October 30, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, November 6, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, November 2, 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.

2017 Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2017 collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of Nov. 11-12.

Mission Office suggests parish bulletin announcement
The Mission Office of the Diocese of Erie suggests that the following announcement be placed in parish bulletins:

  Thank you for your generous support on World Mission Sunday, Oct. 22. While only some are called to go to the missions to serve, all of us are called, by our baptism, to support the church’s missionary work by our prayers and financial help. Your gift will help the Society for the Propagation of the Faith to bring the message of God’s love and healing to our brothers and sisters in more than 1,100 mission dioceses throughout the world. May God reward your generosity!

Free stewardship webinar available
Parish and diocesan leaders and other interested persons are welcome to view at no cost a Nov. 14 webinar, “Spirituality of Giving.” The presenter is David Baranowski, director of stewardship education with the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The Erie Diocesan Office of Stewardship and Annual Giving is underwriting the cost of this webinar. To learn more and to register, see the attached document. For questions, contact Bill Grant, director of the Office of Stewardship and Annual Giving, at 814-824-1192.

Mission art contest announced
The Mission Office of the Diocese of Erie is happy to announce a Christmas art contest sponsored by the Missionary Childhood Association of the Pontifical Mission Societies. See the attached form for complete details and how to submit entries. Twenty-four winners will be selected in this competition. Winning artwork will be displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., during Advent and Christmas 2018.Two grand prize winners will be selected and their artwork reproduced as the official Christmas cards of the national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. Please send completed forms no later than Jan. 1, 2018, to: Mission Office, Director Indira Suarez, St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA  16504.

Free websites available to all parishes
The Diocese of Erie is offering a free website to every parish, if requested. If your parish hasn’t already signed up for a new website, there is still time to do so. There is no deadline to take advantage of this resource. A parish can choose to move to the diocesan-linked system at any time. Visit http://www.ErieRCD.org/dioerieparishplace.htm to view a 10-minute walk-through of the Diocese of Erie’s Parish Place software. (You will need speakers or headphones to hear the audio.) If the presentation does not start playing immediately, click the “Start Slideshow” button in the upper right corner. For questions, contact Kathy Papalia at it@ErieRCD.org or at 814-824-1184.

Parish bulletin ideas on giving
The Office of Stewardship and Annual Giving has attached a document that includes three suggested announcements for parish bulletins regarding wills and bequests. Please direct any questions to Bill Grant, office director, at 814-824-1192.

USCCB releases November ‘Word of Life’
The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops has released its November ‘Word of Life.’ See the attachments in both English and Spanish.

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

  • CCHD collection
  • Webinar
  • Mission art contest
  • Giving bulletin suggestions
  • Word of Life (English)
  • Word of Life (Spanish)
  • Flu
  • Christmas market order form

Everyone will find attached:

Important information regarding wellness initiative

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

  • Two important notes from the Diocese of Erie “Good For You” wellness initiative
    Full-time employees covered by the Diocese of Erie’s health insurance program are reminded that the wellness initiative runs through 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). For further questions or problems, contact Kathy Papalia at kpapalia@ErieRCD.org or call her at 814-824-1184.
  • Flu season is upon us. Most people with the flu take care of themselves at home and do not seek medical care. See the attached flu document for information on how to seek help with the flu.


DuBois Central Catholic preparing for gala
DuBois Central Catholic has finalized plans for its annual Grand Gala Nov. 4 at Luigi’s Villa in DuBois. The evening includes dinner, dancing and both silent and live auctions. There will be a grand prize raffle of $2,500 in cash. Gala tickets are $55 for adults, or $400 for a reserved table of eight. Cocktail attire and cash bar. Chances for the raffle are $25 each and can be purchased at the high school office or by calling 814-371-3060. For additional information, email the committee at svarischetti@duboiscatholic.com. All proceeds are earmarked for the DuBois Central Catholic Fund.

Pork and sauerkraut served in Crates
St. Nicholas Church, 3028 Shannondale St., Mayport, will hold its annual pork and sauerkraut dinner Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children, and free to those 5 and under. Featured at the dinner will be a quilt raffle and a country store.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Feather Party
The 57th annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feather Party will be held Nov. 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Scheffner Hall, 1531 East Grandview Blvd., Erie. Admission to the event is free. There will be small games of chance, cash prizes, free refreshments, a wine and craft beer booth, fruit basket raffles, and the opportunity to win a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. For more information, go to www.OLMC-erie.org or call the parish office at 814-825-7313. 

Evening of prayer, music in Falls Creek
There will be an evening of prayer and music Nov. 19 beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Bernard Church, 205 Taylor Ave., Falls Creek. Father Matias Quimno will lead the Scripture reading, homily and prayers for healing. For more information, contact Judy Smart at 814-637-5930, or Rich Kenawell at 814-771-7932.

Order your favorite Christmas foods
The Catholic Education Program at Holy Trinity Parish in Erie is sponsoring its annual Christmas Market Dec. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m., and Dec. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Holy Trinity Social Center–The Gathering Place, 2220 Reed St., Erie. Supplies are limited during the market due to pre-orders. See the attached form to submit pre-orders for a variety of your Christmas favorites, or go to www.holytrinityrc.org. Pre-orders will be accepted between Nov. 2 and Dec. 4. Payment is due with orders. To submit orders, fax to 814-461-1150, call 814-456-0671, or mail to: Holy Trinity Parish, 2220 Reed St., Erie, PA 16503.

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 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.

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 http://ErieRCD.org/choosecatholicschools.htm.

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 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
  • Excellent leadership skills, with knowledge of public policy-making and the legislative process
  • 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. 

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