July 10, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, July 17.
Deadline: Thursday, July 13, 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.

Coordinator named to Office for the Protection of Children and Youth
The Diocese of Erie has appointed Cindy Zemcik the new full-time coordinator of the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth. For information on the office, go to http://www.ErieRCD.org/protectyouth.htm. To reach Cindy Zemcik, call 814-824-1195.

Dates to be noted for 2018
Please note the following dates in your 2018 calendars:

  • March 9-10—24 Hours for the Lord
  • June 8—Erie priesthood ordination
  • June 18-22—Emmaus Clergy Convocation Days.

Pastors, staff asked to promote divorce ministry
The Family Life Office is pleased to announce the beginning of another 12-week session of a 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 Sept. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. Each week features a 30-minute DVD that covers topics such as shock, denial, anger, forgiveness, the courts, kids, and much more.

This program offers valuable insight for everyone, whether a divorce was 10 days or 10 years ago. See the two attachments for a brochure and the schedule of group meetings. Contact the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261or at chess@ErieRCD.org for hard copies of this information to be sent to your parish.

Parishes, schools offered estate and will planning seminars
Parishes and schools interested in hosting an estate or will planning seminar may see the attached flier. For additional information, call Bill Grant in the Diocesan Development Office at 814-824-1192.

NFP Awareness Week set for July 23-29
“It’s time to say ‘yes’ to God’s plan for married love” is this year’s theme for Natural Family Planning Awareness Week July 23-29. Bishop Lawrence Persico designated this special week in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  NFP is a way of life that incorporates fertility awareness, responsible parenthood and self-mastery into married love. To learn more about this church teaching, pick up literature from your parish, attend a class, visit www.ErieRCD.org/chastity.htm, or contact the Diocesan Chastity Education Office at 814-824-1259 or 1-800-374-3723, ext. 259.  

Join Bishop Persico and families from throughout the diocese on July 23 at the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Peter Cathedral in Erie to kick off the celebration. Stay after Mass for a free, family friendly luncheon at the Cathedral Center. There will be an opportunity to continue the celebration at Presque Isle State Park after the luncheon.

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  • Divorce Ministry brochure
  • Divorce Ministry schedule
  • Estate seminar

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Save the date for the St. Paul Italian Festival
The St. Paul Italian Festival will be held Aug. 11-13 at the parish, located at 453 W. 16th St., Erie. The events on Aug. 11 are from 6 to 10 p.m., with a 5 p.m. Mass. The Aug. 12 festivities will be held from 1 to 10 p.m., and the Aug. 13 events from noon to 8 p.m.

Homemade foods, games, prizes, games of chance and children’s activities will be offered. DJ Paul Yoculan will provide music. There will be free trolley shuttle service from Erie Central Mall. Additional parking will be available at St. Paul’s Free Clinic at W. 16th and Chestnut streets. A pasta fagioli dinner will be available after Friday’s Mass, with music provided by Daniel Cabanillas with Lindsay Vendetti. There will be a drawing for $2,000 at 10 p.m. Saturday’s Mass will be held at 4:30 p.m. Music will be by the Cows from 2-5 p.m. and the Italian Cousins from 6 to 10 p.m.

The Sunday Mass will be held at 11 a.m. with Bishop Lawrence Persico officiating, followed by a procession with the Virgin Mary statue. Sunday’s spaghetti dinner will be served from noon to 6 p.m. Music will be by Kenny Gamble and Friends, featuring Chuck Ventrello on sax from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. A drawing for $8,000 will be held at 8 p.m.

Principal sought for Catholic school in Bradford
The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Erie is seeking a principal for St. Bernard Elementary School, Bradford, for the 2017-18 school year. For more details on the position and the application process, go to http://www.ErieRCD.org/schools8.htm.

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