April 3, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is
Monday, April 10
Deadline: Thursday, April 6, 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.


Guide for sharing the Triduum
The recent restructuring of parishes in the Diocese of Erie has led to questions about sharing the Triduum celebration among multiple parishes. The Office of Worship has prepared a brief guide with reminders and suggestions to assist parish liturgy planners. Please see the attachment.

Clergy who visit nursing homes, homebound can help deliver FaithLife
Any priests or deacons who visit nursing/retirement homes or the homebound are invited to deliver copies of FaithLife newspaper. If interested or able, contact Brenda Williams at bwilliams@ErieRCD.org or call 814-824-1161 to request copies in whatever quantity needed. Please call two weeks in advance so the correct number of copies can be available on a one-time basis or ongoing.

Loftus Lecture at Gannon April 11
Gannon University will host the Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on Tuesday of Holy Week, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Yehl Alumni Room of the Waldron Center. The speaker—Father Thomas R. Hurst, PSS, from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore—will reflect on the topic, “Opportunities and Challenges: The Formation of Future Priests.” The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged by going to http://www.gannon.edu/Newsworthy/Loftus-Lecture-Registration/.

There will be a community buffet supper of soup and salad at 5:15 p.m. Reservations are required for the supper by contacting Susan Grande at grande001@gannon.edu or by calling 814-871-7334. Please include contact information in your message.

Grove City parish changes Mass schedule
Church of the Beloved Disciple in Grove City has made the following changes to its Mass schedule: Beginning Saturday, April 22, 2017, the Saturday Vigil Mass will begin at 4:30 p.m. Confessions will be heard from 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Attention, Time Warner customers
Due to the purchase of Time Warner by Charter.com, parish and school customers may be able to get faster Internet service for less money. There are some differences between residential and business accounts. Talk to a representative to learn about possible savings for your particular account. Visit http://www.charter.com for contact information.

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Good For You Wellness Initiative and free walking program
Join co-workers throughout the Diocese of Erie in a fun walking program sponsored by Highmark. You can participate even if you do not participate in the Diocese of Erie Highmark plan. If you aren’t a participant, contact Lillis & McKibben by April 10, 2017. Instructions can be found in the attached flier.


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Stella Niagara retreats scheduled through August
The Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara in New York has released its spring and summer retreat schedule. See the attachment or go to http://www.stellaniagararetreats.org/ for more information.

Lifeteen Program explores vocations
A vocation evening hosted by St. Joe’s Lifeteen Program will be held April 9 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Community Center of St. Joseph/Bread of Life, 147 W. 24th St., Erie. Members of the Sisters of Life in New York City will join Father Michael Polinek, vocation director, to share their personal experiences of God’s call to religious life. The event is open to young men and women of high school and college age. Please RSVP to Tim Rydberg at timrydberg@stjoesbol.org.

DuBois Central Catholic to host open houses
Learn about the educational opportunities at DuBois Central Catholic at two enrollment events at the Brady Township Community Center, 71 Community Center St, Luthersburg, Pa., on April 6 at 6 p.m., and April 9 from noon to 2 p.m. Students of all faiths are welcome. For more details, call the admissions office at 814-371-6689.

St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary to host annual card party
The St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary will host its annual card party in the gymnasium of St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, on April 20 at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Admission is $7. A light meal will be served. The evening will include grand prizes, a gift auction, a money and lottery tree, and more. This fundraiser supports seminarians in the Diocese of Erie. For reservations, call Betsy at 814-504-2720 by April 13. Tickets are not available at the door.

Women’s Cursillo planned for April 20-23
Women are invited to the next Cursillo April 20-23 at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Harborcreek. The weekend is open to single, widowed or divorced women, along with women who have husbands who already have attended a men’s Cursillo. For information, contact the Cursillo office through its website at www.eriecursillo.org, or call 814-824-1119.

Public invited to St. Peter Cathedral organ concert
The St. Peter Cathedral Concert Series in downtown Erie will feature concert organist Alan Slovenkay on the Cassavant organ April 23 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Runners, walkers welcomed to Miles for Mercy 5K
The Mercy Center for Women invites all runners and walkers to its fifth annual Miles for Mercy 5K on April 23 at the Rotary Pavilion (across from Beach 7) at Presque Isle State Park. The race begins at 9 a.m.; the cost is $25. Register before April 7 to guarantee T-shirt availability. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Erie/MilesforMercy2017?remMeAttempt. Early packet pick-up is April 21 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Mercy Center for Women, 1039 E. 27th St., Erie. Race day pick-up and late registration begins at 7:45 a.m. on April 23. Medals will be awarded after the race at the Rotary Pavilion. All proceeds benefit the women and children at Mercy Center for Women. For more information, contact Rachel at 814-455-4577 or email her at rduchateau@mcwerie.org.

Church of the Beloved Disciple to host parish mission
A parish mission will be held April 23-26 at Church of the Beloved Disciple, 1310 South Center St., Ext., Grove City. Father Bill Cieslak, a Capuchin with the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, Calif., and the Graduate Theological Union, will lead the mission on the theme, “Recalculating.” Each evening begins at 7 p.m.

Evening of prayer, music offered in DuBois
An evening of prayer and music will be held April 23 at 6 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 15 Robinson St., DuBois. Father Mark Mastrian, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Force, will lead the Benediction, Scripture reading and homily. Following Mass, he will offer prayers for healing of physical, spiritual, financial and emotional problems. Music will be provided by “Shalom.” All are welcome. For more information, contact Judy Smart at 814-637-5930 or Rich Kenawell at 814-771-7932.

Lecture series to feature Cokie Roberts, Benedictine sister
Erie Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister and political commentator and author Cokie Roberts will have a public conversation as part of the Joan D. Chittister Lecture Series April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst University in Erie. Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets will be available to the public beginning April 3 from noon to 5 p.m. at the university’s box office in the D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Hembrow Snyder at msnyder@mercyhurst.edu.

Young men invited to St. Andrew Dinner
The next St. Andrew Dinner (men’s vocation dinner) will be held at Our Lady of Peace School, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie, on April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. This dinner is designed for young men striving to follow Jesus’ call in their lives and to be open to the possibility of the seminary and priesthood. Please RSVP to the Our Lady of Peace office at 814-833-7701. Parishes may use the attached flier to advertise the event in their churches and/or bulletins.

Shop for Mom event scheduled in Sharpsville
The Sharpsville Community Food Pantry, a ministry of St. Bartholomew Church, is hosting its second annual Shop for Mom event April 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, located at 311 West Ridge Ave. Sharpsville The event will feature more than 40 crafters and vendors, food, drinks and a gift auction.

Register now for Mid-Life/Life-Long Retreat
The Mid-Life/Life-Long Retreat will be held May 5-7 at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Erie. This weekend focuses on life changes. There will be time to reflect on your past, examine the present and future, reclaim personal gifts and welcome transitions. The recommended donation is $175 for commuters and $250 for those who stay overnight. For more information, contact Sister Rosanne Loneck, OSB, at srrosanne@mtstbenedict.org or call 814- 899-0614.

OLP to host Family Honor Program in May
Our Lady of Peace Parish will host the Family Honor Program, “Leading & Loving,” May 20 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the school cafeteria, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie. The program assists parents of young children (birth to fifth grade) and those who work with young children, in the formation of faith, values and virtues. The day includes six sessions that provide tools for helping children navigate through the world in which we live.

There is no cost to attend the program; lunch and child care will be provided. Register online at www.familyhonor.org. For more information, contact Kathleen Peterson, director of Youth and Family Ministries at OLP, at 814-833-7701 or at Kathleen.Peterson@olp.org, or Julie Ferraro at 814-836-1991.


Positions open with St. Jude Campus Summer Program
Positions are currently available for the 2017 St. Jude Campus Summer Program, which runs from June 12 to Aug. 18. Open positions include director, teachers, aides and cafeteria workers. Teachers are responsible for planning daily activities centered on a weekly theme. Two teachers are hired per grade level and both will work out a weekly schedule of 26.25 hours. The first shift is 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; the second shift is from 12:15 to 5:30 p.m. Pay for certified teachers is $12 per hour, adult aides, $10 per hour, and high school student aides, $8 per hour. All are welcome to submit an email stating their interest by April 3 to Crystal Lander at finance@stjudeapos.org.  

Part-time position available in Financial Services Office
The Diocese of Erie is seeking an individual to provide part-time support to the Office of Financial Services for St. Mark Catholic Center in accordance with established norms of accounts payable and purchasing duties and responsibilities as assigned by the director of accounting, along with any additional functions that may be assigned on a part-time and as-needed basis.

Qualifications include:

  • A minimum of a high school diploma. A two- to four-year business degree would be beneficial. 
  • Possession of a good understanding of general accounting concepts.
  • Prior experience in accounting/bookkeeping office environment would be essential.

For a complete position profile, including an application for this position, go to http://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.htm. Completed application with cover letter and resume can be submitted to Finance Search Team, c/o St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., P.O. Box 10397, Erie, PA 16514-0397, or to apSearch@ErieRCD.org.   


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