February 13, 2017
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24 Hours for the Lord
On March 17-18, the Diocese of Erie will celebrate 24 Hours for the Lord, an initiative of our Holy Father with an emphasis on adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the sacrament of reconciliation. St. Peter Cathedral, Erie, will have its doors open for the entire 24 hours, with adoration and confession available during that time. As Bishop Lawrence Persico indicated in his statement on immigration [Feb. 3, 2017], this year’s 24 Hours for the Lord will be devoted to prayer for peace and unity in our country, as well as for immigrants and refugees, in addition to a prayer for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Priests in the greater Erie area are asked to consider taking at least one hour to hear confessions at St. Peter Cathedral during the 24 Hours for the Lord. Confessions will begin on Friday, March 17, at 5:45 p.m., and continue until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.

Deacons and lay persons are asked to consider committing to an hour of adoration either alone or with family, friends or a parish group. Adoration will begin on Friday, March 17, at 5:45 p.m., and continue until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.

Parishes are asked to consider sending a group of people for a holy hour. This is a good opportunity for people to also pray for smooth and peaceful transitions during this time of change in our diocese.

All are asked to encourage people, including those estranged from the Catholic Church or away from the sacraments for a long time, to come to St. Peter Cathedral for this event. Please contact Sister Kathleen Dietz, FSO, at kdietz@ErieRCD.org or 814-824-1135 to sign up to hear confessions or to sign up for an hour of adoration, or if you have any questions.

Plenary Indulgence for the Centenary of the Apparitions at Fatima
In observance of this year’s 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence to the faithful who make a pilgrimage to the shrine in Fatima, Portugal. For those who are unable to make that pilgrimage, the indulgence is extended also to those who “visit with devotion an image of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly displayed for public veneration” in any church, oratory, or chapel on the 100th anniversary of any of the apparitions, i.e., on May 13, June 13, July 13, Aug. 13, Sept.13, or Oct. 13 of this year.

In addition to the usual requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence (i.e., true repentance from sins, reception of sacramental absolution in confession, reception of Holy Communion, and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father), it is also necessary that the visit on any of the aforementioned days include participation in a celebration or prayer in honor of Our Lady, recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and a prayer to Our Lady of Fatima.

To facilitate the gaining of this indulgence, the World Apostolate of Fatima Erie Diocesan Division is compiling a list of churches, oratories, or chapels where the faithful can fulfill these requirements. That list is expected to be publicized in March or April. If your church, oratory, or chapel currently has or will have such an image (painting or statue) of Our Lady of Fatima publicly displayed, please contact Father David Poulson, spiritual director, at 814-398-4234, by email at saint.anthony@verizon.net, or by fax at 814-398-1531.

Liturgical resources for parishes during this time of transition
All pastors recently received a hard copy of Liturgical Resources for Parish Restructuring, a guide produced by the Office of Worship. The guide includes Mass introductions, intercessions, sample closing remarks and blessings designed specifically for:

  1. Parishes not experiencing restructuring at this time
  2. Parishes that are partnering
  3. Communities that are being merged into an existing parish, including prayers for a final parish Mass
  4. Parishes welcoming new parishioners.

The prayers can be used both before and after the weekend of Feb. 17-18, 2017. The guides also are available at www.ErieRCD.org/planning.htm. For further assistance, contact Matt Clark in the Office of Worship at 814-824-1270, or at mclark@ErieRCD.org.

Final workshop on new marriage rite scheduled Feb. 22
The revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony (2016) is now in use. It must be used for all marriage rituals. The last workshop to introduce the new elements of the rite will be held Feb. 22 at Immaculate Conception Church, 715 E. Main St., Clarion, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. A light meal will follow. Priests, deacons, music directors, wedding cantors and parish wedding coordinators are strongly encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Maripat Grant at mgrant@ErieRCD.org, or call 814-824-1271 by Feb.17.

Life Issues Forum available in both English, Spanish
Life Issues Forum is a bi-weekly column by Pro-Life Secretariat staff of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. See the attached column in both English and Spanish.

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  • Life Issues Forum (English)
  • Life Issues Forum (Spanish)
  • Lenten food order

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Holy Trinity Church accepts Lenten food orders
In need of special Lenten foods? Pre-order pierogi or potato pancake batter through Feb. 27 at Holy Trinity Church. See the attached flier for details.

Information night on substance abuse planned in Grove City
The Church of the Beloved Disciple Parish, 1310 South Center St. Extension, Grove City, will host an information night Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. to help families facing substance abuse problems. Titled "Anyone Can become Addicted," the evening will include speakers who will address the ongoing epidemic of substance abuse in our communities.

Lenten vigils scheduled at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery
Lenten vigils will be held every Saturday during Lent at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 6101 East Lake Road, Erie. Guests are welcome. Vigils begin at 7 p.m. The schedule of reflections is as follows:

  • March 4—Sister Margaret Zeller, OSB
  • March 11—Sister Mary Ellen Plumb, OSB
  • March 18—Sister Cindy Hoover, OSB
  • March 25—Sister Theresa Zoky, OSB
  • April 1—Oblate Janice Etchison
  • April 8—Sister Linda Romey, OSB

Lenten recitals scheduled at Church of the Beloved Disciple
Sunday Lenten recitals will be held at Church of the Beloved Disciple, 1310 South Center St. Extension, Grove City, beginning March 5 at 3 p.m. The first recital will be performed by Orkestar Noćne Sove, a Tamburitza orchestra that began in early 2011. Enjoy this musical journey of the Balkans, featuring traditional instruments, costumes and songs from the regions of Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia.

Bowl-a-thon to help Prince of Peace
The Prince of Peace Center in Farrell is hosting its annual bowl-a-thon March 5 at Thornton Hall Bowling Lanes in Sharon. Sign up individually or as a team at www.princeofpeacecenter.org/e/2017-bowlathon. Sponsors also are welcome to go to the website to fill out a sponsorship form. Sign-in that day, beginning at noon. Bowling starts at 12:30 p.m. All bowlers will receive a free T-shirt, shoe rental, three games, lunch and a chance to win door prizes. A gift auction and a 50/50 raffle will be held during the event.

OLP Bible Study Lenten Program begins March 7
The Our Lady of Peace Bible Study Lenten Program, “Journey through Scripture: The Bible and the Virgin Mary,” will be held Tuesdays from March 7 to April 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church, 2401 E. 38th St., Erie. This is a six-week video series produced by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. All are welcome; no registration required and no materials or fees. For information, call Mary Beth Whitman at the parish office at 814-833-7701, ext. 202.

Youngstown beer, wine tasting event to benefit local charity
The 12th Annual Beer and Wine Tasting, hosted by the Youngtown Area Grocers Association, will benefit three ministries, including the Prince of Peace Center in Farrell. The event is scheduled for March 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Sample more than 100 wines and 50 microbrews, and enjoy gourmet food. The cost is $50 per person, or $400 for a table of eight. Tickets or sponsorship opportunities may be obtained by calling 877-375-9079, or emailing wendy@ohiogrocers.org. Tickets also are available through the Prince of Peace Center at 724-346-5777, or at www.princeofpeacecenter.org.  

Irish hooley planned in Girard
The Knights of Columbus Council #5430, Girard, will present an Irish hooley at the St. John Parish Center, Route 20, Girard, on March 12 beginning at 1:30 p.m. A pork dinner will be served beginning at 2 p.m., with hooley festivities to follow. Lance’s Limerick Lunatics will be the featured entertainment. Beer, set-ups and pop will be provided; BYOB. Purchase tickets after Masses at St. John the Evangelist Church, or send a check to: Pat and Darlene Sargent, 37 Penn Ave., Girard, PA  16417. Phone reservations are accepted at 814-774-0983. Tables are available for up to 12 people. Proceeds benefit the St. John Parish Center.

Diocesan youth encouraged to attend national conference
The National Catholic Youth Conference will be held Nov. 16-18 in Indianapolis. Anyone interested in joining the delegation from the Diocese of Erie is asked to email Jennifer Durney at jdurney@ErieRCD.org. NCYC is a distinctly Catholic setting that invites participants to encounter Christ, experience the church and be empowered for discipleship.

Mark your calendars for the next Family Fest
Save the date for this year’s diocesan-sponsored Family Fest, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months. For further questions, contact Jen Durney, jdurney@ErieRCD.org.

Business manager position open with Erie Catholic School System
The Erie Catholic School System is seeking candidates for the position of business manager. Please go to http://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.htm for a position profile and application details.

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