Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 56, No. 19 MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT ALTAR CONSECRATION: Bishop Edward C. Malesic incenses the new altar during its dedication at St. Agnes Parish, North Huntingdon, on Feb. 19. See story on page 5. Catholic Charities to honor good works at key fundraiser By Jerry Zufelt Editor GREENSBURG — A county coroner who helps people at life’s most difficult time, a woman who supports her community and the works of the Catholic Church on multiple levels, and an organization that is on the front lines of the battle against substance abuse will be recognized for their good works at the 19th annual Catholic Charities’ Communities of Salt and Light Awards Dinner April 20 at Stratigos Banquet Centre, North Huntingdon. That recognition will help add to the nearly $1.1 million that has been raised for Catholic Charities since the first dinner in 1999. These proceeds help the most vulnerable and at-risk people in the diocese’s four counties with tempo-rary emergency assistance for food, light, water, sewage, heat and other essentials. Jerry Lee Overman Jr., the Indiana County coroner and a parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Par-ish, central Indiana County, will be honored for humanitarian-ism. Patricia Smiy, a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin, will be honored for philan-thropy. SpiritLife Inc., a faith-based inpatient treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction and related disorders, will be honored as the Outstanding Human Services Organization. “These parishioners and organiza-tions have answered the call to serve their sisters and brothers in the spirit of the Salt and Light theology,” said Msgr. Raymond E. Riffle, managing director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg. “In very quiet and un-assuming ways, they have assisted so many people, especially ‘the least of these, our brothers and sisters,’ with generosity, charity, justice and peace.” Overman, a resident of Homer City, was cited in his nomination for ser-vice on the Indiana County Suicide Task Force, the Critical Incident Stress Management Team, the county’s Drug Free Coalition and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education. He also was lauded for his and his staff’s work with families when they face the death of a loved one, especially in cases of Continued on page 11 19TH ANNUAL COMMUNITIES OF SALT AND LIGHT AWARDS DINNER APRIL 20, 6 P .M. STRATIGOS BANQUET CENTRE, NORTH HUNTINGDON TICKETS: $130 Tickets and advertising/ sponsorship information: Heather Rady, 724-837-1840, ext. 1504, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information and to preview auction and raffle items, go to http://charities.maestroweb.com/. INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 3 Three teachers at diocesan Catholic schools are recipients of the first Golden Apple Awards. PAGES 7-10 Penance services, meals, events set for Lent.