Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 e O cial Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 56, No. 8 MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Geibel Catholic students high-ﬁ ve teachers and administrators as they arrive for the ﬁ rst day of school Aug. 24. See stories, photos on pages 8-9 . Diocese aiding victims of recent oods GREENSBURG — e diocese will hold a special collection to help victims of the ood disasters in the Connellsville-Bullskin Township region in Fayette County and other parts of the nation Sept. 17-18. e U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for a special collec-tion to assist victims of the August ood in Louisiana. Due to the exten-sive damage from the Aug. 28 ash ood in Fayette County, Bishop Edward C. Malesic has directed that a portion of the collection be used for local needs. Catholic Charities of the Dio-cese of Greensburg and the three parishes in the Catholic Community of Connellsville have been working with other churches in the region, local agencies and government o cials to assist with the recovery e orts. Catholic Charities will be re-sponsible for the distribution of funds from the special collection as requests for assistance are received and assessed. Donna Hagan, supervisor of in-formation and referral services, said Catholic Charities was in Connells-ville the day after the ooding and has been contacted by 50 families. “We’ll be there long term,” said Hagan, who can be reached at 724-837-1840, ext. 1661. While some people in Fayette County lost everything because of the 5-inch rainfall, the Connellsville parishes — Immaculate Concep-tion, St. John the Evangelist and St. Rita — were not damaged, accord-ing to David Williams, director for diocesan facilities management. However, he said, there was water damage in the two Connellsville schools — Conn-Area Catholic and Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School. Both were closed for the week and reopened Sept. 6. Greg Lincoln, mayor of Con-nellsville and a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Parish, is coordinating requests for assistance and o ers to volunteer through his Facebook page. In addition, the Catholic Com-munity of Connellsville is holding a second collection Sept. 10-11 and is taking calls at the parish o ce, 724-628-6840, from people o ering and needing assistance. Parish societies have been prepar-ing meals for the rst responders, and parishioners have been helping clean homes, according to Father Daniel J. Ulishney, parochial vicar of the three parishes. He said calls have come from other parishes o ering nancial assistance and supplies. “ e donations are incredible, and they come so quickly,” he said. In a Facebook post, Bishop Malesic asked for prayers for the people whose lives were impacted, especially those whose homes were destroyed. — Jerry Zufelt REGISTER FOR PATHWAYS Sept. 16 is the deadline to register for the upcoming session of Pathways, the diocesan adult faith formation program. The Pathways program will be held at St. Edward Parish, Herminie, on Wednesday evenings and Christ the King Parish, Leechburg, Thursday evenings. For information or to register online, visit dioceseofgreensburg.org email pathways@ dioceseofgreensburg.org or call 724-552-2598. INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 3 Year of Mercy: Jesus taught us that we all have an obligation to reach out and care for others. PAGE 16 Pope Francis canonizes Mother Teresa.