Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord During The Season Of Advent
Hope, Love, Joy and Peace! That’s what Advent is all about -- Preparation for the Birth of Jesus on Christmas. During these next few weeks, join the Connellsville Catholic Community at any or all of the Masses and services that help prepare us for the Coming of Jesus during this very special season. Come, Lord Jesus, come and be born in our hearts.
Partner Parishes Announce Christmas Mass Schedule
The Christmas Mass schedule for the Partner Parishes of Connellsville has been announced as follows: Christmas Vigil Masses on Tuesday, Dec. 24, will be held at 5 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 5:30 p.m. at St. Rita Church and at 8 p.m. at St. John Church. Masses on Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 25, will be held at midnight at Immaculate Conception Church, at 8 a.m. at St. John Church and at 10 a.m. at St. Rita Church.
Mass Schedule Announced For Solemnity Of Mary Holy Day Dec. 31-Jan. 1
The Mass schedule for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, a holy day of obligation, has been announced for the partner parishes as follows: Vigil Mass, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at St. John Church; 9 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at St. Rita Church; 10:30 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Church.
Joint Project Delivers Gifts To Homebound Parishioners
Members of the Apostolic Works Committee and the Ladies of Charity are merging their time, talent and treasure to ensure that homebound parishioners of the Connellsville Catholic Community receive cards, plants and homemade cookies for Christmas. Therefore, a Giving Tree will not be necessary. To support this project, contributions may be made to the Ladies of Charity by placing the donation in the collection basket at Mass or by dropping it off at the Parish Office. Donations of homemade cookies will be received at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in St. John Social Hall. Deliveries to the homebound will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. Anyone wishing to help with deliveries or for more information may call Theresa Jaworski at 724-628-4034.
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 "News" button at right.
Junior, Senior Youth Groups Formulate Plans For Ministry Team
The Junior Youth Group and the Senior Youth Group are developing ministry teams within each organization. "We are trying to develop a team of youth who are going to be key members in the groups," said Kevin Barry, youth and young adult minister. "The various positions being considered are service chair, social chair, liturgical chair, fundraising chair, president(s) and possibly other types of chairs." Kevin said the purpose of the leadership positions is "to get the youth involved in strengthening the program." The Senior Youth Group is determining the types of chairs that will be available. "These positions are going to be prayed about and then voted on by the team," Kevin said.
Addition To St. Rita Social Hall Facilitates Storage And Food Preparation
The current project to expand the garage and kitchen areas of St. Rita Social Hall has many benefits, one of which will be very popular among visitors to the annual St. Rita Street Fair -- much shorter lines at the cavatelli and manicotti food booths. The addition is expected to be completed by March 2014. Click on the "News" button at right to see story and photos.
Father Bob's Video Captures Sister Mary Agnes As 'The Duck Whisperer'
Father Bob Lubic describes a recent video he recorded and posted on Facebook as follows: "Sister Mary Agnes, aka 'The Duck Whisperer,' tries to lead a duck who planted itself outside my office window back to the river. Unfortunately, I was stopped by someone and didn't get to see the successful (I hope!) conclusion of her mission." Sister Mary Agnes later said her mission was successful -- the duck safely returned to the river's waters and swam away. Click on the following link to view Father's Bob's "Duck Whisperer" video: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151668133662063&set=vb.515547062&type=2&theater
Painted Columns, Highlighted Capitals Enrich St. Rita Church Walls
Columns along the side walls of St. Rita Church have been painted and the capitals atop them have been refurbished and highlighted with gold leaf, adding another look of elegance to the church's beautiful interior. Click on "News" button at right to view photos.
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.
Revised Liturgical Ministers Schedule Posted On Website
A corrected version of the Liturgical Ministers Schedule for altar servers, Eucharistic ministers and lectors has been posted to this website. Click on the "Liturgical Ministers Schedule" button at right to view the revised schedule.
New Youth And Young Adult Minister Looks To The Future With Optimism
Kevin Barry begins his new ministry to youth and young adults of the three partner parishes of Connellsville and St. Aloysius Parish in Dunbar with enthusiasm, experience and optimism. Click on the "News" button at right to see a story on what makes Kevin a perfect fit for the youth and young adult minister's position.
Senior Youth Group Meets Sunday, Dec. 15
Connellsville Catholic Community's Senior Youth Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, in St. John Rectory. The group will make ornaments for Twin Trees at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at St. Aloysius Social Hall in Dunbar. In addition, the Senior Youth Group will deliver ornaments and sing Christmas carols at Twin Trees after the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Dec. 15, at St. Aloysius. Regular meetings are held every other Sunday evening September through May. All students in grades 9 through 12 are welcome. Registration forms for the meetings can be found in the back of the churches. Students do not have to be members of the parishes -- and they can bring friends. This year's theme is "Get Connected." Youth will come together to share a common faith through fellowship, learning and service. The group also will consider participation in the following diocesan events: March For Life Youth Rally and Mass, Jan. 21-22; High School Retreat at Laurelville Retreat Center, Feb. 28-March 2; Diocesan Youth Celebration, March 30. For further information, contact Youth and Young Adult Minister Kevin Barry at 724-984-0401 or email email@example.com.
Junior Youth Group Delivers Ornaments, Sings Carols
Connellsville Catholic Community's Junior Youth Group will deliver ornaments and sing Christmas carols at Twin Trees after the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Dec. 15, at St. Aloysius. Regular meetings are held every other Sunday. All youth in sixth through eighth grades are invited to an evening filled with prayer, meeting new people and learning about God. Young people are asked to come and spend time with their friends and make new ones as they grow closer to God. Registration forms for meetings can be found in the back of the churches. For more information, contact Youth and Young Adult Minister Kevin Barry at 724-984-0401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention Parents Of First- And Fifth-Grade Students
At least two years of religious education is generally required before students may be accepted as candidates for Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. Thus, any student currently in first grade planning to receive First Communion when in second grade should be attending religious education classes this year. Also any student currently in fifth grade should be attending religious education classes this year in preparation for Confirmation to be held in the fall of 2014. Fifth-grade students not enrolled in the religious education program or not attending a Catholic school this year will not be accepted as Confirmation candidates in the fall of 2014. If you have any concerns or questions with regard to this policy, please contact Sister Donna Mulligan at 724-628-6840 Ext. 6 or send her an email at email@example.com.
Hear The Children's Choir Sing At First Liturgy Of Its 2013-14 Season
Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir made its 2013-14 seasonal debut at the 6 p.m. Mass on Sept. 21 at Immaculate Conception Church. To hear the choir sing a choral selection titled "All That God Wants You To Be" during the Sept. 21 Mass, click on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151601666262063&set=vb.363796743652179&type=2&theater
Children's Choir Welcomes New Members And Assistant Directors
Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir welcomes Nico Kieta, Sophia Hamilton, Morgan Sandzimier and Raygan Lewandowski as new members, bringing the choir's membership to 20 as it begins its second season. The choir also welcomes Amy Lucas and Terri Cross as assistant choir directors this year. The choir also bids a fond farewell and heartfelt thanks to Susan Camele for her dedication and work as assistant director last year. God bless Sue as she pursues new ventures of her own and with her family. The choir holds rehearsals on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon at Conn-Area Catholic School on the Geibel campus. The choir will sing at Masses in all three partner parish churches beginning in September and continuing through Pentecost Sunday in June 2014. All children of the partner parishes in grades 3 through 6 are eligible to join the choir. In addition, seventh- eighth- and ninth-graders may join as senior members to serve as leaders of song. To inquire about membership, contact Sister Donna Mulligan at 724-628-6840 Ext. 6 or Bob Broderick, choir director, at 724-628-9114; OR just have your child show up at a rehearsal.
Important Parish Staff Changes Announced
Father Bob Lubic, Connellsville Partner Parishes pastor/administrator, announced important changes in the Parish Staff to better serve the needs of the Jewel of the Yough during weekend Masses of Sept. 14-15. To view Father Bob's homily announcing details of the changes, click on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151587454842063&l=4750805100531613160
Immaculate Conception Choir Seeks New Members
Immaculate Conception Church Choir is looking for new members. Adults and teenagers are invited to join the choir by attending rehearsals at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the church. The choir sings at 9:30 a.m. Sunday Masses. Singing is praying twice. Give it a try.
St. John Chorister's Service Spans 84 Years
Anthony "Barney" Kostelnik, who turned 91 on July 4, has been involved in the music ministry of St. John the Evangelist Church since 1929. Click on the "News" button at right to see a story on Barney's longtime service to his parish.
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.
Confessions On First Saturdays Continue Jan. 4
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. Jan. 4 in St. Rita Church. Confessions will continue to be celebrated every Saturday at 5:15 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church.
Evangelization Prayer Available To Website Visitors
The Diocesan Evangelization Prayer, a part of the Diocese of Greensburg's evangelization program that was launched on Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, has been posted on this website. Click on the "News" button at right to view the prayer.
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 Sister Donna Mulligan at 724-628-6840 Ext. 6. Click on the News button at right to see story.
Partner Parishes Plan Arts And Environment Committee
The partner parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist are in the process of establishing an Arts and Environment Committee. If you are interested, please contact the parish office or Father Bob Lubic, pastor/administrator, at 724-628-6840. A workshop with an Environment and Art expert will be forthcoming. Click on the "News" button at right to see story.
Cantor Devotes 80 Years Of Service To Music Ministry
Tony Cavalier's talent for singing was discovered by one of his St. Rita Elementary School teachers when he was 7 years old. Now, nearly 80 years later, Tony continues to share that talent as a cantor and chorister in St. Rita Parish and the Connellsville Catholic Community. Click the "News" button at right to see story and photos.
Sisters Celebrate 145 Years Of Service
Three Sisters of Charity serving the Connellsville Catholic Community are observing jubilees this year that celebrate a combined 145 years of service to the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and to the faith communities they have touched. Click on the "News" button at right to see a summary of the jubilees and feature stories on jubiliarians Sister Mary Agnes Kirsch, Sister Beatrice Ann Parenti and Sister Donna Mulligan.