April 17, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is
Monday, April 24
Deadline: Thursday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m.

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The Diocese of Erie Information Bulletin advertises and promotes activities and events sponsored by diocesan organizations such as parishes, schools, religious communities and groups.

Good Shepherd Collection for Erie Diocesan Retired Priests
The annual Good Shepherd Collection will be taken up in all parishes in the Diocese of Erie on Good Shepherd Sunday, May 6-7. Clergy are asked to read the attached letter from Bishop Lawrence Persico. A promotion kit prepared by Msgr. Daniel Magraw, director of the Good Shepherd Collection, is now available at http://www.ErieRCD.org/goodshepherd.htm. The kit is designed to help pastors and their office staff effectively promote the collection for parish bulletins April 22-23, April 29-30 and May 6-7.

Parishes that have used the information along with personal promotion by their parish priests have been very successful with their collection. Our retired priests are grateful for your help with this annual campaign. Parishes are asked to remit Good Shepherd funds to the diocesan Finance Office within a few weeks. Any further contributions received should be sent to the Finance Office no later than June 30.

Bill in Congress to provide relief to Christians in the Middle East
On Jan. 10, 2017, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) for the express purpose of providing emergency relief to Christians and other victims of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Iraq and Syria, as well as requiring accountability for the perpetrators of such crimes. House Resolution 390, known as the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, is now awaiting a vote in the House after the Easter recess.

The plight of Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities facing genocide in the Middle East is an issue that transcends political parties. Bishop Lawrence Persico urges the faithful to be informed about the situation of their Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria, to pray and sacrifice for them, and to work with their senators and representatives to support HR 390.

Attached please find a prayer for the people of Syria, as well as an Action Alert prepared by the Parish Social Ministry & Respect Life Office. For more information, go to https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/03/21/a-year-ago-we-declared-isis-genocidal-why-are-its-victims-still-waiting-for-aid/?utm_term=.1084d55f60fe to read an op-ed piece by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and/or visit the diocesan website at www.ErieRCD.org/justice.htm.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations
The World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated May 7, Good Shepherd Sunday. Pastors are asked to promote prayer for vocations in a special way on that day. Attached is a prayer for vocations offered by Bishop Lawrence Persico, as well as a sample bulletin notice and petitions for Mass. Please note, there will be a holy hour for vocations at St. Peter Cathedral to mark the day. (See below.)

Holy hour for vocations scheduled for May 7
A holy hour for vocations, sponsored by the Diocesan Vocation Office, is scheduled for May 7, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The holy hour will be held at St. Peter Cathedral in downtown Erie at 4 p.m. Father Jamie Power, parochial vicar at St. George Parish, will be the homilist. Pastors are encouraged to advertise this holy hour in their parish bulletins as appropriate.

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  • Syria prayer
  • Action Alert
  • Vocation prayer
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Pre-election get-together sponsored by Holy Trinity Usher’s Society
The Holy Trinity Usher’s Society is sponsoring a pre-election get-together May 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Social Center, E. 23rd and Reed Streets, Erie. Candidates will be introduced at 6 p.m. Funds from the event benefit Holy Trinity Parish. Admission is $10 per person (must be 21 to attend) and includes ox roast, sausage sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken wings and beverages. 

Art & Sole 5K Run/Walk to benefit Inner-City Neighborhood Art House
Register now for the 10th annual Art & Sole 5K Run/Walk or a 1K Fun Run to benefit the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House in Erie on Saturday, June 3, beginning at the Neighborhood Art House, 201 E. 10th Street. The 5K begins at 9 a.m.; the Fun Run starts at 10 a.m. Register or download a registration form at www.neighborhoodarthouse.org, or call 814-455-5508.

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