October 2, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, October 9, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, October 5, at 4:30 p.m.

Email your Information Bulletin items to Mary Solberg.

The Diocese of Erie Information Bulletin advertises and promotes activities and events sponsored by diocesan organizations such as parishes, schools, religious communities and groups.

October is Respect Life Month
Many resources are available for pastors and parish administrators for use during Respect Life Month. Resources include homily notes, intercessions and other suggestions for incorporating respect life values into everyday life. For more information, go to the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/respect-life-program-clergy-kit.cfm.

October Count starts this weekend
Pastors are asked to visit http://www.ErieRCD.org/pdf/octobercount.pdf to download the form and instructions for submitting October Count figures electronically. Please begin the October Count on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Contact Kathy Papalia at 814-824-1184 with any questions.

Reminder: Pastors, staff asked to sign up for MyParish App webinar
Pastors and any parish staff who would like to be involved with the new MyParish App initiative are asked to sign up for a free one-hour webinar being offered in October. If you cannot attend a live session, a recorded version also will be available. Please visit http://myparishapp.com/ErieRCD/ to let the company know who will serve as the contact for your parish. You, your parish contact and anyone else who might benefit from an overview of myParish App should each sign up for one of the two following webinars (using the links provided):

The weekend of Nov. 18-19 has been set as Download Weekend for the Diocese of Erie. Please mark your calendars. Details about how this works will be given during the webinars.

2017 Collection for World Mission Sunday
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2017 collection for World Mission Sunday. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of Oct. 14-15.

2017 Red Mass to be celebrated by bishop
All clergy and faithful are invited to attend the 2017 Red Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Lawrence Persico at St. Peter Cathedral on Oct. 10 at 5:15 p.m. The Red Mass is a Mass of the Holy Spirit calling upon God’s guidance for judges, attorneys, government officials and all who work for law and justice in our society. The event is sponsored by the Erie County Bar Association.

Diocese to be consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima
Bishop Lawrence Persico will lead a prayer consecrating the Diocese of Erie to Our Lady of Fatima on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. on the main steps of St. Peter Cathedral in downtown Erie. The event is being held in conjunction with the 23rd annual Rosary March, which will commence after the consecration ceremony. The World Apostolate of Fatima, Erie Division, is sponsoring the march, which takes on special meaning this year as the Catholic Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Mother to three children in Fatima, Portugal.

Bulletin suggestions for bequests
The Office of Stewardship and Annual Giving of the Diocese of Erie has attached a document on bequest and will planning which may be included in parish bulletins. The document includes suggestions on how someone may word their unrestricted gift to a parish in their will. Bill Grant, director of the Office of Stewardship and Annual Giving, recommends that individuals meet with their attorney to discuss will planning. For more information, call 814-824-1192.

Vocation dinner opportunities
Everyone is asked to encourage young men and women to attend the upcoming diocesan vocation dinners sponsored by the Vocations Office of the Diocese of Erie. Bishop Lawrence Persico and other priests and religious will share their vocation stories. See the attached fliers for each event and use them to promote these dinners. The dinner schedule:

  • Oct. 12—St. Andrew Dinner (men), Ss. Cosmas and Damian, Punxsutawney
  • Oct. 18—Miriam Dinner (women), Julia House Erie
  • Nov. 6—St. Andrew Dinner (men), Our Lady of Peace, Erie
  • Feb. 11—St. Andrew Dinner (men), St. Eulalia, Coudersport.

Please note that the St. Andrew Dinner scheduled Nov. 12 at Our Lady, Queen of the Americas, Conneaut Lake, has been postponed to a future date. Direct any questions to Father Mike Polinek, vocations director, at mpolinek@ErieRCD.org or call him at 814-824-1200.

Eucharistic minister formation in Erie
Training for Eucharistic ministers is available at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1626 W. 26th St., Erie, on Oct. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Matt Clark from the Office of Worship will give a ministry talk, followed by a practice session for new and current Communion ministers. If you wish to attend, contact the parish office at Blessed Sacrament at 814-454-0171.

Help promote Mental Illness Awareness Month
Michele Inter, director of the Persons with Disabilities Office of the Diocese of Erie, offers suggestions to parishes to promote Mental Illness Awareness Month in their weekly bulletins. See the attached document for details.

Mass texts on Sunday evening, Dec. 31, 2017
For evening Masses on the Feast of the Holy Family (Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017), Bishop Lawrence Persico prefers that all parishes use the Mass texts for the Feast of the Holy Family rather than those of the anticipated Mass, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Monday, Jan. 1, 2018). Because Jan. 1, 2018, falls on a Monday, the obligation to attend Mass that Monday is lifted.

The question of which liturgical text to use on the first evening of consecutive feast days may be confusing. Since both the guidelines and the values governing them have changed over the decades, a summary of the issues is attached. This will provide some clarification. Please direct questions to the Office of Worship at 814-824-1270.

NPM releases fall newsletter
The Erie Diocesan Chapter of National Pastoral Musicians (NPM) has released its fall newsletter, attached.

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

  • World Mission Sunday
  • Bequests
  • Ss. Cosmas and Damian vocation flier
  • Our Lady of Peace vocation flier
  • St. Eulalia vocation flier
  • Miriam Dinner flier
  • Mental health
  • Feast days
  • NPM newsletter

Everyone will find attached:


Register online for will, estate presentation
The public is invited to attend a will and estate planning presentation Oct. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, Erie. Shaun Adrian, attorney with MacDonald Illig, will speak, followed by conversation and home-baked bread and music provided by the sisters. Go to https://www.eriebenedictines.org/will-and-estate-planning-presentation to submit your RSVP by Oct. 10. For more details, call Emma Lee McCloskey, director of major and planned giving, at 814-899-0614, ext. 2415, or email her at elmccloskey@mtstbenedict.org.

Harvest Weekend planned in Jefferson County
The churches of Immaculate Conception and St. Dominic in Brookville will have their annual Harvest Weekend Oct. 21-22. Kettle-cooked apple butter will be made over an open fire on Oct. 21. Apple butter, gourmet caramel apples and apple dumplings will be available for sale before the 5:15 p.m. Mass at Immaculate Conception on Saturday. A stuffed pork chop dinner will be held Oct. 22 at Immaculate Conception Church beginning at 11:15 a.m. until sold out. The cost of the meal is $9 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 10, and free for pre-schoolers. Take-outs will be available.

An opportunity to learn about centering prayer
On Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Father Brian Vossler, pastor of St. George Parish, Erie, and parishioner Joe Sarbak will present an introductory program about centering/contemplative prayer. This will include discussion of the history, Biblical and scriptural bases for this Christian form of contemplation, along with information on “how-to” and the International Contemplative Outreach Organization. To register, call the St. George rectory office at 814- 864-0622. The program will be held in the multi-purpose room at St. George Church, 5145 Peach St., Erie. Arrival time begins at 8:30 a.m. Snacks, coffee and tea will be available.

Presentation on the Shroud of Turin
A special presentation on the Shroud of Turin by Donald H. Nohs, president of the Society of the Holy Face of Jesus, will be held Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Shrine, 517 S. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown, Ohio 44509. All are welcome.

Enjoy Oktoberfest in Fryburg
St. Michael Parish in Fryburg will celebrate its 44th annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 21 beginning at 6 p.m. There will be dancing and the Mar-Vels will provide live music throughout the evening. The event also will include authentic German food, beverages, side raffles, 50/50 chances, and other games of chance. Must be 21 or older to enter. Tickets to the Oktoberfest are $25 per person and can be purchased in advance at the following locations: FUN Bank and St. Michael’s rectory, both in Fryburg; Montana's Country Café in Marble; Kelly’s Grocery in Lucinda; Chris’ Tire Service in Shippenville; Fallers Better Furniture in Clarion, and FUN Bank in Franklin and Oil City. For more information, call 814-354-2467 or 814-354-2775.

Spaghetti dinner planned in North East
St. Gregory Parish in North East will hold a spaghetti dinner Oct. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the school gym, located at 140 West Main St., North East.

Come to Cathedral Prep’s open house
Cathedral Preparatory School, 225 W. 9th St., Erie, will host its open house Oct. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. Guided tours will include classroom demonstrations, a look at science labs and classrooms featuring STEM, robotics, 3-D printing and technology programs. Applications will be available; there is no fee to apply. Students in attendance will be entered in a drawing for tuition discounts. For more information, call 814-453-7737, ext. 3.

Villa Maria Academy to host open house
Villa Maria Academy, 2403 W. 8th St., Erie, will have an open house Oct. 29 from noon to 3 p.m. Guided tours of the school will include classroom demonstrations, a look at classrooms and science labs, and information on college-credit opportunities and many other activities. Applications will be available; there is no fee to apply. Students in attendance will be entered in a drawing for discounts on tuition. For more information, call 814-838-2061, ext. 3239.

Catholic Rural Ministry offers overnight retreat
Catholic Rural Ministry is offering an overnight retreat, “Living Compassion Today,” Nov. 8-9, from noon to noon, at Olmsted Manor Conference Center in Ludlow. Sister Anne McCarthy, OSB will be the guest presenter. The cost is $50, which includes four meals and overnight accommodations. Please send a $25 registration fee to: Catholic Rural Ministry, 7 Pulaski St., Oil City, PA 16301, or call 814-677-2032 to register. RSVP by Nov. 1. Accommodations are limited.

Part-time position open for secretary/administrative assistant
The secretary/administrative assistant serves the Office of Matrimonial Concerns and the Tribunal of the Diocese of Erie by providing administrative support (20 hours per week) to the judicial vicar and office staff in accordance with established norms, duties and responsibilities assigned by the judicial vicar. Required qualifications include:

  • Communication skills in reporting to clients and professionals from within the diocese and beyond
  • Basic knowledge and skills in the operation of Word, Excel, Access, and other computer programs used in job performance
  • Proficiency in typing and the use of various office devices (copier, FAX, etc.)
  • Basic understanding and appreciation of the Catholic Church’s teachings on marriage and their application to the process for a declaration of nullity
  • Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church
  • High school diploma; additional business training preferred
  • Three to five years of experience as an administrative assistant preferred.

Applications will be accepted until this 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 mcSearch@ErieRCD.org (application form must be scanned, completed and signed)
  • Mail to: MC Search, C/O Diocese of Erie, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie PA 16504. 

Position opening for director of Office for Social Justice and Life
The director of 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)
  • Mail to: CC Search, C/O Diocese of Erie, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie PA 16504. 

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.

Custodian position available with Erie Catholic School System
A full-time custodian position is available with the Erie Catholic School System. For details, go to http://ErieRCD.org/choosecatholicschools.htm.

Canon copier available
Canon Image Runner 2525 is available for $500 or best offer. This copier scans, faxes and staples; uses black toner only. Excellent condition. Inquiries may be made by calling Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Mercer at 724-662-2999.

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