November 27, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, December 4, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, November 30, 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.

Vocation awareness in the classroom
As January 2018 approaches, schools and parishes offer the Epiphany blessing and chalking of doors for their students and parishioners. The Vocation Office requests that schools and parishes also consider consecrating classrooms, youth rooms, etc., to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Vocations. To order a poster of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a student-led vocation prayer for the priesthood and consecrated life, and the Memorare, go to

Vocation Bible School
The Vocation Office encourages parishes/schools to consider adding a Vocation Bible School to their summer program schedules. “Discovery Mission” is a Catholic Vocation Bible School focused on how each child is called by God for a mission in this world. It is Catholic-based and provides high-quality content. For more information, go to or contact Father Mike Polinek, Vocation director, at, or call him at 814-824-1200.

Diocesan Youth Board members wanted
Youth interested in participating in the Diocesan Youth Board and adults interested in joining the DYB’s adult team are encouraged to apply by Dec. 1. Students in grades 8 through 12 may apply at Adults interested in becoming a team member may apply at

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Immigrants and Refugees
Beginning last year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops named the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12) a day of prayer in solidarity with immigrants and refugees. Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feast Day takes place during the season of Advent, when we recall how Mary journeyed to Bethlehem with Joseph and gave birth to Jesus in a manger. Throughout Advent, and especially on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we ask for Mary’s intercession for the safety and well-being of her fellow travelers—especially immigrants and refugees—and we pray that her witness inspires us to stand in greater solidarity with them.

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Bingo event planned at Holy Trinity
See the attached flier for information regarding bingo at Holy Trinity Parish, Erie, on Dec. 3.

‘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.

Peter Mayer Group to perform at OLP
Peter Mayer, the lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett, will perform with his band Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie. The concert, titled “Stars and Promises 2017,” will feature singing and stories on the theme “When You Come Home.” The cost is $50 for artist circle seating, available online only at General admission tickets are $25, available online and at the church office. For more information, contact Cynthia Berarducci 814-833-7701, ext. 201.

Register now for March 2018 women’s retreat
See the attached flier for information regarding a March 2018 women’s retreat at the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center in Pulaski, Pa. Retreat master will be Father Nicholas Rouch, vicar for Education with the Diocese of Erie and vice rector of St. Mark Seminary, Erie.

Position opening for executive director of Faith Formation
The Diocese of Erie is seeking a creative and faith-driven leader to serve as the executive director of Faith Formation. The fruit of a collaborative diocesan planning process, this position has been identified as key to the renewal of parish life, religious education, youth ministry and family ministry. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to evangelization and lifelong faith formation, be visionary and forward-looking, relate well to lay, clergy and religious alike, and be willing to provide inspirational leadership through involvement in the day-to-day responsibilities of the office. He/she will play a key role in the ongoing development of a collaborative vision for lifelong faith formation in the Diocese of Erie. He/she will report to the vicar for Education and supervise several full-time professional colleagues. Interested individuals are invited to go to for more information on the position and application process.

Free piano available
An Estey Vintage six-foot baby grand piano, used by the Sisters of Mercy for student piano lessons, is available free to anyone willing to haul it from its current location. The piano is dark wood with a full bench seat. For information, call Kim at 814-602-5253.

Middle school math teacher and grade 6 math teacher needed
The Erie Catholic School System has an immediate need for a math teacher for middle school (grades 6, 7 and 8), and a math teacher for grade 6. These are full-time positions 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

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