October 9, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, October 16, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, October 12, 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.

Letter on weekend Mass coverage
Attached is a letter from Msgr. Robert Smith concerning the new process for requesting weekend Mass coverage.

Last call for clergy participation at Family Fest '17
Any clergy planning to concelebrate the 4 p.m. Mass with Bishop Lawrence Persico at Family Fest Oct. 15 are asked to notify Jennifer Durney via email at jdurney@ErieRCD.org by Oct. 12. Priests also are needed to hear confessions from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Nurses needed for Family Fest '17
Nurses are needed to help cover the first aid station at Family Fest Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie. Volunteers can stay for the full day or come and go as needed. Lunch and registration fees will be provided for all volunteers.

October’s Tribunal newsletter available
“Marriage Matters,” the newsletter of the Tribunal of the Diocese of Erie, is attached.

Looking for a parish/group service project opportunity?
A new opportunity has come to the attention of the Family Life Office of the Diocese of Erie. Military Outreach USA has started a program called Adopt-a-VA. The purpose of the program is to help fill the top 10 needs of veterans, who are patients of the local VA Medical Center. To help your local VA, go to: http://www.adopt-a-va.com/what-your-va-needs.html. The site will take you to the wish list of your local VA facility. For further information, contact the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261 or familylife@ErieRCD.org.

Consider bulletin inserts to encourage vocations
The Vocation Office of the Diocese of Erie encourages parishes to use bulletin inserts to encourage parishioners to think about and pray for vocations. Color inserts may be purchased through Vianney Vocations and inserted into Nov. 4-5 bulletins. The inserts offer great news and information about vocation awareness. Order a minimum of 50 inserts at https://www.vianneyvocations.com/product/bulletin-insert-nvaw/. Discounts are available.

Learn more about the Equifax breach
The big news last month was the Equifax breach, one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history. On Sept. 7, Equifax—a top credit reporting firm—announced that hackers stole consumer data from mid-May through July 2017, affecting 143 million people. Hackers stole customer names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses. A smaller group of consumers also had their credit card numbers and other documents taken. Click http://www.net-cloud.com/2017/09/effected-equifax-breach/?data=eyJjIjoiNTlkMmI4YTE2MjAwOWMxZjgwNjliYzMwIiwiY3VzdGVtYWlsIjoia3BhcGFsaWFAZXJpZXJjZC5vcmcifQ%21Ma to learn more from Networking Technologies, our diocesan network consultants.

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Father/son camping weekends planned at Camp Notre Dame
Camp Notre Dame is accepting registrations for two remaining father/son camping weekends scheduled Oct. 20-22 and Nov. 3-5. Boys ages 5 to 14 and their fathers are invited to spend a weekend of fun, faith and relationship-building. Overnight accommodations, all meals, snacks, beverages and activities are included. For more information and an online registration form, go to www.campnotredame.com.

St. Jude Parish to host spaghetti dinner, raffle
See the attachment for the Oct. 22 spaghetti dinner and the raffle of a 2017 Corvette at St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Erie.

Music recital of songs from the Jewish faith
“Traditional Sounds of the High Holidays”—a music recital from the Jewish faith—will be presented at St. Peter Cathedral in downtown Erie on Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. Soloists for the concert will be Daniel Cabinillas, music director at Erie’s St. George Parish, and John Myers, member and soloist at St. Paul Episcopal Church. The organist will be Bruce Gingrich, music director at First Methodist Church. Music selections will include:  “Sim Shalom,” “Shalom Rav,” “Sh’ma Koleinu,” “Avinu Malkeinu,” “Yigdal” and more. This program of sacred music is free and open to public. For more information, call St. Peter Cathedral at 814-453-6677, ext. 8.     

Enjoy Mercyhurst Prep’s Canterbury Feast Dinner Theater
Mercyhurst Preparatory School’s Performing Arts Department will host the Canterbury Feast Dinner Theater fundraiser on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Station Dinner Theater in Erie. Tickets are $39 per person. Email reservations to Lkru@me.com before Oct. 20.

Order special foods in time for holidays
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Erie is sponsoring its annual Christmas Market in conjunction with the Ladies’ Guild Christmas bake sale Dec. 9-10 at Scheffner Hall, 1553 E. Grandview Blvd. The menu will include homemade Italian soup, czarnina, or duck blood soup, pigs-in-the-blanket, and cheese pierogi. To order any of these foods in advance, see the attached form and submit no later than Oct. 31. All proceeds benefit the Carmelite Parish Scholarship. For more information, go to the parish website at www.olmc-erie.org or call the parish office at 814-825-7313.

Turkey bingo planned in Sharpsville
St. Bartholomew Parish in Sharpsville will host turkey bingo Nov. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the parish center, located at 311 West Ridge Ave., Sharpsville. The cost for a pack of 20 games is $10. The winner of each game will receive a turkey. There also will be a gift auction, door prizes, a 50/50 and other games. Tickets are available from the parish office or by calling 724-962-7130. Proceeds benefit the January 2019 trip to World Youth Day.

‘Transformation in Perilous Times’ with Sisters of St. Joseph Associates
Sister Janet Mock, CSJ, will present “Grace Under Fire: Transformation in Perilous Times” on Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Baden, Pa. The fee is $25 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. This event is sponsored by the associates of the Sisters of St. Joseph. To register, mail a check payable to CSJA to: Kathy Lotzmann, 105 Wingate Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, or email kalgolf4@hotmail.com. Registration ends Oct. 28. For more information, call Monica at 724-522-9807.

Join the Sharpsville 5K run/walk
The Sharpsville Community Food Pantry will hold its 5K run/walk Nov. 11 beginning at 9 a.m. The race starts and ends at St. Bartholomew Church, 311 West Ridge Ave., Sharpsville. Register online at www.smileymiles.com or https://runsignup.com or in person at the St. Bartholomew Parish office during regular business hours. Online registration ends Oct. 31. Registrations and paper registrations received up to this date are guaranteed a T-shirt. The cost per person in advance is $15. Registration on the day of the race is $17. All proceeds benefit the Sharpsville Community Food Pantry.

Down payment deadline extended for World Youth Day trip
Consider joining St. Bartholomew Parish in Sharpsville on its pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2019 in Panama. The deadline for a deposit has been extended to Nov. 15. Please distribute the attached flier. For more information, call the parish office at 724-962-7130 or go to re@saintbartholomews.com.

Group looking for new meeting place
An Alcoholics Anonymous group called “Straight Arrows” needs a meeting room daily for 20 to 35 people from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The ideal meeting location would be near Holy Rosary Church on Erie’s east side. Seating and a space for a coffee pot and access to water for coffee are requested. The group is able to pay a small monthly rent. Please contact Carol Perry at 814-240-8649 with questions or offers.

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 or call the parish office at 814-476-7657.

Long-term substitute teacher needed for Erie Catholic School System
There is an opening for a third-grade, long-term substitute teacher with the Erie Catholic School System. For more details on the application process, go to http://ErieRCD.org/choosecatholicschools.htm.

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