February 6, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is
Monday, Feb. 13
Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 9, at 4:30 p.m.

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Operation Rice Bowl held during Lent
The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl Collection provides resources to bring Lenten spirituality to life for families, parishes, and school communities, by continuing to connect Catholics in our diocese with our brothers and sisters in need around the world. See the attached letter from Bishop Lawrence Persico. Parishes are encouraged to make the Rice Bowl available to parishioners.

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.

Please contact Matt Clark in the Office of Worship at 814-824-1270, or mclark@ErieRCD.org, if he can be of further assistance.

Word of Life Intercessions available for February
Word of Life Intercessions and bulletin briefs are attached in both English and Spanish. These may be used throughout February to show reverence for every human life.

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

  • Rice Bowl
  • Liturgical Resources
  • Word of Life (English)
  • Word of Life (Spanish)

Everyone will find attached:


Fish fry offered at Immaculate Heart of Mary
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Mercer will host Lenten fish fries on Fridays from March 3 through April 14. Dinners will be held at Gallagher Hall, 100 Penn Ave., Mercer, from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinners include fried fish, macaroni and cheese, French fries, coleslaw, bread and butter, coffee, tea, lemonade and cake. Take-outs are available. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and free for children 3 and under.

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 starts at noon, with bowling to begin at 12:30 p.m.

Youngstown Diocese seeking to fill principal position
The Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, is accepting applications for the position of principal at John F. Kennedy Catholic School/Upper Campus in Warren, Ohio. The deadline for applications is Feb. 17, or until position is filled. Send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to: Randy Rair, assistant superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools, 144 West Wood St., Youngstown, Ohio 44503, or to rrair@youngstowndiocese.org. For further information, call 330-744-8451.

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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