March 20, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is
Monday, March 27
Deadline: Thursday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m.

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Notice to all priests regarding Lenten Afternoons of Recollection
The Lenten Afternoons of Recollection have been cancelled this year. Information regarding diocesan clergy retreats, held in August and September, will be coming soon.

2017 Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2017 Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land. This is an optional collection. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of April 8-9, if it will be taken up in the parish.

Energy savings to be explained
By regulation, Pennsylvania’s electric utility companies are required to implement energy efficiency programs to reduce both electricity consumption and peak demand loads. They offer a wide range of programs, including providing free LED lightbulbs, paying for lighting upgrades, and reimbursement (rebates) for improvements that increase energy efficiency and reduce energy usage. Schools and parishes, primarily, can expect to be contacted soon by Brian Smith, energy efficiency outreach representative from Sodexo. He will provide details of the program(s) and possibly arrange a visit.

Microsoft calls ‘end of life’ on Windows Vista and Office 2007
Windows Vista is coming to the end of its product support lifecycle. Microsoft will no longer support Windows Vista; all updates for this operating system will be completely stopped. Users of this operating system are advised to upgrade their software to a more recent version before April 11, 2017.

Why upgrade from Windows Vista? The longer someone stays with Windows Vista, the higher the chance of becoming a victim of cyber-crime. Cyber-criminals target out-of-date operating systems due to their vulnerability. Updating an operating system will safeguard users from external threats and help keep a system more secure with continued Microsoft mainstream support and patches. Office 2007 will go ‘end of life’ on Oct. 10, 2017. It’s time to update Office to Office 2016. For more upgrade information, email it@ErieRCD.org.

Camp Notre Dame recruitment
Pastors, please see the attached letter from Camp Notre Dame requesting help in recruiting staff for this summer.

‘Life Issues Forum’ issued for March
“Life Issues Forum” is a bi-weekly column by the Pro-Life Secretariat of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The latest column is attached.

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  • Good Friday Collection
  • Camp Notre Dame
  • Songfest
  • Life Issues Forum

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Lake Erie String Quartet to perform at St. Peter Cathedral
St. Peter Cathedral in Erie will present the Lake Erie String Quartet in a concert March 26 at 4 p.m. Louis Nicolia and Howard Lyon on violins, Marian Byard on cello, and Ted Smeltz on viola will perform sacred and classical music. The concert is free and open to the public.   

Mercyhurst to host mayoral forum on faith
Mercyhurst University in Erie will host a forum on faith with candidates for mayor of Erie March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. The 10 mayoral candidates will respond to questions from area faith groups and Mercyhurst students, including African American Concerned Clergy, Inter-Church Ministries of Erie County, Erie’s Interfaith and Multicultural Bridge Builders, women religious communities of Erie, and Mercyhurst Student Government. For information, contact Greg Baker, campus minister, at 814-824-2301 or gbaker@mercyhurst.edu.

Gannon to host Bishop Donald Trautman Lecture in Catholic Theology
“Rethinking Poverty: Insights from Catholic Social Teaching” is the topic of the Bishop Donald Trautman Lecture in Catholic Theology March 28 at 7 p.m. at Gannon University’s Yehl Alumni Room in the Waldron Campus Center. James Bailey, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh is the featured lecturer. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged by going to www.gannon.edu/TrautmanLecture.

Sisters to hold prayer vigil for murder victim
The Benedictine Sisters of Erie, the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy will conduct a prayer vigil for Robert McCarthy, who was murdered Feb. 5 on Erie’s eastside. The vigil will be held March 28 at 5:15 p.m. outside 539 E. 9th St., Erie.

DuBois Central Catholic to perform ‘Willy Wonka’
The DCC Players of DuBois Central Catholic will present Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka” this spring in the school auditorium. Performances are at 7 p.m. on March 24, 25, 31 and April 1, and at 2 p.m. on March 26 and April 1. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 11 and under. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available in the secondary school’s main office or by calling 814-371-3060, ext. 601.

Young people invited to Divine Mercy Encounter
The Divine Mercy Encounter retreat program invites anyone 16 and older to apply for its April 7-9 retreat at St. Joseph Church in Erie. The cost is $45; sponsorships are available. For more information or to apply online, go to www.divinemercyencounter.com.

Author to speak about Pope Francis at Blasco Library
Thomas Rourke, a professor of political science at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, will deliver a talk on his recently released book, The Roots of Pope Francis’s Social and Political Thought, on April 8 at 2 p.m. in the Peninsula Room of the Blasco Library in Erie.

Save the date for the Mother-Daughter Tea
The Mother Daughter Tea will be held at two locations in the Diocese of Erie next month. The Chastity Education Office of the Diocese of Erie is sponsoring the annual event on April 22 from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the social hall of St. Leo Parish, 117 Depot St, Ridgway, and on April 23 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 East Grandview Blvd, Erie. Enjoy a dress-up tea, which includes time for bonding, fun and conversations about growing to healthy and holy womanhood. The program is designed for girls age 10 and older and their moms. For more information or to register, visit www.ErieRCD.org/chastity.htm or call Kate Whiteford, director of the Chastity Education Office, at 814-824-1259.

National Pastoral Musicians to host Songfest
The Erie Diocese Chapter of the National Pastoral Musicians will host its annual Spring Banquet and Songfest, “Singing the Music of the Seasons,” on April 23 beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Church, 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro. See the attached flier for details and reservation information.

House of Mercy to host tea in April
The Sisters of Mercy House of Mercy Spring Tea will be held April 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School’s Scheffner Hall, 1531 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. Tickets are $25 and are available by contacting Sister Michele Schroeck, RSM, at michele.schroeck@gmail.com or at 814-898-0167.


Part-time position available in Financial Services Office
The Diocese of Erie is seeking an individual to provide part-time support to the Office of Financial Services for St. Mark Catholic Center in accordance with established norms of accounts payable and purchasing duties and responsibilities as assigned by the director of accounting, along with any additional functions that may be assigned on a part-time and as-needed basis.
Qualifications include:

  • A minimum of a high school diploma. A two- to four-year business degree would be beneficial. 
  • Possess a good understanding of general accounting concepts.
  • Prior experience in accounting/bookkeeping office environment would be essential.

For a complete position profile, including an application for this position, go to http://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.htm. Deadline for application is March 27, 2017. Completed application with cover letter and resume can be submitted to Finance Search Team, c/o St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., P.O. Box 10397, Erie, PA 16514-0397, or to apSearch@ErieRCD.org.    

Director of technology position available
The Erie Catholic School System is hiring a director of technology. For a full position profile and application details, go to http://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.htm.  


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