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 A Message from the Bishop

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The Lenten season presents us with a unique opportunity to deepen our relationship with Christ and his church. This year, I ask that we all give special consideration to three practices that strengthen and help define our faith as Catholics, those being prayer, serving and almsgiving.

In terms of prayer, I suggest that we continue or renew our commitment to daily prayer. The rewards of prayer are enormous in terms of bringing greater spirituality and peace to our lives. There are so many ways in which we can serve one another, whether it be through orgainzed volunteer activities or extending simple, conscious kindnesses to family and neighbors. Serving creates a stronger, more thoughtful community. Finally, I ask that you consider giving to the Diocesan Lenten Appeal. The Appeal ensures the future of our faith and that the Diocese of Greensburg can continue its mission of offering compassion to our neighbors and brining the good news of Jesus Christ to the members of our community.

Prayer, serving and giving are acts of faith that we perform because we are Catholic. It is my hope we all make them a signifigant part of our lives this Lent.

- Bishop Edward Malesic

​Through prayer we encounter God. Spoken, sung, recited, spontaneous, out loud or in the quiet of your heart prayer is extremely powerful. It can make God an even bigger part of your day-to-day life. Be intentional this Lent about committing time to him in prayer.   
"My husband and I pray daily. We pray the rosary together. We pray our evening prayers together. We also have time after praying together that make our own personal time of silence to pray any additional intentions that we have. It’s an important thing for me.”

- Denise Pencola, Church of the Good Shepherd Parish, Kent

 

​In serving others we serve the Lord. We each have our own unique gifts. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? The answers to these questions will help guide you as to how to best serve. As St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

“When you retire, you’re given a wonderful gift, the gift of time. I don’t think it’s a gift that we’re meant to keep to our-selves. We’re meant to share it with others and serve others with at least part of the time that we’re given.”

- Jane Szczygiel, Volunteer Coordinator, Catholic Charities, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Greensburg

 

​By giving we acknowledge all that we have is a gift from God. Together, we are a tremendous force for good. If you have made a gift in the past, please renew your gift. If you haven’t participated in a while or never supported the Diocesan Lenten Appeal, please consider making a gift this year.

“I think it’s very important that we as parishes and we as individuals within those parishes share in the mission of the Diocese of Greensburg because the agencies that are supported by the diocese, like Catholic Charities, do so much great work. But they can only do as much as they have the financial resources to do so. The more we can support that, the more we can expect.”

- Jack Waite, St. Bruno Parish, Greensburg

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 Your Participation Makes A Difference

The season of Lent gives each of us opportunities to strengthen our relationship with the Lord. Consider the meaning that being Catholic has brought to your life and think about making a special commitment to living out your faith this Lent. Let us be especially intentional in how we know him and share him.

 

 Parish Case Statements

​The Diocesan Lenten Appeal supports ministry at the diocesan and parish levels. The diocesan goal for the 2017 Appeal is $4.7 million. Each parish is asked to raise a specific amount in support of ministry at the diocesan level. All funds raised over that amount are returned to the parishes and used to support needs that the parishes have identified. Parish needs for 2017 total $1.2 million.

View Your Parish Case Statement

​For more information about the Diocesan Lenten Appeal, please contact Mike Lucotch at 724-552-2502.

Our overall progress as a diocese, in terms of the number of gifts and the dollar amounts, is illustrated below​.
A Monthly Parish Report is also available.