November 25, 2013
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Comments invited in preparation for synod on the family
Bishop Persico is working to respond with the help of appropriate diocesan personnel. Many of the questions require statistics or fairly technical answers. Several questions, however, lend themselves to broader input. To that end, the bishop is inviting the faithful of the Diocese of Erie to weigh in on several key questions.
Those who would like to offer their thoughts can access the modified questionnaire at www.ErieRCD.org from Wednesday, Nov. 27, at noon through Monday, Dec. 16, at noon. The goal is to provide Bishop Persico with insight into the understanding and experience of Catholics across our diocese. A single report will then be forwarded to the USCCB before the Dec. 31 deadline. The USCCB will then forward a report from the United States to the Vatican in January 2014.
Anonymous submissions cannot be accepted. However, individual submissions, and the final report sent from diocesan bishops to their national conferences, will be confidential.
Reminder: special collection for the Philippines Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Parishioners who are writing personal checks should make them out to their parishes, which will then send a single check to the diocesan Finance Office. The diocese will forward all funds to the appropriate agency handling recovery efforts in the Philippines.
Bishop releases letter on Retirement Fund for Religious
Orders accepted for the 2014 Directory of the Diocese of Erie
Read Life Issues Forum on miscarriage
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Important notes from the Diocesan Wellness Committee
Also, there are many things you can do to take charge of your health. Here are some tips that will help manage diabetes and improve quality of life. Go to http://www.eriercd.org/pdf/wellness/diabetes3.pdf.
SSJs plan 25th annual Thanksgiving dinner
St. Peter Cathedral Advent, Christmas schedule
First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 1: Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 4 p.m. with Father David Renne, parochial vicar from Our Lady of Peace Parish, as presider and preacher.
Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 8: Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 4 p.m. with Bishop Lawrence Persico as presider and preacher.
Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 15: Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 4 p.m. with Father Michael Ferrick, rector of the Cathedral, as presider and preacher.
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 22: Christmas concert—free and open to the public—at 4 p.m., featuring the Cathedral’s choir and its children’s choir. Titled, "A Woman Wrapped in Silence," the concert will a include candlelight procession, poetry, Scripture and Christmas carols. Bill Herring, music director, will conduct the choirs and accompany them on the organ. A brass and percussion group also will perform.
Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass: Televised on WJET-TV, the Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Lawrence Persico. The Cathedral choir will lead the singing for this celebration.
Registrations accepted for high school retreats
Both retreats will be held at St. Thomas More House of Prayer in Cranberry, Pa. There is no cost for the three-day, two-night retreats, but all participants must be registered in advance. Space is limited.
Visit www.onthevine.us for details and registration forms. For questions, contact Kathleen Peterson at 814-824-1218 or by email. The retreats are sponsored by the Youth Office of the Catholic Diocese of Erie.
Young Church Eucharistic Adoration (YCEA) held in Advent
Three parishes host “Follow the Star Christmas Tour”
St. John the Evangelist Church, 101 Olin Ave., Girard, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the parish office or at the door. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call Betti at 814-774-4108.
St. Elizabeth Parish Center, 33 West Pleasant St., Corry, on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 each and are available at St. Thomas School, St. Thomas Church and at the door. For another $10, a finger-food supper with beverages will be available before the concert from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Reservations are requested for the supper. For more information, call 814-663-3041.
St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Parish, 136 West Main St., North East, on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4:30 p.m. A special performance also will be included by the North East Vineyard Vocalists. The event is handicap accessible. Tickets can be purchased at the parish office, Rizzo’s on the Park Restaurant, 17 West Main St., North East, or at the door. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 814-725-9691.
Winter Craft Show held at St. John the Evangelist
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