September 25, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, October 2, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, September 28, 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.


Donate to help victims of recent natural disasters
Pastors are asked to share the following information with their parishioners: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking Catholics around the country to continue to be generous to those affected by the recent natural disasters in our area of the world. To provide immediate assistance to the victims of the recent hurricanes and earthquakes, and to help the church rebuild in the areas affected, please visit the Diocese of Erie website at www.ErieRCD.org. The links will take you directly to Catholic Charities USA for domestic hurricane relief and to Catholic Relief Services for earthquake relief in Mexico.

Reminder to pastors: second collection for hurricane relief
Bishop Lawrence Persico asks that a special second collection be taken up the weekend of Sept. 30/Oct. 1 for emergency hurricane relief. These funds will be used to help those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and any other hurricane affecting the USA this year. The money collected will be forwarded to Catholic Charities USA for distribution as needed. (A separate collection already was taken for Hurricane Harvey victims.)

This second collection will function like normal second collections. The parish is asked to collect funds in the same way as other second collections, and forward one check to the Erie Diocesan Finance Office. Parishioners should make out checks to the parish. Parishioners are also free to contribute directly to Catholic Charities USA via the diocesan website at www.ErieRCD.org.

2017 Catholic Services Appeal results
Pastors will find attached the 2017 Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) results through mid-September. As a continuation of the practice of previous years and with the approval of the Presbyteral Council, these results are being made available to you and will be posted on the diocesan website in the near future. If you have any questions, please call the Office of Stewardship and Annual Giving at 814-824-1192.

Contact information for Erie Catholic School System (ECSS)
The Erie Catholic School System (ECSS) is excited that the new school year has successfully gotten underway for students and families. Their offices have moved to the west end (Suite 100) of the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel School at 1531 East Grandview Blvd. (about 1 mile east of St. Mark Catholic Center). Check out the ECSS website, which will be updated in the coming weeks, at www.eriecatholic.org.

ECSS contact information:

  • Erie Catholic School System (ECSS)
    1531 East Grandview Blvd.
    Suite 100
    Erie, PA 16510
    Phone: 814-806-2423 (calls to the former number will transfer for the indefinite future)
    FAX: 814-833-6132

Please make note of this new address and phone number and pass the information along to parishes, groups and individuals.

Winter guidelines issued by Erie Diocesan Cemeteries
All potted plants, empty pots and containers must be removed from Trinity, Calvary, Gate of Heaven, and Mary, Queen of Peace cemeteries in Erie by Oct. 31. Winter decorations and holiday wreaths are permitted after Nov. 1. Your assistance will help keep the cemetery grounds clean, safe and beautiful during the winter months.

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.

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

  • CSA results
  • Tribunal
  • St. Jude parish mission
  • World Apostolate of Fatima retreat
  • Cheerleading packet

Everyone will find attached:


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Take Back the Site event scheduled at Dobbins Landing
A prayer vigil for Karen LeClair, an Erie woman who was killed this summer, will be held Sept. 26 at 5:15 p.m. at the fishing pier just south of Smuggler’s Wharf at Dobbins Landing on Erie’s bayfront. The vigil also will be shared live via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SSJErie/. Click on events for the live feed. Sponsoring the vigil are the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and Oblates, the Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates, and the Sisters of Mercy and Associates.

Girard parish to hold gourmet breakfast
St. John the Evangelist Church in Girard will hold a gourmet breakfast Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at its Parish Center, 1001 E. Main St., Girard. The breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, Chef Ed’s great pancakes, hash browns, juices, coffee, tea and milk. The cost is $7 for adults, and $3 for children under 10. There also will be a gift auction. The public is welcome.

Oktoberfest is coming!
St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life, W. 24th and Sassafras streets, Erie, is hosting its Oktoberfest Oct. 6-8, beginning Oct. 6 with the tapping of the keg at 5 p.m. Enjoy authentic German food, desserts, German music, a kid’s area, more than 100 theme baskets, games of chance, wine wheel, beer tent, and a $25,000 cash raffle. Nine smaller cash prizes will be drawn. The Man’s Room Band will perform Friday night; on Saturday, The Groove.

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. 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. Before the march begins, Bishop Lawrence Persico will lead a prayer consecrating the Diocese of Erie to Our Lady of Fatima. The march will process through downtown Erie, and will be followed at the cathedral with Benediction and a homily by the bishop.

St. Gregory Parish to host parish mission
St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Parish, 48 S. Pearl St., North East, invites the public to its parish mission, “Jesus Transform Us,” Oct. 16-18. Conducted by Father William Rhinehart, CM, of the Vincentian Parish Missions, each evening begins with Mass at 6:30 p.m. Confessions will be heard each day at 5:15 p.m. Anointing of the sick will take place after Mass on Tuesday evening. Refreshments will follow Mass on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Child care will be available each night.

Spaghetti dinner and Corvette featured at parish event
A Serafini’s spaghetti dinner will be held Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Jude the Apostle Church Parish Center, 2801 W. 6th St., Erie. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children, and free for kids under 5. Take-outs are available. The day will also feature a gift auction, bake sale, face-painting, and a chance to win a 2017 Corvette or $40,000 in cash.

Singer will be featured guest at parish mission
St. Jude the Apostle Parish, 2801 W. 6th St., Erie, will host its parish mission—featuring ValLimar Jansen—on Oct. 24-26. See the attached flier for more details.

Ringing in St. Jude School
A special ceremony marking the naming of St. Jude School in Erie will be held at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 2801 W. 6th St., Erie, on Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m. Mass. All are welcome to attend the event, which will honor the former Our Lady’s Christian School, and celebrate the future of the newly named St. Jude School. A procession to the school will immediately follow Mass. There will be a brief prayer service and blessing, followed by tours, a showcase of school history, fun and fellowship.

Save the date for the 15th annual World Apostolate of Fatima retreat
The 15th annual retreat sponsored by The World Apostolate of Fatima, Erie Division, will be held Nov. 4 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 165 Beach Ave., Cambridge Springs. See the attached flier for details.

Cheerleading competition packet now available
The 9th annual St. Michael Cheerleading Competition at Kennedy Catholic High School’s gymnasium in Hermitage will be held Feb. 17, 2018, beginning at 2 p.m.       

The event is open to pep squads, elementary junior varsity, middle school varsity, and high school junior varsity and varsity squads. For the entire packet, including registration information, see the attached document.     


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;

  • 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 accepted through Oct. 9, 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 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 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. 

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.

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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