November 13, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, November 20, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, November 16, 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.

Vicariate Masses scheduled to celebrate cathedral anniversary
St. Peter Cathedral Parish, the mother church of the Diocese of Erie, will celebrate its 125th anniversary in the coming year with three Masses celebrated by Bishop Lawrence Persico for the three vicariates in the diocese. The first Mass—on Dec. 3 at 11 a.m.—welcomes anyone from the Western Vicariate. Those attending will enjoy a social and a tour of the church afterward. Other upcoming Masses will be for the Northern Vicariate on Feb. 11, 2018, at 11 a.m., and for the Eastern Vicariate on April 15, 2018, at 11 a.m.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Please see the attachment for liturgy notes on the celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Friday, Dec. 8.

Answer the Call Advent concert
Seventy-five singers and musicians from more than a dozen parishes in the Erie area will present the Answer the Call concert Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at Cathedral Prep’s H. David Bowes Auditorium, W. 10th and Myrtle streets, Erie. In the tradition of Lessons and Carols, the presentation bridges the time between Advent and Christmas through Scripture readings and music composed by Michael Malthaner, music director at Sacred Heart Parish in Erie. Several retired priests and women religious will be featured as readers. The concert is free and open to the public. Following the performance, a free-will offering will be collected to benefit retired priest and religious funds.

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Important announcements from the "Good For You!" wellness initiative

  • Two notes from the Diocese of Erie’s “Good For You” wellness initiative
    There are only 48 days for full-time employees covered by the Diocese of Erie health insurance program (and their covered spouses) to earn their $100 wellness reward. Learn more at There are three simple steps: 1) Complete the online wellness profile; 2) Get a wellness exam and enter the date into your Highmark account; 3) Set any goal with a health coach (call Blues on Call on the back of your member ID Card or set a goal with WebMD Digital Health Assistant). If you have any questions or problems, call the 800 number on the handout or contact Kathy Papalia at or at 814-824-1184.
  • Fruits and vegetables are some of the healthiest and best-tasting foods. See the attachment to learn how nutritious choices can help your body get the vitamins, minerals, fiber and other natural substances it needs to stay healthy.


Follow the Star concert
Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1626 W. 26th St., Erie, will host the popular Tennessee Backporch “Follow the Star” concert on Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. This is a fun, spiritual and musical experience for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students, and are available at the parish office or at the door. For more information, call the parish office at 814-454-0171.

St. Leo Magnus to host fish fry in December
St. Leo Parish, 111 Depot St., Ridgway, will host a fish fry Dec. 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., or until sold out. The cost is $10 per person; take-outs are available by calling 814-772-4705 after 3 p.m. and picking up after 4 p.m. St. Leo’s has a fish fry every second Friday of the month, except for June, July and August.

Disabilities Office prepares for Christmas
The Diocese of Erie’s Office for People with Disabilities invites people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to attend an afternoon of Christmas preparation and fellowship Dec. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. To register, go to or call 814-824-1257.

Christmas Vendor Blender event slated in Sharpsville
St. Bartholomew Parish in Sharpsville will feature more than 40 crafters and vendors with cash-and-carry items for your holiday shopping at its Christmas Vendor Blender event Dec. 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. Admission is free, but those attending are encouraged to donate cash or non-perishable food items for the Sharpsville Community Food Pantry. The event will be held in the St. Bartholomew Social Center, 321 W. Ridge Ave., Sharpsville.

Full-time position open for development officer
The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Erie is seeking an experienced fundraising professional to work with major donors. This position will work in a team setting to connect donors and prospective donors with opportunities to financially support Catholic ministries. 

Required qualifications include:

  • 5+ years of experience directly related to fundraising/major gifts
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Results-oriented approach to work.

Applications accepted through Nov. 17, 2017. Go to to view the full position profile and job application form.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and a signed and completed job application form in one of two ways:

  • Email all materials to (application form must be scanned, completed and signed)
  • Or mail to: Catholic Foundation Search, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16504.

Math teacher needed
The Erie Catholic School System has an immediate need of a math teacher for middle school (grades 6, 7 and 8). This is a full-time position with benefits. Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, a teaching certificate for middle school math, and Pennsylvania clearances. Preference is given to practicing Catholics. For details, go to

Erie Catholic School System needs advancement officer and long-term sub
Positions are available now for a long-term substitute teacher and an advancement officer with the Erie Catholic School System. For details, go to

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