March 27, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is
Monday, April 3
Deadline: Thursday, March 30, 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. The Information Bulletin is unable to advertise or promote activities or events not sponsored by such organizations.

Chrism Mass and Easter Vigil schedules
The Chrism Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter Cathedral on the Monday of Holy Week, April 10 at 4 p.m. The Easter Vigil, according to the Roman Missal, is to begin after nightfall on April 15. Typically, nightfall is defined as beginning one hour after sunset. This year, nightfall begins at approximately 9 p.m., thus, the Vigil should begin at 9 p.m. or later. However, Bishop Lawrence Persico will permit the Easter Vigil to begin as early as 8:30 p.m. where there is a pastoral need. Any start earlier than 8:30 p.m. requires explicit permission of the bishop. 

Priests invited to transitional diaconate ordination
All priests are invited to the transitional diaconate ordination of seminarians Andrew Michael Boyd and Ian Ryan McElrath on April 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Mark Seminary Chapel. The formal invitation is attached. Please bring an alb and white stole. Vesting will be in the library. A reception will follow in the refectory (dining hall) of St. Mark Catholic Center. Please RSVP to seminary@ErieRCD.org or call Joan Fye at 814-824-1200.

Deacons invited to transitional diaconate ordination
All deacons are invited to the transitional diaconate ordination of seminarians Andrew Michael Boyd and Ian Ryan McElrath on April 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Mark Seminary Chapel. The formal invitation is attached. Deacons who plan to participate in the Mass are asked to bring an alb and white stole. Vesting will be in the library. A reception will follow in the refectory (dining hall) of St. Mark Catholic Center. Please RSVP to seminary@ErieRCD.org or call Joan Fye at 814-824-1200.

Parish staff: Save May 2 for appreciation, training event
Parish support staff members are cordially invited to attend a staff appreciation and PDS training event May 2 at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. The event begins at 10:30 a.m., includes a catered luncheon, and will conclude at 3 p.m. A printed invitation will be mailed in April. There is no cost to parishes for this training. Limited overnight accommodations are available for travelers at no cost. For more information, contact Amanda Phanco at aphanco@ErieRCD.org or call 814-824-1194.

Attention, all pastors
Bishop Lawrence Persico asks that pastors make their parish staff available to attend the May 2 training and appreciation activity described above for all parish support staff. Thank you for your consideration.

Pastors asked to promote St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary card party
Pastors are asked to read the attached letter from the St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary regarding the upcoming card party to benefit diocesan seminarians.

Plans finalized for centenary of the Apparitions at Fatima
In observance of this year’s 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence to the faithful who make a pilgrimage to the shrine in Fatima, Portugal. For those who are unable to make that pilgrimage, the indulgence is extended also to those who “visit with devotion an image of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly displayed for public veneration” in any church, oratory or chapel on the 100th anniversary of any of the apparitions, i.e., on May 13, June 13, July 13, Aug. 13, Sept.13, or Oct. 13 of this year.

In addition to the usual requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence (i.e., true repentance from sins, reception of sacramental absolution in confession, reception of Holy Communion, and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father), it is also necessary that a visit on any of the aforementioned days include participation in a celebration or prayer in honor of Our Lady, recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and a prayer to Our Lady of Fatima.

To facilitate the gaining of this indulgence, the World Apostolate of Fatima Erie Diocesan Division is compiling a list of churches, oratories or chapels where the faithful can fulfill these requirements. That list is expected to be published in April. If your church, oratory or chapel currently has or will have such an image (painting or statue) of Our Lady of Fatima publicly displayed, please contact Father David Poulson, spiritual director, at 814-398-4234, by email at saint.anthony@verizon.net, or by fax at 814-398-1531.

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

Priest conference focuses on care of sick, dying
The Thomistic Institute and the Diocese of Providence, R.I., invite all priests to the sixth annual Conference for Priests, “Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying,” at the historic Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul in Providence from Aug. 1-3, 2017. See the attached flier for details.

Catholic Vocation Bible School
The Vocation Office of the Diocese of Erie is pleased to share information on Discovery Mission, a new Catholic Vocation Bible School program that teaches children about vocations. The program features activities and meaningful content about marriage, priesthood and religious life. It includes music, high-energy dance, t-shirts, decorations, and has 100 percent Catholic content, with imprimatur. Discovery Mission was created by Vianney Vocations and “God is Good VBS.” For more information, go to www.vocationbibleschool.com.

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  • Card party letter
  • Camp Notre Dame
  • Priest Conference
  • St. Andrew Dinner

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Trumpet trio to perform at Lenten recital
The Northwest Passage Trumpet Trio, a professional trio comprised of three college music professors in northwest Pennsylvania, will perform for a Lenten recital at Church of the Beloved Disciple, 1310 South Center St. Ext., Grove City, on April 2 at 3 p.m. Music will include various styles, from popular to classical and French. Free and open to the public. The trio includes Jennifer Dearden of Allegheny College, Andrew Erb of Thiel College, and Timothy Winfield of Westminster College.

Wonder what God has planned for your life?
A special vocation night, hosted by St. Joe’s Lifeteen Program, will take place April 9 at 6 p.m. in the community center of St. Joseph Church, 147 W. 24th St., Erie. The Sisters of Life in New York City and Father Michael Polinek, vocations director, will be on hand to share their personal experiences of God’s call to religious life. This event is open to all high school and college-aged students. Please RSVP to Tim Rydberg at timrydberg@stjoesbol.org.

Marian Consecration program offered at St. Julia Parish
Marian Consecration and 33 Days to Morning Glory, a program designed by Father Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, will be held at St. Julia Parish, Erie, beginning Monday, April 10, and continuing Tuesdays through May 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The program will end May 13 with 8 a.m. Mass, and consecration, to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. The weekly gatherings will include video presentations on St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Teresa of Calcutta and Pope St. John Paul II. All are welcome. For more information, contact Joan Peterson at 814-456-0639.

Loftus Lecture to feature sacred Scripture professor
The annual Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on Catholic Thought and Action at Gannon University will feature Father Thomas Hurst, PSS, associate professor of sacred Scripture at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore. Father Hurst will speak April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Yehl Alumni Room at the Waldron Campus Center. The lecture—titled “Opportunities and Challenges: Forming Future Priests”—is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged.

Young men invited to St. Andrew Dinner
The next St. Andrew Dinner (men’s vocation dinner) will be held at Our Lady of Peace School, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie, on April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. This dinner is designed for young men striving to follow Jesus’ call in their lives and to be open to the possibility of the seminary and priesthood. Please RSVP to the Our Lady of Peace office at 814-833-7701. Parishes may use the attached flier to advertise the event in their churches and/or bulletins.

Bus trip organized to see ‘Jonah’
St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Lawrence Park is hosting a bus trip May 2-3 to Lancaster, Pa., to see the Sight & Sound biblical presentation of “Jonah.” Call Marion Armstrong at 814-897-7707 for more information or to reserve a seat.


Positions open with St. Jude Campus Summer Program
Positions are currently available for the 2017 St. Jude Campus Summer Program, which runs from June 12 to Aug. 18. Open positions include director, teachers, aides and cafeteria workers. Teachers are responsible for planning daily activities centered on a weekly theme. Two teachers are hired per grade level and both will work out a weekly schedule of 26.25 hours. The first shift is 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; the second shift is from 12:15 to 5:30 p.m. Pay for certified teachers is $12 per hour, adult aides, $10 per hour, and high school student aides, $8 per hour. All are welcome to submit an email stating their interest by April 3 to Crystal Lander at finance@stjudeapos.org.  

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. 
  • Possession of 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.   


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