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Catholic Church Observes Month Of The Holy Rosary In October 
October is the Month of the Holy Rosary in the Catholic Church. In fact, the Church celebrates the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary on Oct. 7. The Rosary is one of the most cherished prayers of the Church. The structure of the rosary gradually evolved between the 12th and 15th centuries. During the 16th century, the structure of the five-decade rosary based on the three sets of mysteries -- Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious -- became the accepted norm. By reciting the Rosary, we ask for the prayers of the Blessed Mother, who leads all believers to her Son. Our Lady of the Rosary, in her apparition to the children of Fatima on May 13, 1917, asked that we pray the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world.
Youth Group Undertakes Project To Help Needy At Christmastime

Youth Group members are asking all parishioners to assist them with a project to help make Christmas a blessing for 10,000 people in need in poverty-stricken areas of West Virginia. Sponsored by the St. Vincent dePaul Society, the 2014 Shoe Box Santa Project collects donated adult and children’s personal hygiene, gift and baby items and empty shoe boxes. Items must be small enough to fit in shoe boxes. The Youth Group, composed of sixth- through 12th-grade students, will sort and package the items in the donated shoe boxes, which will be gift wrapped and shipped in time for distribution to needy families and individuals at Christmas. The Youth Group asks that parishioners place their donated items and shoe boxes in special Shoe Box Santa Project collection boxes located in the back of all three partner parish churches between now and Sunday, Nov. 9. The Youth Group will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 12, to prepare and wrap the shoe boxes. For more information, contact Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840 Ext. 107 or email To view a list of suggested items for donation to the project, click on the "Forms and Documents" button at right.

Connellsville Catholic Churches Among Those On Christmas Tour Route
All three churches of the Catholic Partner Parishes of Connellsville are scheduled as shuttle stops along the Christmas Church Tour route as part of the community's "It's A Connellsville Christmas" celebration on Saturday, Dec. 6. The shuttles will be making 30-minute circuits throughout the city from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. Parishioners serving as hosts/guides at each of the Connellsville Catholic churches are: Toni and Stephanie Kostelnik at St. John the Evangelist; Sue Camele and Steve Conko at Immaculate Conception; Rita Pratt and Chris Mickey at St. Rita. Tours at St. Rita will conclude at 3 p.m. because of the scheduled 4 p.m. vigil Mass there.
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.
Turkey Bingo Set In St. John's Moravek Hall On Sunday, Nov. 16
Turkey Bingo will be held in Moravek Hall at St. John on Sunday, Nov. 16. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Early Birds at 1:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 2 p.m. Also featured will be food and drinks, door prizes, Chinese raffle, Instant Bingo and a 50/50 drawing. Cost is $5. Extra cards and specials also may be purchased.

St. Rita Of Cascia Parish Plans Events For 100th Anniversary In 2015

Plans are underway for the 2015 centennial celebration of the founding of St. Rita of Cascia Parish by Father Henry DeVivo. To commemorate this historic occasion, various liturgical, social and service events are planned throughout the 2015 centennial year. Father Bob Lubic, partner parish pastor/administrator, 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 in late 2015. A time, talent and treasure donation form and a tentative 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.
Pastor Announces New Program Establishing Sanctuary Flower Memorials
Father Bob Lubic has issued the following message instituting sanctuary flower memorials in the partner parishes:
"One thing that I have found conspicuously lacking in our churches is the general absence of flowers in the sanctuaries. With the exception of the seasons marked with a penitential character (i.e. Lent and to a lesser degree Advent ... NOT that I had to tell all my well-catechized Catholic parishioners something that they obviously already would know!), it is common practice to have flowers adorning the altar. Beauty when we worship is quite apropos. Our Art and Environment Committee does a marvelous job beautifying our worship spaces for Christmas and Easter. However, for all the Sundays of Ordinary Time, the sanctuary is usually barren. With that being the case, it is hard to visually distinguish Ordinary Time from the seasons of Advent and Lent. The Art and Environment Committee is ready to change all of that! Beginning this month, parishioners will be able to purchase altar flowers in memory/in honor of a person or an event. The memorials will be acknowledged in the bulletin. If interested in providing flowers for a particular weekend, please contact Karen at DeVivo Centre (724-628-6840). The cost of sponsorship is $60."
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.
Youth Group Sponsors Cookie Dough Sale As Fund-Raiser
Connellsville Catholic Community Youth Group will be selling cookie dough Oct. 22 through Nov. 18 to help raise money for the organization. Containers of cookie dough are $20 each and can make 48 cookies. Flavors include chocolate chunk, oatmeal raisin, Snickerdoodle, sugar, triple chocolate and white chocolate macadamia nut. To place an order, contact any Youth Group member or call Mary Sampey or Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840.
Final Practice For New Altar Servers Slated For Wednesday, Oct. 22
The final practice for new altar servers will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Immaculate Conception Church. This practice is required for new servers who have missed past practices before they can be placed on the altar server schedule and participate in the vesting ceremony.
Father Gerry Juarez Observes 25th Anniversary On Oct. 25 At St. Rita
Fahter Gerry Juarez will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at the 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Mass in St. Rita Church. A dinner/party will follow in Bucci Hall at St. Rita. RSVP to the parish office, DeVivo Centre, by Oct. 20.
Former Holy Trinity Parishioners Invited To Special Nov. 3 Mass At Geibel
Because most of the altar furnishings, some statues, stained-glass windows and the Stations of the Cross in Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Chapel at Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School were donated from Holy Trinity Church after its closure, former Holy Trinity parishioners are invited to attend a special Mass in the chapel at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, and enjoy their religious treasures in their new home. The Mass will be celebrated for all deceased parishioners and priests of the former Holy Trinity Parish. A reception at Geibel (and possibly an opportunity to own a part of Holy Trinity history) will follow. More information will follow.
IC Christian Mothers Annual Christmas Bazaar Set For Nov. 15-16
Immaculate Conception Christian Mothers will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 15 from noon until after the 6 p.m. Mass and Sunday, Nov. 16, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Sciberras Hall at IC. In addition, the group will be serving soup and sanwiches beginning at noon Saturday, Nov. 15. To prepare for the event, the organization is asking for donations of Robin Hood flour, Parkay margarine, white and brown sugar or monetary support in an envelope marked "Baking Supplies." Please drop off donations after Mass no later than Nov. 2. Also needed are Chinese auction baskets and flea market items (no clothes, please). Call Mary Lazor at 724-628-1764 and leave your name and phone number if you can donate these items. 
Automatic Withdrawal Option Offered For Contributions To Parishes
Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist parishes have made arrangements for parishioners to make their regular contributions to the parishes by automatic withdrawal from a designated bank account. Why? Automatic withdrawal makes it easier to contribute even when you're out of town or on vacation and it is a safer way to handle funds being donated to the parishes. If you choose this option, the amount of your contribution will be transferred from your account weekly on Mondays or monthly on the final business day of the month. You also may stop the withdrawals at any time. Some people are concerned about giving their banking information. In reality, each time that you present a check, you are disclosing your banking information along with a sample of your signature. EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer) fraud is rare in comparison to check fraud. If enough parishioners are interested in electronic giving, the goal is to begin the program on Nov. 3. For your convenience, an Electronic Giving Authorization Form is available by clicking on the "Forms and Documents" button at right. If you are interested in making contributions by automatic withdrawal, simply print out the form, complete it and return it to the parish office, DeVivo Centre at St. Rita, 116 S. Second St., Connellsville, PA, 15425. All parishes maintain all records with complete confidentiality. For further information, contact Parish Manager Lou Ann Lauffer at 724-628-6840 or email
Young Adult Ministry Explores Writings, Homilies Of Pope Francis
Young Adult Ministry will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 12, in Gellhof Place at St. John. The group is open to anyone 18 (and graduated from high school) to 39 years of age. Members of the group will continue the series "Journeying With Pope Francis" by reading and discussing his writings and homilies. For more information, contact Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840 Ext. 107 or email
Catholic Daughters Of Americas Plans Nov. 14 Rivers Casino Bus Trip
Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Annunciata 260, is sponsoring a bus trip to Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, on Friday, Nov. 14. Cost is $25 per person, which includes $15 in free play and a $5 food voucher. The bus will depart from Martin's Plaza parking lot at 4:30 p.m. and leave the casino at 11 p.m. for the return trip to Connellsville. For reservations, call 724-437-8229 or 724-628-9367.
Conn-Area Catholic School Sponsors Skyliners Concert Nov. 15
Conn-Area Catholic School will play host to a fund-raising concert by Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Porter Theatre in the Connellsville Community Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are on sale for $20 at the school on the Geibel campus or by calling 724-628-5090. Also featured will be ice cream delights and desserts in a "Soda Shop"-themed cafe, assorted refreshments and a 50/50, Chinese basket and wheelbarrow of beer raffles.
Hear Children's Choir Sing During Opening Liturgy Of 2014-15 Season
Click on the links below to hear the Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir sing several selections during the opening liturgy of the 2014-15 season at Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday evening, Sept. 20. Thanks to Robert Mehalek for the fantastic videos.

"God Has Chosen Me":!/video.php?v=10202855751709380&set=vb.1669400279&type=2&theater

"The Lord Is My Light":!/video.php?v=10202855683987687&set=vb.1669400279&type=2&theater

"God's Shining Stars":!/video.php?v=10202855037291520&set=vb.1669400279&type=2&theater
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.
Rite Of Christian Initiation For Adults Program Continues Thursdays
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) classes continue Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Sciberras Hall at Immaculate Conception. To inquire or to ask questions about the RCIA program, call Mary Sampey, director of faith formation, at 724-628-6840 Ext. 108 or email To view or print the 2014-15 RCIA Schedule, click 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.
Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir Starts Third Season
The Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir has begun its third season. Rehearsals are held at 11 a.m. Saturdays in Conn-Area Catholic School. All students in grades three through six are eligible for membership in the choir, which has gained a reputation in the region for its stellar performance in singing God's praises. In addition, junior and senior high school students may join as the choir's leaders of song and cantors. The Children's Choir Registration Form
may be printed by clicking on the "Forms and Documents" button at right. New members should bring this completed form to their first rehearsal. In addition, the 2014-15 Children's Choir Schedule of Rehearsals and Liturgies may be viewed under the "Forms and Documents" button at right. For further information, contact Children's Choir Director Bob Broderick at 724-628-9114 or email
Immaculate Conception Church Choir Begins Rehearsals
A new season of rehearsals has begun for the Immaculate Conception Church Choir. If you have considered joining the choir but have been putting it off, now would be a great time to get started. Rehearsals are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the church. Remember, singing is praying twice. Give it a try.   
Jonah Delmar Takes Responsibility Of Eagle Scout Award Seriously
Jonah Delmar earned his Eagle Scout Award by giving back to the parish that sponsored his Boy Scout troop through the eight years of his Scouting. Now he's returning as a troop leader. Click on the "News" button at right to read more about Jonah and his Eagle Scout project.
New Partner Parish Cemetery Committee Names Chairman
Blaine Brooks has been appointed chairman of the newly formed Cemetery Committee for the Partner Parishes of Connellsville. A member of St. Rita Parish, Blaine was appointed chairman at the committee's first meeting Aug. 14 at Waters House at Immaculate Conception. The committee also discussed drainage and groundwater problems between the St. Rita and St. Joseph cemeteries and a water drainage problem at Holy Trinity Cemetery. It also was determined that fallen tombstones are families' responsibilities to rectify. In addition to Blaine Brooks, members of the committee are Chris Mickey, Vernon Ohler, Dave Mullaney, Chris Sparks, Mary Kay Dunaway, Ann Louise Natale, Susan McCarthy and Lori Lamanna. Father Bob Lubic and Parish Manager Lou Ann Lauffer are ex-officio members.
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.
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.

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. 
Confessions On First Saturdays Continue Nov. 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. Nov. 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 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.

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
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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