November 20, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, November 27, 2017.
Deadline: Wednesday, November 22, at 4:30 p.m., due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday

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2017 Retirement Fund for Religious collection
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2017 Retirement Fund for Religious collection. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of Dec. 2-3.

Pastors: Nov. 26 designated as Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians
Pastors are reminded that Nov. 26, the Solemnity of Christ the King, has been declared a Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop Lawrence Persico has asked that this designation be honored at parish Masses. Pastors may find homily notes, intercessory prayers and other information by going to Bishop Persico will celebrate the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Peter Cathedral to mark the day.

Change made to 2018 marriage prep schedule
There is a change to the diocesan marriage preparation schedule for 2018. The Pre-Cana at Queen of the World, St. Marys, has been changed from April 8, 2018, to March 25, 2018. Please make the change on any pre-printed marriage preparation materials. The updated schedule can be viewed at For more information, contact the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261 or at

Special note for parishes using Parish Data Systems (PDS) software
Some parishes may be paying monthly support charges for PDS applications they are no longer using. Check your most recent bill from PDS. Parishes are required to carry monthly support for Church Office at a cost of $36 per month. (Church Office On-Demand users pay $60, plus $5.25 per user.) If your invoice is more than $36 per month (or $60 plus $5.25 per user for On-Demand users), you are being billed for support on more than one application. This may be OK, but it’s not a bad idea to confirm the charges with PDS since the invoice may not include a detailed description of each support charge. Contact PDS at 877-737-4457 for a detailed description of your support fees. If you still have questions after talking to PDS, contact Kathy Papalia at or call her at 814-824-1184.

Faithlife newspaper schedule for 2018
The publication dates for FaithLife newspaper in the first six months of 2018 are as follows:

  • Jan. 21
  • Feb. 4, 18
  • March 4, 18
  • April 1, 15, 29
  • May 13, 27
  • June 10, 24.

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  • Retirement Fund
  • Fruits and veggies

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

  • Full-time employees covered by the Diocese of Erie health insurance program are reminded that the wellness initiative runs until Dec. 31, 2017. Learn how to earn your $100 reward 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 call her at 814-824-1184.
  • Fruits and vegetables, as part of a healthy diet, may help control weight and lower the risk of stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure. Read more in the attached document.


Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Gannon University
The Sisters of St. Joseph Thanksgiving dinner will be held Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Gannon University’s Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. 7th St., Erie. The meal is free and reservations are not required. Individuals who are homebound can request to have a dinner delivered by calling 814-836-4198 on Nov. 21 between 9 and 11 a.m. No volunteers are needed at this time. Monetary donations to offset the cost of the dinner and provide resources to local shelters, food banks and agencies throughout the year may be sent to: Thanksgiving Dinner Fund, Sisters of St. Joseph, 5031 West Ridge Road, Erie, PA  16505-1249, or by visiting

‘Black Friday’ alumni games and reception
The DuBois Central Catholic alumni basketball games will be held the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, beginning at 6 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Teams will be organized and donations will be accepted. The registration deadline for playing in the games is Nov. 20. Register by contacting Dom Varacallo at 814-590-8668 or, or Jordan Hoover at 814-541-7950 or For additional details, call DCC’s Communications/Alumni Office at 814-371-3060, ext. 606.  All player participants are assured a T-shirt. Members of the CCHS-DCC Alumni Association will be raffling off several items at the event, with all proceeds benefiting the school’s athletic program.

After the basketball event, there will be an all-alumni reception at Luigi’s Villa, 800 W. Weber Ave., DuBois, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Alumni attending the reception are asked to email Nick at

Pizza event at St. Gregory School in North East
St. Gregory School will host Pizza with Santa on Dec. 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the school gym, located at 140 W. Main St., North East. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 2 and up. The cost includes pizza, a drink, cookie decorating, crafts, a photo with Santa, and a Santa's workshop for holiday shopping.

Community Outreach Group to host Clothing Distribution Party
The Community Outreach Group, started by a men’s Cursillo group in 1999, will host its annual Clothing Distribution Party Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, W. 22nd and Peach streets, Erie. In addition to receiving free clothing, patrons will enjoy a free hot lunch. Santa and/or some of his special helpers will distribute toys to the children. For more information, email Tim Nowakowski at or text/call him at 814-566-6435.

Holiday craft fair planned in December
St. Boniface Parish in Erie is holding a holiday craft fair Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to benefit St. Boniface Food Pantry. The fair will be held at the Greene Township Municipal Building, 9333 Tate Road. There is a $2 admission fee; kids under 5 are admitted free. Receive one extra ticket for the gift auction for every non-perishable food item donated. Interested vendors may text Kayla at 814-397-3476.  

‘Follow the Star’ concert in Girard
A “Follow the Star” concert, featuring Tennessee Backporch and the Westlake School vocal ensemble, will be held Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at St. John Parish, 101 Olin St., Girard. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Math teacher needed
The Erie Catholic School System has an immediate need for 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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