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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.

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.
Cookie Dough Orders May Be Picked Up On Monday, Dec. 22
Cookie dough ordered during the Youth Group fundraiser last month will arrive Monday, Dec. 22. Orders may be picked up between 4 and 8 p.m. Monday in Bucci Hall at St. Rita.
Christmas Mass Schedule Announced For Partner Parishes Dec. 24-25
Following is the Mass schedule for Christmas in the partner parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist: Christmas Vigil Masses on Wednesday, Dec. 24 -- 4:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception (IC Choir will sing beginning at 4 p.m.); 5:30 p.m. at St. John (Children's Choir will sing beginning at 5:10 p.m.); 7:30 p.m. at St. Rita (St. Rita Choir will sing beginning at 7 p.m.); Christmas Day Masses, Thursday, Dec. 25 -- Midnight at St. John (St. John Choir will sing beginning at 11:30 p.m.); 9 a.m. at St. Rita.
Mass Schedule Set For Solemnity Of Mary Holy Day Dec. 31-Jan. 1
The partner parish Mass schedule for the Solemnity of Mary holy day Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 has been announced as follows: Solemnity of Mary Vigil Mass at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, in Immaculate Conception Church; Solemnity of Mary holy day Masses on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at 9 a.m. in St. Rita Church and at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church.
St. Rita Seniors Invited To Participate In Jan. 1 Procession
Any St. Rita parishioner who will be turning 85 years or older in 2015 and is physically able is invited to participate in the procession that will be held at the 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, Mass in St. Rita Church. Those seniors will form the Honor Guard in the procession before Mass, escorting the statue of St. Rita to its place of honor for the year-long 100th anniversary celebration in 2015 of the founding of the parish. Call Mary Petzel at 724-628-6832 to sign up and for further details.
Blessing Of Homes Packets Will Be Available To Parishioners In New Year
One of the most beautiful traditions of our Catholic heritage is the Blessing Of Our Homes, which is done near Epiphany Sunday. Home Blessing Kits will be available in the back of all three partner parish churches Epiphany Weekend, Jan. 3-4. Please be sure to get yours. After praying, sprinkle holy water in each room of your home, then place the following above your doorway: 20 + C + M + B + 15. The marking means your home was blessed in the year 2015. The letters represent the traditional names of the three Wise Men: Casper, Melchior and Balthazar.
Epiphany Open House Slated Sunday, Jan. 4, At Waters House
The newly formed Partner Parish Social Committee will sponsor an Epiphany Open House from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at Waters House at Immaculate Conception. The committee will provide food and beverages. Greg Capozzi and his Contemporary Christian Band will provide entertainment, playing Christmas music (yes, it will still be within the Christmas season), classic rock and his own original music. Father Bob Lubic, pastor/administrator, says he has always felt that Waters House is not simply the residence of the pastor but that it is a treasure belonging to the entire community. "Therefore, I love the opportunity to share it," he says. In addition, anyone interested in being a part of the new Social Committee should contact Lisa Andursky at DeVivo Centre at 724-628-6840 or email
Young Adult Ministry Holds Christmas Party On Jan. 10
Young Adult Ministry will hold a Christmas party in Waters House at Immaculate Conception at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. This event is open to young adults 18 (and graduated from high school) to 39. Please bring a covered dish. For more information, contact Kevin Barry or Mary Sampey at 724-628-6840 Ext. 107.
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. If in need of financial assistance, apply for help from the Francis Fund. Applications for funding must be submitted to DeVivo Centre at St. Rita by Jan. 2, 2015. For information or registration, contact Kevin Barry or Mary Sampey at 724-628-6840. 
The deadline to register is Feb. 15, 2015.
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. The center is closed Dec. 27. 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. Deadline to register with the diocese is Jan. 1, so please submit paperwork to DeVivo Centre at St. Rita by Dec. 29. 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
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.
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 'Shoe Box' Project Helps Needy At Christmastime

Thanks to the generous response of Connellsville Catholic Community parishioners, some 70 shoe boxes full of personal hygiene items and gifts for infants, children, teens and adults are headed to the poverty-stricken areas of West Virginia where they'll be distributed to those in need this Christmas. Sponsored by the Holy Trinity Conference of the St. Vincent dePaul Society, the 2014 Shoe Box Santa Project was undertaken by the Youth Group of the Connellsville Catholic Community to help make Christmas a blessing for those in need. The Youth Group, composed of sixth- through 12th-grade students, collected, sorted, packaged the items in the donated shoe boxes and gift wrapped the boxes. Members of St. Vincent dePaul Society have been told that for some of the children, the only gift they will receive for Christmas is the Shoe Box. The Youth Group and the St. Vincent dePaul Society thank all those who donated shoe boxes and gift and personal hygiene items to make this project a success.

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 will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 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.

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.
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.
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.   
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 Jan. 3, 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. Jan. 3, 2015, 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.

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 through Thursdays:
     8:30 a.m.-noon; 1-4 p.m.
     Fridays: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Homilies Forms and Documents

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