April 1, 2019

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, April 8, 2019.
Deadline: Thursday, April 4, 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.

Experience reconciliation at ‘The Light is on for You’
Parishes in Erie County will be open for the sacrament of reconciliation Wednesday, April 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. The evening – called “The Light is on for You” – is an opportunity for people who have not gone to confession in a long time or who have been away from the church to return and experience Jesus’ love and forgiveness. Everyone is welcome to participate in this opportunity for confession during Lent. All Erie County Catholic parishes are participating except for All Saints in Waterford, Blessed Sacrament in Erie, and St. John the Evangelist in Girard, due to scheduling conflicts.

Chrism Mass volunteers needed
At the annual Chrism Mass, the bishop blesses oils for the anointing of catechumens, the sick, and those to be baptized, confirmed or ordained. The Office of Worship of the Diocese of Erie is requesting volunteers to participate in the procession of oils at the Chrism Mass at St. Peter Cathedral on April 15 at 4 p.m. Anyone who works with these groups or is soon to be anointed who would like to be part of the procession or to read the verbal presentation of an oil to the bishop is asked to contact the Office of Worship at 814-824-1271 or Matt Clark, administrator, at mclark@ErieRCD.org. Volunteers will not be asked to carry the urns of oil.

Priests invited to transitional diaconate ordination
All priests are invited to the transitional diaconate ordination of seminarians Kevin O’Connor Holland and Joseph Arthur Petrone on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Mark Seminary Chapel. Please bring an alb and white stole. Vesting will be in the library. A reception will follow in the St. Mark Catholic Center cafeteria. The formal invitation is attached. Please RSVP to seminary@ErieRCD.org or call Joan Fye at 814-824-1200.

Deacons invited to transitional diaconate ordination
All deacons are invited to the transitional diaconate ordination of seminarians Kevin O’Connor Holland and Joseph Arthur Petrone on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Mark Seminary Chapel. The formal invitation is attached. Please bring an alb and white stole. Vesting will be in the library. A reception will follow in the St. Mark Catholic Center cafeteria. Please RSVP to seminary@ErieRCD.org  or call Joan Fye at 814-824-1200.

Liturgy reminders for the Triduum
Please see the attached top 10 tips for planning a prayerful and engaging Triduum. The Office of Worship thanks Diana Macalintal at www.Liturgy.life for permission to reprint these tips. Give some thought to these: How do you maintain the inherent unity of these three days? When do the lights come on at the Easter Vigil? How should we acknowledge those to be baptized, the elect? Do you use your best ministers for the Triduum? And don’t miss the helpful guide on the last page of the document for evaluating your Triduum. 

2019 Pontifical Good Friday Collection
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2019 Pontifical Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way April 13-14.

Is your organization having a festival this summer or fall?
It’s never too early to schedule advertising for your parish/school festival. Faith magazine’s June 2019 edition will publish a listing of festivals or events in the Diocese of Erie. The listing also will be made available online and through social media. To advertise parish or school festivals or other events, contact Advertising Manager Brenda Williams at 814-824-1161 or 1-800-374-3723, ext. 161, or email bwilliams@ErieRCD.org. Space must be reserved by April 5. Please provide the details, date(s), time, place and cost for the event and, if needed, a phone number and/or website for questions. The cost is $45 per listing. This is a great resource for those planning summer activities.

Job openings in the diocese
See the classified section below for current position openings in the Communications Office and schools. Here’s a quick link: https://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.html.

Important notes from the Good for You Wellness Initiative
There is still time to participate in the Diocese of Erie’s Good for You Wellness Initiative. This program is for full-time employees covered by the Diocese of Erie’s wellness plan. All that’s necessary is to complete three easy steps to earn a $150 reward. Learn more at https://www.eriercd.org/wellness.html.

Everyone knows that eating smart and exercising regularly are keys to looking and feeling our best. But, did you know that our mental and emotional “diets” have just as great an effect on our energy level? Attached is a fun challenge in which you will learn new techniques to reduce stress and increase energy levels.


Triduum tips, evaluation
Wellness Initiative
Passion Play brochure

Parish Bulletin Announcements

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Diaconate invitation
Triduum tips, evaluation
Pontifical Good Friday Collection
Wellness Initiative
Passion Play brochure


DuBois Central Catholic Players present ‘Footloose, the Musical’
The DuBois Central Catholic Players will present three more shows of “Footloose, the Musical” April 5 at 7 p.m., and April 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Central Catholic’s auditorium, 200 Central Christian Road, DuBois. The cast features 31 high school and middle school students who present the story of bringing back dancing and rock music to a small town in rural America. All seats are reserved. Call 814-371-3060, ext. 601, for availability. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 11 and under.

Catch ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at MPS Performing Arts Center
The Mercyhurst Preparatory School Performing Arts Department will present “Beauty and the Beast” April 11-13 at 7 p.m., and April 14 at 2 p.m. at the MPS Performing Arts Center (PAC), 538 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door.

Diocesan Charismatic Renewal sponsors worship concert
A “Come to Jesus” adoration worship concert, sponsored by Word of Life Diocesan Charismatic Renewal, will be held April 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish/Bread of Life Community, 147 W. 24th St., Erie. Father Johnathan Schmolt will preside. For more information, go to www.ErieRCD.org/wordoflife/.

Mid-Life/Lifelong Retreat offered at Mount St. Benedict
The Mid-Life/Lifelong Retreat for Personal and Spiritual Growth for Adults is a weekend experience allowing one to refocus in the midst of life's changes. This retreat will be held at Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Erie May 17-19. To register or for more information, contact Sister Rosanne Loneck, OSB, at 814-899-0614 or email srrosanne@mtstbenedict.org.

Plan now for the diocesan ReVision Conference
The annual diocesan ReVision Conference featuring keynote speaker Everett Fritz, founder/executive director of St. Andrew Missionaries and author of The Art of Forming Young Disciples: Why youth ministries aren’t working and what to do about it, will be held June 8 at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie. Doors will open for registration at 1 p.m. with the program beginning at 1:30 p.m. The day will conclude with a 4:30 p.m. vigil Mass for Pentecost with Bishop Lawrence Persico officiating. There will be an optional social after Mass. Tickets are free, but online registration is required by going to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/revision-conference-tickets-54369478574. The first 10 people to register will receive a free copy of Fritz’s book.

Brochure available for Passion Play pilgrimage
See the attached brochure for the latest information about next summer’s pilgrimage to Poland, Prague, Germany and the 2020 Passion Play in Oberammergau.

Multi-media journalist needed
The Office of Communications of the Diocese of Erie is hiring a full-time multi-media journalist. The ideal candidate will be responsible for planning, prioritizing and packaging materials for distribution through all digital and social media platforms, as well as print. For the full position profile and directions on how to apply, go to https://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.html.

Vice president positions available at Erie Catholic School System
The Erie Catholic School System is beginning a nationwide search for two new positions: vice president of enrollment management and vice president of advancement. Interested applicants may visit https://www.eriecatholic.org/VP-openings for job descriptions and application instructions. Applications will be accepted through April 18, with the interview process beginning soon thereafter.

St. Michael School principal position announcement
St. Michael School in Greenville is seeking candidates for principal. Appointment to this position will be at the end of the 2018-19 school year. For more information about the position and to apply, go to https://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.html.

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