Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 55, No. 7 MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: First grade students greet each other on the first day of classes at St. Sebastian Regional School, Belle Vernon. See school coverage on page 7. Hundreds of local parishioners, bishop headed to Philadelphia to celebrate with pope By Elizabeth Fazzini Managing Editor GREENSBURG — He might only be 11 SAVE THE DATE: Annual retreat for individuals with disabilities and life-challenging illnesses OCT . 11, 2015 1-6:30 p.m. Our Lady of Grace Parish, Greensburg Information: Rita Shapiola, 724-537-3851 years old, but Henry Miller has been telling his grandma that he is looking forward to traveling to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis in September. And then he talked about it with Bishop Edward C. Malesic at a recent planning meeting for people in the diocese who are making the journey. His enthusiasm has officially escalated into, “I’m really excited now, grandma.” “It will be a really good experience for our grandson to see the church on a bigger scale,” said Marsha Callaro. “It will be a real eye-opener for him to see millions of peo-ple, faithful people, who are excited about their faith and going to see the Holy Father. “And this will probably be the closest I’ll ever get to the pope,” she added. Callaro, her husband, Bob, and Henry, parishioners of St. John the Baptist Parish, Scottdale, are three of nearly 300 pilgrims from parishes throughout the diocese who are traveling to Philadelphia for the eighth World Meet-ing of Families, the world’s largest gathering of Catholic families. Although Bishop Malesic and diocesan pilgrims are traveling in several groups from five dif-ferent parishes — as well as one diocesan group — their destination is the same. Themed “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the World Meet-ing of Families will be held Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia under the auspices of the Continued on page 4 INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 5 PAGES 8-9 St. Agnes parishioners take worship outside at Mass on the Grass. Summer weather makes for fun and sun at parish festivals around diocese.