December 18, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Wednesday, December 27, 2017, due to the Christmas holiday.
Deadline: Thursday, December 21, 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.

Diocese releases Catholic Services Appeal goals for 2018
Pastors, administrators and parish business managers are asked to read the attached memo and attached spreadsheet from Financial Services of the Diocese of Erie regarding parish goals for the 2018 Catholic Services Appeal.

Register for Diocesan Study Week
The annual Diocesan Study Week will be held Jan. 8-11, 2018, at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. The presenter will be Father Paul Turner, rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Mo., and director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. To learn more about the event and to register, see the Study Week attachment.

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  • CSA letter
  • CSA spreadsheet
  • Study Week
  • Computer ergonomics
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Cheerleading

Everyone will find attached:

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Important notes for the 'Good For You' wellness initiative

  • The deadline has been extended to Jan. 19, 2018, for full-time employees covered by the Diocese of Erie health insurance program to complete the wellness initiative. Learn how to earn your $100 reward at There are three simple steps: 1) Complete the online wellness profile; 2) Get a wellness exam and enter the date into your Highmark account; 3) Set any goal with a health coach (call Blues on Call on the back of your member ID card or set a goal with WebMD Digital Health Assistant). If you have any questions or problems, call the 800 number on the handout or contact Kathy Papalia at or at 814-824-1184.
  • Read the attached “Easy Ergonomics for Desktop Computer Users” booklet. Sit at your computer and take a good look at what you do there. You may be surprised to learn that some things you do every day may cause you pain or discomfort over time. You can ease symptoms and learn how to work pain free.
  • The best way to change our attitude about weight is to set realistic goals. Read the attached document on lifestyle changes and how they can improve your health.


Erie parishes host ‘Festival of Lessons and Carols’
The parish communities of St. John the Baptist and Holy Rosary in Erie invite everyone to “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 509 E. 26th St. The event is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. Those in attendance will hear nine short Scripture readings and then listen to music. A light reception will follow.

Mark the date for Baldwin Wallace/McDowell High School choral concert
The Baldwin Wallace University Choir, of Berea, Ohio, will perform a choral concert at St. Peter Cathedral, Erie, on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. with Erie’s McDowell High School Chorus. The conductor of the Baldwin Wallace Choir is Dr. Dirk Gardner; the McDowell Chorus is under the direction of Leslie Weber. The public is welcome. A free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call Bill Herring at St. Peter Cathedral at 814-453-6677, ext. 8.

Rabbi to speak at Benedictine monastery
The Benedictine Sisters of Erie will host Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov of Erie’s Temple Anshe Hesed as the presenter of “Judaism Today: A Modern Look at an Ancient Faith,” on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 6101 East Lake Road, Erie. The event is free and open to the public. For further information about this or other events in the community’s Enrichment Series, contact Sister Stephanie Schmidt, OSB, at or at 814-899-0614, ext. 2511.

Cheerleading competition scheduled in February
The ninth annual St. Michael Cheerleading Competition will be held Feb. 17, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Kennedy Catholic High School gymnasium, 2120 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage. The competition is among pep squads, elementary junior varsity, middle school varsity, and high school junior varsity and varsity squads. See the attached flier for more details.

Full-time position open for Catholic Foundation operations manager
The Catholic Foundation of Northwest PA is seeking an operations manager accountable for the integrity and efficiency of day-to-day operations. This position will be responsible for donation/donor database management, donor relations projects and flow of information among organizations with which the Foundation serves and collaborates; it will assist the executive director with Foundation board management.

Required qualifications include:

  • B.S. in IT or IT-related field preferred
  • At least three years of experience working with foundation and/or nonprofit organization data management system
  • Working knowledge of fundraising practices
  • Proficiency with a broad range of computer software principles, including Microsoft Office and digital communication platforms
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Willing to support the mission of the Catholic Church/ministries.

Applications accepted through Jan. 3, 2018. Go to to view the full position profile and job application form.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and signed and completed job application form in one of two ways:

  • Email all materials to (application form must be scanned, completed and signed)
  • Mail to: Catholic Foundation Search, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16504.

Position opening for executive director of Faith Formation
The Diocese of Erie is seeking a creative and faith-driven leader to serve as the executive director of Faith Formation. The fruit of a collaborative diocesan planning process, this position has been identified as key to the renewal of parish life, religious education, youth ministry and family ministry. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to evangelization and lifelong faith formation, be visionary and forward-looking, relate well to lay, clergy and religious alike, and be willing to provide inspirational leadership through involvement in the day-to-day responsibilities of the office. He/she will play a key role in the ongoing development of a collaborative vision for lifelong faith formation in the Diocese of Erie. He/she will report to the vicar for Education and supervise several full-time professional colleagues. Interested individuals are invited to go to for more information on the position and application process.

Payroll/finance assistant needed at ECSS
The Erie Catholic School System, which includes six school campuses in Erie, is searching for a part-time, non-exempt payroll and finance assistant. Go to for more details and application requirements.

ECSS hiring substitute teacher
The Erie Catholic School System, which includes six school campuses in Erie, is hiring a substitute teacher. Go to for more details and application requirements.

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