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 Days of Mercy

The diocesan organized Day of Mercy will be held in Armstrong County, Saturday, October 22. This will the fourth and final Day of Mercy, which encourages people from across the Diocese of Greensburg to put mercy in motion by participating in the event.

Participants may gather with family, friends in ministry, parish groups or other local organizations to live out a corporal or spiritual work of mercy during one of these special days. Participants may also choose to engage in outreach for all four of the Days of Mercy or select an entirely different date for scheduling purposes.

"We are called to be the face of Jesus, to reflect the love and compassion of Jesus in our works. This is a good way to do that," said Bishop Malesic. 

The first Day of Mercy occurred Saturday, May 28, in Fayette County, followed by opportunities September 17, in Indiana County, and October 8, in Westmoreland County. The designated Days of Mercy wrap up at one of the Churches of Pilgrimage.

Each Day of Mercy can begin at anytime. They include prayer, performing the act of service and conclude with Mass with Bishop Malesic. There will also be opportunities to share experiences of the day during a light dinner following each Day of Mercy liturgy. There is no fee to participate in the Days of Mercy, but because a light dinner will be served, registration is required.

As mentioned above, works of mercy do not have to be completed on the designated dates provided below, especially if individuals or groups are unable. Participants may also select a Day of Mercy in any county, regardless of their location. Any youth 18 years of age or younger, must be accompanied by a parent or clearanced adult.  

For questions regarding the final Day of Mercy, please contact Robert Sherwin, diocesan director of the Office for Evangelization & Faith Formation, and Year of Mercy committee chair, at 724-837-0901. 

Days of Mercy Designated Dates

Date (All Saturdays) ​County ​Church of Pilgrimage ​Mass Time/Light Dinner Registration

​May 28

​Fayette ​St. Francis of Assisi, Footedale Site ​4:00 p.m., Vigil Mass ​Closed
​September 17 ​Indiana SS. Simon & Jude, Blairsville ​5:00 p.m., Vigil Mass Closed
​October 8 ​Westmoreland St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe ​5:00 p.m., Vigil Mass Closed
​October 22 ​Armstrong Christ Prince of Peace, Ford City ​5:00 p.m., Vigil Mass Closed


Days of Mercy Agenda

  1. Gather in prayer to begin the Day of Mercy. This may occur anywhere, in church, outdoors, breakfast table, at the service location, etc. Your day can begin at the time of your choosing and the prayer will be provided by the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation upon registration.
  2. Gather as a family, parish, or ministry group and serve others by engaging in a corporal or spiritual work of mercy. Individuals are also encouraged to participate. Examples include, visiting the sick, aiding an elderly neighbor with yard work, cemetery cleanup or helping a local food bank.
  3. Perform the act of service.
  4. Gather for Mass with Bishop Malesic at the designated time (4:00 or 5:00 p.m.) and Church of Pilgrimage in the county. A light dinner will be served in the social hall following Mass. Opportunities to share your experiences will also be available.

 Diocesan Organized Projects

​Listed below are unique service opportunities shared with the diocese by parishes. We will add additional projects when applicable for all counties as they are shared with the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation. All participants are asked to schedule and work directly with the individual or organization they plan to assist, regardless of whether they are planning a self-designed project or one of the diocesan-organized projects.
OrganizationKentucky Project
Act of ServiceAssist with Kentucky Project
TownHarrison City
Parish SponsorSt. Barbara

​Kentucky Project sponsors families in rural Kentucky. These families receive boxes of food, monetary contributions and household goods, clothing, toys, etc. on a monthly basis. All of these items are donated by St. Barbara parishioners.


Barb and Skip Kustra

OrganizationSt. Barbara Food Bank
Act of ServiceAssist at or Donate to the St. Barbara Food Bank
TownHarrison City
Parish SponsorSt. Barbara

St. Barbara Food Bank is an outreach to the needy of the communty. Collections of non-perishables are held the first weekend of each month. The food bank distributes food monthly.


Sharlene Coma

OrganizationSociety of St. Vincent de Paul
Act of ServiceAssist at or Donate to St. Vincent de Paul Store
Parish SponsorMultiple Parishes

​The Society of St. Vincent de Paul welcomes those who wish to serve their neighbor. SVdP members grow spiritually through service to people in need.


​Fred Francese

OrganizationSt. Vincent Basillica Parish
Act of ServiceAdoration for the Day of Mercy
Parish SponsorSt. Vincent Basillica

To give pilgrims and parishioners a chance to participate in a spiritual work of mercy (to pray for the living and the dead), St. Vincent Basilica Parish will hold Eucharistic Adoration in the Crypt of the Basilica from Noon to 4 p.m. We will provide materials with Year of Mercy prayers. We will also have parishioners welcoming the strangers and directing them to the Adoration. The Parish's regularly scheduled confessions will follow Benediction at 4 p.m., and will conclude before the Parish Vigil Mass with Bishop Malesic at 5 p.m.


Kristina Davies
724-539-8629 ext. 19


 Connellsville Flood Relief

​In light of the flash flooding that occurred in the Connellsville area, the diocese is encouraging parishioners to perform their work of mercy in that area during the Westmoreland County Day of Mercy on October 8, or during the Armstrong County Day of Mercy on October 22.

There is still a great need for volunteers and manpower, assisting with all kind of tasks of varying degrees of physical intensity. Both individuals and groups are welcome, and your skills will be matched with victims' needs. For more information and to register, visit, or call 724-366-0408.