Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 56, No. 6 Devotion to Mary By Daniel S. Mulhall Catholic News Service LOUISVILLE, KY. — The important role that Mary, the mother of Jesus, plays in the salvation of the world has been recognized by the church from its earliest days. And since those earliest days, devotion to Mary has developed to give her honor and praise and recognize her role as the Mother of God, a title bestowed on her by the Council of Ephesus in 491. The Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (“Lumen Genti-um”) says that Mary is “justly honored” by this devotion (No. 66). As part of this devotion, feast days honoring Mary have been established by the universal church, local dioceses and the national bish-ops’ conferences. Thus, the Virgin Mary in the Immaculate Conception has been declared the patron saint of the United States, and Our Lady of Guadalupe has been declared the pa-tron saint for the Americas (North and South combined). Over the centuries, Mary has reportedly appeared to numerous people in countries all over the world. While the church has rejected the legitimacy of some Marian appearances, it has not made judgment on most of them. Some appearances, however, have been recognized by the church as legitimate, including those at Tepeyac, Mexico, in 1531; Siluva, Lithuania, in 1608; the appearance to St. Catherine Laboure in Paris in 1830; and those in Lourdes, France, in 1858 and Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. Continued on page 2 The solemnity of the Assumption, Aug. 15, is the Diocese of Greensburg’s patronal feast. Since the solemnity falls on a Monday this year, the obligation to attend Mass is lifted per a decree approved by the Vatican in 1992. Catholics in the diocese are encouraged to take time to recognize the importance of Mary Assumed into Heaven as our diocesan patroness either by attending Mass, if possible, or by some other prayerful observance. SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION LLOYD MCCULLOUGH THE CATHOLIC ACCENT HONORING MARY: Ray Patrick, left, and Jerry Sorice, parishioners of St. Bartholomew Parish, Crabtree, carry a statue of Mary during the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival procession July 17. Maria Cerilli Pospisil, far left, and Pete Heckroth, far right, also participate in the procession. For more photos from festivals around the diocese, see pages 10-11. INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 7 New administrators hired in the diocese to help support Catholic education. PAGES 8-9 Local contingent makes pilgrimage to Poland for World Youth Day.