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Alleluia! Jesus Christ Is Risen, Let Us Rejoice And Be Glad. Alleluia!

As the Church continues to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord, the greatest of all feasts of the liturgical year, let us rejoice and be glad. Alleluia, Alleluia! During the 50 days of the Easter season, which lasts through Pentecost on June 8, the Connellsville Catholic Community continues its Easter observance with Masses daily in the Partner Parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita of Cascia and St. John the Evangelist. During this season of new life, let us renew and refresh our lives in Christ Jesus by participating in Mass and availing ourselves of the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation as frequently as possible. After all, it is Jesus who has given those gifts to us so that we might live in Him in the glory of the Father and the Holy Spirit for all eternity. May we all rejoice in the Lord’s Resurrection in this most holy and joyous Easter season. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Connellsville Catholic Community Welcomes New Catholics Into The Church
The Connellsville Catholic Community congratulates those who became new Catholics by receiving the sacraments of initiation during the Easter Vigil at Immaculate Conception Church on April 19. Those who received the sacraments are Thomas Daniels Sr., John Musgrove, Erica Blackstone, Ashley Filitsky, Abby Wolfe, Beverly Shaffer, Raecyne Bechtold, James Ernett, Tom Johnson, Ali Shwery, Lora Zerecheck, Lynda Tyri, Gabi Evans, Eric Galley, Raine Lockabill and Tommi Page Lockabill. Please remember them in your prayers as they begin their membership in the Catholic Church.


Youth Groups, Children's Choir Featured In Living Stations Of The Cross
Junior and Senior Youth Groups of the Connellsville and Dunbar Catholic Communities presented Living Stations of the Cross on Palm Sunday evening in Immaculate Conception Church. The Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir provided music for the event. Click on the link below to view the Living Stations of the Cross as they were presented on Palm Sunday 2014:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENWbDwW5h2s&feature=youtu.be

Junior, Senior Youth Groups Plan Lock-In At St. Aloysius May 2-3
Junior and Senior Youth Groups invite all youth in grades 6 through 12 to a Lock-In from 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, to 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at St. Aloysius, Dunbar. Youths will spend an evening with friends by playing games, making their own pizza and praying. Cost is $5. Registration forms may be obtained in the back of the churches or at DeVivo Centre at St. Rita. Register by April 30 to Youth Minister Kevin Barry. For further information, contact Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840 Ext. 107 or by email at kbarry@dioceseofgreensburg.org

Father Bob Lubic: ‘SO PROUD OF MY PEOPLE!!’
Father Bob Lubic, Connellsville Partner Parishes pastor/administrator, has issued the following statement regarding this year’s Diocesan Lenten Appeal:

“It is with great pleasure and thanksgiving to Almighty God that I report that in RECORD TIME all three parishes of the Catholic Community here in the Jewel of the Yough have SURPASSED their Diocesan Lenten Appeal targets! I would ask for a resounding you-know-what, but we don't say THAT word during the Great Fast!!
“If you haven't yet given, remember -- EVERY CENT raised beyond the goal stays here in the parishes for the various and sundry projects we need to undertake.
"GOD BLESS the fine people of Immaculate Conception, Saint John the Evangelist, and Saint Rita of Cascia parishes. YOU ARE SPECIAL!!”


'Homilies' Button A New Feature On Connellsville Partner Parish Website
Please note the "Homilies" button at right. It's a new feature on the parish website that provides a quick link to the latest Sunday homilies and homilies from previous Sundays that were delivered in the partner parishes. Give it a try! 

Joint Immaculate Conception-St. John Festival Seeks Volunteers
This summer, parishioners of St. John and Immaculate Conception churches are combining their efforts to bring Connellsville the best of both festivals. The event will be held on Aug. 2-3 at St. John Church on West Crawford Avenue. It will feature food, entertainment, games, Chinese auction, raffles, bingo and more. Proceeds will be used to help with operational expenses of both parishes. Those interested in volunteering may contact committee members Stephanie and Toni Kostelnik at 724-628-8878, Chris and Denise Iaquinta at 724-984-5898, Christa Puskar at 724-880-9666 or Susan McCarthy at 724-628-6956.

Spring/Summer Cleanup Planned For Partner Parish Cemeteries
All fall/Christmas items must be removed from gravesites in the partner parish cemeteries by April 30 for the spring/summer cleanup. All gravesites are to be completely free of any potted artificial or live plants and other decorations, unless the decorations are on top of the stone or in pots attached to the stones. All artificial decorations showing obvious wear or age must be removed. For information and questions, contact Parish Manager Lou Ann Lauffer at DeVivo Centre, 724-628-6840 Ext. 101.

Video: Father Bob Lubic Discusses Eucharist With 2014 RCIA Class
On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Sciberras Hall, Father Bob Lubic met with candidates and catechumens in this year's Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) class to discuss the Eucharist, which Father Bob describes as "the Crown Jewel of the Catholic Faith." Click on the following link to view Father Bob's presentation to the RCIA class, whose members will receive all or some of the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation during the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 19, 2014:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf2_ZUuctg8&feature=youtu.be

Video: Lenten Series On The Mass Continues At Immaculate Conception

Father Bob Lubic concluded his Lenten series titled "The Mass: What We Do And Why We Do It" in Immaculate Conception Church on Monday evening, April 14, 2014. The fourth and final installment in the series dealt with the Concluding Rites of the Mass. The first in the series of four sessions, presented on March 10, 2014, focused on the Opening Rites of the Mass. The second, on March 17, 2014, discussed the Liturgy of the Word.  The third in the series discussed the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Click on the first link to view the March 10 opening session; click on the second link to see the March 17 session; click on the third link to view the March 24 session:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2M7ENaiJgM&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcePF-WjhvU
http://youtu.be/5T35I0ATbS0

Catholics Reminded Of Obligations During Easter Season

Catholics are obliged to fulfill what has been called their “Easter Duty.” They are required to receive Holy Communion during the Eastertime. In the United States, this obligation can be fulfilled until Trinity Sunday, June 15, 2014. Those conscious of serious sin are reminded of the obligation to confess their sins at least once a year during this time.

Partner Parishes Plan Arts And Environment Committee

The partner parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist are in the process of establishing an Arts and Environment Committee. If you are interested, please contact the parish office or Father Bob Lubic, pastor/administrator, at 724-628-6840. Click on the "News" button at right to see story.

Help Sought In Identifying Those Who Should Receive Homebound Visits
Sister Mary Agnes Kirsch, director of the partner parish homebound program, 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 Mary Agnes at 724-628-6840 or email her at mkirsch@dioceseofgreensburg.org to add someone to the homebound visit list.


Parishes Offer Youth Stewardship Envelopes To Student Parishioners
The partner parishes are distributing Youth Stewardship Offering envelopes to students in grades 1 through 12. Far more important than the amount that is contributed is the development by our youth of a habit of using envelopes regularly to return a portion of what they have to God. Anyone who has not received youth envelopes and would like to have them may contact Sister Donna Mulligan at 724-628-6840 or email dmulligan@dioceseofgreensburg.org.


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 "News" button at right.

Junior, Senior Youth Groups Formulate Plans For Ministry Team

The Junior Youth Group and the Senior Youth Group are developing ministry teams within each organization. "We are trying to develop a team of youth who are going to be key members in the groups," said Kevin Barry, youth and young adult minister. "The various positions being considered  are service chair, social chair, liturgical chair, fundraising chair, president(s) and possibly other types of chairs." Kevin said the purpose of the leadership positions is "to get the youth involved in strengthening the program." The Senior Youth Group is determining the types of chairs that will be available. "These positions are going to be prayed about and then voted on by the team," Kevin said.

Addition To St. Rita Social Hall Facilitates Storage And Food Preparation
The current project to expand the garage and kitchen areas of St. Rita Social Hall has many benefits, one of which will be very popular among visitors to the annual St. Rita Street Fair -- much shorter lines at the cavatelli and manicotti food booths. The addition is expected to be completed soon. Click on the "News" button at right to see story and photos.

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 of the Catholic Accent, please let the parish office know. 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.

Senior Youth Group Meets Sunday, April 27
Connellsville Catholic Community's Senior Youth Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in St. Aloysius Social Hall, Dunbar. The group meets every other Sunday evening September through May. All students in grades 9 through 12 are welcome. Registration forms for the meetings can be found in the back of the churches. For further information, contact Youth and Young Adult Minister Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840 Ext. 107 or email
kbarry@dioceseofgreensburg.org.

Junior Youth Group Meets Sunday, May 4
Connellsville Catholic Community's Junior Youth Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at St. Aloysius Social Hall, Dunbar. The group meets every other Sunday evening September through May. All youth in sixth through eighth grades are invited to an evening filled with prayer, meeting new people and learning about God. Registration forms for meetings can be found in the back of the churches. For more information, contact Youth and Young Adult Minister Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840 Ext. 107 or email kbarry@dioceseofgreensburg.org.

Attention Parents Of First- And Fifth-Grade Students

At least two years of religious education is generally required before students may be accepted as candidates for Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. Thus, any student currently in first grade planning to receive First Communion when in second grade should be attending religious education classes this year. Also any student currently in fifth grade should be attending religious education classes this year in preparation for Confirmation. Fifth-grade students not enrolled in the religious education program or not attending a Catholic school this year will not be accepted as Confirmation candidates. If you have any concerns or questions with regard to this policy, please contact Sister Donna Mulligan at 724-628-6840 Ext. 6 or send her an email at dmulligan@dioceseofgreensburg.org.

Immaculate Conception Choir Seeks New Members
Immaculate Conception Church Choir is looking for new members. Adults and teenagers are invited to join the choir by attending rehearsals at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the church. The choir sings at 9:30 a.m. Sunday Masses. Singing is praying twice. Give it a try.

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.

Confessions On First Saturdays Continue May 3
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. May 3 in St. Rita Church. Confessions will continue to be celebrated every Saturday at 5:15 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church.

Evangelization Prayer Available To Website Visitors
The Diocesan Evangelization Prayer, a part of the Diocese of Greensburg's evangelization program that was launched on Aug. 15, 2013, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, has been posted on this website. Click on the "News" button at right to view the prayer.

Children's Liturgy Of The Word Needs Volunteers
A new children's program is in place at 11:30 a.m. Sunday Masses at St. John the Evangelist Church to help young people of the Connellsville Catholic Community to better understand Mass readings. However, the program needs volunteers to move forward. Students over 16 and adults are encouraged to volunteer. Should enough volunteers come forward, the program will be expanded to include 9:30 a.m. Sunday Masses at Immaculate Conception Church. Interested persons should contact Sister Donna Mulligan at 724-628-6840 Ext. 6. Click on the News button at right to see story.

Father Robert T. Lubic Pastor/Administrator
Father Bob Lubic






Father Gerry Juarez Parochial Vicar
Father Gerry Juarez






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

Homilies

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