Catholic Accent The Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 Volume 54, No. 19 On the Journey of a Lifetime with the people of the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa. Preparing for LENT ASH WEDNESDAY IS FEB. 18 PALMS ARE BURNED FOR USE ON ASH WEDNESDAY. CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic Salt and Light awards honor parishioners for good works By Colleen Pollock CONTRIBUTING WRITER 17th annual Communities of Salt and Light Awards Dinner April 23, 6:30 p.m. Stratigos Banquet Centre North Huntingdon For tickets and sponsorship information, contact Heather Rady at 724-837-1840, ext. 1504, or firstname.lastname@example.org GREENSBURG — Two dioce-san parishioners will be honored for philanthropy and humani-tarianism, and a parish-based human service organization will be recognized for its work at the 17th annual Catholic Charities’ Communities of Salt and Light Awards Dinner April 23 at Stratigos Banquet Centre, North Huntingdon. The Salt and Light dinner provides funds to the most vul-nerable and at-risk residents within the four counties of the diocese. The money raised pro-vides temporary emergency assistance for food, light, water, sewage and heating. Charles Fischer, a parish-ioner of St. John the Baptist Parish, Scottdale, will be hon-ored for his philanthropy, and Nicholas Kolb, a parishioner of St. Thomas More University Parish, Indiana, will receive the award for humanitarian-ism. The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph Parish, New Kensington, will receive the outstanding human service organization honor. Fischer, a retired industrial arts teacher from Upper St. Clair School District, has given gener-ously to various works of charity and educational endowments. Over the years, he has sup-ported his parish and the former St. John the Baptist School. Fischer and his late wife, Mary Ellen, had considered adopting a child, but because of his declining vision, they decided to help educate other children, particularly in Catho-lic schools where families need financial help. “I felt God has given me every-thing I’ve needed,” Fischer said. “I didn’t make a lot of money, but I invested in the right things. My wife and I were both very frugal and didn’t spend a lot on ourselves. This (giving) makes me happy.” A U.S. Army veteran and graduate of California State Teachers College (now Califor-nia University of Pennsylva-nia), Fischer also gives gener-ously to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the Children’s Institute and has set up endowments in various family members’ names at his alma mater and Penn State University. “He is extremely focused and concerned for persons in need. He manifests the Scripture teaching of stewardship,” said Joseph DiMario, diocesan direc-tor of planned giving, who has known Fischer for the past four years. “He wants to give back Continued on page 2 ADDRESS LABEL INSIDE THIS ISSUE Pages 8-9, 16 Parishes plan fish dinners and events during Lent. Page 4 Page 5 In the Year of Consecrated Life, two sisters reflect on vocations. The numbers are in for the 2014 Diocesan Lenten Appeal.