April 15, 2019

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, April 22, 2019.
Deadline: Thursday, April 18, 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.

Important notice for parishes and schools
Please be aware that parishes and Catholic schools of the Diocese of Erie may receive requests for school records from various attorneys or law firms. All such requests (unless they come from the Erie diocesan law firm, K&L Gates) are to be forwarded to Msgr. Ed Lohse at elohse@ErieRCD.org or at 814-824-1135, or mailed to him at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd, Erie, PA 16504. Please contact Msgr. Lohse with any questions.

Parish budget preparation
All pastors/administrators and parish business managers will find attached a letter from the Office of Financial Services regarding the 2019-20 diocesan assessments. Also attached are documents that include the assessments, budget preparation information and the priests’ salary scale.

2019 Good Shepherd Collection for Retired Priests
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2019 Good Shepherd Collection. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of April 27-28.

Club CC set for May 11
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie and Bishop Lawrence Persico invite you to save the date for Club CC, a night to support the good works of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Erie. The event will be held at Erie’s Bayfront Convention Center on May 11 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. This year’s Helping Hands Award honoree is Michael Bailey, whose generosity and vision in the community, in his parish and through Catholic Charities are an inspiration. Dr. Benjamin and Attorney Colleen Stumpf are serving as the Host Circle chairs. Platinum Circle sponsors for the evening include Highmark and AHN Saint Vincent. WJET anchor Jill McCormick will emcee the event, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres as well as dancing to the sounds of Cleveland DJ Brent Schmidt. For more information and to make reservations, go to www.ClubCCNight.com. Attached is a digital save-the-date card that can be used on parish websites.

Save the date for relic visit to St. Peter Cathedral
The Diocese of Erie is privileged to host a significant relic – the heart of St. John Vianney, patron of diocesan priests – June 6 at St. Peter Cathedral, W. 10th and Sassafras streets. Parishes and schools are encouraged to publicize this special event and consider organizing a pilgrimage. More information will be provided very soon. For information on the relic tour, visit https://www.kofc.org/en/events/vianney.html#/.

Catholic Foundation offers resources to parishes promoting CSA
As parishes continue to promote the Catholic Services Appeal, be reminded that the Catholic Foundation is available to offer resources. Consider a follow-up mailing to parishioners who have yet to pledge to this year’s CSA. Consider sending them a CSA brochure, along with a pledge envelope. Letter template ideas can be found in the parish leadership handbook. Extra brochures and pledge envelopes may be ordered by contacting Julia Cooney at 814-824-1253 or at jcooney@cfnwpa.org. For assistance in creating a mailing list for this follow-up letter, contact PDS at 1-877-737-4457.

Another consideration is to promote CSA on your parish website. Instructions for installing this content (written for parishes that have accepted a free ParishPlace website from the Diocese of Erie) can be obtained by emailing Kathy Papalia at kpapalia@ErieRCD.org or calling her at 814-824-1184. Parishes that have not accepted a free website should still be able to utilize some of the content after contacting Kathy.

Diocese of Erie’s Good for You Wellness Initiative
There is still time for full-time employees covered by the diocese’s wellness plan to participate in the Wellness Initiative. Just complete three easy steps to earn your $150 reward. Learn more at https://www.eriercd.org/wellness.html. Did you know that stress is a naturally occurring reaction of the body to psychological or physical demands from the environment? Stress increases blood pressure, heart rate and respiration, as well as other changes to major body systems. Read more about handling stress in the attached document.


Club CC
Wellness, stress

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Priest salary scale
Diocesan assessments
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Good Shepherd Collection letter
Club CC
Wellness, stress


Taizé prayer offered in Meadville
Experience the spiritual power of Taizé prayer at St. Mary of Grace Church, 1085 Water St., Meadville, on April 26 at 7 p.m. Taizé is a prayer service that begins in candlelight with a gathering chant. It continues with psalms, readings and prayers. Singing is one of the most essential elements of Taizé. Short songs, repeated again and again, provide a meditative quality, penetrating one’s whole being. For more information, contact Diane Horneman at 814-336-6541 or Carolyn Melby 814-382-3421.

PA Pro-Life Federation to discuss progress, challenges
People for Life in Erie will host a pro-life town hall meeting May 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier, Erie. The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation will discuss pro-life progress and challenges in Pennsylvania. A question-and-answer will be included. Admission is free.

Moms welcome to special day of grace
If you’re a woman on the journey of motherhood — whether you have one or 10 children, are working or at home, surrounded by little ones or if your children are all out of the house — spend a day filled with mercy and grace on May 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Hope House Retreat Center, 61 East High St., Union City. To register, call The Reason for Our Hope Foundation at 814-455-7364. The cost is $25 for meals (continental breakfast and lunch) and for use of the facility. Feel free to bring your own rosary, journal and Bible. Listen to speakers as we explore the Bible verse Lamentations 3:22-23. There will be time for confessions, Mass and Adoration.

Life in the Spirit seminar planned at OLP
Word of Life Diocesan Charismatic Renewal and Our Lady of Peace Parish are sponsoring “The Gift,” a Life in the Spirit seminar, on May 10 from 6 to 9 p.m., and May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie. This consists of talks, group discussions and live worship, culminating in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. There is no fee, but registration is required by signing up at https://www.eriercd.org/wordoflife/thegiftseminar.html.

Treat mom to a night out
Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Consider treating her to the Holy Trinity Parish designer bag and cash bingo event May 11 at the Harborcreek Fire Department social hall, 7275 Buffalo Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with games commencing at 7 p.m. Admission is $25. Get your tickets from any member of the Parish Catholic Education Program, the Holy Trinity Parish office, or by calling 814-450-8135. There will be 10 purse, eight cash and two 50-50 games, as well as a basket auction, raffles, tips and instant games.

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, Erie, May 17-19. To register or for more information, contact Sister Rosanne Loneck, OSB, at 814-899-0614, or email her at srrosanne@mtstbenedict.org.

Plan now for the diocesan ReVision Conference 
ReVision — The Diocesan Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry will be held June 8 with featured 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. The event will be held at St. Mark Catholic Center, 420 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, with doors open for registration at 1 p.m. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. and concludes with a 4:30 p.m. vigil Mass with Bishop Lawrence Persico presiding. There will be an optional social after Mass. Tickets are free. Online registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/revision-conference-tickets-54369478574.

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.

Seton Catholic hiring principal
Seton Catholic School in Meadville is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as its principal for the 2019-20 school year. For more information about the position and to apply, go to https://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.html.

Assistant principal needed in Youngstown Diocese
Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio, is seeking applications for the position of assistant principal. The deadline to apply is April 29, or until the position is filled. Send a cover letter, résumé and three professional references to: Mr. Mark Vollmer, principal, Cardinal Mooney High School, 2545 Erie St., Youngstown, OH  44507, or email to mvollmer@youngstowndiocese.org. For more information, call 330-788-5007.

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