Thursday, MARCH 8, 2018 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 57, No. 20 Pope adds feast of Mary to universal calendar By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT Candidates stand with their sponsors at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Feb. 25. Bishop: Church continues to grow by power, persuasion of Holy Spirit By Jerry Zufelt Editor GREENSBURG — Bishop Edward C. Malesic said the candidates and catechumens in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults help remind lifelong Catholics of the “greatness of our faith … and teach lifelong Catholics how excited we should be about our belief in Jesus.” Bishop Malesic delivered remarks at the annual Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion services at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Feb. 18 and 25. He greeted each of the participants during the services, where they made a public commitment to continue their journey to full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Masses in their parishes March 31. Candidates are people who have been baptized and will receive the sacraments of Eucharist and confir-mation at the Easter Vigil Mass while catechumens will receive all three sacraments of initiation — baptism, Eucharist and confirmation. At the Feb. 25 service, Bishop Malesic reminded those present that Jesus Christ is the founder of the Catholic Church. “It was Jesus, our Lord and God, who gathered that early first group of believers together,” he said. “And our church has continued to grow in every generation by the power and persuasion of the Holy Spirit.” Bishop Malesic said he realized in college that he is truly a disciple of Christ. “I learned why I was Catholic,” he said, calling it an “aha” moment. “It was this simple: If I loved Jesus, I had to love his church, the one he died for and promised to remain with until the end of the age.” There are 114 people in the RCIA process in the diocese this year: 65 candidates and 49 catechumens. has decreed that Latin-rite Catholics around the world will mark the feast of “the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church” on the Monday after Pentecost each year. The Gospel reading for the feast, which technically is called a “memorial,” is John 19:25-31, which recounts how from the cross Jesus entrusted Mary to his disciples as their mother and entrusted his disciples to Mary as her children. The decree announcing the addition to the church calendar was released March 3 by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. Pope Francis approved the decree after “having attentively considered how greatly the pro-motion of this devotion might encourage the growth of the ma-ternal sense of the church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Mari-an piety,” the decree said. Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect Continued on page 4 Coming full circle 46 years later The Feb. 25 service had special meaning for a retired priest of the di-ocese and the music director he hired shortly before retiring as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Derry. Father Stephen C. West is the spon-sor for Joshua Dunmeyer, and the two share several similarities in their faith journeys. Father West was a fine arts and art history major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania when he entered the Catholic Church in 1972 through St. Thomas More University Parish. Continued on page 4 YOUR VOTE COUNTS! VOTE IN THE DISTRICT 18 SPECIAL ELECTION TUESDAY, MARCH 13 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Bishop Malesic has created the new Office for Priestly Vocations. PAG E 3 PAGES 8-9 Lent is a time to reflect on sacrifice, humility and repentance.