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Children's Choir Begins Fourth Season On Sept. 5

The Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir will begin its fourth season with a rehearsal at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, in Conn-Area Catholic School. Students in grades 3-6 are eligible for membership. In addition, junior and senior high school students are invited to join as leaders of song and as cantors for the choir. A registration form is available to download and print on this website. Simply click the "Forms and Documents" button on the right side of this page, then click on "Children's Choir Registration Form." New members can bring the completed form with them to rehearsal. The choir will sing in all three churches of the partner parishes during the 2015-16 season. During the summer months the choir gathers for several events for fun and fellowship. For example, this summer the choir enjoyed a pool and pizza party, received free tickets to the Connellsville Catholic Community Day at Idlewild Park and will present a concert on Aug. 16 at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity at Seton Hill in Greensburg. Please give your children a chance to sing God's praises in a very special way. TO SING IS TO PRAY TWICE. And it's fun, too!
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Idlewild Day Offers Opportunity For Fun And Fellowship

More than 100 parishioners and their families and friends attended the second annual Connellsville Catholic Community Day at Idlewild and SoakZone near Ligonier on Sunday, July 19. The day was hot and the air steamy but that did not wilt the spirits of those attending. The day began with lunch at a reserved pavilion, a time for fellowship, with the partner parishes providing chicken, hot dogs and beverages. Families supplied the rest, bringing delicious covered dishes and awesome desserts. Youth altar servers and members of the Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir received free tickets to the park in appreciation for their commitment to their liturgical and music ministries during the past year. After lunch, most of those attending either visited the park's amusements and rides or cooled off at a very crowded SoakZone. The event offered a fastastic opportunity for food, fun and fellowship -- and a longing for the 2016 outing. Thanks to Susan Broderick Takach for the wonderful photos.

IC/St. John Summer Festival To Be Held Aug. 1-2
The joint Immaculate Conception/St. John Summer Festival is set for Aug. 1-2 on the festival grounds at St. John Church. The festival will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 2. Please note that the 11:30 a.m. Mass at St. John on Sunday, Aug. 2, has been rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. because of the festival there. Greg Capozzi and his Contemporary Band will play at the Mass as scheduled. The festvial will feature great food, games, Chinese auction, raffles, a chicken dinner on Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m. and much more. Live entertainment will be provided by Flash the Band from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1; D.J. Big Rich from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1 and Trel Tones from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Volunteers are needed to help set up festival grounds at 9 a.m. Friday, July 31, and to clean the grounds at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3. To volunteer, contact Chris Iaquinta at 724-984-5898 or Dick Cross at 724-557-9701.

Partner Parish Bulletin Expands, Sports New Look

Beginning the weekend of July 18-19, the Connellsville Catholic Community's bulletin is bigger and much more colorful. The bulletin has been expanded from six to eight pages and will sport full color on the front, back and centerfold. The cover of the July 18-19 bulletin is shown at right. "I encourage you to take the time to fully explore the new and improved bulletin," said Father Bob Lubic, partner parish pastor/administrator. "The best news is that none of these changes increased our cost! We have enough advertisers so that the total cost of our bulletin is covered." And, yes, the photo on the cover of the bulletin shown at right is Father Bob's. "As you may (or may not) be aware, your pastor likes to dabble in photography," Father Bob said. "I hope to especially use the new front cover to showcase photographs of our parish communities as well as the beauty of the Jewel of the Yough and the surrounding area." Thanks to Karen Tweardy, parish secretary, for doing such a fine job as bulletin editor.

Parish Priest Becomes Fifth Shepherd Of Greensburg

The Rev. Edward Malesic, a parish priest from the Diocese of Harrisburg, became the Most Rev. Edward Malesic, the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, during his episcopal ordination and installation on Monday, July 13, 2015, in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. Father Bob Lubic, pastor/administrator of the Partner Parishes of Connellsville, met with Bishop Malesic (left) during a reception that followed the nearly three-hour Mass during which the ordination and installation took place. Father Bob expressed surprise that the new bishop recognized him, his place of ministry and commented on Father Bob's purple shoes, which he wears on special occasions. "I think we have a winner," Father Bob said. Father Bob also recorded the new bishop's closing remarks (above right) after his ordination and installation liturgy, remarks laced with humor yet tempered by sincere thanksgiving to all those who prepared for and participated in the solemn ceremonies: fellow bishops, priests from Harrisburg and Greensburg, laity and, of course, his family. Father Bob's video of Bishop Malesic's closing remarks may be viewed by clicking on the following link:!/bob.lubic/videos/10152872441572063/?pnref=story 

New Dome Arrives For Installation On St. Rita Bell Tower

What appears to be a spacecraft that landed on the St. Rita lawn on Thursday, July 9, is actually the long-awaited 800-pound fiberglass dome that will replace the damaged and deteriorated 100-year-old concrete dome that was removed from its perch atop the St. Rita Church bell tower last December. Shown with the dome shortly after its arrival by truck from Texas are Tyler Raimondo, ground operations supervisor for Raimondo Inc. of Greensburg, and his 12-year-old brother, Isaiah. Raimondo Inc. is performing the bell tower work. Tyler said the new dome will be framed at its base before being hoisted for installation on the St. Rita Church bell tower. Then the dome will be fitted with inconspicuous hurricane straps for added wind protection. Rainwater from the dome will be channeled into the existing gutter system. A new 7-foot fiberglass cross will be installed atop the new dome. One foot taller than the original 100-year-old concrete cross, the new cross was shaped to replicate the old cross that was removed last December as shown in the inset photo at right. The old cross is preserved and will find a new home somewhere on the St. Rita Church grounds. Once framing and the new cross are added, the new dome will weigh 1,000 pounds, said Tyler, who estimates project completion around mid-August.

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.

CDA Sponsors Rivers Casino Bus Trip Sept. 25

Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Annunciata 260, Connellsville, is sponsoring a fundraising bus trip to Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, on Friday, Sept. 25. Cost is $25 per person, which includes $15 in free play and a $5 food voucher. Bus will leave Martin's Plaza at 4:30 p.m. and return at 11 pm. Deadline for reservations is Sept. 18. For info and reservations, call 724-620-2949 or 724-437-8229.

Partner Parishes Boast Top High School Graduates
The Partner Parishes of Connellsville congratulate all young parishioners who are 2015 high school graduates. We’re especially proud this year because three of those partner parish graduates are valedictorians and two are salutatorians of their graduating classes in their respective high schools. Those graduates who attended the Mass honoring them at St. John the Evangelist Church on June 7 are shown with Father Bob Lubic at a brunch at Bucci Hall at St. Rita after the Mass. From left: Kaylee Ermine, Geibel Catholic High School valedictorian; Ashley Tomasko, Bethany Coldren, Kylee Soberdash, Laura Kozel, Samuel Fabian, Father Bob, Lauren Ann Herman, Jordan Hosfelt, Connellsville Area High School valedictorian; Kennedy Jo Scarry, Samantha Long and Austin Phelan. In addition, three young partner parish members not shown here are top graduates in their respective high schools. They are Sage Guynn, Southmoreland High School valedictorian; Heather Stazetski, Connellsville Area High School salutatorian, and Haley Thomas, Geibel Catholic High School salutatorian. May God bless all graduates as they begin their next journey in life. Thanks to the Ermine family for this photo.

Night At The Ballpark Bus Trip Is Sold Out
The Connellsville Catholic Community's annual Night At The Ballpark bus trip to PNC Park, Pittsburgh, on Friday, Aug. 7, is sold out. The Pittsburgh Pirates play the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 7:05 p.m. baseball game. Bus will leave St. Rita parking lot at 5 p.m. Thanks to the Christian Mothers and Holy Name Societies for covering the bus expense.

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 new “Newsletters” area of the website. To view the inaugural 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, which will be published quarterly, as part of its 100th anniversary observance this year. In addition to the website, the Catholic Daughters newsletter will be posted and available in print format in 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.

Young Adults Reflect On Scripture Readings In Bible Study Sessions
Young Adults (ages 18 and graduated from high school to 39) are invited to participate in a Bible Study to be held Aug. 6 and 20 in Gellhof Place at St. John from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each day. The group will read and reflect on the upcoming Sunday scripture readings.
Faith Formation Registration Form, Schedule Available For 2015-16
Registration form and the tentative fall schedule for 2015-16 Faith Formation (CCD) classes can be found on this website. Saturday Faith Formation classes will now include sixth grade. Registration forms and the fall schedule will also be mailed out at the end of July. If your child is entering K-6 this fall and you do not receive a form in the mail by August, 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 schedule, click on the "Forms And Documents" button at right. Teachers are also needed for religious education classes. The only requirement is that you love Our Lord and want to share that love with our young people. Contact Mary Sampey if you are interested in this ministry.
Tentative Schedule Posted For 2015-16 RCIA Program
The tentative 2015-16 schedule for the RCIA program is available on this website. Classes will begin Thursday, 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.

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. To commemorate the centennial, various liturgical, social and service events are planned throughout the year. Father Bob Lubic 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 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. 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. 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.
National Catholic Youth Conference To Be Held In November
National Catholic Youth Conference will be held Nov. 18-21, 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.
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 Aug. 1
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. Aug 1, 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 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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