September 5, 2017
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, September 7, at 4:30 p.m.

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Help for victims of Hurricane Harvey
Those wishing to donate to the relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey may donate online by visiting the Diocese of Erie website at www.ErieRCD.org. Look for “Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey.”

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.

2017 Catholic Education Collection
Pastors and administrators are reminded to publicize the 2017 Catholic Education Collection in a significant way the weekend of Sept. 9-10. Please review several attachments that are part of a CEC promotional kit. This promotional material also can be found at http://www.ErieRCD.org/cec.htm. Half of what is collected in the diocese remains in parishes to support educational programs.

Attachments include sample bulletin inserts, promotional ideas, and black and white as well as color CEC posters. Pastors already should have received a letter from Father Nicholas Rouch, vicar for education, along with copies of the 2017 Catholic Education Collection poster that can be displayed. The attached posters and those on the website can be downloaded and either included in the body of a bulletin or placed as a bulletin insert.

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 www.ErieRCD.org/hr.htm (under Hiring Process Tips, click on the I-9 tab), or by going to www.uscis.gov/I-9 directly. 

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St. Michael School to host car cruise
St. Michael School in Greenville will host a car raffle and car cruise on the church grounds, located at 85 N. High St., Greenville, Sept. 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. The event will include theme baskets, food, and tickets for its 2017 Shelby GT-350 Mustang. The drawing will be held at 6 p.m. The winner will have a choice of the Mustang or $25,000 cash. Tickets are available at www.smscardrawing.com and will be available the day of the event.

Meadville parishes to host mission
All are welcome to attend a tri-parish mission at St. Brigid Parish in Meadville Sept. 24-25, with John Bergsma, Ph.D., professor of theology at Franciscan University, as the featured presenter. See the attached flier for details.

24-part Bible series scheduled in Sharon
St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Sharon is sponsoring “The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation,” a 24-part study that will take participants on a journey through the entire Bible. Session I begins Sept. 26 and will run every Tuesday through Nov.14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 370 Spruce Ave., Sharon. The one-time cost for all sessions is $35. For more information, call Mary Ann at 724-342-7391.

Women’s one-day retreat scheduled in Frenchville
“The Woman at the Well,” a one-day women’s retreat sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena Parish, DuBois, will be held Sept. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bethany Retreat Center, Frenchville. Vesta Siple, who holds a master’s degree in pastoral ministry, will be the presenter. The cost is $30 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration and fee are due by Sept. 22. Checks may be made payable to St. Catherine Parish, and mailed to 118 S. State St., DuBois, PA  15801. For more information, call 814-371-8556.

Enrichment Series continues at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery
The Rev. Dr. Carol Vaccariello will share stories and pictures of a first-hand experience of the Camino de Santiago, the 787-kilometer trek across Spain, on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 6101 East Lake Road, Erie. The talk, titled “When the End is the Beginning: Walking the Camino de Santiago,” is free and open to the public. It is part of the Enrichment Series sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. For further information, contact Sister Stephanie Schmidt, OSB, at formation@mtstbenedict.org or at 814-899-0614, ext. 2511.

Benedictine Sisters offer will, estate presentation
The public is invited to attend a will and estate planning presentation Oct. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, Erie. Shaun Adrian, attorney with MacDonald Illig Attorneys, will speak, followed by conversation and home-baked bread and music provided by the sisters. There also will be an opportunity to visit the chapel and the Sister Joan Chittister Archive Room, and admire the pottery collection of the late Brother Thomas Bezanson. To reserve a seat by Sept. 25 or for more information, call 814-899-0614, ext. 2415.

Musicians, liturgical ministers invited to NPM retreat
The Erie Diocesan Chapter of the Association of National Pastoral Musicians (NPM) will present a day of spiritual reflection next month for singers, instrumentalists, cantors and other liturgical ministers. “The Role of Spiritual Formation for Musicians and Other Liturgical Ministers” will be held Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Callistus Parish, 342 Chase St., Kane. The cost is $10 per NPM member and $12 for non-members. Register before Oct. 4. See the attached document for the registration form. For more information, call Bernie at 814-734-5446.

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 Mass. The cost for the day is $10 per person or $40 for a family. The fee covers all speakers, materials and lunch. Find more information and register now at www.CatholicFamilyFest.com.

Save the date for icon painting workshop
An icon painting workshop will be held Nov. 5-11 at Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. Presenter Mary Kay Laplante will lead the class in creating an icon of Christ in the ancient Byzantine style, using all-natural materials rich with symbolic meaning. Previous artistic experience is not necessary. Students will receive instructions and all materials. The days will include class instruction and painting, personal prayer time, optional Centering Prayer, daily Mass and home-cooked meals provided by the Bethany staff. Space is limited to 12 people. The offering for the workshop is $525 for the class and icon materials, plus $375 for overnight accommodations and meals. There is a $250 nonrefundable deposit required. (Save $20 by bringing your own single sheets and towels.) Partial limited scholarships are available. For more information, go to www.bethanyretreatcenter.org or call 814-263-4855 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Deadline nears to register for contemplative prayer retreat
It’s not too late to register for “The Loving Search for God,” a weekend retreat conducted by Father William Meninger, OCSO, of Snowmass, Colo. The retreat is scheduled Sept. 15-16 at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, Erie. Registration ends Sept. 7. For more information and to register, go to www.stgeorgeerie.org/news/weekend-retreat or contact Donna Clark at 814-899-5342.


CEO vacancy announced at Good Samaritan Center
The position of chief executive officer is open at the Good Samaritan Center, a Clearfield-based affiliate agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie. Please see the attached document outlining the position and application requirements.

Part-time maintenance/janitorial help needed
Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Edinboro is seeking a part-time maintenance/janitorial person. The position is 25 hours per week at an hourly wage commensurate with experience. Must have handy-man skills and a working knowledge of building/grounds janitorial and maintenance care. If interested, contact the parish office at 814-734-3113 or at ololchurch.office@gmail.com. The position is ideal for someone who is semi-retired or who desires a supplemental income.


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