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Connellsville Roman Catholic Churches, Connellsville, Pennsylvania 

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Eucharistic Festivities Draw Hundreds To Connellsville

What a beautiful sight to behold as the Eucharistic procession in observance of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ on May 29 worked its way from Immaculate Conception Church to St. John the Evangelist Church on Connellsville's West Side. The marchers followed Bishop Edward Malesic as he carried the monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus literally walked the streets of the Jewel of the Yough. After a Mid-Day Prayer Program in St. John Church, the procession resumed to St. Rita Church, where a Liturgy of the Word and Benediction concluded the day's Eucharistic festivities. A reception afterward in Bucci Hall at St. Rita provided a time for fellowship and an opportunity to meet Bishop Malesic, who was the principal celebrant for a Mass in Immaculate Conception Church to begin the day's celebration.

Knights Of Columbus Sponsors Holy Family Icon At St. Rita

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a traveling icon of the Holy Family at St. Rita Parish the week of May 29, 2016. During the icon's stay, people are asked to view the image and pray for families throughout the world. On June 1, 2016, at 7 p.m. in St. Rita Church, members of the community are invited to a prayer service focusing on the family and centered around the icon. The Knights of Columbus Holy Family Prayer Program began Aug. 4, 2015, at the 133rd Supreme Convention in Philadelphia. This program features an image of the Holy Family, such as the one at left, which will be the centerpiece of prayer services conducted in churches and council meeting places for the duration of the program. Come join the Knights of Columbus in celebrating and praying for the family.

Vacation Bible School Scheduled For June 27-July 1

The Connellsville Catholic Community's Vacation Bible School, titled Cave Quest, will be held at the Geibel Catholic Jr.-Sr. High School Campus from 6 to 8 p.m. June 27 through July 1. This year's Vacation Bible School will be free of charge to all participants, thanks to the very generous donation by the Immaculate Conception Holy Name Society and Immaculate Conception Christian Mothers. Those groups also have offered to give each child a Cave Quest T-shirt. "Thank you from the bottom of our hearts," said Director of Faith Formation Mary Sampey of the groups' generosity. "We can not wait to see what the Holy Spirit is going to do as a result of your giving." Children who have finished preschool through fifth grade are welcome to register. Children do NOT need to belong to one of our parishes, nor do they need to be Catholic. All are welcome. Grades 6 through 12 as well as adults are welcome to register as volunteers. Both registration forms are available in the main entrances of all three partner parish churches and on this website by clicking on the "Forms and Documents" button at right. Please contact Mary Sampey at 724-628-6840 Ext. 108 if you would like to be part of the Vacation Bible School team.  

Twenty-Five Second-Graders Receive First Communion

Twenty-five second-graders from the three Connellsville partner parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. John the Evangelist and St. Rita received their First Communion at a Mass in Immaculate Conception Church on Sunday, May 1, 2016. May God bless these youngsters as they continue their lifelong journey as disciples of Jesus.

Connellsville Catholic Community Welcomes New Members

The Connellsville Catholic Community welcomed 14 new and fully initiated members into the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil in Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday night, March 26. Eleven baptisms, 14 confirmations and 14 First Holy Communions were celebrated during the Great Vigil. Receiving some or all of the sacraments were Matt Ptacek, Debra Kaylor, Brenda Shaffer, Kim Shultz, Erika Ellsworth, Cody Stewart, Bill Gephart, Don Rohal, Ashlyn Rohal, Nick Rohal, Holly Grimm, Sean Black, Jenna Cessna and Chuck Blackstone. Candidates who were confirmed on Pentecost Sunday in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg are April Cessna and Michael Long. "We joyfully welcome our new and fully initiated members into our Church," said Mary Sampey, faith formation director. "
Each and every one of these people are my family. Let us ALL with open arms embrace them into this community of believers. I love you all so much and am so happy for you."

Partner Parishes Seek Additional Liturgical Ministers
Our faith comes alive through service and we glorify God by using our gifts. The Connellsville Catholic Community is seeking additional liturgical ministers in its three partner parishes (lectors, ushers, altar servers, music ministers and especially Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion). Please prayerfully consider your gifts and interests and whether the Lord may be inviting you into one of these ministries. If you want to deepen your experience of the faith or are looking for a way to be personally involved in bringing Jesus to others when you come to Mass, please contact the parish office in DeVivo Centre at St. Rita at 724-628-6840 to begin the process.

Diocesan Lenten Appeal Donations May Be Made Online

Contributors to this year's Diocesan Lenten Appeal may make their pledges and donations online. To do so, simply click on the "Our Diocese" tab at the top of this page and then click on "Donate Now" on the diocesan website homepage. Bishop Edward Malesic said the Diocese of Greensburg has adopted "A Mission Of Mercy" as the theme for this year's Diocesan Lenten Appeal in keeping with the Church's Jubilee Year of Mercy as declared by Pope Francis. "In God's great mercy, he looked upon the world with compassion and sent his Son," the bishop said. "Today, it is the central mission of the Church to proclaim Jesus, who is mercy, and to tell the good news that God loves the world. This takes shape in both our words and our acts. The Appeal offers all an opportunity to participate in and promote the central mission of the church. With your support, we are able to show mercy to those around us who are most in need, both spiritually and physically. I ask that you join us in our Mission of Mercy."

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 “Newsletters” area of the website. To view the April 2016 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 as part of its 100th anniversary observance last year. In addition to the website, the Catholic Daughters newsletter will be posted and available in print format in the backs of 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.

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.

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.

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: 

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.

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

Partner Parish Wedding Guidelines Available On Website
Wedding Guidelines for the Partner Parishes of Connellsville are available on this website. 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.
Requests For Masses For 2016 Now Being Accepted
Parishioners may schedule only two Masses per family in 2016. 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 2016, 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.
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 May 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. May 7 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 Bob Lubic

Parochial Vicar
Father Daniel Ulishney

  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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