Catholic Accent The Thursday, July 17, 2014 Volume 54, No. 4 On the Journey of a Lifetime with the people of the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa. YOUNG PEOPLE HONORED Mary Seamans/The Catholic Accent Youth honors and recognition recipients gather with Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt in front of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, after the annual Youth Ministry Honors and Recognition Mass July 13. For photos and story, see page 7. Diocese awards $33,500 in Poverty Relief Fund grants By Elizabeth Fazzini MANAGING EDITOR GREENSBURG — The homeless and hungry will be among those served by five Diocesan Poverty Relief Fund grants recently approved by Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt. The grants, totaling $33,500, will be given to several outreach groups in the diocese. The recipients are: City Mission-Living Stones, Inc., Uniontown, $10,000; Mother of Sorrows Food Pantry, Murrysville, $6,000; Genesis House Ministries, Inc., Uniontown, $10,000; Connellsville Area Community Ministries, $5,000; and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, $2,500. Bishop Brandt created the Diocesan Poverty Relief Fund in December 2009 to enable the diocese to help support local organizations that serve the poor, needy and marginalized. The grants are made possible by an annual, diocesan-wide collection taken in all parishes the weekend before Thanks-giving. Since its inception, the fund has awarded nearly $188,000 in grants to groups in the diocese. “The Diocesan Poverty Relief Fund not only helps us to meet immediate needs in the local community, it enables the diocese to support organizations that are working to alleviate poverty over the long term,” said Msgr. Raymond E. Riffle, managing director of Catholic Charities of the Dio-cese of Greensburg, which is responsible for the oversight and distribution of funds. “Ultimately, this works to help people break the cycle of poverty and sustain their family lives on their own.” City Mission has served the homeless of Fayette County for more than 30 years, and nearly 400 men, women and children annually pass through the shelter. The mission will use the grant to purchase a truck to pick up donations, transport maintenance equipment and assist clients in their move to stable housing. Mother of Sorrows Food Pantry pro-vides food boxes for people in Murrysville, Export, Delmont, Slickville and surround-ing Westmoreland County communities. The grant will enable the pantry to purchase supplemental food items such as milk, ground beef, and fresh fruit and vegetables for the pantry boxes. Genesis House Ministries is a faith-based residence that helps men who have left the prison system transition back into society. The grant will be used to purchase furniture and fixtures for the facility and its library. Continued on page 2 DIOCESE OF GREENSBURG PRAYER SERVICE FOR FIRST RESPONDERS SUNDAY, SEPT. 14, 2014 • 3 P .M. BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHEDRAL Honoring those who protect and serve H FOR UPDATES ON LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS, VISIT: WWW.DIOCESEOFGREENSBURG.ORG ADDRESS LABEL INSIDE THIS ISSUE Pages 8-9 Diocesan seminarians explore the pastoral and community life of priestly duties. Page 4 A Mass marks the first anniversary of the death of Bishop Anthony G. Bosco. Page 5 Indiana grandmothers gather to pass on the faith to their grandchildren.