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Twenty-Five Second-Graders Receive First Communion

Twenty-five second-graders from the three Connellsville partner parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. John the Evangelist and St. Rita received their First Communion at a Mass in Immaculate Conception Church on Sunday, May 1, 2016. May God bless these youngsters as they continue their lifelong journey as disciples of Jesus.

Bishop Visits Partner Parishes Of Connellsville On May 29

Bishop Edward Malesic will visit the Connellsville Catholic Community on May 29, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Bishop Malesic will be the principal celebrant for a Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church. Mass will be followed by a Eucharistic Procession to St. John Church, where a prayer service will be held. The procession will then continue to St. Rita Church for Benediction. A reception will follow in Bucci Hall at St. Rita. 

 

Alleluia! Jesus Christ Is Risen From The Dead! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ is risen from the dead. Risen as He truly said. Let us rejoice and be glad for by His Cross and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has redeemed and saved us. Alleluia! Alleluia! In the glorious light of the New Day -- the LORD'S Day -- the whole world rejoices as what took place under cover of night is made known to all. The Easter season in the Catholic Church continues for 50 days through May 15 when we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. Rejoice in the Risen Lord by attending and celebrating Mass as often as possible in the churches of the Connellsville Catholic Community. Remember that each Mass is a celebration of Easter, the Resurrection of the Lord, the foundation of our Catholic faith.

Connellsville Catholic Community Welcomes New Members

The Connellsville Catholic Community welcomed 14 new and fully initiated members into the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil in Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday night, March 26. Eleven baptisms, 14 confirmations and 14 First Holy Communions were celebrated during the Great Vigil. Receiving some or all of the sacraments were Matt Ptacek, Debra Kaylor, Brenda Shaffer, Kim Shultz, Erika Ellsworth, Cody Stewart, Bill Gephart, Don Rohal, Ashlyn Rohal, Nick Rohal, Holly Grimm, Sean Black, Jenna Cessna and Chuck Blackstone. Candidates who will be confirmed at Pentecost in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg are April Cessna and Michael Long. "We joyfully welcome our new and fully initiated members into our Church," said Mary Sampey, faith formation director. "
Each and every one of these people are my family. Let us ALL with open arms embrace them into this community of believers. I love you all so much and am so happy for you."

Church Prescribes Obligation In Easter Season

Easter Duty -- All of the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation  of receiving Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. The Easter Duty this year may be made from Easter Sunday, March 27, until Trinity Sunday, May 22.

Evenings Of Reflection Scheduled For Liturgical Ministers

Father Daniel Ulishney, parochial vicar, will play host to a series of evenings of reflection for liturgical ministers in the Connellsville Catholic Community. The series will provide opportunities for liturgical ministers to give thanks to God for the gift of ministry and to grow and deepen their spiritual lives as well as the bonds of friendship. The evening of reflection for lectors will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at St. Rita. The evening for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at St. Rita. Anyone interested in becoming a lector or Extraordinary Minister is invited to attend these events.

Partner Parishes Seek Additional Liturgical Ministers
Our faith comes alive through service and we glorify God by using our gifts. The Connellsville Catholic Community is seeking additional liturgical ministers in its three partner parishes (lectors, ushers, altar servers, music ministers and especially Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion). Please prayerfully consider your gifts and interests and whether the Lord may be inviting you into one of these ministries. If you want to deepen your experience of the faith or are looking for a way to be personally involved in bringing Jesus to others when you come to Mass, please contact the parish office in DeVivo Centre at St. Rita at 724-628-6840 to begin the process.

Diocesan Lenten Appeal Donations May Be Made Online

Contributors to this year's Diocesan Lenten Appeal may make their pledges and donations online. To do so, simply click on the "Our Diocese" tab at the top of this page and then click on "Donate Now" on the diocesan website homepage. Bishop Edward Malesic said the Diocese of Greensburg has adopted "A Mission Of Mercy" as the theme for this year's Diocesan Lenten Appeal in keeping with the Church's Jubilee Year of Mercy as declared by Pope Francis. "In God's great mercy, he looked upon the world with compassion and sent his Son," the bishop said. "Today, it is the central mission of the Church to proclaim Jesus, who is mercy, and to tell the good news that God loves the world. This takes shape in both our words and our acts. The Appeal offers all an opportunity to participate in and promote the central mission of the church. With your support, we are able to show mercy to those around us who are most in need, both spiritually and physically. I ask that you join us in our Mission of Mercy."

Parish Website Posts Newsletters For Organizations

The parish website has begun posting newsletters for parish-related organizations. Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Annunciata 260, Connellsville, is the first organization to have its newsletter posted in the “Newsletters” area of the website. To view the April 2016 edition of the Catholic Daughters newsletter, titled “The Annunciata,” click on the “Newsletters” button on the right side of this home page. The local Catholic Daughters court launched the newsletter as part of its 100th anniversary observance last year. In addition to the website, the Catholic Daughters newsletter will be posted and available in print format in the backs of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and  St. John the Evangelist churches in Connellsville and in St. Aloysius Church, Dunbar. Any parish-related organization may have its newsletter posted on the parish website. For information, contact website manager/writer Bob Broderick at 724-628-9114.

Images Of Second IC Church, 1892 Fire Story Surface

Long considered lost, images of the second Immaculate Conception Church (built 1887, burned 1892) recently surfaced in a treasure trove of archival material donated to the partner parishes by Elizabeth Haggerty after the death of her husband, Jim, who had amassed a wealth of Immaculate Conception memorabilia and historical material. Father Bob Lubic recentlly sifted through the collection and there they were: A photo of the burned-out building (left) and a drawing of the church  (right) from its dedication in 1887. Along with the images, Father Bob discovered a story, published in the June 24, 1892 edition of the Connellsville Courier, detailing the fire and circumstances surrounding it as well as other historical information about the second IC Church building and the reverence with which it was held in the community. To read the June 24, 1892, Courier story in its entirety, click on the “News” button at right.

Annual Reports For Partner Parishes Posted On Website
 Annual Financial Report Summaries for the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 for each of the Connellsville Partner Parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist have been posted on this website. To view the annual reports, click on the "Forms and Documents" buttons at right.

Video Recalls Henry L. Molinaro's Final Performance

On Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, four days before his death on April 9, 2015, Immaculate Conception Choir Director Henry L. Molinaro led the choir and a brass quintet in what was to be his final performance before cancer claimed his life. The featured piece was titled "Where Hope Is Still Alive," which the choir rehearsed and performed at the request of Father Bob Lubic, who first heard it while stationed at St. Barbara Church in Harrison City. Father Bob arranged for the piece to be video recorded on Easter Sunday. Since that time there have been requests for the video to be posted on this website. To view the video and Father Bob's comments about the performance, click on the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/bob.lubic/videos/10152679005287063/?l=7916063008753822887 

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.

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

    
Partner Parish Wedding Guidelines Available On Website
Wedding Guidelines for the Partner Parishes of Connellsville are available on this website. 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.
Requests For Masses For 2016 Now Being Accepted
Parishioners may schedule only two Masses per family in 2016. 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 2016, click on the "Forms and Documents" button at right.
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.
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 dmulligan@dioceseofgreensburg.org. Please consider helping bereaved families by serving as a lector or altar server at funeral services in the partner parishes.
Confessions On First Saturdays Continue May 7
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 7 in St. Rita 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
dmulligan@dioceseofgreensburg.org 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.

Pastor/Administrator
Father Bob Lubic






Parochial Vicar
Father Daniel Ulishney






  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: 
    Check bulletin or parish website
     calendar.
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.

Homilies Forms and Documents

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