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Catholic Church Observes Memorial Of St. Vincent De Paul On Sept. 27
A 16th- and 17th-century French priest who dedicated himself to serving the poor, St. Vincent de Paul is the patron of charitable organizations. The Catholic Church celebrates his memorial on Sept. 27, the date of his death in Paris in 1660. Locally, the Holy Trinity Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society serves the poor and needy who reside in a geographic area encompassed by the Connellsville Area School District. The group meets weekly at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Moravek Hall at St. John the Evangelist Church, Connellsville. If you think you're being called by God to help His poor, please attend a meeting and answer that call. 
St. Vincent De Paul Society Sponsors Food Drive To Replenish Pantry
Holy Trinity Conference, St. Vincent de Paul Society is planning a food drive to replenish some of the most needed items in its food pantry. The group operates its food pantry to provide quick assistance to those in dire situations. On Sunday, Sept. 21, the group will collect donated food and cleaning items before the 11:30 a.m. Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church and take the donations to its food pantry at Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School. Parishioners are asked to consider donating two or three of the following items: breakfast cereals, canned fruit, pancake/waffle mix, syrup, coffee or tea, macaroni and cheese, canned or boxed potatoes, canned meats, tuna fish, rice, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti/noodles/macaroni, pork and beans, soups, sugar, salt, flour, toilet tissue, bath or hand soap, dish detergent, laundry soap. Please check for expiration dates on cans or boxes before donating. This is an excellent opporunity to teach children a practical application of Jesus' words: "Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me."
Geibel Catholic Again Among Nation's Top 50 Catholic High Schools
Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School has been recognized as a School of Excellence by the Catholic Education Honor Roll and as one of the nation's Top 50 Catholic High Schools for 2014, repeating the honor the school earned in 2012. Schools receiving this designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics, says the Cardinal Newman Society, which announced the honorees. Seventy-one schools were honored as Schools of Excellence and an additional nine received honorable mention. This is fewer than 5 percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States. Geibel Catholic has 179 students in grades 7-12.
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.

Practice For New Altar Servers Scheduled On Sept. 20 
Practice for new altar servers will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Immaculate Conception Church. This practice is mandatory in order to be placed on the altar server schedule. An alternate practice for new servers unable to attend the Sept. 20 session has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Immaculate Conception. The altar server schedule can be accessed by clicking on the "Liturgical Ministers Schedule" on the right side of the parish website home page. For further information, contact Mary Sampey at 724-628-6840 Ext. 108 or email or Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840 Ext. 107 or email

Series Of Youth Group Meetings Kick Off 2014-15 Year
Several events are scheduled to kick off the 2014-15 youth ministry year. A Youth Group Planning Session will be held Monday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Gellhof Place at St. John. This meeting is open to Youth Ministry Teams, anyone in and interested in the youth group, adult leaders and parents. Plans for the upcoming year will be discussed. All young people in grades 6 through 12 are invited to attend the Youth Group Opening Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, in Moravek Hall at St. John. There will be icebreakers, a nacho bar and prayer stations. Another youth group meeting is planned for Sunday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at a place to be announced.  This event will include icebreakers, dinner and a catechetical session. For more information, contact Kevin Barry, youth and young adult minister, at 724-628-6840 Ext. 107 or email
Partner Parish K-5 Faith Formation Program For 2014-15 Begins Sept. 27
Mary Sampey, new director of faith formation for the partner parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Rita and St. John the Evangelist, has announced that the K-5 Faith Formation Program for 2014-15 will begin Saturday, Sept. 27, in Conn-Area Catholic School on the Geibel campus. Classes will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Mary says some changes offer "amazing opportunities" to young people in this year's program. Click on the "Forms and Documents" button at right to read and print Mary's letter to parents and the program's tentative 2014-15 schedule as well as the K-5 Faith Formation Registration Form for 2014-15. Complete the registration form and return it to DeVivo Centre at St. Rita by Sept. 20. For more information, contact Mary Sampey at 724-628-6840 Ext. 108 or email
Young Adult Ministry Schedules First Session Of 2014-15
Young Adult Ministry will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Gellhof Place at St. John. The group is open to anyone 18 (and graduated from high school) to 39 years of age. Members of the group will continue the series "Journeying With Pope Francis" by reading and discussing his writings and homilies. Pizza also is on the menu. For more information, contact Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840 Ext. 107 or email
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.
Father Gerry Juarez Observes 25th Anniversary Of Ordination
Father Gerry Juarez will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Sept. 27, in St. Rita Church. Please RSVP to DeVivo Centre at St. Rita by Sept. 22.
Father Dennis Bogusz Marks 35th Anniversary With Oct. 11 Mass, Reception
Father Dennis Bogusz will celebrate the 35th anniversary of his ordination at a Mass at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in Immaculate Conception Church. Chaplain at St. Anne Home, Greensburg, Father Dennis is a former priest in residence and hospital chaplain in the Connellsville and Mt. Pleasant Catholic communities. A reception with light refreshments will follow the Mass from 7 to 10 p.m. at Morrell Fire Department (the former Richard Chevrolet), Route 119 south of Connellsville. Little John Polka Band will provide music. All parishioners are invited to attend the Mass and reception. For further information, call 412-582-2868.
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
Weekend Ministers Will Receive Reminder Calls In September
Sister Mary Agnes will be calling each week during September to remind those ministers who are scheduled for weekend Mass assignments. Please call DeVivo Centre at St. Rita, 724-628-6840, with questions or to notify of unavailability.
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 Oct. 4
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. Oct. 4 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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