August 7, 2019

LAST CALL! Time is running out for family and business ads for the commemorative Immaculate Conception Sesquicentennial book. The ads will help defray the cost of the printing. They also provide an opportunity to share family/parish pictures and memories. This will hop...

July 22, 2019

SAINT RITA STREET FAIR: Last week saw yet another successful Saint Rita Fair come and go. This beloved tradition has been spicing up Connellsville summers for more years than almost all who are reading these words have been alive! I would imagine, though, that many par...

June 5, 2019

LOST IN THE MISTS OF TIME: Early in May an Immaculate Conception parishioner came to weekday Mass in Dunbar. As she explored the grounds she made an interesting discovery, one that had eluded my “eagle eyes.” There was a time capsule buried in front of the statue of th...

April 28, 2019

BRIGHT WEEK: The days from Easter until the following Sunday are known as the Octave of Easter. (Octave, as surely you can deduce from the Greek root oct, means “eight days.”) In Liturgy class in Saint Vincent Seminary we learned that this ENTIRE WEEK is meant to be ce...

April 14, 2019

THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM: The Liturgical celebration that begins on Holy Thursday evening marks the PINNACLE of Catholic Christian worship. Note that in the preceding sentence I used the singular “celebration” not the plural that would be expected when speaking about the se...

April 7, 2019

PREPARING FOR EASTER: In last weekend's Gospel we heard the Parable of the Prodigal Son, surely one of the most well-known (and well loved) of Bible stories. Who hasn't heard the story and been struck by the UNBELIEVABLE love and mercy exhibited to the prodigal son by...

April 1, 2019

PALM SUNDAY: The General Introduction of the Roman Missal, 3rd Edition (GIRM), which governs the celebration of the Eucharist, begins its instruction on Palm Sunday thusly:

On this day the Church recalls the entrance of Christ the Lord into Jerusalem to accomplish his P...

March 25, 2019

DIOCESAN LENTEN APPEAL: It’s that time of year. Again. Yes, the Bishop is asking for YOUR help. The Diocese of Greensburg (just like our parishes!) can’t function without the financial support of faithful (and even not-so-faithful!) Catholics. Unfortunately there is NO...

March 18, 2019

ONE PROUD-ALMOST EMBARRASSED!-PAPA: Last Sunday the Rite of Election was celebrated by Bishop Malesic at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. This liturgy marks the beginning of the final phase of preparation for those who at the Easter Vigil will be baptised (Ca...

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