Catholic Accent The Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 Volume 54, No. 6 On the Journey of a Lifetime with the people of the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa. OFFICIAL His Excellency, The Most Reverend Lawrence E. Brandt, JCD, PhD, Bishop of Greensburg, has made the following announcements and appointments: Effective Thursday, July 31, 2014 Resignation: The Reverend Emil S. Payer has resigned as Pastor of Seven Dolors Parish, Yukon. Retirement: The Reverend Emil S. Payer is retired with residence at Neumann House, Greensburg. Effective Thursday, August 14, 2014 Pastor: The Reverend Jonathan J. Wisneski, JCL, Pastor of Seven Dolors Parish, Yukon, while continuing as Chancellor, Episcopal Master of Ceremonies, a Judge, Defender of the Bond and Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal, Director of the Office for the Permanent Diaconate, Director of the Office for Clergy Vocations and Diocesan Director for International Priests. Parochial Vicars: The Reverend Francisco Robles Gan, Jr., Parochial Vicar of the Partner Parishes of Our Lady of Grace, Greensburg, and Saint Benedict, Marguerite, and the Partner Parishes of Saint Paul, Greensburg, and Saint Bruno, Greensburg, under the supervision of The Reverend Daniel L. Blout, with residency at Our Lady of Grace Parish, Greensburg. The Reverend Rogelio I. Rodriguez, Parochial Vicar of the Partner Parishes of Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Rose, Latrobe, under the supervision of The Reverend Anthony J. Carbone, JCL, with residency at Saint Rose Parish, Latrobe. The Reverend Alvin Enal Cabungcal, Parochial Vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin, under the supervision of The Reverend John A. Moineau, with residency at Saint Agnes Parish, North Huntingdon. Pope’s appeal for Iraq: ‘Stop these crimes’ By Cindy Wooden CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis condemned the ac-tions of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying that perse-cuting Christians and other minorities “seriously offends God and seriously offends humanity.” “One cannot generate ha-tred in God’s name,” he said Aug. 10. “One cannot make war in God’s name!” After reciting the Angelus, Pope Francis asked tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square to join him for a moment of silent prayer for peace in Iraq and for the tens of thousands of people forced from their homes in northeastern Iraq as fighters from the Islamic State tried to increase the territory under their control. “The news from Iraq leaves us incredulous and appalled,” Pope Francis said. “Thousands of people, including many Christians, have been chased from their homes in a brutal way; children die of thirst and hunger during the flight; wom-en are kidnapped; people are massacred; violence of every kind; destruction everywhere.” The pope also used Twit-ter to appeal for peace and for the protection of innocent Bishops ask for peace Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt joins the U.S. bishops in asking Catho-lics to pray for peace in Iraq this Sunday, Aug. 17. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad said Aug. 7 that Christians in Iraq are fac-ing “a human catastrophe and risk a real genocide.” Patriarch Sako wrote the following prayer: Reuters/CNS A woman and several children who fled from violence in Nineveh province in Iraq arrive in a covered truck at Sulaim-aniya province Aug. 8. civilians. Instead of one daily general message about faith on his @Pontifex account, Pope Francis sent three tweets each day Aug. 8-10 urging people to join him in prayer. At the Angelus, he also called on the international community and Iraq’s belea-guered government to “stop these crimes” and reestablish law and order. Pope Francis thanked “those who, with courage, are bring-ing aid to these brothers and sisters of ours” and told people he was sending Cardinal Fer-nando Filoni as his personal envoy to Iraq. Cardinal Filoni, a former nuncio to Iraq and current prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, met the pope privately the evening of Aug. 10 to receive instructions for the mission and a financial contribution “for the urgent needs” of the victims, according to Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman. The cardinal told CTV, the Vatican television center, that Continued on page 2 Lord, The plight of our country is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening. Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare our lives, and to grant us patience, and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with trust and hope. Lord, peace is the foundation of life; Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy. Glory be to you forever. Assumption of Mary The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, a holy day of obligation for Catholics, is Aug. 15. The window at right is at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Providence, R.I. Father Michael J. Bucci, 95, priest for 52 years, dies Father Michael J. Bucci, a former steelworker and World War II veteran who was a priest of the Diocese of Greensburg for 52 years, was remembered as a “down-to-earth, good man” who was “very compassionate and prayerful” by longtime friend Father Vincent J. Gigliotti. Crosiers/CNS Father Bucci, pastor of St. Rita Parish, Connellsville, for 16 years (1978-94) and a resident of South Connellsville since his retirement in 1994, died July 31 at St. Anne Home, Greensburg, at the age of 95. He was the oldest priest of the diocese. Continued on page 2 FOR UPDATES ON LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS, VISIT: WWW.DIOCESEOFGREENSBURG.ORG ADDRESS LABEL INSIDE THIS ISSUE Pages 6-7 Parishes build community, feed hungry through gardening ministries. Page 5 Trinity Book Club at Export, Delmont parishes enhances members’ faith. Page 12 Weekend Mass times for parishes throughout the diocese are listed.