March 5, 2018
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, March 12, 2018.
Deadline: Thursday, March 8, 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.

Get resources for families and adult formation
Resources for families and adult faith formation will be the focus of three presentations this month by textbook publisher representatives. Anyone working in faith formation ministry is invited. Publishers attending are: Our Sunday Visitor, Pflaum, RCL/ Benziger, and Sadlier. A flier and registration form can be found at For further questions, contact Sister Elizabeth Oettel, OSB, at 814-781-3214. The three presentation sites and times are:

  • March 13 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie
  • March 14 from 4:30 to 8 p.m., Notre Dame Parish, 2325 Highland Road, Hermitage
  • March 15 from 4:30 to 8 p.m., Red Fern Banquet and Conference Center, 421 Old Kersey Road, Kersey.

Pastors asked to recommend Camp Notre Dame summer staff
The board of directors of Camp Notre Dame is requesting the help of pastors to find enthusiastic college students and recent high school graduates for the 2018 summer staff. Please see the attached letter from Father Mark Nowak. The letter includes a suggested announcement for publication in parish bulletins.

Down Syndrome is a life worth living
Be a voice for the unborn. Legislation has been introduced amending the Abortion Control Act to prohibit the abortion of any child solely due to a diagnosis of possible Down Syndrome. Under current law, a woman can obtain an abortion prior to 24 weeks gestational age for any reason if a physician deems it is necessary, except if the woman’s sole reason is to select the sex of the child. This bill will expand that exception to prohibit aborting the child solely due to a prenatal diagnosis that the unborn child has Down Syndrome.

The Office of Social Justice and Life and the Office of Disabilities Ministries of the Diocese of Erie—along with the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference—urge people to advocate for this legislation by calling or visiting state lawmakers at their district offices. Find your legislator by entering your address at When you visit, call or write, do the following:

  • Ask the legislator to consider co-sponsoring House Bill 2050 that would protect unborn children with Down Syndrome.
  • Ask the legislator to sign on to the bill that would protect, respect and value the lives of unborn children diagnosed with Down Syndrome.
  • State that as a Catholic, you believe in the right to life and that your sisters and brothers who are diagnosed with a disability have a life worth living.

All are welcome to attend the Down Syndrome is a Life Worth Living rally in Harrisburg on March 12 to support this cause. For more information, contact Patrice Swick, director of the Office of Social Justice and Life, at 814-824-1254.

Tribunal newsletter available
Attached is the March “Marriage Matters” newsletter of the Office of the Tribunal and Matrimonial Concerns of the Diocese of Erie.

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  • Camp Notre Dame
  • Marriage Matters
  • Tea

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Erie parish to serve annual spaghetti dinner
Sacred Heart Parish in Erie will serve its 65th annual homemade spaghetti and meatball dinner March 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the church auditorium, W. 25th and Liberty streets. Carry-outs will be available. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 6. The event will include theme baskets, a 50/50 and a bake sale.

Panel on religious life scheduled at Mercy Hilltop
The public is invited to attend a panel discussion on religious life March 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Mercy Hilltop Center, 444 East Grandview Blvd., Erie. Panelists will be Sister JoAnne Courneen, RSM; Sister Susan Doubet, OSB; and Sister Nancy Fischer, SSJ, all of whom will share their vocation stories and discuss their views on the future of religious life. The moderator will be Gary Loncki, communications director for the Sisters of Mercy. For more information, contact Amy Chevalier at or call 814-824-2214.

Cathedral Prep performance on just war theory
Cathedral Preparatory School’s performing arts program will present “In Times of War,” a show that follows friends from an all-boys Catholic school during World War II. The young men learn about the church’s just war theory while studying at St. Thomas Aquinas, but then they are thrust into battle. They struggle to balance life and death along with the moral dilemmas of war. The show is an original work written and directed by Dominic Montefiori, featuring a musical score produced by Race Nicolia. Both are Prep seniors.  “In Times of War” runs at 7 p.m. March 15-17 and at 2 p.m. on March 18 at Prep’s H. David Bowes Auditorium, W. 10th and Myrtle, Erie. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.   

Get out your green for an Irish hooley
An Irish hooley, featuring Lance’s Limerick Lunatics, will be held March 16 at St. John Parish Center, 1001 Main St. East (Route 20), Girard. The Knights of Columbus Council 5430, Girard, is sponsoring the evening, with proceeds going to St. John Parish Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and a corned beef or fish dinner begins at 6 p.m. BYOB, but beer, set-ups and pop will be provided. The cost is $20 per person. Purchase tickets after Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, Girard, or make a phone reservation by calling 814-774-0983. Send checks to: Pat and Darlene Sargent, 37 Penn Ave., Girard, PA  16417. Tables are available for up to 12 people.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Our Lady of the Lake
Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Edinboro will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day party March 17 at Our Lady of the Lake’s social hall, 128 Sunset Drive. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Advance sale tickets are $15 per person, $5 for children 5 to 16, and free to those under age 5. Admission at the door is $17 per person; $5 for children 5 to 16. Tickets will be sold at all weekend Masses or can be purchased at the parish office, 128 Sunset Drive, or by calling the office at 814-734-3113, or at Complete Wireless, 137 Erie St., Edinboro.

Admission includes a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner (children’s menu is available), as well as live entertainment featuring a bagpiper performance, Irish dancers, and music by Tennessee Backporch. There will be raffles, games and a pot o’ gold drawing. For more information, call 814-734-3113.

Mothers and daughters invited to annual tea
All mothers (or female role models) and their daughters, ages 11 to 13, are welcome to attend an annual Mother-Daughter Tea sponsored by the Chastity Education Office of the Diocese of Erie. A tea will be offered at two sites and times:

  • April 15, noon to 4:30 p.m., St. Mark Catholic Center, 439 East Grandview Blvd., Erie
  • April 22, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., St. Boniface Church, 355 Main St., Kersey.

The cost is $15 per family, with an early bird rate of $12 if the reservation is received two weeks before the event. The cost includes time for discussion, games and refreshments. For more information and to register, go to and click on “TEA” under the Events tab. To register by phone, call Kate Whiteford at 814-824-1259. See the attached flier for more details.

Save the date for Harborcreek Youth Services’ purse bingo
Save the date for the April 15 designer purse bingo event hosted by Harborcreek Youth Services, an affiliate of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie. Doors open at noon at the parish hall of Our Lady of Mercy, 837 Bartlett Road, Harborcreek, with bingo starting at 1 p.m. Reservations can be made by emailing or by calling 814-899-7664, ext. 330. Must be 18 to attend. All proceeds benefit the clients of Harborcreek Youth Services.

Director of Campus Ministry – Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA
In the spirit of our founding order, the Sisters of Mercy, Campus Ministry is integral to Mercyhurst University, offering personalized hospitality and individual and communal prayer and worship opportunities while inspiring the campus community to reach out in service and work for social justice. The Director of Campus Ministry is responsible for oversight of the spiritual life of the University’s diverse students and employees, paying special attention to our Catholic identity and traditions. The Director manages, empowers, and collaborates with a ministry team that includes a full-time Assistant Director, full-time Chaplain, part-time Campus Minister, part-time Director of Liturgical Music, and an expansive team of peer ministry leaders. The University’s well-established ministry program thrives on student leadership and development. This role is a key voice for creatively infusing MU’s Catholic mission and values in the lives of its students and employees. It is a 10-month position offering a competitive salary and full benefits. Send cover letter, resume and list 3 work-related references (as one document) to: Please add "Director of Campus Ministry" in the subject line. To view the full description and to apply, visit:

Erie Catholic School System is hiring
The Erie Catholic School System, which includes six school campuses in Erie, is hiring for the following positions:

  • School maintenance assistant
  • Substitute teacher

Go to for more details and application requirements.

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