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Children's Choir Members Land Roles In 'Beauty' Production

Five members of the Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir have earned roles in Conn-Area Catholic School's spring production of "Beauty and the Beast Jr." They and their roles are: Gabby Goodwin, Belle and a vocal section leader; Audra Holonich, Mrs. Potts and a vocal section leader; Giana Holonich, Chip; Kaylie Daniels, Silly Girl 6; and Ciara Joseph, Fish Lady and one of the Wolves and Villagers. Congratulations, ladies. Break a leg and have fun doing it!

Bishop Posts FB Photo In Response To Fr. Bob's Column
Bishop Edward Malesic, newly ordained fifth bishop of Greensburg, posted the above photo of himself with Pope Francis as a Facebook comment to Father Bob Lubic's posting of his weekly column, "Rambles and Rants," in which Father Bob noted that the pictures of the bishop and the pope had disappeared from the narthex of Connellsville's St. John the Evangelist Church (they were not stolen and have been discovered since then). This photo of the bishop and Pope Francis was taken during Bishop Malesic's recent visit to Rome for the pope's session with new bishops from around the world. Bishop Malesic posted the following comment with the photo: "You can replace the two pictures with this one." Talk about a shepherd who not only notices but also looks after his sheep! Thank you, Bishop Ed. The bishop has an official Facebook page as created for him by the diocesan IT team. To like the Bishop Ed Malesic page, click on the following link:

Images Of Second IC Church, 1892 Fire Story Surface

Long considered lost, images of the second Immaculate Conception Church (built 1887, burned 1892) recently surfaced in a treasure trove of archival material donated to the partner parishes by Elizabeth Haggerty after the death of her husband, Jim, who had amassed a wealth of Immaculate Conception memorabilia and historical material. Father Bob Lubic recentlly sifted through the collection and there they were: A photo of the burned-out building (left) and a drawing of the church  (right) from its dedication in 1887. Along with the images, Father Bob discovered a story, published in the June 24, 1892 edition of the Connellsville Courier, detailing the fire and circumstances surrounding it as well as other historical information about the second IC Church building and the reverence with which it was held in the community. To read the June 24, 1892, Courier story in its entirety, click on the “News” button at right.

Videos Show Children's Choir In Stellar Seton Hill Performance

Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir, aka God's Shining Stars, presented a concert of sacred music in the beautiful setting of the chapel of Caritas Christi (left), the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity at Seton Hill, Greensburg. The Sunday, Aug. 16, concert was a gift from the choir to the Sisters of Charity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the canonization of the religious order's foundress, Elizabeth Ann Seton. The choir performed for more than 100 retired Sisters of Charity and others who reside at Caritas Christi and for their parents and friends who also attended the concert. A reception followed the concert during which choir members and their families shared time with the sisters, many of whom are retired teachers. The choir began its fourth season with rehearsal Sept. 5 in Conn-Area Catholic School. It sings for liturgies in all three Connellsville churches throughout the school year. The 17-member choir is composed of third- through sixth-graders from the Connellsville partner parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist and St. Aloysius Parish, Dunbar. Junior and senior high school students also serve as cantors and leaders of song for the choir. Members of the choir are Aaryss Cooper, Kaylie Daniels, Sherman Daniels, Gabrielle Goodwin, Gage Goodwin, Grace Goodwin, Kayla Hann, Leah Herman, Audra Holonich, Ciara Joseph, Nico Kieta, Jenna Kosisko, Raygan Lewandowski, Alexis Mehalek, Porter Mehalek, Hailey Sitko and Kasey Stanton. Bob Broderick is director and accompanist. Assistant directors are Terri Cross and Debbie Mastowski. Thanks to Robert Mehalek, beautiful videos show the Children's Choir in action at Caritas Christi. Click on the following links to view and hear the choir perform some of the selections presented at the concert:
God's Shining Stars --!/editor45/videos/1046173692060513/?pnref=story
Jesus Is His Name --!/editor45/videos/1046491422028740/?pnref=story
Stir Into Flame The Gifts Of God --!/editor45/videos/1046487682029114/?pnref=story
My Soul Magnifies The Lord --!/editor45/videos/1046485778695971/?pnref=story
Were You There On That Christmas Night? --!/editor45/videos/1046478855363330/?pnref=story
Walk In The Light --!/editor45/videos/1046476442030238/?pnref=story
Children's Choir Launches Fourth Season 
The Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir began its fourth season with a rehearsal 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. Rehearsals are held Saturdays at 11 a.m. in Conn-Area Catholic School. A registration form and the 2015-16 Children's Choir schedule are 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" or "Children's Choir Rehearsal and Liturgical Schedule." 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 presented 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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Schedule Available For 2015-16 RCIA Program
The tentative 2015-16 schedule for the RCIA program is available on this website. Classes began 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.

K-6 Faith Formation Classes In Progress
Registration form and the tentative fall schedule for 2015-16 Faith Formation (CCD) classes can be found on this website. Saturday Faith Formation classes are held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Conn-Area Catholic School and now include sixth grade. If your child is in K-6 this fall and you have not received a form in the mail, 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 schedules, click on the "Forms And Documents" button at right.

Annual Reports For Partner Parishes Posted On Website
 Annual Financial Report Summaries for the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 for each of the Connellsville Partner Parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist have been posted on this website. To view the annual reports, click on the "Forms and Documents" buttons at right.


New 800-Pound Dome, Cross Installed On St. Rita Bell Tower

Crane hoists and sets in place the new 800-pound fiberglass dome (above) atop the St. Rita Church bell tower on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The new dome, which arrived from Texas on July 9, replaces the damaged and deteriorated 100-year-old concrete dome that was removed from its perch atop the bell tower last December. Tyler Raimondo, ground operations supervisor for Raimondo Inc. of Greensburg, said the dome is fitted with inconspicuous hurricane straps for added wind protection. Raimondo Inc. performed the bell tower work. Rainwater from the dome will be channeled into the existing gutter system. A new 7-foot fiberglass cross (right) was 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 photo at left. The old cross is preserved and will find a new home somewhere on the St. Rita Church grounds. With framing and the new cross, the new dome weighs 1,000 pounds, Tyler said. The photo at right shows the new dome gleaming in the sun on Friday, Aug. 28, a day after the scaffolding that encased the bell tower since last fall was removed.
 Thanks to Parish Manager Lou Ann Lauffer for the fine photos.

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. A Wine, Cheese and Art Social will be held Oct. 17 from 7 to 11 p.m. in Bucci Hall at St. Rita. Cost is $15. Art will be auctioned during the event. 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."

Partner Parish Graduates Receive Youth Honors
Seven young people from the Connellsville Catholic Community were among high school graduates from the Diocese of Greensburg who recently were honored for their service, leadership and active Faith life in the Church. Bishop Edward Malesic recognized the graduates for their work in parish life during a Mass on July 19 in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Those recognized were nominated by clergy, youth ministers and faith formation directors for living strong Catholic lives. Of the 26 graduates who were nominated, 12 were chosen to receive the Parish Youth Honors Award. Jonathan Soisson (front center) was a recipient of this award. In addition to the Parish Youth Honors, 107 graduates were presented with the Parish Youth Recognition pin. Connellsville Partner Parish youth receiving the pin were Mario Ruggieri (front left), Sage Guynn (front right) and, back from left, Bethany Coldren, Laura Kozel, Kaylee Ermine and Heather Stazetski. Congratulations to these high school graduates and thank you for your service and dedication to the Faith!

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
Confessions On First Saturdays Continue Nov. 7
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. 7, 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 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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