Thursday, june 15, 2017 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 57, No. 2 CHLOE JAKIELA THE CATHOLIC ACCENT IN CELEBRATION OF FATHER’S DAY: Tim and John Jakiela, father-and-son parishioners of Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin, play outside their Murrysville home. For a biblical perspective on fatherhood, see page 16. Diocese contributes more than $185,000 to flood relief efforts in Connellsville By Jerry Zufelt Editor CONNELLSVILLE — The Diocese of Greensburg, led by Catholic Charities, responded immediately to help individ-uals and families after a flash flood hit the Connellsville and Bullskin Township areas of Fayette County last summer. Nine months later, the agency has concluded its efforts after providing $185,374 of assistance to 61 families in the form of new furnaces, water heaters and oil tanks and repairs to furnace and air conditioning systems. “The church reaches out to help people in their time of need every day, and this particular effort shows that,” said Bishop Edward C. Malesic. “I am proud of all the people of Connellsville, especially our parishioners, who have worked with no expectation of personal recognition to help their neighbors these many months. I am especially proud of the contributions by Catholic Charities. This is what it means to be Catholic.” The bishop also noted that it took the contributions of hundreds of people to provide the $185,000 that was then directed to recovery ef-forts, calling it an “excellent example of the steward-ship of church gifts and resources.” “Catholic Charities was able to multi-ply the small contributions of hundreds of people to make a significant contribu-tion to one of our communities,” he said. The funds came from several sources, including $86,300 from special collec-tions in September — $68,300 from a diocesan collection and $18,000 from a collection in the Connellsville Catholic Community parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. John the Evangelist and St. Rita. An additional $55,000 came from the diocese’s disaster fund, Continued on page 2 Support the works of the Holy Father through the Peter’s Pence Collection , to be taken in parishes throughout the diocese June 24-25. INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAG E 2 Official lists retirements, priest changes across the diocese. PAGES 8-9 Diocesan Catholic high schools hold commencement ceremonies, baccalaureate Masses.