Catholic Accent The Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 Volume 54, No. 9 On the Journey of a Lifetime with the people of the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa. Walking for PEACE People from New Kensington walk on Sept. 11 for much-needed peace in the local community and throughout the world. See story on page 5. Maria Guzzo/For The Catholic Accent Honoring Mary, praying the rosary: Annual rally Oct. 18 By Colleen Pollock CONTRIBUTING WRITER GREENSBURG — People of all ages with a devotion to Mary are encouraged to attend the 40th annual Rosary Rally, a traditional diocesan event that will honor the Blessed Mother in prayer and song Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. “For so many, devotions to Mary have been an important part of their spiri-tual formation throughout grade schools, youth groups and for families who pray the rosary,” said Father William J. Lech-nar, Rosary Rally coordinator. “October and May are the two months we honor Mary in a very special way. This is an opportunity for folks from all corners of the diocese to come together to do that.” Betty Nemchik, a parishioner of St. James Parish, New Alexandria, said the parish’s Altar-Rosary Society plans to again carry its banner in the opening pro-cession. Nemchik attends the rally yearly as a member of the society and the Dioc-esan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW). “I’ve recited the daily rosary for years, and I just love it when I get chance to do this with groups from all over the diocese. It’s so meaningful,” Nemchik said. “And it’s wonderful to watch families praying together and see the school students participating.” Nemchik said the rally also holds Continued on page 6 FOR UPDATES ON LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS, VISIT: WWW.DIOCESEOFGREENSBURG.ORG ADDRESS LABEL INSIDE THIS ISSUE Pages 7-9 Bishop Brandt honors laypeople for their service to the church. Page 4 Parishioners are honored during Hunger Action Month for feeding the hungry in Westmoreland County. Page 6 First responders are remembered during a special prayer service.