Catholic Accent The Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 Volume 54, No. 13 On the Journey of a Lifetime with the people of the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa. GIVING THANKS Kindergarten students Presley Kelly, Christian Reiter, Wren Peters, Nathan DiBucci and Joseph Paul, from left, help collect donations for the St. Vincent de Paul food bank Nov. 14 at Queen of Angels Catholic School, North Huntingdon. Thanksgiving is Nov. 27. Mary Seamans/The Catholic Accent Pope Francis confirms he will visit Pa. in September By Francis X. Rocca CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015, making it the first confirmed stop on what is ex-pected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America. The pope made the announce-ment Nov. 17 in a speech opening an interreligious conference on traditional marriage. Message from Bishop Brandt about World Meeting of Families/ Page 4 “I would like to confirm that, God willing, in September 2015 I will go to Philadelphia for the eighth World Meeting of Families,” the pope said. The announcement had been wide-ly expected, since Pope Benedict XVI had said before his retirement that he hoped to attend the event. Popes typically fulfill their predecessors’ publicly known travel plans. In August, Pope Francis told reporters that he “would like” to go to Philadelphia. He also noted that President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress had invited him to Washington, D.C., and that the secretary-general of the United Na-tions had invited him to New York. “Maybe the three cities together, no?” Pope Francis said. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed the pope’s announcement. “The presence of Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in our country will be a joyful moment for millions of Catholics and people of good will. Our great hope has been that the Holy Father would visit us next year to inspire our families in their mission of love,” he said. Catholic Charities seeking help from you Agency in need of volunteers for Helpline and Christmas program By Elizabeth Fazzini MANAGING EDITOR GREENSBURG — “I’ve already pre-pared my teenager. We won’t have a Christ-mas this year. We need to pay the electric bill. That will be our Christmas.” These are common laments that Catho-lic Charities hears this time of the year, according to Donna Hagan, supervisor of information and referral services and vol-unteer liaison for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg. “These kids don’t want to return to school after Christmas break and not have any-thing at all for Christmas,” Hagan said. Yet thanks to Catholic Charities, many of these teenagers do receive gifts. Not only does the agency provide Christ-mas gifts to nearly 240 teenagers every year, through its Helpline it offers informa-tion and referral (I&R) services to people in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week — every day of the year. Volunteers are an integral part of this work, and Catholic Charities needs addi-tional volunteers to help with this essential outreach. Christmas Program Catholic Charities initiated the Christ-mas Program nearly 12 years ago. “It matches sponsors with families in need, and we target teenagers who are 13-18 years old from the four counties of the diocese,” Hagan said. The program is unique because it pro-vides gifts for teenagers; most programs in the community only provide Christmas gifts for children up to the age of 12, she said. Hagan said they need two to three ad-ditional volunteers. Volunteers sort Christmas gifts, stuff gift bags and contact families for gift pick-up. “It’s very easy,” Hagan said. “If volunteers are able to come in for half a day and help with some of the sorting, that’s wonderful; even a few hours help.” Although Catholic Charities cannot ac-cept any more gift recipients, nor does it Continued on page 7 FOR UPDATES ON LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS, VISIT: WWW.DIOCESEOFGREENSBURG.ORG ADDRESS LABEL INSIDE THIS ISSUE Page 9 St. Anne Home in Greensburg celebrates 50 years of serving the elderly. Page 5 Donegal parishioner blanketing many with warmth. Page 7 Catholic Charities plans a senior ministry workshop to support grandparents in their role in family life.