Thursday, feb. 11, 2016 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 55, No. 18 NANCY WIECHEC CNS GRAPHIC ASH WEDNESDAY MARKED THE BEGINNING OF LENT . SEE PAGES 9-12 FOR LENTEN EVENTS AND INFORMATION. Communities of Salt and Light awardees to be honored for service to people in need Dinner has raised more than $1 million to provide assistance since starting in 1999 By Jerry Zufelt Editor officer from Armstrong County, a couple from Westmoreland County and a human service organization from Fayette County will be recognized for their good works at the 18th annual Catholic Charities’ Communities of Salt and Light Awards Dinner April 21 at Stratigos Banquet Centre, North Huntingdon. That recognition will help add to the $1 million that has been raised for Catholic Charities since 1999 to help the most vulnerable and at-risk residents in the diocese’s four counties. All net proceeds from the dinner are GREENSBURG — A law enforcement 18TH ANNUAL COMMUNITIES OF SALT AND LIGHT AWARDS DINNER April 21, 6 p.m. Stratigos Banquet Centre, North Huntingdon Tickets: $130 For ticket, sponsorship and advertising information, contact Heather Rady at 724-837-1840, ext. 1504, or hrady@ dioceseofgreensburg.org. For additional information and to preview auction and raffle items, visit http://charities. maestroweb.com/. used to provide temporary emergency assistance with food, light, water, sew-age and all heating sources. Detective Jeffrey Kuntz, a parishioner of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Kittanning, and a member of the South Buffalo Township police force, will be honored for humanitarianism. George and Sally Caric, parishioners of St. Barbara Parish, Harrison City, will be honored for philanthro-py. Crosskeys Human Services, Inc., which is headquartered in Brownsville and has outreach facil-ities in Republic and Uniontown, will be honored as the Outstanding Human Service Organization. “These honorees have stepped up to answer the call to serve in the spirit of the Salt and Light theology,” said Msgr. Raymond E. Riffle, managing director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg. “In very quiet and unas-suming ways, each of them has served ‘the least of these, our brothers and sisters,’ responding to so many with generosity, charity, justice and peace.” Detective Kuntz, a resident of West Kittanning and a parishioner of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Kittanning, has been a police officer since 1999. He was born in Natrona Heights and attended St. Joseph High School and Penn State. Kuntz is described by Father Douglas R. Dorula, pastor, as a “dedicated and faithful Catholic Christian.” Continued on page 16 INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGES 4-5 Year of Mercy: Caring for the sick is one of the corporal works of mercy. PAGE 7 Holy Cross Parish, Youngwood, revitalizing youth ministry.