Thursday, dec. 3, 2015 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 55, No. 14 PAUL HARING CNS YEAR OF MERCY OPENS DEC. 8: SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: When announcing the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis said “no one can be excluded from the mercy of God.” Above, the pope visits children in a refugee camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29, during his trip to Africa. Seven agencies receive Diocesan Poverty Relief Fund grants to help local people in need By Jerry Zufelt Editor GREENSBURG — Seven social service agencies in the Diocese of Greensburg have received grants of $10,000 each from the Diocesan Poverty Relief Fund. The grant applications were reviewed by the Greensburg Catholic Charities Dioc-esan Poverty Relief Fund Committee and approved by Bishop Edward C. Malesic. The recipients are: Alternatives.Yes, Connellsville; Brownsville Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) and Rendu Services; Christian Layman Corps, Greensburg; Feeding the Spirit, Greensburg; Genesis House Ministries, Inc., Uniontown; St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg; and Wesley Church Health Center, Connellsville. “These organizations provide assistance in a variety of forms to many people in the four counties of the diocese in which we serve,” said Msgr. Raymond E. Riffle, man-aging director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg. “As the church begins the Year of Mercy, it is appropriate that we support these seven groups that help carry out Christ’s mission to serve individuals and families in need,” he said. “These organizations feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, help those leaving prison to make the transition, and defend and support life by assisting infants, children and their parents. One group provides basic dental services to the unemployed and underemployed.” Continued on page 6 BISHOP EDWARD C. MALESIC announces the major events for celebrations of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Greensburg. PAGE 3 INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGES 8-9 Diocesan Lenten Appeal generates $4.4 million. PAGES 10-11 Local young people energized at National Catholic Youth Conference.