November 6, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, November 13, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, November 9, at 4:30 p.m.

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Pastoral Planning: Faith Formation update released
An update from the Faith Formation Implementation Team can be found in today’s attachments. Preliminary recommendations were unveiled earlier this year, and feedback has been submitted, reviewed and incorporated. The attached document includes a short letter from Bishop Lawrence Persico, who calls this aspect of pastoral planning both “the most important” and “the most challenging.” Pastors are invited to include the update as an insert in their parish bulletins.

Planning confirmation liturgies for 2018
Due to the restructuring of parishes in 2017, the process for scheduling confirmations has been changed. Eastern Vicariate confirmations already have been scheduled through Msgr. Richard Siefer. The Chancery and the Office of Worship ask pastors and religious education leaders of the Northern and Western Vicariates to carefully read the confirmation attachment (which includes multiple documents) and work with their dean to reach a consensus on proposed dates as soon as possible. Once all parishes are accounted for, the confirmation schedule for 2018 will be finalized and published on the Office of Worship website. Thank you for your support during this process.

Download Sunday resources for myParish App in the mail
With the Nov. 18-19 Download Sunday weekend approaching, Diocesan Publications, the company that produces myParish App, has sent an email to all pastors in the Diocese of Erie, confirming that a kit is in the mail to help introduce this new, cost-free resource. Many pastors have been working with Diocesan Publications to customize their app. Even for those who have not done any customization, Diocesan Publications has created a basic app for each parish.

Parishes already using an app from another company are encouraged to let the Communications Office know, so that arrangements for a connection to the diocese can be explored. Please be assured parishes can join myParish App and customize it at any time in the future. The kit will provide details on how to get started with this very simple tool. For questions, please contact Anne-Marie Welsh in the Communications Office at 814-824-1167 or at

New portraits of Bishop Persico available
Attached please find a flier featuring some of the new portraits of Bishop Lawrence Persico that were taken on the occasion of his fifth anniversary as our bishop. They are available to download, free of charge, at The flier provides details from the Communications Office for those interested in ordering hard copies for delivery by mail.

Bishop’s Breakfast collection for Christmas
Celebrate the "Season of Giving" by providing gently used or new items for distribution at the annual Christmas gathering of the Bishop’s Breakfast. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 5 and may include blankets, hats, socks, gloves and clothing for adult men and women. Other needed items are men’s boxer shorts (all sizes) and $5 gift cards to McDonald’s or Tim Horton’s. To contribute, contact Jennie Hagerty at or Mary Therese Riley at The Bishop’s Breakfast provides thousands of warm meals to those in need throughout the year.

Free resources for evangelization
With the conclusion of the Take Me to Worship campaign for 2017, the Family Life Office of the Diocese of Erie has gained access to free resources for parish use. “How to Invite and Welcome in God’s Name: Parish Leader Kit” is available free to all parishes at The Pastoral Center of Alameda, Calif., invites parish staff to save and use any of the documents that may be helpful in evangelization efforts, but asks that these documents not be posted on websites. For other evangelization resources, go to The Pastoral Center at

Tribunal newsletter available
Attached is the November “Marriage Matters” newsletter of the Office of the Tribunal and Matrimonial Concerns of the Diocese of Erie.

Save the dates for 22:32 Men’s and 1:38 Women’s conferences
The following dates have been scheduled for the 22:32 Men’s Conference and the 1:38 Women’s Conference, both to be held at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Erie:

  • March 3, 2018 – 22:32 Men’s Conference
  • April 21, 2018 – 1:38 Women’s Conference

Priests are asked to save the dates in order, if at all possible, to be available for confessions in the early afternoon on those days. More information about these conferences, sponsored by the Reason for Our Hope Foundation, will be forthcoming at the beginning of January.

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

  • Faith Formation
  • Confirmation
  • Portraits
  • Marriage Matters newsletter
  • Nutrition
  • 12 Steps retreat
  • Stella Niagara retreats
  • Our Lady of Mercy concert
  • Advent retreat

Everyone will find attached:

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

  • Employees and their covered spouses can EACH earn a $100 incentive by going to and completing the following steps by Dec. 31, 2017: 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.
  • Homemade meals can be good for your health, not to mention your pocketbook. Learn how to make good choices on portions, calories and fat content by reading the attached flier.


Stella Niagara retreats scheduled for holidays and for 2018
The Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara in New York is holding a weekend retreat, “12 Steps for Everyone: How & Why They Work in Everyday Life,” Dec. 8-10, with Sister Ellie Martinez, GNSH. See the attachment. Also attached is a retreat schedule through 2018.

Our Lady of Mercy to present concert
Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 837 Bartlett Road, Harborcreek, is hosting a concert Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. as a fundraiser for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians–Mark Kulyk Fund for Music Ministry. Stephen Petrunak, president of NPM and a nationally known liturgical guitarist, will be the special guest at the concert, titled “My Heart Shall Sing.” The adult and children’s choirs of Our Lady of Mercy and Holy Cross Parish, Fairview, will be featured. See the attached flier for more details.

Catholic Young Adults hosts Friendsgiving
Good food, good friends, good times! Join the Catholic Young Adults for Friendsgiving on Friday, Nov.17, at 6:30 p.m. in the social room at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie. Bring a drink or potluck dish to share. This is a family-friendly event, so if you’re a young adult with children, please know that you are welcome.

Cathedral Concert Series
The Cathedral Concert Series at St. Peter Cathedral in downtown Erie continues Nov. 19 with an organ recital at 4 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Kenneth Danchik, associate organist of St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh, is the featured organist.

Advent retreat scheduled in Coudersport
St. Eulalia Parish in Coudersport will hold an Advent retreat Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 6 E. Maple St., Coudersport. All are welcome to attend the event, which will feature Father Justin Cinnante, a Carmelite priest from Middletown, N.Y. See the attached flier for complete information and registration details.

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

Director needed for Office for Social Justice and Life
The director for the Office for Social Justice and Life, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie, is a full-time (37.5 hours per week) professional position that embraces and participates in the principles of Catholic social teaching as it relates to individuals, parishes and the larger community while promoting human dignity, respect for life, advocacy and educational awareness of local, national and international social justice issues.

A master’s degree in pastoral or organizational leadership (or related field), is preferred, however, bachelor-level credentials will be considered for candidates within a related discipline. All candidates must present evidence of a minimum of three years of experience in the field of Catholic social teaching.

Other required qualifications include:

  • A commitment to the mission of the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities
  • Excellent leadership skills, with knowledge of public policy-making and the legislative process
  • Ability to demonstrate multi-cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Experience with direct-service to the poor or disenfranchised
  • Knowledge and experience with various technology and communications platforms, including print, electronic and social media
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Valid PA driver’s license with ability to travel independently
  • Willingness to work some non-traditional hours, including evenings and/or weekends.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 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)
  • Mail to: CC Search, C/O Diocese of Erie, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie PA 16504.

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