April 16, 2018

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, April 23, 2018.
Deadline: Thursday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m.

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A notice to pastors, principals and administrators
Up until recently, St. Mark Catholic Center and many other diocesan entities have used Shred-X for confidential record destruction. Shred-X has now become Shred-It, with new ownership, and the cost of shredding has risen dramatically. A survey was emailed to your location on April 9. Please complete and submit it by April 20. Responses to the survey will be used to negotiate discounted, diocesan-wide pricing for those who are interested.

Parish budget preparation
All pastors/administrators and parish business managers will find attached a letter from the Office of Financial Services regarding the 2018-19 parish budget preparation. The priests’ salary scale, effective July 1, 2018, is included in the attachment.

Not too late to register for Families at the Center of Faith
John Roberto, a national leader in the fields of faith formation, youth and young adult ministry and family catechesis, will be in Erie April 24 for Families at the Center of Faith, a workshop sponsored by the Religious Education Office of the Diocese of Erie. The deadline to register has been extended. To register, go to https://form.jotform.com/eriediocese/families-at-the-center-of-faith-420. Pastors, religious education leaders and faith formation, parish staff, sacramental coordinators, family ministers and others in ministry are encouraged to attend. See the attached flier for more information.

Plan to attend St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary card party
The St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary is hosting its annual card party April 19 in the gymnasium at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. Doors open at 5 p.m., but the event begins at 6 p.m. Reservations only; no walk-ins. To reserve tickets, at $7 each, call Betsy Squeglia at 814-504-2720. Raffle tickets will be available for many prizes, including the top prize of $1,000.

If unable to attend, please consider making a donation to the seminary, whether you drop off a basket or gift/gift card for one of our many raffles, or simply send a monetary contribution to St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16504.

Holy Hour to Know My Vocation
A Holy Hour to Know My Vocation will be held April 22 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter Cathedral in downtown Erie. The holy hour will include a Scripture reading and homily by Father Mike Polinek, a silent meditation, the rosary for vocations, and Benediction. The purpose of the event is to ask Jesus to give the gift of courage to young men and women called to be priests, deacons, and consecrated men and women, and for clarity in their discernment process. There will be prayers for holy marriages and for our own personal call to holiness. See the attached flier to distribute where possible.


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Men’s Night Out with Congressman Thompson
Our Lady of Mercy Church, 837 Bartlett Road, Harborcreek, is offering a Men’s Night Out May 4 at 6 p.m., with featured speaker U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson. Congressman Thompson will speak on the status of pro-life legislation and other issues important to Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District. Food and refreshments will be provided. Free-will offering accepted. The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus/Our Lady of Mercy. Please RSVP to secretary@ourladyofmercychurch.org, knoyle@yahoo.com, legler.phil@gmail.com or call 814-899-5342.

Night at the Races scheduled in Conneaut Lake
Our Lady, Queen of the Americas Parish, 155 S. 9th St., Conneaut Lake, is hosting its Night at the Races May 5 beginning at 6 p.m. There will be 10 professionally announced races, a gift auction, 50/50, food and fun. Call 814-382-7252 to purchase tickets and reserve a table.

Public welcome to healing Mass
The Son of God Prayer Group in Erie invites everyone to a healing Mass on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 2701 East Ave., Erie, with Father Richard Toohey, Father Kyle Seyler and Deacon Jerry Peterson. Music will be provided by St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to provide time to write petitions on a simulated brick wall, which will be presented at the offertory procession. For more information, call Pat at 814-823-3968.

Golf and sports raffle to benefit parish
Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Harborcreek and its Knights of Columbus will hold their annual golf and sports raffle May 11 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 837 Bartlett Road. Tickets are available in the parish office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by calling 814-899-5342. Tickets also are available at the door the night of the raffle. The cost is $10 per ticket and includes food, beverages and a chance to win 19 great prizes. The grand prize is a cruise trip for two to Bermuda.

Widowed, divorced, separated?
Transitions is a monthly peer ministry for those who are widowed, divorced or separated. The next meeting is May 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. For more information, call the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261 or visit www.ErieRCD.org/familylifeoffice/transitions.html.

Summer Discipleship Camp offered to teenagers
The Diocese of Erie’s Summer Discipleship Camp (Camp Totus Tuus) will be held July 15-18 at St. Philip Church in Linesville. The camp is for middle school students who want to strengthen their relationship with Jesus and who want to spend time with other Catholic Christians. Camp begins with a family Mass at 1 p.m. on July 15, and ends with a family picnic at 6 p.m. on July 18. The cost is $175 per person; financial aid is sometimes offered by a parish or school. The cost includes all snacks and meals, overnight accommodations, a T-shirt, binder and materials for the week. Register online at https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=8fc13d or contact Jennifer Durney of the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at jdurney@ErieRCD.org or at 814-824-1219.

Opportunity for high school students at Canisius College
Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., is offering an opportunity for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to participate in its “Be the Light Youth Theology Institute” July 23-28. An application and nomination is due May 18. The cost of the institute is $50 for the week. More details and registration can be found at https://www.canisius.edu/btli.

Extra copies of Matthew Kelly book available
St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Lawrence Park has 24 copies of Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly, available to any parish, campus ministry or group at no charge. Study guides are available online from the publisher. Contact St. Mark’s parish office at 814-899-3000. Please make arrangements for pick-up.