I mentioned back in February the tragic story of a friend of mine, Nancy Heinbaugh of Connellsville, who in January had an encounter with a snow plow truck while on her way to work in the early hours of the morning. It did not look like Nancy would survive the accident. Nancy and her husband George were parishioners of mine when I was at Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Connellsville, and in fact I had the honor to witness their marriage. Nancy continues her very slow recovery process but the miracles, first of recovery at all and now of cognitive recognition and response despite the limitations placed upon her by a traumatized body, are wonderful. She, George and their children have a group of family, friends, co-workers, parishioners, townsfolk and generous souls who are keeping her in prayer and continued support. I ask you to join them in lifting Nancy in daily prayer.
This past Saturday this great group of people hosted a fund raiser and supportive gathering entitled "An Evening For Nancy". It was held at Geibel Catholic High School in Connellsville where Nancy as well as her son and daughter attended. The three parishes of the town came together, along with countless others, for a great evening of food, support and fellowship. Doors opened at 4, a spaghetti dinner was served from 5 to 7 pm, entertainment followed, a video was shown, basket auctions and 50/50 were held, and the evening was a sell out, with 500 tickets sold and many more coming to the door. My sister, Janie was visiting me, and we went and shared some time with old and new friends. Father Bob Lubic is the pastor of the Connellsville parishes and has been a great supporter of Nancy's family - and of this endeavor. To all involved - GREAT JOB! To all who attended and supported the cause - THANK YOU! And to Nancy and George - BE STRONG, WE LOVE YOU!