October 23, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, October 30, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, October 26, 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.

Pastors, parish staff asked to review directory information
Parish office personnel are asked to closely review the email sent last week regarding changes for the 2018 diocesan directory. Pastors are asked to review and approve any updates before they are submitted. Please remember that this review is for next year's directory. The Communications Office asks all parishes to respond by Nov. 1, 2017.

Revised disabilities guidelines
The Disabilities Office of the Diocese of Erie is sharing with clergy two attached documents regarding the celebration of the sacraments with people with disabilities. The first attachment is the revised Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, and the second is a resource fact sheet for Ordinary and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion related to persons with disabilities. The revised guidelines reflect the pastoral response of Catholic bishops to provide ready access to the sacraments, to encourage full participation in keeping with our baptismal promises and to recognize that persons with disabilities have special gifts.

Take Me to Worship campaign and parish evangelization efforts
The Take Me to Worship campaign in Erie County started Aug. 15 and continues through Oct. 30. All parishes with yard signs are asked to keep the signs and use them during the same time period in 2018. The Family Life Office will promote the Take Me to Worship campaign in the summer of 2018. Any parish that would like to order Take Me to Worship yard signs for the 2018 campaign may do so at that time. For more information about the campaign, visit www.takemetoworship.org

Also, any parish interested in offering an information sheet called “One-Hour Difference: Religion” to your parishioners, please see the attached document. The document outlines the benefits of the Take Me to Worship campaign.  

Finally, any parishes that have offered an activity/program/event that has sparked more participation at their parishes are asked to contact the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261 or familylife@ErieRCD.org. The ideas will then be posted on the Families Always Matter website at www.ErieRCD.org/fam.htm. Some examples of this in our diocese are the use of the Alpha program at St. Joseph/Bread of Life and at Sacred Heart Parish in Erie. Meadville’s Catholic parishes are running a similar program called Christ Life. It’s time to share with others the evangelization efforts that are working!

Applications accepted for Diocesan Youth Board
The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry serves the young church in the Diocese of Erie. Currently, it is accepting applications for the Diocesan Youth Board at http://www.onthevine.us/2018-diocesan-youth-board-information-and-application/, and for adult team members at http://www.onthevine.us/2018-dyb-adult-team-member-application/. For more information, contact Jennifer Durney, coordinator for the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Erie, at jdurney@ErieRCD.org or at 814-824-1219.

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  • Disabilities guidelines
  • Disabilities resources
  • Take Me to Worship
  • 10 Best Foods

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Important information regarding wellness initiative

Two important notes from the Diocese of Erie's "Good For You" wellness committee:

  • Full-time employees covered by the Diocese of Erie’s 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). If you have any questions or problems, call the 800 number on the handout or contact Kathy Papalia at kpapalia@ErieRCD.org or at 814-824-1184.

  • Pile your plate with the nutrition superstars discussed in the attached “10 Best Foods” document.


Silent Peace Walk planned from McBride Viaduct
The public is welcome to join the Benedictines for Peace in a Silent Peace Walk Oct. 25 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. This non-violent action for peace begins and ends at the McBride Viaduct, located at E. 12th Street and East Avenue, Erie. For more information, contact bfp@mtstbenedict.org.

Respect Life Month ends with pro-life holy hour
All are welcome to attend a pro-life holy hour Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Church, E. 13th and Wallace streets, Erie. There will be time to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for a greater respect for all human life and other special intentions.

Women invited to weekly faith-enriching get-togethers
All women are invited each Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon to the social room at Our Lady of Peace Church, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie, for faith-enriching get-togethers called “Women in the Word.” These are designed for women to help build strong Christian friendships. Each week features a different Scripture verse and discussion about how it applies to the busy lives of women of faith. Babies and toddlers are welcome. For more information, contact Kathleen Peterson at 814-833-7701 or at Kathleen.Peterson@olp.org.

Prep/Villa to present ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’
Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy in Erie will present the Broadway play, “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Complete with marauding pirates, jungle tyrants, and unlikely heroes, this show explores the depths of friendship and the bonds of love. Performances are at the H. David Bowes auditorium at Cathedral Prep, 225 W. 9th St., Erie, on Nov. 2, 3 and 4 at 7 p.m., and on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $7 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. For additional information, call Father Mike DeMartinis at 814-838-2061, ext. 3275.

Mount Calvary Parish offers soup event
Mount Calvary Parish, 2022 East Lake Road, Erie, is hosting its Harvest Ladle at Feeney Hall on Nov. 3 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy all-you-can-eat homemade soups, as well as salad, bread and dessert. Take-outs available. There will be a basket raffle, a 50/50, fun and fellowship. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $4 for children under 12. For more information, call the parish office at 814-454-0061.

Open house to be held at Mercyhurst Prep
Mercyhurst Preparatory School’s open house will be held Nov. 5 from noon to 3 p.m. at the school, 538 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. General sessions will be held at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Guest students are eligible to enter for a chance to win an instant camera with $100 worth of film at each session. Must be present to win. If eighth-graders apply at www.mpslakers.com/admissions on or before Nov. 5, 2017, they become eligible for one of five drawings for a $1,000 tuition voucher to Mercyhurst Prep for their freshman year. The first 300 students to attend open house will receive a free MPS T-shirt.

Remember veterans at Mercy Hilltop program
The Mercy Hilltop Center in Erie is hosting a Veterans Day program Nov. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. Veterans are invited to enjoy speakers, bingo and refreshments. This is a free event. For questions, call Amy Chevalier, program director, at 814-824-2214.

Fall retreat for men and women
The St. Thomas More House of Prayer in Cranberry will hold a fall retreat for men and women Nov. 10-12. Father Benedict of the Community of St. John will lead the retreat on “Lights from the Gospel of St. John on the Family.” The retreat includes Mass, confession, praying the Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration, discussion and talks. Check in begins at 5 p.m. on Friday. The retreat ends with lunch on Sunday. For more information, visit www.liturgyofthehours.org or call Carrie at 814-676-1910.

‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat’ presented in November
The Mercyhurst Preparatory School Performing Arts Department will present “Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat” on Nov. 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. at the MPS Performing Arts Center, 538 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students.

Caregivers need support, too
The Alzheimer’s Association in Erie will offer “Empowerment for Caregivers: A Caregiver Conference" on Nov. 17 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Erie Art Museum in downtown Erie. The event is free and lunch is included. For more information or to register, contact Debbie at the Alzheimer’s Association at 814-456-9200, ext. 5101. 

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. 

  • 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 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.

Erie Catholic School System hiring 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 http://ErieRCD.org/choosecatholicschools.htm.

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 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 ccSearch@ErieRCD.org (application form must be scanned, completed and signed)
  • Or mail to: CC Search, C/O Diocese of Erie, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie PA 16504.

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