December 4, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, December 11, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, December 7, at 4:30 p.m.

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Liturgy reminders for Christmas
Please see the attachment for liturgy notes on the celebrations of Christmas and the Christmas season.

Attention, pastors and music directors
The FCC has changed the rules for wireless microphones. The 600 megahertz spectrum/band has been re-allocated to commercial use only. Please contact your audio/visual supplier to determine if your equipment will still be usable. This pertains to all forms of wireless microphones, including lav/lapel mics. Rebates may exist to help defray the cost of replacing affected devices. While the legal deadline is July 12, 2020, commercial businesses in your community already may have started using the 600 band, which means you could start experiencing problems soon. Additionally, replacement parts will begin to become difficult to find. After the deadline, manufacturers will not fix devices that violate FCC regulations.

Diocesan Youth Board application deadline extended
Youth interested in participating in the Diocesan Youth Board and adults interested in joining the DYB’s adult team now have until Dec. 31 to apply. Students in grades 8 through 12 may apply at http://www.onthevine.us/2018-diocesan-youth-board-information-and-application/. Adults interested in becoming a team member may apply at http://www.onthevine.us/2018-dyb-adult-team-member-application/.

Deadline approaching for mission art contest
The Mission Office of the Diocese of Erie is still accepting submissions for a Christmas art contest sponsored by the Missionary Childhood Association of the Pontifical Mission Societies. See the attached form for complete details and how to submit entries. Twenty-four winners will be selected in this competition. Winning artwork will be displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., during Advent and Christmas 2018.Two grand prize winners will be selected and their artwork reproduced as the official Christmas cards of the national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. Please send completed forms no later than Jan. 1, 2018, to: Mission Office, Director Indira Suarez, St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16504.

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Vespers celebrated during Advent
St. Peter Cathedral, W. 10th and Sassafras streets, Erie, will celebrate vespers on the second and third Sundays of Advent: Dec. 10 at 4 p.m., with Father Jason Mitchell as homilist; and Dec. 17 at 4 p.m., with Bishop Lawrence Persico as homilist. The youth choir will lead the singing of vespers on Dec. 17, and then present a short program of Advent and Christmas music.

Advent event scheduled in Kersey
St. Boniface Parish in Kersey will host its fourth annual Advent ecumenical event, “Lessons & Carols,” on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at the church, located at 355 Main St., Kersey. Choirs from Sacred Heart and Queen of the World parishes in St. Marys, along with youth from both the St. Marys area and Elk County Catholic, will participate. A festive social will follow in the gathering space of the church.

Advent vigils planned at monastery
All are welcome to attend Advent vigils at Mount St. Benedict Monastery, 6101 East Lake Road, Erie, on Dec. 9, 16 and 23, at 7 p.m. each day. For more information, contact Sister Marilyn Schauble, OSB, at marilynosb@mtstbenedict.org or call 814-899-0614.

Cathedral Prep and Villa to present Christmas performance
Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a hilarious Christmas classic based on the novel by Barbara Robinson, on Dec. 14-16 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Villa Maria Academy auditorium, 2403 W. 8th St., Erie. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door.

Pancake breakfast planned at Erie parish
A pancake breakfast will be held Dec. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Mount Calvary Parish, 2022 East Lake Road, Erie. The breakfast includes sausage, fruit cup, juice, coffee and all the pancakes you can eat. The cost is $7 for adults; $4 for children 12 and under.

Clearfield County parishioners to host Shalom Christmas Concert
The public is welcome to join Catholic parishioners in Clearfield County who are organizing the annual Shalom Christmas Concert Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Paul G. Reitz Theater, located on Scribner Avenue in DuBois.  Admission is free. For more information, contact Judy Smart at 814-637-5930 or Rich Kenawell at 814-771-7932.

Tennessee Backporch to present concert
St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Parish, 48 South Pearl St., North East, will present “Follow the Star,” a popular Advent/Christmas concert starring Tennessee Backporch and featuring students from St. Gregory School and McDowell High School, on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. The event is handicap accessible. Refreshments will be offered. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for all students, and are available at the parish office, located at 136 West Main St., North East, or at the door the evening of the performance.


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 www.ErieRCD.org/employment.htm for more information on the position and application process

Middle school math teacher and grade 6 math teacher needed
The Erie Catholic School System has an immediate need for a math teacher for middle school (grades 6, 7 and 8), and a math teacher for grade 6. These are full-time positions with benefits. Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, a teaching certificate for middle school math, and Pennsylvania clearances. Preference is given to practicing Catholics. For details, go to http://ErieRCD.org/choosecatholicschools.htm.


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