April 24, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is
Monday, May 1
Deadline: Thursday, April 27, 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.

Parish budget preparation
All pastors/administrators and parish business managers will find attached a letter from the Office of Financial Services regarding the 2017-18 parish budget preparation. The priests’ salary scale, effective July 1, 2017, also is attached.

Fiscal year assessments letter and spreadsheet
Priests will find attached a letter and a spreadsheet from the Office of Financial Services regarding the 2017-18 fiscal year assessments for the Diocesan Fund, priest retirement and benefits, and Catholic school support.

Still time to sign up for PDS appreciation, training event
Parish PDS users are invited to attend a staff appreciation and PDS training event May 2 at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day includes a catered luncheon. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Amanda Phanco at aphanco@ErieRCD.org or call 814-824-1194.

Parish Social Ministry Newsletter released for spring
Attached is the spring 2017 edition of the Parish Social Ministry Newsletter of the Diocese of Erie. For more information or to be placed on the mailing list, contact the Office of Parish Social Ministry & Respect Life at 814-824-1254 or by e-mail at elandini@ErieRCD.org.

Priests invited to diocesan-sponsored retreats
Priests are asked to read the attached letter from the Office of Clergy Continuing Education and Formation regarding diocesan-sponsored retreats for 2017. Registration information and more details are provided.

Collection to finish the Trinity Dome of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
In 2020, the Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the patronal church of our nation, in Washington, D.C. Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the one-time collection (May 13-14) for the decoration of the last unfinished dome in the basilica with a mosaic depicting the Blessed Trinity. Parishes are asked to publicize and support this collection in a significant way during the weekend of May 6-7.

Good Shepherd Collection for Erie Diocesan Retired Priests
The annual Good Shepherd Collection will be taken up at all parishes and missions in the Diocese of Erie as a second collection the weekend of Good Shepherd Sunday, May 6-7. All 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 available at http://www.ErieRCD.org/goodshepherd.htm. The kit is designed to help pastors and their office staff to effectively promote the collection for parish bulletins. A thank-you template also is available.

Parishes that have used the information—accompanied by promotion by 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.

*Password protected - When Clergy & Department Heads click here and log on, they will find inside:

  • Budget letter
  • Salary scale
  • Assessments letter
  • Assessment spreadsheet
  • Social Ministry
  • Retreats letter
  • Basilica dome collection
  • Good Shepherd Collection
  • Walking
  • Healing Mass
  • Pentecost festival

Everyone will find attached:

Free walking program registration begins May 1
Join co-workers throughout the diocese in a fun walking program sponsored by Highmark. Highmark will accept registrations beginning May 1. Details and instructions can be found in the attached flier. 


Catholic middle school students star in play
Fifth- through eighth-graders in Erie Catholic schools will star in “Dear Edwina Jr.,” a presentation of the Prep-Villa Music Visual and Performing Arts Program, April 28-29 at 7 p.m. each night at the Villa Maria Academy auditorium, 2403 W. 8th St., Erie. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors; $7 for adults.

Bingo scheduled at St. Michael Church
St. Michael Parish in Fryburg is hosting regular and super bingo at St. Michael's Hall, 18765 Route 208 Main St., Fryburg, on April 29. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; early bird starts at 12:30 p.m. Regular bingo begins at 1 p.m. Advance tickets are $20; tickets at the door are $25 each. Lunch will be available for purchase. The day will include door prizes and side raffles. For more information, call William Ditz at 814-354-2103.

Healing Mass scheduled at Holy Rosary Church in Erie
The Son of God Prayer Group at Holy Rosary Church in Erie is sponsoring a healing Mass May 2 with Father David Poulson. See the attached flier for details and distribution in your parish.

Help for troubled marriages
A weekend Retrouvaille retreat is scheduled May 26-27 at the Villa Maria Educational and Spirituality Center in Pulaski, Pa. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry that helps troubled marriages. The program offers a weekend retreat in which couples learn a new communication technique. For more information or to register, call 330-501-9377 or go to www.helpourmarriage.com. To find other locations close to Erie that may offer a Retrouvaille, go to www.ErieRCD.org/flo_ret.htm.

Pittsburgh area church hosts Pentecost festival
Our Lady of Grace Parish in Scott Township is holding a Pentecost Sacred Arts Festival from May 31 to June 4, Pentecost Sunday. The five-day festival is free and open to the public. See the attached flier for more details.

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