April 17, 2023

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, April 24, 2023.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m.

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Pastors asked to share introductory letter about pastoral planning from Bishop Persico
Bishop Persico is preparing a pastoral letter to the clergy, women and men religious and lay faithful of the diocese. Pastors are asked to share an introductory letter with their parishioners either from the pulpit or in their bulletins as soon as convenient. Those who prefer to offer a link to the letter may also choose to include the following announcement in their bulletins:

Bishop Lawrence Persico has written an introductory letter to the clergy, women and men religious and lay faithful in order to inform them about the ongoing pastoral planning efforts in the Diocese of Erie. The letter will be followed by a series of letters designed to help people understand the situation more fully. Among the statistics included is the fact that Mass attendance in the diocese has declined by 78 percent since 1990. “We must think of ourselves as a diocese, mindful of the needs of all of our sisters and brothers, as we lay out a sustainable plan for the future,” the bishop writes. “What needs to happen in order to care for all of the people in our diocese?” The full letter can be found at www.eriercd.org/planning.html.

2023 Good Shepherd Collection
Please find attached Bishop Persico’s letter introducing the 2023 Good Shepherd Collection, to be taken the weekend of April 29-30. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of April 22-23.

2024 Confirmation schedule
The 2024 confirmation schedule for the Diocese of Erie is now available and can be found in the attachment. Contact the Office for Divine Worship with any questions at 814.824.1271. If any changes are made to the confirmation schedule during the year, it will be updated at www.eriercd.org/bishop/worship.html.

Job openings in the diocese
See the classified section below for the latest position openings. Here’s a quick link to diocesan, school and parish jobs: https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html. For Erie Catholic School System jobs only, go to http://ErieCatholic.org/careers.


Pastoral Planning letter
Good Shepherd Collection
2024 Confirmation schedule
Consecration to Jesus through Mary
Golf and sports raffle

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Pastoral Planning letter
Good Shepherd Collection
2024 Confirmation schedule
Consecration to Jesus through Mary
Golf and sports raffle


Consecration to Jesus through Mary
St. Francis Xavier Parish in McKean is sponsoring a 33-day preparation for Consecration to Jesus through Mary, beginning on April 26 and concluding on May 29, the feast day of Mary, Mother of the Church. Participants will gather weekly for small group meetings at the church, 8880 Main St., McKean. The group study series by author and speaker Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, will be utilized to help bring individual reflections and group experiences into a clear and livable focus. Anyone seeking spiritual renewal or a better relationship with Jesus is encouraged to attend. Contact Irene Schneider at 814.476.7657 ext. 7 or evangelization@stfrancisxaviermckean.org for more information or to register. See flier for details.

Celebration Mass
Celebrate the legacy of Gertrude A. Barber, Servant of God, at a special Mass on April 27, at 11 a.m. at Saint Patrick Church, 130 East 4th Street, Erie. Monsignor Thomas McSweeney, postulator for Barber's cause, will celebrate the Mass, honoring her work for persons with disabilities and commemorating the 23rd anniversary of her passing. Visit https://www.drbarber.org for more information on her life and the canonization process.

Golf & sports raffle
Join the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Mercy Council 11144 for their 28th annual golf and sports raffle and casino night on May 12 at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 837 Bartlett Rd., Harborcreek. The event benefits youth activities at the parish. Doors will be open from 6-11 p.m. Prizes include cash, sports gear and more. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. See flier for details.

Administrative assistant for the International Missions Office/Chancery
The Office of International Missions and the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Erie are seeking a full-time administrative assistant. The candidate should possess at least a high school diploma with additional training in computers and business skills and with three to five years of experience as an administrative assistant. For position details and how to apply, visit https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.

Marketing and communications specialist
Anawim Ministries (Young People Who Care, Inc.) is seeking a marketing and communications specialist to help lead their marketing efforts for retreats, special and ongoing events, and all their different ministries. The candidate should be a tech-savvy and creative go-getter who enjoys connecting with others through technical and traditional media. For full position details and how to apply, visit www.eriercd.org/employment.html.

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