July 31, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, August 7.
Deadline: Thursday, August 3, 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.

2017 Collection for the Church in Latin America
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2017 Collection for the Church in Latin America. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way the weekend of Aug. 12-13.

Faith formation feedback forms accepted through Aug. 28; printable copies now available
The deadline for responses to the recommendations made by the Faith Formation Task Force has been extended through Aug. 28. Forms are available at www.ErieRCD.org/planning.htm. Online responses are preferred, but for those who would like to respond by hard copy, both the recommendations and the feedback form—including instructions and a mailing address—are attached. Responses may be submitted by groups, parishes or individuals.

Diocese to host Sister Parish Day in August
The Erie Diocesan Mission Office is hosting its annual Sister Parish Day Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 937 Bartlett Road, Harborcreek. All sister parishes in the Diocese of Erie are welcome to attend and enjoy sharing faith, fellowship, experiences, new ideas and good food. To make a reservation, contact the Mission Office at 814-824-1231. Anyone interested in learning more about forming a sister-parish relationship with a parish in Mexico may contact Indira Suarez, mission director, at 814-824-1231, or by email at isuarez@ErieRCD.org.

Cathedral Prep offers retreat services
Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie offers retreat services to parish religious education programs, schools and/or parishes. Students from the Cathedral Prep Retreat Team offer retreat experiences for elementary and high school students, up to 10th grade. A Confirmation Retreat Team also is under consideration.

The Cathedral Prep Retreat Team is comprised of students, so time and availability is limited. This is a great opportunity for both the students of your parish/school and the men of Cathedral Prep who are eager to share their faith in a real and caring way. A co-educational retreat is available upon request, thanks to the help of Villa Maria Academy. For information or to schedule a retreat, contact Father Jason Feigh, campus minister, at 814-453-7737, ext. 2249, or Jason.feigh@prep-villa.com.

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  • Collection for Latin America
  • Faith feedback form
  • Faith recommendations

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Winner announced
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Highmark “Step Into Fitness” program advertised by the Diocese of Erie’s “Good For You” wellness initiative. The winner of the $100 Visa gift card raffle, donated by Lillis, McKibben, Bongiovanni & Co., is Amy Kloss from St. Gregory School, North East. Congratulations, Amy! Look for more opportunities to learn about wellness in the coming months.


Erie parish to hold annual garage sale
St. Mark the Evangelist Church, 695 Smithson Ave., Erie, will hold its annual garage sale Aug. 10-11 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For questions or more information, call Marion Armstrong at 814-897-7707.

Knights to host car show and dinner
The Knights of Columbus at St Boniface Parish, 9363 Wattsburg Road, Erie, will host its sixth annual car cruise-in and spaghetti dinner Aug. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. Carry-outs will be available. The evening features a gift auction, 50/50, a bake sale, and plaques for the first 100 cars to register. The dinner will be held rain or shine, but the car show depends on weather.

Need a change of pace? Are you thirsting for more in your life?
Women are invited to “The Woman at the Well,” a one-day retreat sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena Parish in DuBois and presented by Vesta Siple. Siple holds a master’s in pastoral ministry and is a retired faith formation director.

The retreat is scheduled Sept. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bethany Retreat Center, 1031 Germania Road, Frenchville. The $30 cost—payable to St. Catherine of Siena Parish—includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Vegetarian and gluten-free lunches are available upon request. For reservations, call the St Catherine of Siena Parish office at 814-371-8556.

Administrative assistant (part-time) position available
This position is responsible for providing part-time assistance (15 hours per week) in the areas of administrative support, visual and written communications, and special projects and events for the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Erie; also responsible for providing clerical support (10 hours per week) for Natural Family Planning/Chastity Education office. Must be willing to support the mission of Catholic education and the NFP/chastity education programs. Occasional travel is required.


  • High school diploma with continuing education/experience in administrative areas
  • Three to five years of general office experience in a service environment
  • Demonstrated aptitude and working knowledge of a variety of computer and software applications (e.g., Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel, Access and Publisher).

Applications will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Go to http://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.htm to see the full position profile and for an application form. Applicants must submit a cover letter, résumé, and a signed and completed job application either online at oeSearch@ErieRCD.org or by mail to: oeSearch, c/o Diocese of Erie, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16504.

Full-time secretary position available at St. Jude Parish
St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Erie is seeking to fill a full-time parish secretary position. Interested applicants are invited to send their résumé to Matt Costa, pastoral minister, at mcosta@stjudeapos.org no later than Aug. 7.

St. George Parish secretary position open
St. George Parish in Erie is looking for a highly motivated person to perform numerous general, official, computer-related (data entry) and receptionist duties Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. Previous related experience is required. Applicants must contact Dale DeMarco at 814-454-6317, fax 814-454-5421 or email daled@demarcowachtercpa.com to receive the parish secretary profile. Please submit your résumé, references and background checks to DeMarco Wachter & Co., 403 W. 10th St., Erie, PA 16502, or email by Aug. 18. For questions, contact Father Brian Vossler at 814-864-0622, ext. 356.

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