Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 57, No . 16 Wisdom for the new year A message from Bishop Edward C. Malesic: A local reporter recently asked me a question. “In this age of social media, how does one fulfill a New Year’s resolution to be a better person, kinder and less offensive?” A good place to start is by look-ing to our own sacred Scriptures. We believe that the words of the Bible are God’s revealed wisdom to us. So, in one translation of Ephesians 4:29, St. Paul writes this: “Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things people need to hear, things that will really help them.” This Scripture passage gives us good advice — whether we are talking to someone in a heated meeting or writing about some-one online. In a later verse, St. Paul says, “Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind. In place of these, be kind to one another, compassion-ate and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.” I think of this passage often when I am meeting with people who might disagree with me. I also know from experience that when we are angry, it is best to step away before responding — maybe even for a day or two — always with the hope of making peace, not war. Sometimes we are too quick to jump into an ar-gument without understanding the true situation. We need to walk a bit more gently with one another, try to be a bit more understanding to those who can rub us the wrong way, and — of course — follow the Golden Rule of Jesus: Treat one another as we would want to be treated ourselves. MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT PAPAL PREVIEW: Pilgrims from the Diocese of Greensburg snap photos as Pope Francis greets a child in St. Peter’s Square at the Oct. 25, 2017, papal audience during the diocesan pilgrimage. The pope has a busy year ahead; see page 16 for full story. Parishioners prepare to March for Life By Maria Guzzo Staff Writer GREENSBURG — Busloads of MARCH FOR LIFE FRIDAY, JAN. 19 WASHINGTON, D.C. WWW.MARCHFORLIFE.ORG parishioners from around the Diocese of Greensburg will converge on Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, commemorating the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to make abortion legal throughout the United States. Muriel Very and Dan Erdely, both seniors at Greensburg Central Catho-lic Junior-Senior High School, plan to be among the participants, showing their support during the 45th annual gathering of pro-life supporters from across the nation. Muriel, a parishioner of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, who has attended March for Life four times already, said this year’s theme “Love Saves Lives” resonates with her. “The love that is experienced during the March for Life is what is making a difference in the pro-life movement,” she said. “Love can genuinely save Marks the Jan. 22, 1973, U.S. Supreme Court decisions — Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton — that made abortion legal throughout the United States. millions of lives if we express it and care for human life.” Dan, one of a dozen GCC students who plan to attend the march with three chaperones, said the march is a chance to raise awareness about the pro-life cause, which transcends the abortion issue. “I see love saving lives every day from people coming across the coun-try to help victims of hurricanes that the South (experienced),” said Dan, a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Parish, Perryopolis. Likewise, Bishop Edward C. Malesic, who also plans to attend, said there’s truth in this year’s theme. “In our disposable culture, we sometimes believe that we have the right to discard people, even the most vulnerable, even children,” he said. “This desire to get rid of people — even unborn human beings — is not love. Love helps people in trouble; love helps the most innocent and vulnerable. Love helps those who find themselves pregnant and afraid. Love does save lives.” George Pecoraro, who is organizing the March for Life bus trip from St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish, New Kensington, said he donates to a local pregnancy support center, TryLife in Lower Burrell, as a concrete way to help parents who seek to keep their children despite circumstances some would perceive as a hardship. Pecoraro, parish organist and director of liturgy, has been organiz-ing the bus trip for 15 years, and also attended the march prior to Continued on page 4 INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAG E 4 March for Life prayer opportunities. Bus departures, captains from around diocese. PAG E 5 A pro-life message from Bishop Malesic.