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2019 Diocesan Lenten Appeal


bishop_dla_2019.jpg As the Lenten season approaches, we are once again a people in need of God's grace. We work on our relationship with God through prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Prayer can be so powerful, especially for those struggling with their faith after such a difficult time in the Church. I want to assure you that I have great hope for the future of our Church. Every day, I work to move us forward. But I can only continue to do that with your help. That is why I am asking you to Open Your Heart to Hope.

+ Bishop Edward C. Malesic

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dla_2019_mcguirk.jpgIn our parishes, the Lenten Appeal makes renovations and repairs possible. At Holy Cross Parish in Youngwood, Father William C. McGuirk and his parishioners received more than $40,000 from the Diocesan Lenten Appeal last year. They used it to renovate the social hall and remodel its kitchen, making it a more pleasant gathering space for the
parish community.

"The kitchen was basically collapsing...the cabinets were falling off the walls. The DLA is our only parish fundraiser, and we were tickled to raise enough to totally renovate the social hall kitchen and also update our wheelchair ramps so all can enjoy it."

- Father William C. McGuirk



soldevilla_dla_2019.jpgIn our parishes, missions and ministries continue with the help of our International Priests Program. This year, more than 20 international priests, including Father Gregorio Soldevilla, will help ensure our Church is the center of prayer. He captures many prayerful moments on camera.

"Being a missionary priest here in the Diocese of Greensburg has been very important to me. My photography allows me to bring the beauty of God's creation into focus for everyone."

- Father Gregorio Soldevilla



dermotta_dla_2019.jpgIn our Catholic schools, the Lenten Appeal helps more than 2,300 students shine! Jesse Dermotta attends Queen of Angels Catholic School. She was one of the founding members of the Kindness Club, which strives to walk the path of Christ, doing unto others as they would have done
unto them.

"What's so special about Catholic schools is that we get to pray a lot, and we have a huge connection to Jesus."

- Jesse Dermotta



henry_dla_2019.jpgIn our communities, the Church seeks to be a place of spiritual growth. Your donations ensure that people like Jennifer Henry, a 20-year-old student at Seton Hill University, are able to explore God's calling. Jennifer is a theology major and a student in the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program who plans to work in parish religious education after graduation.

"I feel that God has a plan for me, and I'm thankful for all the support and spiritual mentoring I've received from my family and my parish."

- Jennifer Henry



  • PARISH SHARE - 28.4%
  • Outreach
  • Evangelization
  • ​Youth Ministry
  • Renovation & Repair
  • ​Catholic Elementary Schools
  • Catholic High Schools
  • Office for Catholic Schools
  • ​Evangelization & Faith Formation
  • Tribunal
  • Worship Office
  • Lay Ministry
  • Pastoral Life
  • Hospital Ministry
  • Prison Ministry
  • ​Retired Priests
  • International Priests
  • Vocations
  • Permanent Diaconate
  • ​Adoption & Foster Care
  • Counseling
  • Material Assistance & Poverty Relief
  • ​Materials
  • Printing & Postage
  • Gift Processing
  • ​HR & Payroll
  • IT & Facilities
  • Communications

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A Circle of Faith, a Circle of Hope and a Circle of Love ... for these are the cardinal virtues that are extended to our community through the mission of the Diocese of Greensburg. With your generous support, you become an even more integral part in helping to further that mission.