Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 56, No. 9 MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT HUNGER ACTION MONTH: Bishop Edward C. Malesic addresses employees, volunteers and guests at the Westmoreland County Food Bank Sept. 7. Bishop upholds food bank as ‘blessing’ By Elizabeth Fazzini Managing Editor DELMONT — Bishop Edward C. Malesic said that while it might seem like a simple thing to hand out food to someone, it becomes quite powerful when it comes from the heart. “We’re not just giving a box of rice or a can of soup,” the bishop said. We’re giving of ourselves, he added. “To do something small with great love is the most powerful thing we as human beings can do,” the bishop said. Bishop Malesic upheld the West-moreland County Food Bank as a blessing that gives testament to this truth when he toured the Delmont facility Sept. 7. “During this Hunger Action Month, I think it’s appropriate for us to gather and help people become more aware that there are a lot of people in need out there,” he said to the nearly 50 people in attendance, among them board members, direc-tors, staff, volunteers, priests, wom-en religious and elected officials. The food bank acquires food and household necessities for people in need throughout Westmoreland County. It is distributed through special programs and a network of faith-based food pantries, onsite feeding programs and soup kitch-ens. The food bank runs with 24 staff and nearly 7,000 volunteers throughout the county. Nine parishes in the diocese partner with the food bank. Mount St. Peter, New Kensington; Mother of Sorrows, Murrysville; Our Lady of Grace, Greensburg; St. Agnes and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, both in North Huntingdon; St. Ambrose, Avonmore; St. James, Apollo; and St. Margaret Mary, Lower Burrell, have food pantries. Holy Family, Latrobe, has an onsite feeding program. Jennifer Miller, development di-rector, said 1,404 families are served every month through these parishes. (A total of 7,200 families in the coun-ty receive food each month.) Bishop Malesic said the Lord gives people blessings — such as a gener-ous heart, money or food — so that they might be shared, not hoarded and protected. “We come together as people who Continued on page 6 POLITICAL ACTIVITIES POLICY In advance of the Nov. 8 general election, the diocese has posted its Political Activities Policy. The policy is available at www. dioceseofgreensburg.org or by calling 724-834-4010, ext. 1445 INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 3 Nearly 130 people participate in the Day of Mercy in Indiana County. PAGES 8-9 On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, a local group honors the heroes of Flight 93.