September 18, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, September 25, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, September 21, 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.


Aid for hurricane victims
Pastors may inform their parishioners that donations to help victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey may be made directly to Catholic Charities USA by going to the Erie Diocesan website (www.ErieRCD.org) and clicking on Help hurricane victims or by calling this number to donate by phone: 1-800-919-9338.

Attention, pastors! October Count to begin
Pastors are reminded that the annual October Count starts Oct. 7, 2017. Visit http://www.ErieRCD.org/pdf/OctoberCount.pdf to find instructions and a blank worksheet. The deadline for submitting figures is Nov. 6, 2017.

Bulletin announcements on diocesan policy and code of conduct
Pastors, parish secretaries and religious education leaders are reminded that in accord with diocesan policies on the protection of children and youth, parishes are required to inform all parishioners of the policies regarding child protection and the code of conduct. Please see the attached document that contains bulletin announcements for publication, or access them at www.ErieRCD.org/protectyouth.htm (under bulletin announcements). These announcements should appear at some time in your September and October bulletins. Please mail a copy of your bulletin/s containing these announcements to: Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, ATTN: Cindy Zemcik, St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16504.

Vocations Office to host six dinners
Priests, sisters and anyone who works with youth in the Diocese of Erie are asked to read the attached letters from Bishop Lawrence Persico and Father Mike Polinek, vocations director, regarding upcoming St. Andrew Dinners and a Miriam Dinner at various locations in the diocese.

Also attached are individualized fliers for each event that can be used to promote the dinners. The St. Andrew Dinner locations are: Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex; Ss. Cosmas and Damian, Punxsutawney; Our Lady of Peace, Erie; Our Lady, Queen of the Americas, Conneaut Lake; and St. Eulalia, Coudersport. The Miriam Dinner location is Julia House, Erie.

Seminary update
All clergy are asked to read the attached memo from St. Mark Seminary regarding seminary enrollment, ordination dates and the seminarian poster.

Respect Life Month materials available to pastors, parish administrators
The Catholic Church in the United States will observe Respect Life Month in October. With emphasis on protecting the most vulnerable among us, this year’s theme is titled, “Be Not Afraid.” The Office for Social Justice and Life has prepared resource packets from the USCCB for all parishes in the Diocese of Erie. If you will be visting St. Mark Catholic Center, please stop by the Catholic Charities office and pick up the packet for your parish. Call Catholic Charities at 814-824-1250 with any questions or to arrange for pick-up. For additional resources, visit the USCCB website at www.usccb.org/respectlife.

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 the 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 of four or more. The fee covers all speakers, materials and lunch. Find more information and register at www.CatholicFamilyFest.com.

Formation opportunity for all liturgy and music leaders
GIA Publications is offering a Fall Institute Oct. 12-14 at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Vocal and instrumental master classes and workshops by clinicians such as Tony Alonso, Jeanne Cotter and Marty Haugen are available. Concerts and lectures on music and worship by Father Richard Fragomeni, Dianne Bergant, James Abbington Benjamin Stewart, among other leaders, are part of the institute. For more information or to register, visit https://institute.giamusic.com/

High school students invited to National Catholic Youth Conference
High school students in Erie who would like to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) Nov. 16-19 in Indianapolis, but whose parishes are not planning to attend, are invited to contact Kathleen Peterson, director for Youth & Family Ministry at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Erie, at kathleen.peterson@olp.org or at 814-833-7701, ext. 234. The contingent from Our Lady of Peace welcomes you to join them. The cost for the trip is $300. The registration deadline is Sept. 25. A $40 late fee is added for registrations after that date.

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.

Special weekend planned at Fatima shrine in New York
The Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston, N.Y., will host a centennial weekend celebration of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima Oct. 13-15. All are welcome, including bus groups. Reservations are not required, but are greatly appreciated. Handicapped accessible. Free admission. The schedule:

  • Oct. 13—To fulfill the centennial plenary indulgence requirement, the rosary will be recited and confessions will be available at 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Masses will be at 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. (healing Mass celebrated by Father Richard McAlear, OMI).

  • Oct. 14—Gloria Falcao Dodd of the International Marian Research Institute, University of Dayton, Ohio, will present “Fatima: Mary Speaks and the Popes Listen” at 2 and 7 p.m. The Morning Star Family Holy Hour, Olean, N.Y., will present “Fatima: The Musical” at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

  • Oct. 15—The NYS Knights of Columbus annual pilgrimage Mass and rosary procession will be held at 1:15 p.m. The Most Rev. Edward Grosz, auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, will be the main celebrant. Quiet Waters will lead the 3 p.m. Sunday rosary with “Rosary: Musical Glorious Mysteries” starting at 3:15 p.m. Mass at 5 p.m. will be followed by a candlelight rosary procession and burning of petitions at 6:30 p.m.

Religious articles store and gift shop will be open the entire weekend from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day.

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

  • Protection bulletin announcements
  • Bishop's letter
  • Fr. Polinek's letter
  • Good Shepherd vocation flier
  • Ss. Cosmas and Damian vocation flier
  • Our Lady of Peace vocation flier
  • Our Lady, Queen of the Americas vocation flier
  • St. Eulalia vocation flier
  • Miriam Dinner flier
  • Seminary
  • Tribunal
  • Mercyhurst lecture
  • WYD flier

Everyone will find attached:


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Community rosary in Bradford to celebrate Fatima apparitions
The St. Francis of Assisi Rosary Altar Society in Bradford is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions with a community rosary Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Fatima shrine adjacent to G. Carlton Ritchie Hall at St. Francis of Assisi Church, St. Francis Drive, Bradford. All are encouraged to attend. The event will be held rain or shine; if raining, the rosary will be prayed inside Ritchie Hall. There will be limited seating, so bring a lawn chair. Refreshments will follow.

Father Ron Witherup to speak at St. Patrick Parish
One of the highlights of the year-long 150th anniversary at St. Patrick Parish in Franklin is the 40 Hours celebration planned for Oct. 1-3. The event will open with Mass offered by Bishop Lawrence Persico at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 1, followed by a dinner for all parishioners and their families. Evening prayer and Benediction will be prayed on Sunday and Monday evenings. A solemn closing, along with Benediction, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3. All evening services will begin at 7 p.m. Father Ronald Witherup, general superior of the Sulpician Order and a native son of St. Patrick, will speak at each of the evening services.

Gannon University to host Loftus Lecture Oct. 3
The Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on Catholic Thought and Action will feature George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C., on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Gannon University’s Yehl Alumni Room at the Waldron Campus Center in downtown Erie. The lecture is titled, “Evangelical Catholicism: Challenges in 21st-Century America.” The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged by going to www.gannon.edu/Newsworthy/Loftus-Lecture-Registration/.

‘Spirituality and Gender’ is topic of Mercyhurst lecture
Greg Baker, campus minister at Mercyhurst University, Erie, will deliver a public lecture at Mercyhurst’s Walker Recital Hall Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. His topic is “Spirituality and Gender: Catholic Perspectives on a Whole and Just Life.” See the attached flier for more information.

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 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.

Our Lady of Peace celebrates Fatima
On Oct. 12, Our Lady of Peace Parish, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with recitation of the rosary, followed by Mass at 5:30 p.m. with Bishop Emeritus Donald Trautman as the main celebrant. A reception in the school cafeteria will follow.

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 email re@saintbartholomews.com.

Sisters of the Humility of Mary to host Harvest Day
The Sisters of the Humility of Mary at Villa Maria Farm, 225 Villa Maria Road, Villa Maria, Pa., are hosting their 18th annual Harvest Day on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come for music, hay rides, children's activities, pony rides, face-painting, and Jot the Clown. Shop for farm fresh produce at the Villa Produce Market. Bakery items, gift baskets and more will be available from vendors and the Villa Shoppe. Free parking and admission. Learn more at www.humilityofmary.org.

ALPHA begins at Sacred Heart Parish, Erie
ALPHA is a 10-week course recommended by the U.S. Catholic bishops as a tool for the new evangelization. It creates an environment and opportunity for an encounter with Jesus. Sessions began Sept. 14 and continue every Thursday through Nov. 16 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish auditorium, 816 W. 26th St., Erie. Evenings include a shared meal, followed by a talk and discussion. Invite a friend. For more information or to register, contact Sister Ricarda Vincent at rvincent@velocity.net or call her at 814-456-6256.


Position opening for director of 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 through Oct. 4, 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 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. 

Positions open with Erie Catholic School System
Positions are currently available with the Erie Catholic School System. For details, go to http://ErieRCD.org/choosecatholicschools.htm.


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