October 16, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, October 23, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, October 19, 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.

Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians
Pastors are asked to note 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 help at  http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/global-issues/middle-east/christians-in-the-middle-east/index.cfm. To mark the day, Bishop Persico will celebrate the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Peter Cathedral.

World Mission Sunday pulpit announcement
The Mission Office of the Diocese of Erie recommends the following as a pulpit announcement for World Mission Sunday, Oct. 22:

  Today, the Catholic Church celebrates World Mission Sunday. Pope Francis speaks of World Mission Sunday as “a good opportunity for enabling the missionary heart of Christian communities to join in prayer, testimony of life and communion of goods, in responding to the vast and pressing needs of evangelization.” The second collection today will help support missionary work throughout the world. Please be as generous as you are able.

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  • Highmark wellness activities
  • Missa Cantata
  • Fatima retreat
  • Bible study

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Two notes from the Diocese of Erie 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 http://ErieRCD.org/pdf/wellness/handout.pdf. 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). To ask questions or report problems, call the 800 number on the handout, or contact Kathy Papalia at kpapalia@ErieRCD.org or call her at 814-824-1184.
  • If you've been inactive for a while, you may use the attached suggestions for activity at work.


Order holiday wreaths today
The Mercy Center for Women in Erie is selling fresh 22-inch noble fir wreaths for only $25. Orders are due by Nov. 1, and will be ready for pick up the first week in December. To place an order, call Diane Sickles at the Mercy Center for Women at 814-455-4577 or email her at dsickles@mcwerie.org.

St. Boniface to host adult formation series
The feasts of All Saints and All Souls invite us each year to reflect on the mystery of death. Facing the end of earthly life, either our own or that of loved ones, often raises many questions. Please join us at St. Boniface Church, 9367 Wattsburg Road, Erie, for an adult formation series addressing some of the most common of these questions. The schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.—Deacon Tim Good and Mary Good, the afterlife and the saints
  • Nov. 4 at 10 a.m.—Dennis Schmidt and Austin Brugger, funerals
  • Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.—Steve and Jean Urash, estate planning
  • Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.—Father John Murphy, end-of-life medical care; and Father Marc Stockton, the funeral liturgy and interment.

Missa Cantata (Latin High Mass) scheduled at St. Boniface
To celebrate the 160-year history of St. Boniface Parish in Erie, a Missa Cantata (Latin High Mass) will be celebrated for the Feast of Christ the King (according to the liturgical calendar for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass) on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 12:30 p.m. This Mass, celebrated by Father James Power, will be held at St. Boniface Church, 9367 Wattsburg Road, Erie, and will be offered in memory of Msgr. William E. Biebel. There will be a guest choir and organist. A flier is attached for promotional purposes. All are welcome.

15th annual World Apostolate of Fatima retreat
The 15th annual retreat sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima, Erie Division, will be held Nov. 4 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 165 Beach Ave., Cambridge Springs. See the attached flier for details.

Pancake breakfast planned at St. Andrew Church
The Knights of Columbus of St. Andrew Parish in Erie are sponsoring an all-you-can eat  pancake breakfast Nov. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parish center, Arundel Hall, 1116 W. 7th St., Erie. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 4 to 12, and free to kids under 4. The cost for a family is $20.

It’s time for Santa’s Workshop
The 43rd annual Santa’s Workshop Craft and Vendor Show will be held Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cross Creek Resort, Route 8, south of Titusville. Proceeds benefit youth in the Faith Formation Program at St. Titus Parish, Titusville. The event features more than 60 vendor booths, a bake sale, raffles, food, photos with Santa, a gift auction, and a tree decorating contest. For more information, call 814-827-4636. Vendors interested in securing booth space are asked to email Sharon at sase1114@gmail.com.

House of Mercy to host bingo event
Erie's House of Mercy (a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy) will host a TECHNO bingo with 15 large electronic prizes on Nov. 11 at the Harborcreek Social Hall, 7275 Buffalo Road, Harborcreek. Tickets are $25 each. To purchase tickets, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/348482782243343/ or contact Sister Michele Schroeck, RSM, at 814-898-0167.

5K run/walk set to take off Nov. 11
The Sharpsville Community Food Bank will host a 5K run/walk fundraiser on Nov. 11 at 9 a.m., beginning and ending at St. Bartholomew Church, 311 West Ridge Ave., Sharpsville. Register online at www.smileymiles.com or www.runsignup.com. Online registration ends Oct. 31. The cost is $15 per person, or $17 the day of the event. Registration forms also are available at the parish office during regular business hours.

Come to Bible study at Holy Rosary/St. John
The partnered parishes of Holy Rosary and St. John the Baptist in Erie are hosting “A Biblical Walk through the Mass,” a five-part Bible study featuring Dr. Edward Sri, from Nov. 14 through Dec. 12. Participants will come to know and understand the Mass and discover the meanings behind what is said and done in the liturgy. The $20 fee includes the study book. Financial assistance is available. See the attached registration form, or call the Faith Formation office at 814-454-6322.The schedule options are:

  • Tuesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 2701 East Ave.
  • Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. John rectory, 509 E. 26th St.

Full-time position open for a 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 Oct. 31, 2017. Go to http://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.htm 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 cfSearch@ErieRCD.org (application form must be scanned, completed and signed)
  • Or mail to: Catholic Foundation Search, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16504.

Volunteers needed at Mercy Center for Women
The Mercy Center for Women is looking for welcoming, energetic volunteers who have a passion for helping others. Current openings are for receptionists or for childcare volunteers who will take care of children whose mothers attend in-house trainings and/or meetings. If interested, contact Diane Sickles at 814-455-4577 or at dsickles@mcwerie.org.

Free chairs available
St. Jude the Apostle Church in Erie has chairs that are available at no cost. The chairs are oak wood with a light blue fabric on the seat and back. There is a book holder underneath the seat, as well as a removable kneeler. If interested, call Matt Costa at 814-833-0927.

Free piano available
A recently tuned Kohler-Campbell console piano with full sound board is available at no cost. To inquire, please call Tom at 814-392-0705.

Faith formation coordinator needed at McKean parish
St. Francis Xavier Parish in McKean is hiring a person for the position of faith formation coordinator. The position is full-time (40 hours per week) and requires a reliable and responsible person who possesses good communication and organizational skills, as well as a working knowledge of the tenets of the Roman Catholic faith and of good teaching methods. Computer skills are important and people skills are a must. The successful applicant is expected to work with Microsoft Office and Parish Data Systems. An undergraduate or graduate degree in pastoral ministry or theology is a plus. For a more complete job description and application, contact Father Mark Nowak at stfran317@neohio.twcbc.com.

Position open with Erie Catholic School System
A custodian position is currently available with the Erie Catholic School System. For details, go to http://ErieRCD.org/choosecatholicschools.htm.

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