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31 Partner Parish Children Receive First Holy Eucharist

Thirty-one children of the Connellsville Partner Parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist received their First Holy Eucharist at a noon Mass in Immaculate Conception Church on Sunday, May 3. Those 31 children include two sets of twins. The Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir provided music for the sacramental liturgy. And, by the way, these First Communicants are now eligible for membership in the Children's Choir when it resumes rehearsals in September on Saturdays at 11 a.m. in Conn-Area Catholic School. Click on the "Forms and Documents" button at right to download a registration form. Members of the First Communion Class of 2015 are Sophia Albert, Eli Armstrong, Jessica Burkett, Emily Burkus, Christian Dennison, Ivy Flesik, Graysen Galley, Laila Geary, Grayden Gillott, Max Grimm, McKenzie Grimm, Sadie Guynn, Luke Hampshire, Kira Heckman, Caroline Herbert, Giana Holonich, Evelyn Jesko, Raigan Keller, Ella Kenney, Aden Leapline, Mia Martray, Sullivan McPoyle, David Piasecki, Dominic Piasecki, Jackson Prestia, Claire Puskar, Shane Puskar, Louis Salandra, Jonathan Sapola, Alexander Shal and Jaden Whipkey. Congratulations to all First Communicants as they now share the Bread of Life, our Eucharistic Lord, to nourish their spiritual lives. God bless you all.

Harrisburg Priest Named Fifth Bishop Of Greensburg

Father Edward C. Malesic, 54, a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, has been named the fifth Bishop of Greensburg by Pope Francis. The Vatican announcement was made at 6 a.m. Friday, April 24. Bishop-elect Malesic will be ordained as Bishop of Greensburg on Monday, July 13, in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. He succeeds Bishop Lawrence Brandt who tendered his notice of retirement when he turned 75 in March 2014. Bishop-elect Malesic currently serves as judicial vicar for the Harrisburg diocese. He was born Aug. 14, 1960, in Harrisburg, one of four siblings. Two are deceased. His surviving brother, Robert, lives in Hummelstown, just across the street from his 97-year-old father, Joseph, who remains quite active. His mother is the late Elizabeth Schatt Malesic. Bishop-elect Malesic was reared in Enhaut, just outside of Harrisburg. He received his sacraments of initiation in his hometown parish of St. John the Evangelist, which was a German national parish. His mother was of German descent and his father is of Slovenian descent. He was ordained a priest on May 30, 1987, in St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg. Father Bob Lubic, partner parish pastor/administrator, shared a Facebook comment from one of Bishop-elect Malesic's parishioners in Holy Infant Parish, York Haven, York County, which gives some insight into the man: "Your new bishop has been our parish priest for the past 11 years. We're sorry to lose him but you're gonna love him. He's a great guy." The Connellsville Catholic Community welcomes Bishop-elect Malesic to the Diocese of Greensburg. May God bless him as our new shepherd. For more information on Bishop-elect Malesic, click on the "Our Diocese" button above.

Memorial Day Mass On Monday, May 25, At St. Rita Cemetery
Memorial Day Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, May 25, in St. Rita Cemetery chapel in honor of the 100th anniversary of St. Rita Parish. Hopefully, parishioners from all parishes will try to attend to honor the deceased, especially the brave men and women who proudly served the country.

Jesus Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen! Alleluia!

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today! Alleluia! He Is Risen As He Said! Alleluia. From ancient times, the Church realized that the celebration of the most glorious event in the entire history of the cosmos could not be confined to one 24-hour period. Therefore, the Church's celebration of the Easter Season continues for 50 days until Pentecost Sunday on May 24. The Connellsville Catholic Community will properly celebrate the Easter Season with Masses each day of each week through May 24. COME JOIN US as we continue the glorious Easter celebration.

Connellsville Catholic Community Welcomes New Members
Congratulations to our newly baptized and those who have attained full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Newly baptized members , who also were brought into full communion with the Church, are Mia Martray, Abigail Berish, Echo Shaffer, Sherry Schradel, Rita Rosensteel and Jamie Basinger. Those who were already baptized, but have attained full communion through Communion and Confirmation are Dennis Porter, Michael Pleva and Andrew Shroyer. Candidates who will be confirmed by the bishop on April 19 are Nathan Porterfield, Colby Harvey and Shannon Beucher. Nathan and Colby also received their First Holy Communion at the Vigil Mass. Please welcome new members into the Connellsvile Catholic Community and continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will ignite them with the fire of His love so that they may grow in relationship with Christ and spread the good news to others.
Mass For Graduating High School Seniors Scheduled For June 7
A Mass for graduating high school seniors of the Connellsville Catholic Community will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, in St. John the Evangelist Church. Graduating seniors planning to attend are asked to contact Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840.
Diocese Sponsors Catholic Youth Day At Cedar Point Amusement Park
Attention all parish youth going into grades 6-12! You are invited to join the Diocesan Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation on Wednesday, June 24, for an exciting Catholic Youth Day at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio. The cost for the day is $70 and includes admission to Cedar Point, a boxed breakfast, coach bus transportation and a catered dinner in the park. Please note that those in grades 6-8 must be accompanied by a parent/chaperone in the park. Graduating seniors 18 and older and all other adults must have appropriate Diocesan Child Protection clearances. Registration deadline is June 15 or whenever the buses are filled. The bus will leave from St. Paul Parish, 820 Carbon Road, Greensburg, at 6 a.m. and return at approximately 11:30 p.m. Register now at

32 Sixth-Graders Receive Sacrament Of Confirmation
Confirmation for 32 sixth-graders in the Connellsville Partner Parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist as well as St. Aloysius, Dunbar, was held April 27, in Immaculate Conception Church with Bishop Lawrence Brandt conferring the sacrament.
Members of the Confirmation class from the Connellsville Catholic Community are Shelby Bassinger, Jeffrey Connell, Anthony Dulik, Domenic Firestone, Noah Gaudiello, Michael Gebe, Gage Gillott, Sydney Gillott, Madison Grimm, Ethan Hamilton, Lillian Herbert, Leah Herman, Madison Kurpiel, Carlie Lonigro, Raygan Lewandowski, Matthew Lint, Andrew Long, Ashlynn Martin, Lorenzo McFadden, Bailey McGrath, Jamison McPoyle, Joseph Petrasun, Jordan Sanzone, Dane Sheffler, Alyssa Silbaugh, Kassidy Tajc, Ian Traynor and Liam Youdell. Members of the Confirmation class from St. Aloysius, Dunbar, are Mason D. Clements, Gage G. Goodwin, Elizabeth Landman, David Marchewka, Dylan Marchewka, John Martray and Jonathan Smith. The confirmandi from the partner parishes and their families completed their Family Service Projects in preparation for the reception of the sacrament. They and their families prepared soup and delivered it along with cards made by the partner parish youth group to 50 homebound members of the Connellsville Catholic Community. Click on the "News" button at right to view a photo page of the Family Service Project. Thanks to Mary Sampey for the excellent pictures.

Young Adult Catholic Retreat Weekend May 29-31 In Uniontown
A Young Adult Catholic Retreat Weekend will be held May 29-31 at Mount St. Macrina House of Prayer, Route 40, west of Uniontown. Titled "Encounter! Rejoice! Lead! Pope Francis' Call to Discipleship," the retreat is intended for singles and married couples between the ages of 18 and 35. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Basil the Great at Mount St. Macrina, the retreat will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, and conclude at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 31. Registration deadline is Friday, May 22. Cost is $100. A $50 deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance of $50 is due upon check-in at the retreat. For further information, please contact Sister Barbara Ann at 724-438-7149. Online: Written inquiries may be sent to the House of Prayer, Mount St. Macrina, 510 W. Main St., Uniontown, PA 15401. Download and print the retreat registration form by clicking on the "Forms and Documents" button at right.
Donate Online By Using "Diocesan Lenten Appeal" Link On This Page
Donating online to the Diocesan Lenten Appeal just got a lot easier. Click on the "Diocesan Lenten Appeal" button on the right side of this page, then click on "Donate" and follow instructions. It's that easy! While all three Connellsville Partner Parishes have exceeded their goals to date, those who haven't contributed as yet may still do so. All donations exceeding the goals remain in the parishes.

Preliminary Proposal For IC Interior Painting
Shown below is an initial proposal for painting of Immaculate Conception Church.
This rendering is only a proposal at this time.
"We are at the beginning of the process," says Fr. Bob Lubic

Formation Of Connellsville Catholic Social Committee Announced
The Connellsville Catholic Social Committee has been formed to facilitate community building among the three partner parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist. "The purpose of the Social Committee is to provide opportunities for us as parishioners of the three Connellsville parishes to come together outside of Sunday Mass and thus build a greater sense of TRUE community," said Father Bob Lubic, partner parish pastor/administrator. The committee was formed by a group of volunteers who met recently in Waters House at Immaculate Conception. Carol Tiberio is serving as committee chair. Other members of the committee are Bonnie Killar, Barb Bielecki, Gemma Munson, Eugenia Loyal, Mary Kay Wolfe, Pam McKeel, Liz Shelkey, Christa Puskar, Becky Ambrosini, Elaine Gunderson, Jean Whipkey, Denise Myers, Jaime Brooks, Lora Zerecheck, Roxanne Abramowitz and Ruth Kozel.

St. Rita Parish Celebrates Many Centennial Events In 2015

The centennial celebration of the founding of St. Rita of Cascia Parish by Father Henry DeVivo in 1915 began with a procession on Jan. 1 to escort the statue of St. Rita to its place of honor in the church sanctuary for the remainder of 2015. The next event will be the celebration of the Feast of St. Rita at 8 a.m. Mass on Friday, May 22, in St. Rita Church. After Mass a commemorative rosebush will be dedicated on the grounds. This year's Memorial Day Mass at 9 a.m. Monday, May 25, will be celebrated at the chapel in St. Rita Cemetery. To commemorate the centennial, various liturgical, social and service events are planned throughout the year. Father Bob is overseeing and advising the centennial planning committee. Members of the committee are Al and Becky Ambrosini, Bob Broderick, Becky, Leah and Mike Delmar, Mary Kay Dunaway, Lou Ann Lauffer, Anthony Lembo, Adam Merendino, Chris Mickey, Paul Mongell, Ann Louise Natale, Carmalee Porter, Rita Pratt, Chris Sparks and Nick Stasia. Parishioners and friends of St. Rita Parish are being asked to offer their time, talent and treasure to this joyous celebration. Monetary contributions not only will help fund the centennial celebration but also will allow the donation of a significant monetary gift for the benefit of the parish. All monetary gifts will be acknowledged in a centennial booklet to be published late this year. A time, talent and treasure donation form and a tentative calendar of centennial events may be found by clicking on the “Forms and Documents” button at right. The donation form may be returned to DeVivo Centre at St. Rita, 116 S. Second St., Connellsville, PA, 15425.
Wine With Commemorative Label Available Throughout 2015
St. Rita of Cascia Cent' Anni Anniversary Committee, in conjunction with Stone Villa Wine Cellars, has purchased bottles of wine with a 100th anniversary commemorative label for distribution throughout 2015. Stoville (dry red), Riesling (semi-dry white) and Stonegria (blush) are being offered. Wine will be available for purchase in Bucci Hall at St. Rita after the 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. Masses the weekend of June 6-7. For further information and to order, call Janine and Rick Brooks at 724-628-8411.
'Cat's Meow' Replica Of St. Rita Of Cascia Church Available
St. Rita of Cascia Cent' Anni Anniversary Committee is offering a replica of the church to commemorate the 100
th Anniversary of the founding of the parish. Referred to as a "Cat's Meow," this replica has some significant information mentioned on the back with the front depicting the façade of the church. The cost of this keepsake is $15. Replicas may be purchased in Bucci Hall at St. Rita after the 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. Masses the weekend of June 6-7. To order, call Abby, Patty or Mike Merendino at 724-628-4051 or email them at Please make checks payable to St. Rita Church and in the memo line note "Cat's Meow."
New Partner Parish Wedding Guidelines In Effect For 2015
New Wedding Guidelines for the Partner Parishes of Connellsville are in effect for 2015. To view and print the guidelines, click on the "Forms and Documents" button at right.
Society Of St. Vincent dePaul Seeking New Members
The Holy Trinity Conference of the Society of St. Vincent dePaul ministers to the poor and needy in our area. The Society now finds itself among the needy and is seeking new members. If you feel you may have a calling to this ministry, please call 724-562-3341 and talk with one of our members to learn more.
Founding Fixture On Dome Of St. Rita Bell Tower Removed
Photo page shows the step-by-step removal of the nearly 100-year-old, 300-pound concrete cross from the dome of the St. Rita Church bell tower on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The dome has been damaged to the point of crumbling by numerous lightning strikes and must be replaced because it poses a danger below. The concrete dome was cut into sections and removed in pieces. The cross has been crated for storage and will eventually find a home somewhere on the church grounds. No date has been determined for the replacement of the dome and cross. Click on the "News" button at right to view the photo page showing the cross removal.
Diocese Offers Package Options For Philadelphia Papal Pilgrimages
Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families -- Philadelphia 2015 in September. Families from across the Diocese of Greensburg are invited to journey to this historic event in Philadelphia. Two package options for the pilgrimages will be offered. The first is a weeklong pilgrimage that will include the World Meeting of Families Conference and Papal events Sept. 21-28. The second is a weekend pilgrimage that includes only Papal events Sept. 25-28. For more information or to register, click on "Our Diocese" at the top of this webpage or visit the diocesan website at
National Catholic Youth Conference To Be Held In November 2015
National Catholic Youth Conference will be held Nov. 18-21, 2015, in Indianapolis, Ind. This event is open to high school students during the 2015-16 school year. Cost is $760 per person. The Francis Fund and fundraising can help with financing. Contact Kevin Barry or Mary Sampey at 724-628-6840 for more information or to register.
Requests For Masses For 2015 Now Being Accepted
Parishioners may schedule only two Masses per family in 2015. They may be either two weekday Masses or one weekday and one weekend Mass. A Mass Intention Request Form must be completed before scheduling a Mass. Please place a completed form and a stipend ($10 per Mass request) in an envelope marked "Mass Intention" and drop it in the collection basket or mail it to the parish office at DeVivo Centre. Mass requests may not be phoned in. Requests will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis. To download and print the Mass Intention Request Form for 2015, click on the "Forms and Documents" button at right.
Diocese Launches New Facebook Page And Twitter Account
The Diocese of Greensburg is now officially on Facebook and Twitter. The diocese launched its Facebook page,, plus its Twitter account, @GreensburgDio, last month. These social media outlets now enable a broader audience to engage and connect to the life of the Catholic Church in western Pennsylvania. The Facebook page and Twitter feed will include reflections on prayer and scripture; stories, pictures and videos from visits around the four-county diocese; press releases, event promotion and responses to questions from followers. With the blessing of Bishop Lawrence Brandt, the diocesan Web team launched both outlets and will continue to work with the bishop and his leadership team to share the good news of its people and community members throughout the diocese. News and info may still be found on the diocesan website,
Dorothy Miller Describes God's Divine Intervention In Her Life
Dorothy Miller, a longtime and very active member of Immaculate Conception Parish, experienced traumatic loss early in her life. Now you can listen to her words to the Greensburg Magnificat on Jan. 25, 2014, a mere nine months before her death on Oct. 19, 2014, as she describes how God intervened to bolster her faith and to give her hope in the face of adversity. Magnificat is a ministry to Catholic women, helping them “to open more and more to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus as Lord and to impart the Holy Spirit to one another by their love, service and sharing the good news of salvation.” To hear Dorothy’s words on Jan. 25, 2014, click on “Media Center” in the menu at left.
Call Out To Anyone Interested In Serving As Sacristans In Partner Parishes
Sacristans play the crucial role of ensuring that everything necessary is available for our liturgical celebrations. Much of this ministry occurs behind the scenes and often these duties may be shared among multiple individuals. Anyone high school age and above wishing to become involved in this special work in service to the liturgy is invited to contact the parish office at 724-628-6840.
Gene Carbonara Made Organist Duties A Priority For 56 Years
Gene Carbonara's 56-year commitment and dedication to music ministry as an organist in St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist parishes stem from his early years when his mother encouraged him to be faithful to his duties as an organist. Click on the "News" button at right to read more about Gene and why he is a role model for other parishioners.
Annual Financial Reports For Partner Parishes Available On Website
Annual Financial Report Summaries for the partner parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist for the fiscal year July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 are available for viewing by clicking on the "Forms And Documents" button at right.
Retirees Can Help Bereaved Families At Funeral Liturgies
Retirees are asked to consider volunteering to serve as lectors or altar servers for funeral liturgies in the partner parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist. Currently, several dedicated volunteers are involved in those ministries but additional help is needed. Volunteering requires only about one hour of time and individuals are always free to decline when they have other plans or commitments. Assisting even once or twice a month will help to ensure that the parishes have all the necessary ministers to celebrate beautiful funeral liturgies for deceased parishioners. Men and women interested in volunteering for or who have questions about these ministries may contact Sister Donna Mulligan, director of pastoral ministry, at 724-628-6840 or email Please consider helping bereaved families by serving as a lector or altar server at funeral services in the partner parishes.
Cantor Schedules Posted On Parish Website
Upcoming cantor schedules for the partner parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist are posted on this website and may be viewed by clicking on the "Forms and Documents" button at right.

Confessions On First Saturdays Continue June 6
So that members of the Connellsville Catholic Community may more easily avail themselves of the Sacrament of Penance, confessions are being celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m., alternating between St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist churches. First Saturday confessions will continue at 11:30 a.m. June 6, in St. John Church. Confessions will continue every Saturday at 5:15 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church.

Weekly Adoration Of The Blessed Sacrament Continues Wednesdays
Weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues Wednesdays at St. Rita Church. Adoration will begin immediately after the 8 a.m. Mass and continue until 4:30 p.m. Click on the 'News' button at right for more details.

Help Sought In Identifying Those Who Should Receive Homebound Visits
Sister Donna Mulligan, director of pastoral ministry, is asking for assistance in identifying parishioners who are family members, friends or neighbors who are homebound and in need of visits at home, in the hospital or in nursing homes. "Unless we are made aware, we have no way of knowing the needs of the homebound," she said. Please contact Sister Donna at 724-628-6840 or email her at to add someone to the homebound visit list.

Remember To Keep Your Parish Census Information Updated
Please report any changes in your status to the parish office. These include changes in name, address, phone number, marital status, etc. If you are not receiving offertory envelopes or the Catholic Accent, please contact Karen Tweardy at the parish office in DeVivo Centre at St. Rita. If you are 21 years of age or older or have graduated from college, the office needs to know so that your info can be updated. Please notify the office by mail, in person, the weekly collection basket or the drop box outside the parish office door at St. Rita.

Father Robert T. Lubic Pastor/Administrator
Father Bob Lubic

Father Gerry Juarez Parochial Vicar
Father Gerry Juarez

  Mass Times
8:00 a.m.
    St. Rita: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    St. John: Tuesday
    Immaculate Conception: Thursday
    4:00 p.m., St. Rita
    6:00 p.m., Immaculate Conception
    8:00 a.m., St. Rita
    9:30 a.m., Immaculate Conception
    11:30 a.m., St. John the Evangelist
Holy Days: 
    Check bulletin or parish website
Reconciliation Times 
    11:30 a.m. on the first Saturday
    of each month at St. Rita or St. John;
    check bulletin or parish
    website calendar for location.
    5:15 p.m. every Saturday
    at Immaculate Conception.
    And by appointment

DeVivo Centre Office Hours:
     Mondays through Thursdays:
     8:30 a.m.-noon; 1-4 p.m.
     Fridays: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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