More than a thousand youth and young adults of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will participate in the 18th annual Lovewalk for the Poor on Sunday, Feb. 10, led by Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley, MSW, DD, auxiliary bishop, vicar general and general secretary for the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
By carrying nonperishable food items on the one-mile trek to the East End Cooperative Shelter, participants in the walk imitate some of the hardships of the poor and homeless who often have no choice but to walk in the cold of winter carrying their possessions with them.
Bishop Bradley will celebrate a Mass at 2 p.m. in Sacred Heart Church at 310 Shady Avenue in Shadyside preceding the march. After communion, Sister Francine Horos, CSSF, will address participants. Sister Francine is involved with Our Lady's Food Pantry, the primary beneficiary of the 2008 Lovewalk.
The one-mile march beginning around 3 p.m. will proceed from the church to the East End Cooperative Ministry Shelter and Pantry facility at 116 S. Whitfield.
Suggested donations are non-perishable food for the East End Cooperative Ministry and for Our Lady's Food Pantry. For further information, call Gary Slifkey, diocesan Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, at 412-456-3140, or visit the Lovewalk website at www.diopitt.org/education/Lovewalk2008.html