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Partner Parishes Observe Thanksgiving With Nov. 27 Mass At St. John
The Connellsville Catholic Community will celebrate Thanksgiving with a Mass at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, in St. John the Evangelist Church. The Connellsville Catholic Community Children’s Choir will provide special music for the Mass. Let us gather together to give thanks to God for the many gifts He has bestowed on us, especially the gift of life. Thank you, Lord, for giving us us!

Pastor Announces Black Friday Office Hours At DeVivo Centre -- NOT!
Father Bob Lubic offers the following commentary on Black Friday openings on Thanksgiving Day:
"In keeping with the spirit of the times, the offices at DeVivo Centre will open for business at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening and will be open through the night for your convenience. And LOOK at the deals: Oplatki will be sold TWO for the price of one! The usual $10 Mass stipend will be reduced to a STUNNINGLY LOW $2.50! 2015 calendars ABSOLUTELY FREE!! Get an advance look at the new Missaletes!
"NOT!!!! We will be closed Thanksgiving day AND Black Friday so that parish staff can enjoy time with family and friends!
"Feel free to 'shop 'til you drop' ON Black Friday. But PLEASE, for goodness sake enjoy Thanksgiving Day! If WE didn't play along with their insanity, stores wouldn't be opening Thanksgiving Evening! It wasn't THAT long ago that people were lining up for 6 a.m. store openings. At the rate we are going, stores won't be closed at all on Thanksgiving Day. How sad...."
Mass Schedules Set For Immaculate Conception Holy Day Dec. 8
Connellsville Catholic Community Mass schedules have been announced for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation on Monday, Dec. 8, as follows: 8 a.m. at Immaculate Conception, 12:10 p.m. at St. Rita and 6 p.m. at St. John. 
Mass And Healing Service Scheduled For Tuesday, Dec. 9, At St. Rita
In conjunction with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the partner parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John invite all the sick and their families to a Mass and Healing Service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, in St. Rita Church. Confessions will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Please join us for physical, emotional or spiritual healing.
Regional Advent Penance Services Slated In Six Churches
Following is the schedule for regional Advent Penance Services in area churches:
Thursday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., St. Aloysius, Dunbar; Saturday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m., St. John, Scottdale; Monday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., St. Florian, United; Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., St. Raymond, Donegal; Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., St. John the Evangelist, Connellsville; Saturday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m., Visitation, Mt. Pleasant.
Ladies Of Charity Sponsor Christmas Project For The Homebound
The Ladies of Charity, with help from other parishioners, will be delivering poinsettias and cookies to the homebound from all three partner parishes on Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14. The group would appreciate the help of anyone who can give a few hours of their time. To volunteer or for further information, call Theresa Jaworski at 724-628-4034.
St. Rita Christmas Cookie Sale Saturday, Dec. 13, In Bucci Hall
The annual St. Rita Christian Mothers Christmas Cookie Sale will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in Bucci Hall at St. Rita. Plan to arrive early because history shows that the 31,200 cookies prepared for the event sell out very quickly.
Pre-Orders Being Taken For St. John Slovak Food Sale
Deadline for pre-orders for the St. John Slovak Food Sale is Monday, Dec. 8. Featured food items are halupki ($3 each) and haluski ($4 per order). Buyers can bring their own containers. Orders may be paid for and picked up on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon in Moravek Hall at St. John. To order, call Liz Egnot at 724-628-7259, Patty Check at 724-628-5967 or Clara Slagle at 724-628-9633.
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.
Young Adult Ministry Holds Advent Discussions At Bud Murphy's
Young Adult Ministry will hold Advent discussions based on the upcoming Sunday's scripture readings from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, in the dining room at Bud Murphy's. Discussion nights will conclude with a Christmas party in Waters House at Immaculate Conception at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10. These events are open to young adults 18 (and graduated from high school) to 39. For more information, contact Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840 Ext. 107 or email
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.
Gravesite Items Must Be Removed As Cemeteries Undergo Fall Cleanup
All summer items must be removed now for the Fall Cemetery Cleanup. All gravesites are to be completely free of any potted artificial or live plants and other decorations (unless the decorations are on top of the stone or in pots attached to the stones). All artificial decorations showing obvious wear or age also must be removed. Thanksgiving and Christmas items may be placed on graves beginning Nov. 15. For further information, contact Parish Manager Lou Ann Lauffer at 724-628-6840 Ext. 101.

St. John And St. Rita Sites For Two Improvement Projects
St. Rita and St. John churches are undergoing improvement projects. At St. Rita, Raimondo Inc. recently completed scaffolding surrounding the bell tower. Masonry Restoration Contractors will be repairing and replacing the dome over the bell tower. Weather has worn the dome on the bell tower and lightning strikes have weakened it. Meanwhile, painters are busy at St. John Church. Wilson & Sons has started the work of painting the outside masonry around the church windows, doors and base.

Extended Office Hours To Be Discontinued Beginning In December
After "testing the waters" for several months, it is apparent that there really isn't a need for extended hours for the parish office. Therefore, beginning in December, the office will no longer be open on Tuesday evenings. Hours will be as follows: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (front office only).
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.

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.
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 Jan. 1, New Year's Day, 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 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of the parish. Call Mary Petzel at 724-628-6832 to sign up and for further details.
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.
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 Dec. 6
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. Dec. 6 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.

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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