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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.
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.
Rite Of Christian Initiation For Adults Program Starts Thursday, Sept. 18
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18, 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 The program also is in need of sponsors for RCIA candidates and catechumens. Anyone interested in serving as a sponsor should contact Mary Sampey. To view or print the Tentative 2014-15 RCIA Schedule, click on the "Forms And Documents" button at right.
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.
Father Bob Lubic Extends Thank-You For 'Banner Summer For Festivals'
Following is a message from Father Bob Lubic, partner parish pastor/administrator, expressing his gratitude to everyone who made this summer festival season such a success in the Connellsville Catholic Community:
"This was a banner summer for festivals here in the Jewel of the Yough, a summer of something old, something new. July brought the 86th
incarnation of the venerable Saint Rita Festival, whilst the first weekend of August saw the inaugural Saint John-Immaculate Conception Combined Festival.
"As if any other outcome were even possible, the Saint Rita Festival was a RUNAWAY success! Our summer surprise, however, was the GRAND success of the Saint John/IC Festival. I certainly HOPED for a positive outcome, but I must admit I was a tad bit nervous. Until, that is, I walked onto the festival grounds Saturday Evening and felt the ENERGY and saw the COOPERATION! Even the driving rain Saturday evening didn’t dampen spirits OR profits!
I want to thank EVERYONE involved in putting together these two OUTSTANDING events for the Catholic Community of Connellsville: those who helped set up/tear down, those who operated booths, those who made monetary donations, those who donated baskets, those who donated baked goods, the Christian Mothers who provided so much MOUTH-WATERING food, and all those who supported the festivals by attending. Above all, I owe a HUGE debt of gratitude to those who took on the EXHAUSTING responsibility of chairing the festivals!"
Immaculate Conception Church Choir Begins Rehearsals Sept. 2
A new season of rehearsals starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 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 in the church. Use the sheltered side entrance facing Prospect Street. Remember, singing is praying twice. Give it a try.   
St. Rita Christian Mothers' Nationality Day Sale Friday, Sept. 5
St. Rita Christian Mothers will sponsor a Nationality Day Sale from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in Bucci Hall at St. Rita. The event will feature a spaghetti dinner, a variety of Italian foods including pizza, a bake sale and more. For take-out, call 724-628-5119. Baked goods are needed; please take them to Bucci Hall between 8 a.m. and noon Thursday, Sept. 4. Vegetables for salad are also needed; call Rita Pratt at 724-628-2249.
Children's Choir Starts Third Season With Rehearsal On Saturday, Sept. 6
The Connellsville Catholic Community Children's Choir will begin its third season with a rehearsal at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 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 viewed and printed by clicking on the "Forms and Documents" button at right. New members should bring this form to the rehearsal on Sept. 6. 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

Practices For New Altar Servers Continue Sept. 6 And Sept. 20 
Practices for new altar servers will be held as follows: 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, in Immaculate Conception Church and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Immaculate Conception Church. The Sept. 20 practice is mandatory in order to be placed on the altar server schedule. The altar server schedule can be accessed on this parish website,, by clicking on the "Liturgical Ministers Schedule" on the right side of the home page. If unable to attend any of these sessions, contact Mary Sampey at 724-628-6840 Ext. 108 or email or Kevin Barry at 724-628-6840 Ext. 107 or email

Partner Parish Bible Study Begins Tuesday, Sept. 9, At IC
Bible Study sessions for the three partner parishes will begin for the 2014-15 year on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Sciberras Hall at Immaculate Conception. The group will be reading and reflecting upon the Book of Job from the Old Testament in upcoming sessions. A regular part of the study of this text will be 15 DVD lectures by Professor Kathleen M. O'Conner, PhD. The Book of Job deals primarily with the problem of suffering in life from an Old Testament perspective.
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
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 Sept. 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. Sept. 6 in St. Rita Church. Confessions will continue to be celebrated 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
Children's Liturgy Of The Word Needs Volunteers
A new children's program is in place at 11:30 a.m. Sunday Masses at St. John the Evangelist Church to help young people of the Connellsville Catholic Community to better understand Mass readings. However, the program needs volunteers to move forward. Students over 16 and adults are encouraged to volunteer. Should enough volunteers come forward, the program will be expanded to include 9:30 a.m. Sunday Masses at Immaculate Conception Church. Interested persons should contact DeVivo Centre at 724-628-6840. Click on the News button at right to see story.
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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