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Connellsville Roman Catholic Churches, Connellsville, Pennsylvania 

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Photo Gallery/Slideshow Brings Back Memories Of 2014 St. Rita Street Fair
A photo gallery/slideshow of the 2014 St. Rita Street Fair, held July 10-12, is available for viewing on this website by clicking on "Media Center" at left. Thanks to Grant Myers for his excellent photography.
Senior Youth Group Sponsors 'Game Night' Event Saturday, July 26
Connellsville Catholic Churches and St. Aloysius Senior Youth Group will hold a Game Night from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in Bucci Hall at St. Rita. The event will feature a variety of games and board games. Admission is free. The event is open to all ages. Hot dogs, nachos and cheese and baked goods will be on sale. For more information, contact Youth and Young Adult Minister Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840 Ext. 107 or email
Junior Youth Group Meets July 27 In St. Aloysius Social Hall
The Junior Youth Group invites young people in grades six through eight to a meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 27, in St. Aloysius Social Hall, Dunbar. Come and spend an evening making new friends and with old friends while also growing closer to Christ. For more information, contact Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840 Ext. 107 or email
Some Mass Times And Locations Change Weekend Of Aug. 2-3
Some Connellsville Catholic Community Mass times and locations will change the weekend of Aug. 2-3 because of the joint St. John/Immaculate Conception Festival. Following is the Mass schedule for that weekend: Saturday, Aug. 2 -- 4 p.m. at Immaculate Conception (note change in place) and 6 p.m. at St. Rita (note change in place). Sunday, Aug. 3 -- 8 a.m. at St. Rita; 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception; and 10:30 a.m. at St. John (note change in time).
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 from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, and from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 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. Prizes, gift baskets, lottery tickets and items for the Tub of Cheer can be dropped off between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. July 29-31 at Gellhof Place (former St. John Rectory). For more information, contact Jennifer Miller at 724-366-0167. 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. The committee is accepting monetary donations to help defray food costs for the festival. Cash or checks made payable to St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church (with St. John/IC Festival in the memo line) can be dropped into the collection basket in an envelope marked "St. John/IC Festival Food Donation." Also needed are canned soft drinks (Pepsi, Coke, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist, Ginger Ale, 7Up, etc.). Donations of canned soft drinks can be dropped off at either Sciberras Hall at IC or Moravek Hall at St. John after any of the weekend Masses or at Gellhof Place (former St. John Rectory) on Tuesday through Thursday, July 29-31, between 6 and 8 p.m.
Connellsville Catholic Community Day At Idlewild Park Sunday, Aug. 10
All parishioners and families of the Connellsville Catholic Community are invited to a day at Idlewild Park near Ligonier on Sunday, Aug. 10. Mass at 8 a.m. at St. Rita Church; packing and leaving for Idlewild at 9:30 a.m. from St. Rita parking lot. Idlewild gates open at 10:30 a.m. Story Book Forest opens at 10:30 a.m. Rides and attractions begin at 11:30 a.m. The partner parishes have rented the park's Pavilion C-4 where we will gather for lunch at 1:30 p.m. so that we can enjoy fellowship together. The parishes will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. Every family is asked to bring a covered dish. All altar servers and members of the Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir will attend free in appreciation of their hard work. Discounted tickets for all others are $21.50 per person. Deadline to order tickets is Friday, Aug. 1. Click on the "Forms and Documents" button at right to print out the ticket order form. For further information, contact Mary Sampey at 724-628-6840 Ext. 108 or Kevin Barry at Ext. 107 or email or
Mass Schedule Announced For Assumption Holy Day, Aug. 14-15 
Following is the Connellsville Catholic Community Mass schedule for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary holy day of obligation: Assumption Vigil Mass at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, in Immaculate Conception Church; Assumption Holy Day Mass at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in St. Rita Church; Assumption Holy Day Mass at 12:10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in St. John Church.

Dates Scheduled For Mandatory Meetings For Partner Parishes' Altar Servers
Mandatory meetings for all current altar servers will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, in St. John Church and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in St. Rita Church. Those interested in becoming altar servers are also invited to attend these sessions and to learn how to serve. Any student entering the third grade or older who has received First Communion is eligible to become an altar server.  Adults also may become altar servers.  For further information, contact Youth and Young Adult Minister Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840, Ext. 107, or email

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.

New Office Hours At DeVivo Centre Effective Immediately
New office hours at DeVivo Centre are as follows: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-7 p.m.; Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2014 Vacation Bible School Photo Gallery/Slideshow Available For Viewing
The 2014 Connellsville Catholic Community Vacation Bible School is now history but its memories live on in Bill Colvin's expert photographs. Click on Media Center at left to view the photo gallery/slideshow of the 2014 Vacation Bible School held June 23-27 at Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School. You just might see your children or grandchildren. 

Staff Changes Announced For Partner Parishes Of Connellsville

Father Bob Lubic has announced the following partner parish staff changes effective Tuesday, July 1:

* Sister of Charity Donna Mulligan, a staff member since July 2010, will become director of pastoral ministry with primary responsibility for visitation of and programs for the sick, elderly and homebound. She also will recruit and train Eucharistic Ministers and assist with funeral planning and bereavement services.

* Mary Sampey, a newcomer to the partner parish staff, will become director of faith formation.  Her primary responsibilities will include faith formation (religious education) for kindergarten through fifth-grade students and the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). She also will be responsible for sacramental preparation and will team with Youth Minister Kevin Barry in the Youth and Young Adult Ministry programs.

Click on the "News" button at right to learn more about Sister Donna and Mary Sampey and how they view their new ministries.

Pastor Announces More Partner Parish Staff Changes
Father Bob Lubic has announced several partner parish staff changes effective July 7, 2014:
"As we welcome Karen Tweardy as full-time parish secretary, we unfortunately say goodbye to two very faithful part-time office employees: Nancy Mongelluzzo and Kathleen Schott," Father Bob said. "Their service proved invaluable over the years and we most definitely hope (nay expect) to see their smiling faces often around DeVivo Centre.
"Likewise, with Karen's arrival we bring an end to the experimental use of volunteers at the front desk. We are so thrilled that so many took the time to volunteer their services. Their presence proved my contention that people would much rather be greeted on the phone by a living, breathing human being as opposed to a computer-generated 'voice' directing them to press this number or that.
"What became clear during these past months is that we need a consistent presence as the public face/telephone voice of the Catholic Community of Connellsville. I firmly believe that with the addition of Karen to our parish staff, your needs will be met more fully. And that is the bottom line!"
In addition, Lisa Andursky, who has served as parish administrative assistant since 2013, becomes administrative assistant to the pastor.
Father Bob Lubic Issues Letter Recognizing Needs Among Partner Parishes
In a June 22, 2014, letter titled "Dad's Belated Father's Day Words To His Three Beloved Children," Father Bob Lubic discusses the needs of each of the three partner parishes and asks for an end to the "sibling rivalry" among the parishes. Click on the "Forms and Documents" button at right to view the two-part letter.
Confessions On First Saturdays Continue Aug. 2
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. 2 in St. John Church. Confessions will continue to be celebrated 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 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.

Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir Receives Sound System
Many thanks to Ron and Julie Shroyer for their very generous donation of a portable sound system to the Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir. The choir used the system for the first time for its program during the Feast Of All Nations afternoon cultural presentations in Bucci Hall on Pentecost Sunday, June 8. May God bless Ron and Julie and their family for their continued generosity and commitment to the Children's Choir.
Video: Lenten Series Explores The Four Parts Of The Mass
View all four parts of Father Bob Lubic's Lenten series titled "The Mass: What We Do And Why We Do It." The series explores the four principal parts of the Mass: Opening Rites, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist and Concluding Rites. Click on the first link to view discussion of the Opening Rites; click on the second link for the installment on the Liturgy of the Word; click on the third link to view the Liturgy of the Eucharist discussion; click on the fourth link for the discussion of the Concluding Rites.
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 received all or some of the sacraments of initiation during the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 19, 2014:
Immaculate Conception Choir Performs 'Where Hope Is Still Alive'
The Immaculate Conception Choir presented a Father Bob Lubic favorite, "Where Hope Is Still Alive," during the 9:30 a.m. Mass in Immaculate Conception Church on Sunday, May 25, 2014. The choir performed an encore presentation of the elaborate piece during the Feast of All Nations liturgy at 10:30 a.m. on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, in St. Rita Church. Click on the following link to hear the choir's May 25 performance of "Where Hope Is Still Alive."!/photo.php?v=10152063867382063&set=vb.515547062&type=2&theater
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 DeVivo Centre at 724-628-6840. 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
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, Wednesdays, Thursdays:
     8:30 a.m.-noon; 1-4 p.m.
     Tuesdays: 8:30 a.m.-noon; 1-7 p.m.
     Fridays: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Homilies Forms and Documents

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