Catholic Accent The Thursday, June 19, 2014 Volume 54, No. 2 THE CHURCH’S EFFORTS TO FIGHT FOR ITS RIGHT TO SERVE THE POOR ACCORDING TO ITS FAITH Local opening: Vigil Mass June 21, 5:30 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg Information: www.usccb.org On the Journey of a Lifetime with the people of the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa. Vatican upholds merger of Fayette parishes Bishop Brandt designates Masontown church building as parish church By Jerry Zufelt EDITOR GREENSBURG — A decree from the Vatican’s Congrega-tion for the Clergy has upheld Greensburg Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt’s 2013 decision to merge six parishes in western Fayette County — All Saints, Mason-town; Holy Rosary, Republic; Ma-donna of Czestochowa, Cardale; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Mary, Leckrone; St. Procopius, New Salem, and St. Thomas, Footedale — into one new parish, St. Francis of Assisi. The decree from the Vatican, dated May 20, 2014, and signed by Cardinal Beniamino Stella, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, stated that the peti-tion for hierarchical recourse filed on behalf of some of the pa-rishioners of four of the merged parishes “does not have any canonical basis either in law or in fact, and is rejected in its en-tirety both ‘in procedendo’ (in the procedure) and ‘in decernendo’ (in their determination of the facts).” The decree is in response to a petition for hierarchical recourse filed on June 28, 2013, with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy on behalf of some of the pa-rishioners of the former Holy Ro-sary, Madonna of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Mary and St. Procopius parishes. The decree directed Bishop Brandt to designate, within 60 days of receipt of the decree from the Vatican, one of the six church buildings as the parish church for St. Francis of Assisi Parish. On June 11, 2014, Bishop Brandt designated the former All Saints Parish church building, as the parish church for St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Bishop Brandt also announced that all Masses and distribution of the sacra-ments for the parish will con-tinue to take place in St. Thomas Church, as well as the parish church in Masontown following the Revised Interim Weekend and Weekday Mass Schedule he promulgated effective June 7, 2014, at the request of the parish made on April 29, 2014. In accordance with a Congre-gation directive, Bishop Brandt announced that, effective af-ter Sept. 1, 2014, Mass will be celebrated twice annually in the other four churches in the parish of St. Francis of Assisi — one on the anniversary of the dedication of the church and one on the patronal feast of the church. However, aside from these Masses, the churches will not be used for the celebration of daily or weekend Masses, funer-als, weddings nor celebration of the sacraments, he said. St. Francis of Assisi Parish will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of all six churches. Continued on page 2 AUTHOR SHARES LIFE LESSONS Photo submitted Geibel Catholic High School alumna Joanne Orlando Lizza reads from her book, ‘Nonna Mia’s Magic Chair,’ to students at Conn-Area Catholic School, Connellsville, June 9. For a story on Lizza, see page 5. At assembly, bishops look at religious liberty, support of Catholic families By Carol Zimmermann CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE NEW ORLEANS — During their June 11-13 spring general assembly in New Orleans, the nation’s Catholic bishops voted to extend their Ad Hoc Com-mittee on Religious Liberty and to approve work on a lim-ited revision of their quadren-nial document aimed at guiding Catholics in election decisions. They also were urged to pro-mote and support Catholic families by paying close atten-tion to the upcoming synod on the family at the Vatican and to promote the World Meeting of Families next year in Phila-delphia. The bishops heard about the progress made and the work that still needs to be done on efforts to protect children from sexual abuse. They received a report about their aid to ty-phoon victims in the Philippines and were advised about the work being done to make sure religious educational materials conform to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The public sessions of the meetings took place June 11 and the morning of June 12 before the bishops went into executive session. “It is always a great joy for us to be together,” Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, told the bishops at the start of their meeting. There is “unity and strength from the Holy Spirit when you gather as one church,” he added. Prior to the vote on a three-year extension of the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Lib-erty, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, its chairman, compared the body’s work to Continued on page 2 FOR UPDATES ON LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS, VISIT: WWW.DIOCESEOFGREENSBURG.ORG ADDRESS LABEL INSIDE THIS ISSUE Page 12 Children’s books perfect for summer reading. Page 4 Parish festival enthusiasts make the rounds throughout the diocese each summer. Page 6 San Francisco archbishop proclaims ‘whole truth’ of marriage in advance of Washington, D.C., march.