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Tickets Still Available For Day At Idlewild July 19

Idlewild Park, here we come! We had such a great time last summer that we’re doing it again this summer. All parishioners and their families of the Connellsville Catholic Community are invited to a day at Idlewild and Soak Zone near Ligonier on Sunday, July 19. In appreciation for their hard work during the past year, all youth altar servers and members of the Connellsville Catholic Community Children’s Choir will receive free tickets to the park. Tickets for all others are discounted at $22.50 per person. Even though the deadline for ticket orders has passed, some free and discounted tickets are still available. Ticket order forms may be viewed, downloaded and printed on this website by clicking on the “Forms and Docements” button at right. They are also available at the entrances to all three churches. Checks made payable to Immaculate Conception Church must accompany order forms. Once again, Idlewild pavilion C-4 is reserved as the Connellsville Catholic Churches home base, where we will have lunch together at 1:30 p.m. to enjoy some fellowship together. The partner parishes will provide hot dogs, chicken and beverages. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish. Gates to the park and Story Book Forest open at 10:30 a.m. Rides, SoakZone and other attractions open at 11:30 a.m. For those interested, we are beginning our day with 8 a.m. Mass in St. Rita Church, packing and leaving for the park from St. Rita parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Parishioners are responsible for their own transportation. For further information, see the ticket order form or contact Bob Broderick at 724-628-9114 or 724-366-0873 or Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840, Ext. 107, or by email at

Connellsville Catholic Community Gears Up For Festivals
Mark your calendars. Parish festivals in the Connellsville Catholic Community are scheduled for July and August and plans are in high gear to make them the best ever. St. Rita Festival will be held July 9-11 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. each day on the festival grounds across from the church. Meanwhile, the joint Immaculate Conception/St. John Festival is set for Aug. 1-2 on the festival grounds at St. John Church. That festival will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 2. Please note that the 11:30 a.m. Mass at St. John on Sunday, Aug. 2, has been rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. because of the festival there. Greg Capozzi and his Contemporary Band will play at the Mass as scheduled.

Flea Market Items For St. Rita Festival Collected At Bucci Hall
Articles for the Flea Market for the St. Rita Festival, July 9-11, may be delivered to Bucci Hall at St. Rita beginning Monday, June 15. Items such as household articles, pictures, purses, etc., will be accepted. Please, NO large furniture, tires, exercise equipment, clothes or shoes. No articles will be accepted after July 7. If you have any questions or are unable to drop off items during normal parish office business hours, contact Sister Mary Agnes at 724-628-6840.

Partner Parish Vacation Bible School July 20-24

Connellsville Catholic Community's Vacation Bible School will be held July 20-24 from 6 to 8:45 p.m. each day at the Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School campus. Theme is "Everest: Conquering Challenges With God's Mighty Power." Adult and youth volunteers in grades 6-12 are needed. Volunteers 18 years of age or older must have proper child protection clearances. Contact Mary Sampey or Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840 to volunteer and for any clearance information. Cost is $10 per child plus a toy for the Toys for Tots campaign. Click on the "Forms And Documents" button at right to view, download and print Vacation Bible School registration and volunteer forms. Forms also are available in the three partner parish churches in Connellsville.

CDA Sponsors Rivers Casino Bus Trip Sept. 25

Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Annunciata 260, Connellsville, is sponsoring a fundraising bus trip to Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, on Friday, Sept. 25. Cost is $25 per person, which includes $15 in free play and a $5 food voucher. Bus will leave Martin's Plaza at 4:30 p.m. and return at 11 pm. Deadline for reservations is Sept. 18. For info and reservations, call 724-620-2949 or 724-437-8229.

Partner Parishes Boast Top High School Graduates
The Partner Parishes of Connellsville congratulate all young parishioners who are 2015 high school graduates. We’re especially proud this year because three of those partner parish graduates are valedictorians and two are salutatorians of their graduating classes in their respective high schools. Those graduates who attended the Mass honoring them at St. John the Evangelist Church on June 7 are shown with Father Bob Lubic at a brunch at Bucci Hall at St. Rita after the Mass. From left: Kaylee Ermine, Geibel Catholic High School valedictorian; Ashley Tomasko, Bethany Coldren, Kylee Soberdash, Laura Kozel, Samuel Fabian, Father Bob, Lauren Ann Herman, Jordan Hosfelt, Connellsville Area High School valedictorian; Kennedy Jo Scarry, Samantha Long and Austin Phelan. In addition, three young partner parish members not shown here are top graduates in their respective high schools. They are Sage Guynn, Southmoreland High School valedictorian; Heather Stazetski, Connellsville Area High School salutatorian, and Haley Thomas, Geibel Catholic High School salutatorian. May God bless all graduates as they begin their next journey in life. Thanks to the Ermine family for this photo.

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: 

Perks Accompany Membership In Children's Choir

Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir members and their families will gather at Debbie and Tom Mastowski's home in Georgetown Manor for a Luau Pool and Pizza Party from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 12. The party is one of several social events during the summer to show partner parish appreciation to the choir for its service during the past year and to promote fellowship among choir members and their families. Next event will be the Connellsville Catholic Community Day at Idlewild and SoakZone near Ligonier on Sunday, July 19, for which choir members will receive free tickets. So, as you can see, membership in the choir has its perks in addition to the sheer joy of singing. New members in grades three through six will be received in September. In addition, junior and senior high school students may join the choir as leaders and cantors. Registration form may be downloaded and printed by clicking on the "Forms and Documents" button at right.Come aboard!!

Night At The Ballpark Bus Trip Is Sold Out
The Connellsville Catholic Community's annual Night At The Ballpark bus trip to PNC Park, Pittsburgh, on Friday, Aug. 7, is sold out. The Pittsburgh Pirates play the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 7:05 p.m. baseball game. Bus will leave St. Rita parking lot at 5 p.m. Thanks to the Christian Mothers and Holy Name Societies for covering the bus expense.

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.

Young Adults Reflect On Scripture Readings In Bible Study Sessions
Young Adults (ages 18 and graduated from high school to 39) are invited to participate in a Bible Study to be held July 2 and 13 and Aug. 6 and 20 in Gellhof Place at St. John from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each day. The group will read and reflect on the upcoming Sunday scripture readings.
Faith Formation Registration Form, Schedule Available For 2015-16
Registration form and the tentative fall schedule for 2015-16 Faith Formation (CCD) classes can be found on this website. Saturday Faith Formation classes will now include sixth grade. Registration forms and the fall schedule will also be mailed out at the end of July. If your child is entering K-6 this fall and you do not receive a form in the mail by August, 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 schedule, click on the "Forms And Documents" button at right. Teachers are also needed for religious education classes. The only requirement is that you love Our Lord and want to share that love with our young people. Contact Mary Sampey if you are interested in this ministry.
Tentative Schedule Posted For 2015-16 RCIA Program
The tentative 2015-16 schedule for the RCIA program is available on this website. Classes will begin Thursday, 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.

Harrisburg Priest Named Fifth Bishop Of Greensburg

Father Edward C. Malesic, 54, a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, has been named the fifth Bishop of Greensburg by Pope Francis. The Vatican announcement was made at 6 a.m. Friday, April 24. Bishop-elect Malesic will be ordained as Bishop of Greensburg on Monday, July 13, in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. He succeeds Bishop Lawrence Brandt who tendered his notice of retirement when he turned 75 in March 2014. Bishop-elect Malesic currently serves as judicial vicar for the Harrisburg diocese. He was born Aug. 14, 1960, in Harrisburg, one of four siblings. Two are deceased. His surviving brother, Robert, lives in Hummelstown, just across the street from his 97-year-old father, Joseph, who remains quite active. His mother is the late Elizabeth Schatt Malesic. Bishop-elect Malesic was reared in Enhaut, just outside of Harrisburg. He received his sacraments of initiation in his hometown parish of St. John the Evangelist, which was a German national parish. His mother was of German descent and his father is of Slovenian descent. He was ordained a priest on May 30, 1987, in St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg. Father Bob Lubic, partner parish pastor/administrator, shared a Facebook comment from one of Bishop-elect Malesic's parishioners in Holy Infant Parish, York Haven, York County, which gives some insight into the man: "Your new bishop has been our parish priest for the past 11 years. We're sorry to lose him but you're gonna love him. He's a great guy." The Connellsville Catholic Community welcomes Bishop-elect Malesic to the Diocese of Greensburg. May God bless him as our new shepherd. For more information on Bishop-elect Malesic, click on the "Our Diocese" button above.

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.

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. Events in July that commemorate the 100th anniversary are the St. Rita Street Fair, July 9-11; Mass celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on Thursday, July 16; Christian Mothers Breakfast of Appreciation will follow the Mass. A re-dedication of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery will be held at 7 p.m. on July 16. Father Bob 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Aug. 1
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. Aug 1, 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 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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