August 28, 2017
Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next Information Bulletin is Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 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.

2017 Catholic Education Collection
Pastors and administrators are asked to publicize the 2017 Catholic Education Collection (CEC) in a significant way the weekend of Sept. 9-10. Please review several attachments below that are part of the CEC promotional kit. This promotional material also can be found by going to the diocesan website at Half of what is collected in the diocese remains in parishes to support educational programs.

Attachments include a letter from Bishop Lawrence Persico, sample bulletin inserts, other promotional ideas, and both black and white and color CEC posters. Pastors already should have received a letter from Father Nick Rouch, vicar for education, along with copies of the 2017 Catholic Education Collection poster that can be displayed. The posters linked below and on the website can be downloaded and either included in the body of a bulletin or placed as a bulletin insert.

Free stewardship webinar for parishes and others
Parish leaders and others are welcome to view—at no cost—a Sept. 12 webinar titled, “Stewardship of Time: Good Stewardship of Time in Parish Meetings.” The Office of Stewardship and Annual Giving is underwriting the cost of this webinar. See the attachment for a description of the webinar and registration information. For questions, contact Bill Grant, director of the Office of Stewardship and Annual Giving, at 814-824-1192.

Clergy are encouraged to promote Engagement Encounter
Marriage preparation is a blessing as well as a requirement for marriage in the Diocese of Erie. Engagement Encounter offers engaged couples quality time to spend in discussion and reflection on their future lives together. The next Engagement Encounter is offered Sept. 22-24 at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie. For more information, clergy may read the attached document, call 814-824-1261, or email  

Clergy asked to update photos
Priests and deacons in the Diocese of Erie are asked to update their current photo used for diocesan files and/or the online clergy directory. To schedule a photo shoot, please contact Rich Papalia in the Office of Communications at 814-824-1172 or email him at You may also email an updated photo in the largest format possible to

Antivirus licenses available
If your organization is looking for antivirus protection, the Diocese of Erie has a few spare licenses. You can purchase a year of Symantec EndPoint Protection antivirus protection for $7.45 per computer per year. For more information, contact Kathy Papalia at or call her at 814-824-1184.

Cathedral Prep offers retreat services
Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie offers retreat services to parish religious education programs, schools and/or parishes. Students from the Cathedral Prep Retreat Team offer retreat experiences for elementary and high school students, up to 10th grade. A Confirmation Retreat Team also is under consideration.

The Cathedral Prep Retreat Team is comprised of students, so time and availability is limited. A co-educational retreat is available upon request, thanks to collaboration with Prep’s sister campus, Villa Maria Academy. For information or to schedule a retreat, contact Father Jason Feigh, campus minister, at 814-453-7737, ext. 2249, or

12-week divorce ministry program begins in September
The Family Life Office of the Diocese of Erie is offering a 12-week program for men and women who have suffered the pain of divorce or separation. The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide (CDSG), also known as Surviving Divorce, begins Sept. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. Each week features a 30-minute DVD that covers topics such as shock, denial, anger, forgiveness, the courts, kids, and much more. For more information, contact Chris Hess in the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261 or

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Healing Mass offered in North East
Father William Kiel, a recently retired priest from the Diocese of Greensburg, will offer a Mass for healing at St. Gregory Church, 48 South Pearl St., North East, on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

The Loving Search for God
It’s not too late to register for “The Loving Search for God,” a weekend retreat conducted by Father William Meninger. The retreat is scheduled Sept. 15-16. For more information and to register, visit or contact Donna Clark at 814-899-5342. Please register by Sept 7.

Disabilities Office plans hoedown
The Office for People with Disabilities in the Diocese of Erie is planning a hoedown Sept. 16 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The picnic will be held at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Festivities start with an anticipated Mass at 4 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner and an evening of dancing.

Blessed Sacrament Parish to host fall festival
Blessed Sacrament Parish in Erie will host a fall festival on the church grounds, 1626 W. 26th St., Erie, Sept. 17 from noon to 5 p.m. The event will include theme baskets, a bake sale, food, activities for kids, inflatables and games of chance. Nurses from the Erie Center on Health and Aging will be available to give flu shots from noon to 4 p.m., and the Community Blood Bank will conduct a blood drive from noon to 3 p.m.

The day also includes a $500 drawing every half-hour from 12:30 to 3 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., there will be a drawing for $1,500; at 4 p.m., a drawing for $2,500; and at 4:30 p.m., a drawing for $3,000. The grand-prize drawing for $5,000 will be held at 5 p.m.  An additional $50 prize is given to each winner who is present. Grand-prize tickets are $5 each.

Partnered Erie parishes present parish mission
St. John the Baptist and Holy Rosary parishes in Erie are hosting a parish mission Sept. 24-27. See the attached flier for details.

Mark your calendars for Eucharistic Adoration
St. Patrick Parish, 949 Liberty St., Franklin, will hold its annual Eucharistic Adoration Oct. 1-3. Adoration will begin at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Oct. 1, with Bishop Lawrence Persico as the principal presider. Evening prayer and Benediction will be celebrated on Sunday and Monday evenings. A solemn closing, along with Benediction, will be celebrated Tuesday evening. All evening services will begin at 7 p.m. Father Ronald Witherup, a native son of St. Patrick Parish and superior general of the Sulpician Order, will be the speaker at each evening service. Morning Mass will be celebrated on Monday and Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Executive vacancy announced at Good Samaritan Center
The position of chief executive officer is open at the Good Samaritan Center, a Clearfield-based affiliate agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie. Please see the attached document outlining the position and application requirements.

Part-time maintenance/janitorial help needed
Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Edinboro is seeking a part-time maintenance/janitorial person. The position is 25 hours per week at an hourly wage commensurate with experience. Must have handy-man skills and a working knowledge of building/grounds janitorial and maintenance care. If interested, contact the parish office at 814-734-3113 or at The position is ideal for someone who is semi-retired or who desires a supplemental income.

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