July 17, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, July 24.
Deadline: Thursday, July 20, 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.

Open letter regarding faith formation
Now that preliminary recommendations for faith formation in the Diocese of Erie have been made public, Bishop Lawrence Persico has created a faith formation implementation team to analyze feedback and provide parishes with tangible steps and a range of ideas about how the recommendations might be refined and realized. Attached is an open letter from the team addressing a number of concerns people may have regarding faith formation. Also, please note that the feedback period has now been extended an extra month, through Aug. 28.

Attention, clergy
If any clergy are planning to attend either of the Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebrations (Aug. 6 at St. Leo Magnus, Ridgway, or Aug. 13 at St. Jude the Apostle, Erie), please directly contact the pastor of each parish so accommodations can be made for your presence at the liturgy. Also, please continue to advertise these celebrations until July 30, 2017. Online reservations can be made at http://www.ErieRCD.org/anniv.htm. Otherwise, couples may reserve a spot by contacting their parish or the Family Life Office at 814-824-1250. 

NFP Awareness Week set for July 23-29
Bishop Lawrence Persico, in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has designated July 23-29 Natural Family Planning Awareness Week. 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.  

To kick off this special week, join Bishop Persico and families from throughout the diocese on July 23 at the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Peter Cathedral in Erie. 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.

Offertory program provided to parishes
Pastors interested in discussing an increased offertory program for their parish are welcome to call Bill Grant in the Diocesan Office of Stewardship and Annual Giving at 814-824-1192. See the attached flier that describes this free service to parishes.

Pre-Cana cancelled for Nov. 5, 2017
St. Joseph Parish in Warren has cancelled the Pre-Cana program scheduled for Nov. 5, 2017. Please make note of this change on any pre-printed copies of the 2017 marriage preparation schedules. St. Joseph will join Holy Redeemer Parish, Warren, for Pre-Cana in 2018. The change will be noted at http://www.eriercd.org/flo_mps.htm. For questions, call the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261 or email familylife@ErieRCD.org.

Access ‘Life Issue Forum’ and ‘Word of Life’ online
Visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' website to access a variety of pro-life information, including “Life Issues Forum” and “Word of Life Intercessions.” Both can be found by visiting the USCCB website at http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/life-issues-forum/index.cfm.

Have you backed up your internet favorites?
Browser favorites are a collection of quick links to web pages stored in your browser. The terms “bookmarks” and “favorites” are interchangeable, depending on the browser you are using. You may rely on your favorites daily. Have you remembered to back them up? To learn how to back up your favorites, go to https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000524.htm.

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  • Stewardship flier
  • SUNY job

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Mercy Center for Women to hold rummage sale
Mercy Center for Women, 1039 E. 27th St., Erie, invites everyone to shop at its rummage sale July 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All clothing and appliances will be $1. There also will be a car wash and light refreshments. All proceeds benefit the Mercy Center for Women and Dress for Success, Erie.

St. Hippolyte Parish celebrates 121st annual dinner
The 121st annual Frenchtown ham or chicken dinner will be held July 30 at St. Hippolyte Church in Frenchtown (26012 North Frenchtown Road, Guys Mills). Dinner will be served from noon until 6 p.m. (or until sold out). The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $7 for children 12 and younger. Take-outs will be available. The event will feature games for all ages; outdoor seating will be available. A shuttle service will be provided to the parking area. The dining hall is handicap accessible.

Mercy Hilltop Center to host Educational Learning Series
The Mercy Hilltop Center, 444 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, will host its Educational Learning Series beginning in August. Beverly Baur will be the presenter at each session. A $3 donation is requested. The schedule is as follows:

  • Aug. 3 at 2 p.m.—A showcase of the music, paintings and photographs of 19th-century pianist Franz Liszt.
  • Aug. 16 at 2 p.m.—The controversial and fascinating life of composer Richard Wagner.
  • Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.—The origin of medieval stained glass and Gothic cathedrals.

Day of spiritual reflection for men scheduled at Villa Community Center
“David: A Man Like Me” is the theme of a day of spiritual reflection for men Aug. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (concluding with Mass) at Villa Community Center, 233 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa. The program is open to men of all faiths, 18 years of age and older. James Bird, president and CEO of Villa Maria Residential Services, will be the retreat leader. Take time away to pray, reflect and see how the life of David, the shepherd boy who became king, is no different from yours. A $30 donation is requested. To register and get directions, email jfbird1963@yahoo.com. Please put “DAVID” in the subject line. Registration is limited and required. The Villa Community Center is affiliated with the Sisters of the Humility of Mary.

Next Cursillo for women scheduled in August
Women's Cursillo #249 will be held Aug. 17-20 at St. Philip Parish in Linesville. This Cursillo is open to women ages 18 to 100. If married, the husband must have attended a Cursillo first. The weekend offers a close encounter with Christ and is appropriate for people at any point in their faith journey. Applications may be obtained at www.eriecursillo.org. For more information, call 814-824-1119.

Save the date for Senior Outreach Day
Mark your calendars for the Mercy Hilltop Center Senior Outreach Day at the Presque Isle Rotary Pavilion Sept. 27 from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a free event and is sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Tickets are available at the Mercy Hilltop Center, 444 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, or by calling 814-824-2214. Registration is required. Additional information will published in August. 

Priest to lead pilgrimage to saint shrines
Join Father Monty Sayers on a pilgrimage Oct. 18-19 to the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, Pa., and the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel in Bensalem, Pa. The trip includes five meals, hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, faith and fun. The cost is $250 per person, based on double occupancy. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Immaculate Conception Church in Clarion at 814-226-8433, ext. 101.

Cancer support guides available
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie has a quantity of cancer support guides, titled “Helping People Cope: A Guide for Families Facing Cancer.” Any parish interested in using these guides for individuals or as part of a cancer support group are welcome to them, at no charge. First come, first served. To arrange for pick-up, call 814-824-1250.

Jobs available at St. Martin Early Learning Center
The St. Martin Early Learning Center in Erie is hiring two full-time positions: a float person and a young toddler teacher. A two- or four-year degree in education or human services is preferred. A child development associate (CDA) degree is accepted. Must be able to obtain all necessary clearances, have a current physical with TB, and be able to lift at least 25 pounds. Excellent benefit package offered. Submit resume in person at 1727 State St., Erie, or email shellmann@stmartincenter.org. No phone calls, please.

Campus minister position available at SUNY Buffalo
The Newman Center at SUNY Buffalo State is hiring a 10-month, full-time campus minister. See the attached job description and other details. Resumes may be sent to: Rev. Patrick Zengierski, 1219 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222, or faxed to 716-882-6914, or emailed to newmancenter@buffalostate.edu. For more information, call 716-882-1080.

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