Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 56, No. 12 MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOV. 8: The Voters Guide on pages 9-13 offers information on candidates’ positions, as well as a letter from Bishop Edward C. Malesic. Parishes, Catholic agencies contribute to ongoing flood relief efforts in Connellsville By Jerry Zufelt Editor CONNELLSVILLE — The Diocese of ST. LUKE SOCIETY SEEKS INPUT The St. Luke Society of the Diocese of Greensburg, which provides fellowship, intellectual advancement and spiritual renewal for health care professionals as they encounter moral issues in the care of patients, is conducting a survey to assess the level of interest in renewing the society. Health care professionals are asked to complete a brief questionnaire that is now available on the diocesan website: www.dioceseofgreensburg.org. Greensburg, through the generosity of its parishioners and the efforts of Catholic Charities, is providing nearly $150,000 of assistance to people who suffered serious losses in the flash flooding that hit the Connellsville and Bullskin Township areas of Fayette County Aug. 28. The funds are from several sources, including $86,300 from special col-lections — $68,300 from the dioce-san collection held Sept. 17-18 and $18,000 from a collection held in the Connellsville parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. John the Evangelist and St. Rita Sept. 10-11 — $55,000 from the diocese’s disaster fund administered by Catholic Charities; and $6,500 from other sources, including $4,000 from the Mother Teresa Outreach at Mother of Sorrows Parish, Murrysville. The total does not include donations made directly to local relief efforts and the many hours of volunteer time. For example, Geibel Catholic Ju-nior-Senior High School cheerleaders collected $4,600 for flood relief. Donna Hagan, supervisor of information and referral services for Catholic Charities, was in Connellsville days after a torrential rainstorm forced several small creeks out of their banks and into surrounding neighborhoods, damaging 165 homes, according to reports in the Tribune-Review . The Dutch Bottom neighborhood in Connellsville, a neighborhood along Breakneck Road in Bullskin Township, and homes along U.S. Route 119 in Connellsville Township were especially hard hit. Catholic Charities has already helped Continued on page 8 INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 3 On the final diocesan Day of Mercy, parishioners come together in acts of service, works of mercy. PAGE 5 At nearly 90, Youngwood parishioner dedicates her days to serving as sacristan.