Thursday, FEB. 25, 2016 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 55, No. 19 MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT Catechumens and their godparents listen during the Act of Admission or Election Feb. 21 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Nearly 150 people preparing to enter Catholic Church at Easter Vigil By Elizabeth Fazzini Editor GREENSBURG — Noting that a loving 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, 724-837-1840, ext. 1504, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information and to preview auction and raffle items, visit God is moving them forward on their journey of faith and is especially close during their final weeks of preparation before Easter, Bishop Edward C. Malesic told the catechumens and candidates at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral that they are being strengthened for the marathon of life. “We know the goal, and we have set our sights on it,” the bishop said. “The goal of life is to dwell with God forever.” Nearly 150 people from all four coun-ties of the diocese are preparing to come into full sacramental communion with the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter Vigil on March 26. In two separate groups, they gathered at the cathedral on Feb. 14 and 21 to celebrate the Rite of Election of Cate-chumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates. (At the Easter Vigil, catechumens will receive baptism, Eucharist and confir-mation; candidates, who are already baptized, will receive Eucharist and confirmation.) The bishop encouraged them to rec-ognize why they chose to embrace the Catholic faith. At some point, Jesus spoke to each of you, calling you by name, Bishop Malesic told them. “And you answered, ‘I am here, Lord,’” he said. Bishop Malesic upheld the Catholic Church as the fullness of what Jesus intended his church to be. “I absolutely believe, after much study and prayer, that the pope is the succes-sor of St. Peter, the rock of faith upon which he built the church; and he holds the keys that Jesus gave,” the bishop said. He affirmed that Jesus gave the Continued on page 4 http://charities. maestroweb.com/ INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGES 3, 9-12 Year of Mercy events continue. PAGES 14-15 The 2016 Diocesan Lenten Appeal is under way.