Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 e O cial Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 55, No. 17 GREGORY L. TRACY, THE PILOT CNS Pro-life supporters walk in the snow up Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., during the March for Life Jan. 22. People gather in prayer for the unborn ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.’ (Mt 2:18). By Jerry Zufelt Editor GREENSBURG — “We are a lamenting people of prayer,” Msgr. Lawrence R. Kiniry said, citing the passage from St. Matthew’s Gospel about the slaughter of the Holy Innocents, in his homily at the pro-life Mass in St. Joseph Chapel at the Bishop Connare Center Jan. 22. “We are all Rachel weeping for her children,” he said. “All the souls of aborted children are with God.” e Mass was part of the Pray for Life event sponsored by the Dioce-san Council of Catholic Women and was attended by nearly 100 people, several of whom could not make the trip to the March for Life in Washing-ton, D.C., because their bus trans-portation had been canceled. Of the 16 buses and vans scheduled to take marchers from the Diocese of Greensburg, only three made the trip to Washington, and all three left before the march started in order to avoid the blizzard that eventually paralyzed the capital area and the mountainous regions between the Di-ocese of Greensburg and Washington. “God knows our hearts are in the right place,” Msgr. Kiniry said in his opening remarks. “And God hears the prayers coming from Washington and from here. “God hears our prayers of lamen-tation, and we pray that we can be advocates of those who cannot speak for themselves.” Msgr. Kiniry concluded his homily by citing the Prayer for Lamenting the Death of Unborn Children from the Gospel Coalition. “Because you (Lord Jesus) are making ‘all things new,’ we renew our commitment to contend for chil-dren still being knit together in their mothers’ wombs,” Msgr. Kiniry said. “Give us mercy and re, strength and wisdom.” Continued on page 2 HELP VICTIMS OF FLOODING, TORNADO DISASTERS Bishop Malesic calls for special collection Jan. 30-31 to support Catholic Charities and USCCB disaster relief efforts A special collection Jan. 30-31 will support disaster relief efforts in the South and Midwest that recently suffered devastating ﬂ oods and tornadoes. Funds will go to Catholic Charities USA as it responds to immediate emergency needs for necessities such as water, food, shelter and medical care, and to long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts. Funds will also go to the USCCB to support pastoral and reconstruction needs. INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGES CS1-CS12 Diocesan Catholic schools are celebrated in a special supplement. PAGE 3 Bishop Edward C. Malesic and Bishop Gregory J. Mansour will speak at Year of Mercy lectures.