow the Spirit of Christ to free us from any fear that focuses us on our own well-being as if it could be separated from that of others.

Cardinal McElroy criticizes EWTN, says San Diego Diocese won't publish content

San Diego Cardinal Robert McElroy sharply criticized the Eternal Word Television Network, the conservative Catholic U.S. media conglomerate, in an interview with Spanish magazine Vida Nueva published on March 24. 

Vatican envoy warns UN General Assembly racism mutating and 'reemerging' globally

The "distorted" thought that one person is better than another goes against Catholic teachings and flies in the face of universal principles laid out in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Holy See's United Nations envoy told a U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.

Malawi and Mozambique caught in dire consequences of Cyclone Freddie

Malawi is reeling from the consequences of Cyclone Freddy that hit the southeastern African country March 12. The storm system caused flooding and mudslides that have resulted in the deaths of at least 476 people as of March 19.

Some bishops and lay groups have become de facto Catholic morality police

Some bishops and lay groups have become the de facto Catholic morality police. Is this evangelization?

A 'nation of immigrants' should identify with migrants' plight and human dignity, says Boston cardinal

A political climate hostile to the needs and existence of immigrants is not only morally wrong, it also weakens the structures of democratic governments, said Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston.