Catholic Accent The Thursday, July 3, 2014 Volume 54, No. 3 MARCH FOR MARRIAGE Father Richard J. Kosisko, rear right, and Mary Ellen Pellegrino, front row, second from right, join a group of diocesan parishioners who traveled to Washington, D.C. June 19 for the second annual March for Marriage. Father Kosisko is pastor of St. Pius X Parish and administrator of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Mount Pleasant; Pellegrino is director of pro-life and social ministry for the diocese. See article on page 12. On the Journey of a Lifetime with the people of the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa. Bishop talks of threats to religious liberty By Jerry Zufelt EDITOR Tyler Orsburn/CNS Third diocesan pilgrimage scheduled for July 19 By Elizabeth Fazzini MANAGING EDITOR GREENSBURG — People are encouraged to participate in the third intra-diocesan pilgrimage, a unique day of prayer and re-flection focused on Mary, the Mother of Jesus and patroness of the diocese, to be held July 19 in Westmoreland and Indiana counties. Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt will ac-company pilgrims, and Father William J. Lechnar, director of pilgrimages and interim administrator of Church of the Good Shep-herd Parish, Kent, will lead the pilgrimage. “For centuries the idea of pilgrimage has been a very important aspect of our Catholic Mary Seamans/The Catholic Accent faith,” Bishop Brandt said. “In the early days of the church, it was common for the faith-ful to make pilgrimage to holy places and to walk in the steps of the saints and Jesus Christ himself.” But making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Rome or another far-away destination requires a great commitment of time and resources, the bishop said. “Here in our own diocese, we are blessed with many unique, sacred sites that provide opportunities to offer practical yet prayerful pilgrimage moments,” Bishop Brandt said. The day will begin and end at the Bishop William G. Connare Center. Pilgrims will travel via deluxe Motorcoach to Blessed Sacrament Cathedral to tour its recent res-torations and learn about the Cathedral as Continued on page 2 DIOCESE OF GREENSBURG FIRST RESPONDERS PRAYER SERVICE SUNDAY, SEPT. 14, 2014 • 3 P .M. BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHEDRAL Honoring those who protect and serve H GREENSBURG — Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt opened the third annual Fortnight for Free-dom observance in the diocese with a warning that people of faith “are faced with an unprec-edented and aggressive attempt on the part of the administration to severely limit our religious freedom protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.” Bishop Brandt, celebrant and homilist at the June 21 Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral that opened two weeks of prayer and catechesis on religious liber-ty, cited three reasons the obser-vance is so important this year: • The increasing threats to the religious freedom of those who believe marriage is between one man and one woman, especially in light of the May 20 federal court decision declaring Penn-sylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional; • The diocese’s lawsuit against the HHS mandate of the Afford-able Care Act (see article on page 2); and • Restrictions that are already in place in against the Catholic Church in how it ministers to immigrants; unacceptable man-dates that have forced the church out of foster care and adoption 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 Faith and fun abound at Vacation Bible Schools. Page 4 Pastors are installed at parishes around the diocese. Page 8 Catholic leaders say ‘justice has prevailed’ as Supreme Court decides in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores.