Catholic Accent The Thursday, May 21, 2015 Volume 54, No. 26 On the Journey of a Lifetime with the people of the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa. Narendra Shrestha, EPA/CNS A woman places flowers on a makeshift memorial May 7 in Kathmandu, Nepal, as people pay tribute to those who died in the April 25 earthquake. Church workers reach out to earthquake victims in Nepal By Anto Akkara CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE NAMJUNG, Nepal — “Sir, because of luck, we all survived. But, we may die of hunger,” Mithuram Pariyar said when a church relief team arrived after a four-hour drive from Kathmandu. “Nobody (relief worker) has set foot here in two weeks,” said Pariyar, summing up the travails of 29 families. It was this neglect that prompted the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Assumption Parish in Lalitpur to carry nearly 1.5 tons of rice and other food along with shelter mate-rial to the mountain May 9. The route included five miles of a rocky and slushy steep climb that would test anyone’s driv-ing skills. “It was painful for us to see helicopters dropping food on other (nearby) mountains regularly. But nothing (no food) was dropped here,” said Suba Pariyar, holding the arm of his mentally challenged son. Augustine Lepcha, coordi-nator of the relief team at As-sumption Parish, told Catholic News Service the group decided to take supplies to the village “when we heard of the situation through our contacts. We want to help the most-needy people.” Several hours after their arrival, as the relief workers bid farewell, the 29 Hindu and Muslim families living in the open and in cattle sheds were in a cheerful mood. Jennifer Hardy, Asia com-munications officer for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), said the situation in remote villages was “very challenging.” “We are racing against time to cover at least 15,000 families before the rains come,” Hardy told CNS. “The relief has to reach the people in the remote mountains before the monsoon sets in. “Once the rains come (in early June), no vehicle could go up these mountains,” Hardy reiterated. She spoke while awaiting tractors carrying relief mate-rial for distribution among 360 families who had converged on the Namjung hills. After hours of waiting on the hill — a How to help A second collection will be held in parishes in the Diocese of Greensburg May 23-24 to aid the people of Nepal. If a parish has a conflict on May 23-24, it is to use May 30-31 as the weekend for the collection. two-hour mountain drive from Gorkha, where CRS has its operational base — the CRS Continued on page 2 FOR UPDATES ON LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS, VISIT WWW.DIOCESEOFGREENSBURG.ORG ADDRESS LABEL INSIDE THIS ISSUE Page 20 Parishes around the diocese are ready for festivals, Vacation Bible School. Page 4 St. Rita Parish, Connellsville, celebrates its 100-year anniversary. Pages 7-14 Priests, sisters with ties to the diocese mark their anniversary years.