May 30, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is
Monday, June 5.
Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 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.

Diocese of Erie planning new website
The Diocese of Erie Communications Office has signed a contract with Christian Brothers Services of Romeoville, Ill., to design a new, cutting-edge website. We are pleased to make low-cost, secure and easy-to-maintain websites available for parishes as a part of this project. Work is underway with a projected roll-out expected in late 2017. Parish website prototypes will be available for demonstration and a proposed roll-out schedule for parish sites will be announced in late summer. If you are considering a new website for your parish, we strongly encourage you to join the diocesan project. There will be many benefits for parishes involved in the project. If you would like to be in the first wave of websites deployed or if you have any questions, contact Kathy Papalia by emailing or calling 814-824-1184.

Free stewardship webinar offered June 13
Parish leaders, parish administrative staff, diocesan employees and others are invited to view—at no cost—a June 13 webinar, “Stewardship of Time: Activating People in the Pews.” The Office of Stewardship and Annual Giving is underwriting the cost of this webinar. To register, go to the link in the attached document, enter your name, email address and parish information, and state that you are from the Diocese of Erie. For questions, contact Bill Grant, director of the Office of Stewardship and Annual Giving, at 814-824-1192.

Word of Life Intercessions available for June
Word of Life Intercessions and bulletin briefs are attached in both English and Spanish. These may be used throughout June to show reverence for every human life.

*Password protected - When Clergy & Department Heads click here and log on, they will find inside:

  • Webinar
  • Word of Life (English)
  • Word of Life (Spanish)
  • Meninger retreat
  • Meninger registration form

Everyone will find attached:


Pray in color at the Bethany Retreat Center
The Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville is hosting an art and prayer retreat June 23-25, with presenter Sister Leandra Kosmoski, SSJ, of Buffalo. Let God speak to you through art, using Scripture, guided meditation and watercolors. No prior art experience is necessary. All are welcome. The $185 cost per person includes overnights, meals, retreat and supplies. Sister Leandra holds a certificate in spiritual direction and a master's in Christian spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., a master’s in pastoral studies from Loyola University, Chicago, and a master’s in education from Buffalo State College. To register, call 814-263-4855 or go to

Four-day contemplative prayer retreat offered in July
Sister Ruth Ann Madera, CA, and Father Phillip Billotte will lead a four-day, advanced intensive contemplative prayer retreat July 20-23 at the Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. This retreat gives Centering Prayer practitioners an opportunity to deepen their practice and relationship with God. It will include several periods of prayer and daily Mass. One video conference will be offered, while the rest of the retreat will be in deep silence and solitude. The cost is $200 per person. A $75 deposit is required. For more information or to register, call 814-263-4855 or go to

Father Cooper Charitable Golf Classic scheduled this summer
The annual Father Cyril Cooper Charitable Golf Classic will be held July 29 at North Hills Golf Course in Corry. A shotgun start is at 8 a.m. The cost is $75 per person or $300 for a foursome. The fee includes greens fees, cart, steak lunch and prizes. Register online at, or with the parish office at 814-663-3041 or Call the office with further questions.

Register for weekend retreat featuring Father William Meninger, OCSO
Those interested in attending the Sept. 15-16 retreat presented by Father William Meninger, OCSO, at Erie’s Mount Saint Benedict Monastery are invited to review two attachments that provide information and a registration form. Father Meninger is a Trappist monk, prolific author, master retreat leader and one of three principal architects of the Contemplative Prayer movement. For further questions, contact Joe Sarbak at 814-746-1015.

Erie Catholic School System seeks administrative assistant
The Erie Catholic School System, which includes six elementary schools, is seeking an administrative assistant to the president. For further details on this position and for information on the application process, go to

Principal position available in Diocese of Youngstown
The Diocese of Youngstown is accepting applications for the position of principal at St. Barbara Elementary School in Massillon, Ohio. St. Barbara is a pre-kindergarten through grade 8 school with an enrollment of about 70 students. Send cover letter, resume and three professional references to: Randy Rair, assistant superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools, 144 West Wood St., Youngstown, OH  44503, or to Further information may be obtained by calling 330-744-8451.

Assistant principal needed at Youngstown Catholic high school
Ursuline High School is accepting applications for the position of assistant principal for curriculum and instruction and other responsibilities. The deadline for applications is June 13 or until the position is filled. Send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to: Mr. Matthew Sammartino, principal, Ursuline High School, 750 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH  44505, or to Further information may be obtained by calling 330-744-4563.

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