September 11, 2017
Today, we remember all victims of terrorist attacks.

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, September 18, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, September 14, 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.

Registration is open for Family Fest ‘17
This year’s Family Fest will be held Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie. Bishop Lawrence Persico will officiate at 4 p.m. Mass; Greg Willits, a nationally recognized Catholic speaker, will give a presentation. The cost is $10 per person or $40 for a family. The fee covers all speakers, materials and lunch. Find more information and register at

Tribunal newsletter available
Attached is the September “Marriage Matters” newsletter of the Office of the Tribunal and Matrimonial Concerns of the Diocese of Erie.

Pastors, staff asked to sign up for MyParish App webinar
Parishioners of all ages are ready for their parish to go mobile. Because of the diocesan relationship with Faith magazine, the cutting edge, easy-to-use MyParish App (available to parishes across the country at $39.95 per month) is being offered to parishes in the Diocese of Erie free of charge. Numerous other Faith magazine affiliates have had great success with this initiative.

A basic app already is being created for each of our parishes; information on how to customize them will be shared in the near future. Keeping it updated with relevant information about your parish is as easy as working in a Microsoft document. Parishes not interested in customizing can offer a diocesan-based version that still has great resources, including the daily Mass readings from the USCCB, prayers ranging from the Act of Contrition to the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Catholic news, and even a how-to guide for going to confession.

All pastors and any staff who would like to be involved with this initiative need to sign up for a one-hour webinar being offered on Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. or Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. If you cannot attend a live session, a recorded version also will be available. Please visit 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.

Special notice to pastors, secretaries and all diocesan-affiliated administrators
The federal Form I-9, which is required to be completed for all new hires, has been revised. The revised form must be in use no later than Sept. 18, 2017. Copies for download can be found at (under Hiring Process Tips, click the I-9 tab), or go to directly.

Cancer support booklets still available
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie still has a few remaining copies of “Helping People Cope: A Guide for Families Facing Cancer.” Any parish interested in these guides for use with individuals or as part of a cancer support group are welcome to them, at no charge. First come, first served. To arrange for pick-up, call 814-824-1250.

Anniversary photos available to view online
Photos from the 2017 Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration events at St. Leo Magnus, Ridgway, and St. Jude the Apostle, Erie, are available to view on the Family Life Office anniversary page at Enjoy these photographs that celebrate marriage.

Tribunal and Matrimonial Concerns to travel the diocese
The Office of the Tribunal and Matrimonial Concerns of the Diocese of Erie will travel to four areas of the diocese in October to present evening sessions on the process for a declaration of nullity. The evenings also offer an opportunity for individuals to meet with members of the Tribunal staff to begin the nullity process.

Priests, deacons and others involved in pastoral ministry are asked to publish and/or post the attached flier to encourage people who may wish to seek a declaration of nullity to attend one of these commitment-free, no-hassle sessions. Questions or inquiries also may be made directly to the Tribunal at 814-824-1140.

Warning about free antivirus software
While most free antivirus software comes with a good rating, there is only so much free software can do. Free software provides only a basic level of protection and may not be able to keep up with today’s technology threats. Some free antivirus software programs come loaded with advertisements that may slow your device, and/or spyware that is meant to steal your personal information. Most free antivirus programs are only free for use in private homes. Individuals using free antivirus software in a parish setting may be violating copyright laws, exposing their organization to hefty fines. If you need antivirus software for your parish, Symantec Endpoint Protection is available. For information, contact Kathy Papalia at or call 814-824-1184.

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Bishop Trautman Lecture features Marquette professor
Jame Schaefer, Ph.D., associate professor of systematic theology and ethics at Marquette University, is the featured lecturer at the Bishop Donald Trautman Lecture in Catholic Theology Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Yehl Alumni Room at the Waldron Campus Center of Gannon University, Erie. The title of her talk is, “Converting to and Nurturing an Ecological Consciousness: A Catholic Theological Imperative.” The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged by going to

Gannon to host two lectures on concussions
Concussion awareness is the focus of two upcoming lectures at Gannon University’s Yehl Room of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. 7th St., Erie. John Leddy, M.D., clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will speak Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. The second lecture will be given Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. by Brian Hainline, M.D., chief medical officer of the NCAA.

Evening of prayer, music scheduled in DuBois
An evening of prayer and music will be held Sept. 17 beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 15 Robinson St., DuBois. Leading prayer and prayers for healing will be Father Bill Barron, pastor of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Sykesville, and St. Mary Parish, Reynoldsville. For more information, contact Judy Smart at 814-637-5930 or Rich Kenawell at 814-771-7932.

Knights sponsor dance featuring ‘The Groove’
The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a dance Sept. 23 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Our Lady of Mercy Parish gym, 837 Bartlett Road, Harborcreek. Enjoy the sounds of “The Groove,” one of Erie's most popular bands. Complimentary beer and snacks will be provided. Tickets are $15 per person, or $25 for two. Tickets may be purchased at the parish office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the office at 814-899-5342.

Speakers will share their ministries on the margins
Holy Cross Parish in Fairview will present a speaker series at the church, 7100 West Ridge Road, for five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m., beginning Sept. 26 and ending Oct. 24. See the attached brochure for more details.

Rosary March marks 100th anniversary of Fatima
The 23rd annual Rosary March in the Diocese of Erie will be held Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter Cathedral, W. 10th and Sassafras streets, Erie. Bishop Lawrence Persico will give the homily at the Cathedral following the march through the downtown area. The World Apostolate of Fatima is sponsoring the event, which this year marks the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Mother to three children in Fatima, Portugal.

SBA Alumnae Association to hold purse bingo
The St. Benedict Academy Alumnae Association will hold a designer purse bingo event Oct. 1 at the Harborcreek Social Hall, 7275 Buffalo Road. The cost is $25 per person. Food, beer and wine will be available. For tickets and more information, contact Ann Comstock at 814-899-0614, ext. 2573, or

Healing Mass scheduled in Erie
The Son of God Prayer Group in Erie will host a healing Mass Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 2701 East Ave., Erie. Father David Poulson, pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Cambridge Springs, will preside. Music will be provided by St. Joseph/Bread of Life, Erie. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to provide time to write petitions that will be presented at the offertory procession. For more information, call Pat at 814-823-3968.

Italian American Women’s Association to host dance in October
The Italian American Women’s Association in Erie is hosting “Romance in Venice,” a fundraiser dance Oct. 21 at the church hall at St. Joseph Parish, 147 W. 24th St., Erie. See the attached flier for further details. Additionally, if students are looking for service hour opportunities, please contact Pat Rossi at 814-881-1975 or email her at

Positions open with the Erie Catholic School System
Two positions are currently available with the new Erie Catholic School System. For details, go to

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