June 19, 2017
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Save the date for 2018 priesthood ordination
Bishop Lawrence Persico has reserved Friday, June 8, 2018, as the date for the ordination of priests at St. Peter Cathedral. The liturgy will begin at 7 p.m.  Priests, deacons, parish/school staff and leaders of ministry are asked to mark the date in their 2018 calendars to avoid any schedule conflicts, and to allow for the greatest possible participation of clergy, religious and lay faithful.

Chastity education survey for priests and deacons
Father Nicholas Rouch and the Chastity Education Office request that priests and deacons complete a chastity education survey at https://form.jotform.us/71495598061163. Results of the survey will help assess needs and opportunities in this important and challenging area of Christian formation. Responses will be used internally for long-term planning and are designed to assist in efforts to support diocesan faith leaders. The estimated time to complete the survey is 5 to 10 minutes. For questions or comments, call Kate Whiteford at 814-824-1259. 

Laudato Si' celebrates its second anniversary
Two years ago, Pope Francis released his important encyclical Laudato Si', which brought to the forefront the importance of protecting our earth and all of its inhabitants. The Office of Parish Social Ministry has provided resources on its webpage, along with concrete ways to protect our environment. Visit http://www.ErieRCD.org/justice.htm for more information and ways to get involved.

‘Music & Liturgy Notes’ released for summer
The Erie Diocese Chapter of the National Pastoral Musicians has published the attached “Music & Liturgy Notes” for summer 2017.

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Zabawa Festival needs volunteers
Looking for a great opportunity to help out over the summer and be involved in one of the most well-attended events in the Diocese of Erie? Holy Trinity’s Zabawa Festival needs help with serving food and other duties. Organizers are looking for 10 to 12 energetic volunteers (teenagers and up) for each shift. Sign up for as many hours as you’d like by contacting Sarah at schermack@eriefamilylaw.com. High school students in need of service hours are welcome.

Divine Mercy retreats scheduled for the year
Here are the upcoming Divine Mercy Encounter dates:

  • DME #87: July 7-9 at St. Joseph Church in Erie
  • DME #88: Aug. 11-13 at Elk County Catholic in St. Marys
  • DME #89: Nov. 10-12 at St. Joseph Church in Erie
  • DME #90: Feb. 2-4, 2018 at St. Joseph Church in Erie
  • DME #91: April 20-22 at St. Joseph Church in Erie
  • DME #92: July 6-8 at St. Joseph Church in Erie.

Anyone interested can apply online at www.divinemercyencounter.com.  The cost is $45 per person; sponsorships are available. Send questions to jnelson@divinemercyencounter.com.

Afternoon of prayer and music scheduled at ‘The Cross on the Hill’
An afternoon of prayer and music will be held June 25 beginning at 3 p.m. at “The Cross on the Hill,” 2041 Mt. Zion Road, Weedville. The event will include a homily, Scripture reading and prayers for healing with Father Mark Mastrian. For more information, contact Judy Smart at 814-637-5930 or Rich Kenawell at 814-771-7932.

Mercy Hilltop Center presents Hilltop Hop
The Mercy Hilltop Center, 444 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, will hold its Hilltop Hop July 13 from noon to 3 p.m. The event will feature 1950s- and ‘60s-themed fun, with a lunch followed by dancing and a musical performance featuring Jim Moore as Elvis Presley. Register in advance by calling the Mercy Hilltop Center at 814-824-2214. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Everyone is encouraged to bring memorabilia, including photos, and to wear school colors or dress from the 1950s and 1960s.

Got questions about life?
Save the date for the Alpha series, a 10-part interactive program on the basics of the Christian faith, beginning Sept. 7 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Sacred Heart Parish, 816 W. 26th St., Erie. Father Raniero Cantalamessa, official preacher of the papal household, says the Alpha course “accomplishes an incredible task in making people interested in faith and in making faith relevant to the modern person.” To learn more about Alpha, go to www.Alphausa.org/Catholic. For more details about the schedule or for other questions on the series, contact Sister Ricarda Vincent, SSJ, at rvincent@velocity.net or at 814-456-6256.


Religious education director needed at Erie parish
St. Luke Parish in Erie is seeking a religious education director, effective immediately. The position is part-time, with duties that include coordinating the Sunday morning religious education program (K-10) and sacramental preparation. Another responsibility is overseeing the confirmation program. If interested, call the parish office at 814-825-6920.

Faith formation coordinator needed at McKean parish
St. Francis Xavier Parish in McKean is hiring a person for the position of faith formation coordinator. The position is full-time (40 hours per week) and requires a reliable and responsible person who possesses good communication and organizational skills, as well as a working knowledge of the tenets of the Roman Catholic faith and of good teaching methods. Computer skills are important and people skills are a must. The successful applicant is expected to work with Microsoft Office and Parish Data Systems. An undergraduate or graduate degree in pastoral ministry or theology is a plus. For a more complete job description and application, contact Father Mark Nowak at stfran317@neohio.twcbc.com.


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