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Presentation Of The Lord Another ‘Epiphany’ Celebration

Now that the Christmas season has concluded with the Baptism of the Lord on Jan. 11, the Church calendar returns to Ordinary Time. The next major celebration on the liturgical calendar is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Monday, Feb. 2. The feast is relatively ancient, the Church at Jerusalem observing the feast as early as the first half of the fourth century, and likely earlier. The feast celebrates the presentation of Jesus, the first-born son, in the temple at Jerusalem on the 40th day after His birth, in accordance with the Old Law. It is this law that brings Jesus, the Blessed Mother, Joseph and two young birds to the temple. According to the law with roots in the Book of Exodus, the first-born son is consecrated to God but instead of being sacrificed, he is bought back, or redeemed, by the offering of the two birds. This is another “epiphany” celebration insofar as the Christ Child is revealed as the Messiah through the canticle and words of Simeon, depicted in the two paintings above, and the testimony of Anna the prophetess. The Presentation of the Lord concludes the celebration of the Nativity and with the offerings of the Virgin Mary and the prophecy of Simeon, the events now point toward Easter.

Confirmation For Sixth-Graders Scheduled For April 27

Confirmation for all youth in sixth grade in the Partner Parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist as well as St. Aloysius, Dunbar, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 27, in Immaculate Conception Church with the bishop conferring the sacrament. Meanwhile, a mandatory informational meeting for all youth in sixth grade preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Sciberras Hall at Immaculate Conception. At least one parent is required to attend this meeting with his or her child. Call Mary Sampey at 724-628-6840 Ext. 108 to RSVP.

First Epiphany Open House Viewed As An 'Awesome Affair'

Thanks to the committee that planned the first Epiphany Open House in Waters House at Immaculate Conception on Jan. 4, the event can be considered a success in that it brought together many members of the three Connellsville partner parishes for an afternoon of fantastic food, fellowship and fun. The well attended affair was the result of efforts by the following committee members: Carol Tiberio, Jean Whipkey, Bonnie Killar, Denise Myers, Jaime Brooks, Lora Zerecheck, Roxanne Abramowitz, Barb Bielecki, Mary Kay Wolfe and Mickey Ruth. Father Bob Lubic, partner parish pastor/administrator, is hoping this group will evolve into a committee that will plan future events of a social nature to foster fellowship and community-building among members of the Connellsville Catholic churches of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist. Anyone interested in being a member of the Social Committee should contact Lisa Andursky, administrative assistant to the pastor, at DeVivo Centre at 724-628-6840 or email Not only were visitors to the Epiphany Open House treated to some delicious food and refreshments and the extraordinary music of Greg Capozzi, they also were given tours of Waters House, which Father Bob continues to transform into and adorn as an elegant place of eclectic beauty. “I have always felt that Waters House is not simply the residence of the pastor but that it is a treasure belonging to our entire community,” Father Bob said in extending an invitation to hold the Epiphany Open House at the rectory at Immaculate Conception. “Therefore, I love the opportunity to share it.”

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.
Listen To The Children's Choir At Its First Liturgy Of 2015
The Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir's sang for its first liturgy of 2015 at St. Rita Church on Saturday, Jan. 17. The choir will next sing at the 11:30 a.m. Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church on Sunday, Feb. 15. Now in its third season, the choir's membership is always open. Any children in grades three through six who are interested in joining the choir need only show up for a rehearsal at 11 a.m. Saturdays in Conn-Area Catholic School. The only prerequisite to membership is a desire to sing.  Young people in junior and senior high school also are invited to join the choir as cantors and leaders of song. Thanks again to Robert Mehalek's terrific video, we have links to several songs the choir sang during the Jan. 17 liturgy in St. Rita Church. Listen and enjoy!

* "Jesus Is His Name" --!/video.php?v=10203596488507337&set=vb.1669400279&type=2&theater

* "All That God Wants You To Be" --!/video.php?v=10203596538908597&set=vb.1669400279&type=2&theater

* "Jesus Is Here With Us Now" --!/video.php?v=10203596564349233&set=vb.1669400279&type=2&theater
Young Adult Coffee House Features Enjoyment, Talent-Sharing
All Young Adults, 18 (and graduated from high school) to 39 years of age, are invited to a Coffee House from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in Sciberras Hall at Immaculate Conception. Come and enjoy the evening or share your talents. We're looking for people willing to sing, play music, etc. (must be Church-appropriate). Contact Mary Sampey or Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840 to schedule.
Moravek Hall At St. John Unavailable For Use Beginning Jan. 19
Moravek Hall at St. John will be unavailable for use for an indefinite period beginning Monday, Jan. 19, to permit some restorative work in that area of the church building. Please call the parish office at DeVivo Centre at 724-628-6840 with any questions or to make other arrangements for regular meetings usually held in Moravek Hall.

Rudolph Vanishes From St. Rita Convent Yard; Return Sought
Rudolph, the large wooden deer in the St. Rita Convent yard, seems to have "run away" from home. If Rudolph spent Christmas with you, or you know of his current location, would you please help him find his way back home? The Sisters miss him and would love to see him again -- no questions asked.

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, 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 late this year. 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.
Founding Fixture On Dome Of St. Rita Bell Tower Removed
Photo page shows the step-by-step removal of the nearly 100-year-old, 300-pound concrete cross from the dome of the St. Rita Church bell tower on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The dome has been damaged to the point of crumbling by numerous lightning strikes and must be replaced because it poses a danger below. The concrete dome was cut into sections and removed in pieces. The cross has been crated for storage and will eventually find a home somewhere on the church grounds. No date has been determined for the replacement of the dome and cross. Click on the "News" button at right to view the photo page showing the cross removal.
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.
Diocesan High School Youth Ministry Retreat Feb. 27-March 1
All youth in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in the Diocesan High School Youth Ministry Retreat, Feb. 27-March 1 at Laurelville Retreat Center near Mt. Pleasant. The retreat is sponsored by the Diocese of Greensburg Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation. Come pray, share and experience God while being surrounded by new friends who share the same faith. This year’s retreat will take a closer look at the Beatitudes and how they relate to our own faith journey. Cost is $150 per person. For information or registration, contact Kevin Barry or Mary Sampey at 724-628-6840. 
The deadline to register is Feb. 15, 2015.
Diocese Offers Package Options For Philadelphia Papal Pilgrimages
Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families -- Philadelphia 2015 in September. Families from across the Diocese of Greensburg are invited to journey to this historic event in Philadelphia. Two package options for the pilgrimages will be offered. The first is a weeklong pilgrimage that will include the World Meeting of Families Conference and Papal events Sept. 21-28. The second is a weekend pilgrimage that includes only Papal events Sept. 25-28. For more information or to register, click on "Our Diocese" at the top of this webpage or visit the diocesan website at Registration deadline for the weekend pilgrimage is Feb. 15; deadline for the weeklong pilgrimage was Jan. 10. 
New Diocesan Heritage Center Opens With Mary-Themed Exhibit
The Diocesan Heritage Center, established by Bishop Lawrence Brandt to collect and preserve the cultural and archival patrimony of the Diocese of Greensburg, is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. The center is located adjacent to the Indiana Room in the Bishop William G. Connare Center on Route 30, east of Greensburg. Admission is free. The theme of the opening exhibit is "Mary, Mother of God," which runs through Feb. 14. A new exhibit is being planned for Lent. Groups may schedule weekday visits to the Heritage Center by calling 724-834-7350.
National Catholic Youth Conference To Be Held In November 2015
National Catholic Youth Conference will be held Nov. 18-21, 2015, 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.
Children's Choir Performs At Christian Mothers Advent/Christmas Party
The Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir presented a program of Advent and Christmas music during the Combined Christian Mothers Advent/Christmas Party on Dec. 7 in Sciberras Hall at Immaculate Conception. Thanks to Robert Mehalek, you can listen to one of those selections, "Come, Lord Jesus," featuring soloists Grace Goodwin and Lexy Mehalek, by clicking on the following link:!/video.php?v=10203301715338192&set=vb.1669400279&type=2&theater
Liturgical Ministers Schedules Posted Through March 15, 2015
New liturgical ministers schedules have been posted on this website through March 15, 2015. To view or print the schedules, click on the "Liturgical Ministers Schedule" button at right. 
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.
Youth Group Renovates Third Floor Of DeVivo Centre For New Quarters
The Youth Group is renovating the third floor of DeVivo Centre at St. Rita to be used for Youth Group activities and meetings. The area will be called "The Upper Room." The Youth Group is asking for donations of gently used chairs, couches, tables, etc., to furnish the room. Please call Mary Sampey or Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840.
Diocese Launches New Facebook Page And Twitter Account
The Diocese of Greensburg is now officially on Facebook and Twitter. The diocese launched its Facebook page,, plus its Twitter account, @GreensburgDio, last month. These social media outlets now enable a broader audience to engage and connect to the life of the Catholic Church in western Pennsylvania. The Facebook page and Twitter feed will include reflections on prayer and scripture; stories, pictures and videos from visits around the four-county diocese; press releases, event promotion and responses to questions from followers. With the blessing of Bishop Lawrence Brandt, the diocesan Web team launched both outlets and will continue to work with the bishop and his leadership team to share the good news of its people and community members throughout the diocese. News and info may still be found on the diocesan website,
Important Dates For Parents, Second-Graders Preparing For Sacraments
In a letter to parents of second-graders, Director of Faith Formation Mary Sampey has announced several important dates for children of the partner parishes preparing for the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Communion. Second-graders celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Jan. 10 in St. Rita Church. First Communion Mass will be held at noon Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Immaculate Conception Church. For further details and to view the letter to parents, 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, 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.
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.
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 Feb. 7, 2015
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. 7, 2015, 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 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.

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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