Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 56, No. 17 JOSE AGUIRRE, WALK FOR LIFE WEST COAST CNS WALKING FOR LIFE: Participants carry a banner during the annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco Jan. 21. Local parishioners preparing for peaceful protest in Washington By Maria Guzzo Staff Writer GREENSBURG — Hundreds of parishioners Pope offers prayers for new president VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis sent best wishes from the Diocese of Greensburg will participate in the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27. At least, that’s the plan. Last year a blizzard prevented most local parishioners from getting to the world’s largest annual pro-life rally, which marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Susan Cheplic is hoping the 45 people she accompanies to the March for Life, including a dozen young people, remember this year’s trip much differently than 2016. “Last year, we made it to the Basilica and had Mass. As soon as we got out, the bus company called and made the drivers head home,” she said, noting her group got farther than most. Cheplic, regional coordinator of high school youth ministry for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, and St. Agnes Parish, both in North Huntingdon, and Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin, said they’ll again attend Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It will be celebrated in a chapel there by Msgr. V. Paul Fitzmaurice, pastor of St. Agnes Parish. They’ll be joined at the March for Life by Bishop Edward C. Malesic, clergy and hun-dreds of other people from parishes in the Diocese of Greensburg who organized buses, vans and personal vehicles to march in support of the sanctity of all human life. Typically, hundreds of thousands of Amer-icans descend on the nation’s capital for the March for Life, which begins on the National Mall and ends at the U.S. Supreme Court. This year’s theme is the Power of One and will emphasize how one person can make a difference. Cheplic said some young people on her bus Continued on page 3 and prayers to incoming President Donald J. Trump shortly after he took the oath of office. “I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assur-ance of my prayers that almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office,” the pope’s message said. Saying that the human family faces “grave human-itarian crises” that demand “far-sighted and united political responses,” the pope said he would pray that Trump’s decisions “will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advance-ment of human dignity and freedom worldwide.” The pope also said he hoped that America’s “stature” continued to be measured by “above all its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.” The message concluded with the pope saying he would ask God to grant the new president, his family and all Americans “peace, concord and every material and spiritual prosperity.” INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGES 4-5 The annual report of The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Greensburg. PAGES CS1-CS12 Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated throughout the diocese.