February 20, 2018
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, February 26, 2018.
Deadline: Thursday, February 22, 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.

24 Hours for the Lord
On March 9-10, 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 be open for the whole 24 hours, with adoration and confession available during that time. Bishop Lawrence Persico has asked that this year’s 24 Hours for the Lord be devoted to prayer for the clergy and consecrated religious in our diocese, as well as for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

Priests in the greater Erie area are asked to consider taking at least an hour to hear confessions at St. Peter Cathedral during the 24 Hours for the Lord. Confessions will begin on March 9 at 5:45 p.m., and continue until March 10 at 3:30 p.m.

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 March 9 at 5:45 p.m. and continue until March 10 at 3:30 p.m.

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 their pastors and for their parishes.

All are asked to encourage people, including those estranged from the church or away from the sacraments for a long time, to come to St. Peter Cathedral for this event. Attached please find a poster/bulletin insert for use in parishes and schools. Please contact Sister Kathleen Dietz, FSO, at kdietz@ErieRCD.org or 814-824-1135 to sign up to hear confessions, to sign up for an hour of adoration, or if you have any questions.

Pastors and parish staff encouraged to promote divorce ministry
The Family Life Office of the Diocese of Erie is pleased to announce the beginning of a new eight-week ministry 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 April 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, and continues through May 23. There is a $10 cost for book/journal; financial aid available. Each week features a 30-minute video that covers topics such as shock, denial, anger, forgiveness, the courts, and much more. Whether someone got divorced 10 days ago or 10 years ago, this program offers valuable insight. Attached are two documents: a brochure and a bookmark schedule of group meetings. For hard copies of this information to be sent to your parish, contact the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261 or Christine Hess, director, at chess@ErieRCD.org.

‘Music & Liturgy Notes’ attached
See the attached newsletter, “Music & Liturgy Notes,” from the Erie Diocesan Chapter of National Pastoral Musicians (NPM).

Notice for priests visiting patients at Saint Vincent Hospital
Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie is acquiring a new computer system called “Epic.” It goes live Feb. 26. Parishes now will be listed by name and not by code number. When pastors inquire about patients in the hospital, they will give the name of the parish, not the code number as they did previously. Direct any questions or concerns to Father Dennis Martin at 814-806-5252 or at Dennis.Martin@ahn.org.

*Password protected - When Clergy & Department Heads click here and log on, they will find inside:

  • 24 Hours for the Lord
  • Divorce brochure
  • Divorce schedule
  • Music & Liturgy
  • Thomistic Institute
  • Charismatic breakfast
  • Lenten mission

Everyone will find attached:


Thomistic Institute Conference for Priests
The Thomistic Institute and the Diocese of Providence, R.I., will host the seventh annual Conference for Priests: Becoming a Better Confessor, this summer at Providence’s historic Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul. Featured speakers include Father Aquinas Guilbeau, OP; Father George Rutler; Father James Brent, OP; Msgr. Brian Bransfield; and Bishop Robert Reed. See the attached flier for more information.

2232 Men’s Conference features national speakers
Are you looking to discover God in your life? Join men throughout the Diocese of Erie and beyond who will gather March 3 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the 2232 Men’s Conference at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Erie. This day of inspiration, spiritual growth and worship is open to men of all faiths and will feature national speakers, adoration, reconciliation and Mass with Bishop Lawrence Persico. Lunch and free parking are included. Visit www.2232Men.com or call 814-455-7364 to learn more about this event and to register.

Charismatic Renewal to host prayer breakfast in March
Word of Life Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Erie is hosting a prayer breakfast March 10 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Center, located behind St. Joseph Church, 147 W. 24th St., Erie. The cost is $8.50 with breakfast, or $5 without breakfast. Register by March 7 by calling 814-833-9717. See the attached flier for more details.

Duquesne University Concert Choir to perform in Erie
The Duquesne University Concert Choir, “Voices of Spirit,” will give a special concert March 11 at 4 p.m. at St. Peter Cathedral, W. 10th and Sassafras streets. Directed by Dr. Caron Daley, the choir is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students in all academic majors. The concert is open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.  

Lenten mission to feature Dan Schutte
Save the date for a Lenten mission, featuring renowned musician and composer Dan Schutte, March 11-13 at 7 p.m. each day at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 837 Bartlett Road, Harborcreek. All are invited. Schutte will explore the theme, “Lord, Make Me Whole,” through Scripture, reflection, story and song. The mission is sponsored by the parishes of Our Lady of Mercy, St. Gregory, St. Mark/Mount Calvary, and St. James. See the attached flier for more details.

St. Thomas More House of Prayer to host women’s retreat
A women's retreat will be held March 16-18 at St. Thomas More House of Prayer in Cranberry, with Father John-Luke Stahr of the Community of St. John in Princeville, Ill., serving as preacher. Father John-Luke will discuss the beauty of womanhood and its challenges in the Book of Revelation. The retreat includes talks, discussion, prayer, Mass and time for reconciliation Overnight accommodations are available. The retreat is open to all women, with a discounted rate for a mother and daughter. To register, call Carrie at 814-676-1910, or email info@liturgyofthehours.org. For more information, go to www.liturgyofthehours.org.

Lectionary needed by mission monastery
The Alliance for International Monasticism based in Erie received a request from a developing monastery in Tanzania for a Lectionary. If a parish has one that is not in use and is willing to donate it to this mission monastery, contact Sister Theresa Zoky, OSB, at 814-453-4724. AIM USA responds to the needs of monasteries in the developing world by supporting mission communities in their birth, growth and development.

Full-time multi-media journalist needed
The Communications Office of the Diocese of Erie seeks to hire a multi-media journalist to handle its digital presence. The person in this newly created position will work on platforms ranging from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram. Ability to cover news events and write features for online and print. Significant involvement with diocesan website, www.ErieRCD.org, which will relaunch this spring. Also responsible for writing, producing and editing weekly video stories prepared for social media. May have on-camera presence, if appropriate. The candidate will demonstrate strong communications skills and ability to interact with many diocesan departments. Some evening and weekend assignments, and some travel within the 13 counties of northwest Pennsylvania required. The Communications Office of the Diocese of Erie collaborates closely with the Office of the Bishop, ensuring that priorities and teachings of the Catholic Church are shared with the public in a clear, thoughtful and uplifting manner. Go to http://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.htm for a full position profile and details on how to apply. Deadline for application: Feb. 26, 2018.

Director of Campus Ministry – Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA
In the spirit of our founding order, the Sisters of Mercy, Campus Ministry is integral to Mercyhurst University, offering personalized hospitality and individual and communal prayer and worship opportunities while inspiring the campus community to reach out in service and work for social justice. The Director of Campus Ministry is responsible for oversight of the spiritual life of the University’s diverse students and employees, paying special attention to our Catholic identity and traditions. The Director manages, empowers, and collaborates with a ministry team that includes a full-time Assistant Director, full-time Chaplain, part-time Campus Minister, part-time Director of Liturgical Music, and an expansive team of peer ministry leaders. The University’s well-established ministry program thrives on student leadership and development. This role is a key voice for creatively infusing MU’s Catholic mission and values in the lives of its students and employees. It is a 10-month position offering a competitive salary and full benefits. Send cover letter, resume and list 3 work-related references (as one document) to: hrinfo@mercyhurst.edu. Please add "Director of Campus Ministry" in the subject line. To view the full description and to apply, visit: http://www.mercyhurst.edu/director-campus-ministry.

Erie Catholic School System is hiring
The Erie Catholic School System, which includes six school campuses in Erie, is hiring for the following positions:

  • School maintenance assistant
  • Middle school religion teacher (full-time)
  • School secretary (temporary, part-time)
  • Substitute teacher

Go to https://www.eriecatholic.org/careers for more details and application requirements.

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