February 21, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is
Monday, Feb. 27
Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 23, at 4:30 p.m.

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Diocesan website to be overhauled
For the first time since it was created, www.ErieRCD.org is getting an overhaul. New technology will increase its efficiency and usefulness. The site will now have responsive design, meaning it will work well and look great for visitors no matter what device they use—desktop computer, tablet or smart phone.

In the coming year, all parishes, schools, diocesan agencies, ministries and offices will be invited to join this new, fully integrated site, taking advantage of the same technology and benefits. More details will be shared in the coming weeks, but those planning to upgrade or build a site are encouraged to collaborate with this effort.

Note to pastors, staff regarding offertory
During the past 10 years, many parishes have reported that offertory has been either flat or has decreased. Pastors are asked to review the attached flier about the Increased Offertory Program provided by the Office of Stewardship and Annual Giving. The office has assisted parishes all over the diocese and many have experienced an increase in offertory in the range of 25 percent. To arrange a presentation for pastoral or finance councils, call Bill Grant, director of the Office of Stewardship and Annual Giving, at 814-824-1192. There is no fee for this service; participating parishes only pay for printing and mailing costs.

Series of holy hours for vocations planned at St. Peter Cathedral
A series of holy hours for vocations will be held Mondays during Lent at St. Peter Cathedral, W. 10th and Sassafras streets, Erie. Holy hours will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. (following the 5:15 p.m. daily Mass) on the following dates:

  • March 6
  • March 13
  • March 20
  • March 27
  • April 3.

Participants will ask Jesus to give courage to young men and women called to be priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. Prayers also will be said for holy marriages and for our individual call to holiness. Evenings will include praying the rosary for vocations, silent prayer, a homily by Father Mike Polinek, vocations director, and Benediction.

St. Andrew Dinner invites young men to consider priesthood
Young men striving to follow Jesus’ call in their lives and to be open to the possibility of the seminary and priesthood are invited to the next St. Andrew Dinner on March 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community, 147 W. 24th St., Erie. The cost is free. Parking is available on either side of W. 24th Street or in the lot across from the Community Center. RSVP to the church office at 814-452-2982. For more information, contact Father Mike Polinek, vocations director, at mpolinek@ErieRCD.org  or at 814-824-1200, or go to www.ErieVocations.org. A light dinner will be served and priests will share their vocation stories. Bishop Lawrence Persico will be on hand during the event, along with Father Larry Richards and Father Michael Ferrick. There will be time for questions and answers, and for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

Lenten resources for individuals and families
The Office of Parish Social Ministry and Respect Life is offering resources for individuals and families for the Lenten season. These resources include weekly Scripture for reflection, service project suggestions, and additional resources for assisting families in preparing for Easter. Access these resources at http://www.ErieRCD.org/justice.htm.

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 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 also to 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.

2017 diocesan directories have arrived
The shipment of diocesan directories has arrived in the Office of Communications. Thank you to everyone who has placed an order; your directories are being shipped.

Directory orders are still being accepted. During this historic year of transition for the diocese, the diocesan directory is a must-have. It includes important updates on parishes/churches, pastors and schools. The cost is $23 per copy. To place an order, call 814-824-1161 or fill out the attached order form and return it to the address noted on the form. Make checks payable to the Office of Communications. Orders also may be made online at www.ErieRCD.org/directory.htm.

Parish Social Ministry newsletter
Everyone will find attached the winter 2017 newsletter of the Office of Parish Social Ministry. For more information or to be placed on the mailing list, contact the office at 814-824-1254 or by e-mail at elandini@ErieRCD.org.

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

  • Offertory
  • Directory
  • Parish Social Ministry

Everyone will find attached:

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Information night on substance abuse planned in Grove City
Church of the Beloved Disciple, 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 recitals scheduled at Church of the Beloved Disciple
Sunday Lenten recitals will be held at the 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.

Laker Legends Scholarship Gala planned for March 4
Mercyhurst Preparatory School and its alumni board of governors will host the Laker Legends Scholarship Gala March 4 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Crystal Ballroom of the Ambassador Conference Center in Erie. This year’s theme is Kentucky Derby Style. The event will recognize outstanding alumni who have been nominated by their peers. There will be silent/live and scholarship auctions, as well as raffle baskets valued at a minimum of $150 each. Live entertainment will be provided by popular local dance band Jackson Station. For ticket information, contact Karen at kgroshek@mpslakers.com or at 814-824-2161. For additional information or to RSVP, go directly to www.mpslakers.com/gala.

Erie optometrist to receive Romero Award
The Mercyhurst University Department of Religious Studies will present its Archbishop Oscar Romero Award to Dr. Douglas Villella, an Erie optometrist, on March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Mercy Heritage Room at Mercyhurst University. Villella will speak about his work as executive director of Vision for the Poor, a nonprofit that develops sustainable eye care facilities to serve the poorest of the poor in Latin America and Haiti. All are welcome to attend the presentation and lecture. For more information, contact Dr. Robert von Thaden at rvonthaden@mercyhurst.edu.

2232 Men’s Conference planned at Warner Theatre
Men of all faiths are welcome to attend the annual 2232 Men’s Conference March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Warner Theatre in downtown Erie. The day will feature nationally known speakers, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, opportunities for reconciliation, and a Mass with Bishop Lawrence Persico. Lunch is included. For more information and to register, go to www.2232Men.com or call 814-455-7364.

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference job opening
Experienced communications professional needed to help advance the PCC’s mission to foster a public understanding of the Catholic perspective on public affairs at the State Capitol in Harrisburg and beyond. Should have strong knowledge of public relations, social media, grassroots advocacy, writing and research. Send cover letter and resume by March 3, 2017, to: PA Catholic Conference, PO Box 2835, Harrisburg, PA 17105 or info@pacatholic.org

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