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Connellsville Roman Catholic Churches, Connellsville, Pennsylvania 

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Mass Schedule Announced For Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10

The Connellsville Catholic Community will observe the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, with a full schedule of Masses in all three partner parish churches and at Geibel Catholic Jr.-Sr. High School. Ashes will be distributed within the celebration of each Mass. Following is the schedule of Ash Wednesday Masses: 8 a.m. at St. Rita, 10 a.m. at Geibel, 12:10 p.m. at Immaculate Conception, 5 p.m. at St. John and 7 p.m. at St. Rita. In addition, Wednesday Evening Lenten Masses and Wednesday and Friday Stations of the Cross are also scheduled during Lent. For dates and times of Lenten events, please view the parish calendar by clicking on "Calendar" at the top of this page. A schedule of Wednesday Evening Lenten Masses and Wednesday and Friday Stations of the Cross and a complete 2016 schedule of Lenten events may be viewed and printed by clicking on the "Forms and Documents" button at right. Regional Lenten Penance Services also are planned in March in six area churches, including St. John, Connellsville.

Lent: A Time For Abstinence, Fasting, Prayer, Almsgiving

Abstinence From Meat
-- Catholics, age 14 and older, are obligated to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.
Fasting -- Catholics, from the day of their 18th birthday until the day before their 60th birthday, are obligated to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting means that those obliged may have one full meal on the day of fast. Two lighter meals (not equal to another full meal) may be taken to maintain strength according to one’s needs.
Catholics also are encouraged to make Lent a time of more intense prayer and to practice almsgiving and other works of charity.

Six Churches Host Lenten Penance Services In March

A series of Lenten Penance Services will be held in six churches in the region during the month of March. Following is the schedule for those services: Wednesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in St. Florian Church, United; Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in St. Raymond Church, Donegal; Saturday, March 12, at 11 a.m. in St. Pius X Church, Mt. Pleasant; Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in St. Aloysius Church, Dunbar; Wednesday, March 16, in St. John the Evangelist Church, Connellsville; Saturday, March 19, at 11 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Scottdale.

Partner Parishes Welcome Father Daniel Ulishney

Welcome, Father Daniel Ulishney, to the Roman Catholic Partner Parishes of Connellsville. Appointed by Bishop Edward Malesic to succeed Father Gerry Juarez as parochial vicar in Connellsville on Jan. 25, 2016, Father Daniel has begun his second priestly assignment since his ordination in 2013. Originally from Greensburg where he was a member of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Father Daniel is the oldest of five. He attended local Catholic schools, graduating from Greensburg Central Catholic High School in 2005. He received a bachelor’s degree in Catechetics, Theology and Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2009, where he also began his formal priestly formation. Upon becoming a seminarian with the Diocese of Greensburg, he was sent by Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt for priestly formation to the Pontifical North American College in Rome, with studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology. He was then called home to finish his seminary formation at Theological College in Washington, D.C., while simultaneously beginning advanced studies toward a Licentiate in Canon Law through the Catholic University of America. He was ordained a deacon on Dec. 18, 2012, and a presbyter on June 1, 2013, by Bishop Lawrence Brant. Father Daniel served most recently as parochial vicar to Region I: The parishes of Mount St. Peter, St. Joseph and St. Mary of Czestochowa, New Kensington, and also St. Margaret Mary in Lower Burrell (June 2013 to January 2016). In addition to his parochial duties, he continues his canon law studies and serves on the Bishop’s Committee for Ongoing Formation of Clergy and on the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. Father Daniel also is a member of the Canon Law Society of America. Receptions in Fr. Daniel's honor will be held after the 8 and 11:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Winter Alert For Masses On Tuesdays And Thursdays

During the winter months, if Connellsville Area School District has a delay or cancellation, Masses on Tuesdays and Thursdays will be held at St. Rita only. Normally those Masses would be held at St. John and Immaculate Conception respectively. Watch the morning news or listen to your favorite radio station when the weather is bad.

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 November 2015 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.

Children's Choir Members Land Roles In 'Beauty' Production

Five members of the Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir have earned roles in Conn-Area Catholic School's spring production of "Beauty and the Beast Jr." They and their roles are: Gabby Goodwin, Belle and a vocal section leader; Audra Holonich, Mrs. Potts and a vocal section leader; Giana Holonich, Chip; Kaylie Daniels, Silly Girl 6; and Ciara Joseph, Fish Lady and one of the Wolves and Villagers. Congratulations, ladies. Break a leg and have fun doing it!

Schedule Available For 2015-16 RCIA Program
The tentative 2015-16 schedule for the RCIA program is available on this website. Classes began Sept. 17 and will be conducted every Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Sciberras Hall at Immaculate Conception. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or a member of our core team, please contact Mary Sampey at 724-628-6840, extension 108. To download and print the 2015-16 RCIA schedule, click on the "Forms And Documents" button at right.

K-6 Faith Formation Classes In Progress
Registration form and the tentative fall schedule for 2015-16 Faith Formation (CCD) classes can be found on this website. Saturday Faith Formation classes are held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Conn-Area Catholic School and now include sixth grade. If your child is in K-6 this fall and you have not received a form in the mail, please either download one from the website or contact Mary Sampey at 724-628-6840 ext. 108. Even if your children have participated in the program before, you will need to register them for the 2015-16 year. To download and print Faith Formation registration forms and fall schedules, click on the "Forms And Documents" 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: 

CAHS Choral Department Sponsors Henry L. Molinaro Memorial Fundraiser
Connellsville Area High School Choral Department is currently raising funds to purchase a digital piano in memory of the late Henry L. Molinaro. Henry was choir director at Immaculate Conception Church for 18 years and was a retired CAHS music teacher and choral director. Donations may be sent to: Connellsville Area High School, Attn: Henry L. Molinaro Memorial Fund, 201 Falcon Drive, Connellsville, PA 15425.

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 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 Feb. 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. Feb. 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 Bob Lubic

Parochial Vicar
Father Daniel Ulishney

  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.

Homilies Forms and Documents

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