April 26, 2021

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National Day of Prayer to be held May 6
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. Its purpose is to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families. Please see the attachment with a background and suggestions for your universal prayer that day. More information can be found at www.nationaldayofprayer.org.

Diocese invites all to the next stop on virtual pilgrimage during Year of St. Joseph
As we continue celebrating the Year of St. Joseph, Father Rick Tomasone and the people of St. Joseph Parish, Warren, invite you to join them virtually on Sunday, May 9, for the 10 a.m. Mass on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/saintjosephwarrenpa. Stay tuned for details on the June 20 pilgrimage stop at St. Joseph Parish, Sharon.

2021 International Needs Collection
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2021 collection for International Needs, taken the weekend of May 15-16. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of May 8-9.

Diocese will recognize wedding anniversaries
The 2021 Diocesan Anniversary Celebration liturgies for couples celebrating 25, 50, 60 or more years of marriage will be held at two locations in the diocese: Aug. 1 at Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarion, and Aug. 8 at St. Jude Parish in Erie. For more information and to register, go to www.eriercd.org/familylifeoffice/anniv.html. Electronic registrations are highly encouraged, but a hard copy registration form is attached for those who are not able to register online. Further questions may be directed to your parish or the Faith Formation Office at 814-824-1210.

Mission Office to hold online auction
The Mission Office of the Diocese of Erie is holding an online auction May 17-22 to raise funds for the celebration of the Mission of Friendship’s 50th anniversary this year. The Mission of Friendship is the Diocese of Erie’s mission located in Merida, Mexico. People may access the auction through the Mission Office website at www.eriercd.org/missions/. For questions, contact Indira Suarez, director of the Mission Office, at isuarez@ErieRCD.org or 814-824-1231.

Calling all TEC/DME alumni
Anyone who attended a To Encounter Christ (TEC), or a Divine Mercy Encounter (DME) retreat is invited to attend a “hybrid" reunion on May 22. Mark your calendars to reconnect with your community either in person or via Zoom in Erie and in St. Marys. All participants must register at https://www.divinemercyencounter.com/copy-of-retreat-application. The event will include Mass, fellowship, breakout groups and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Further details regarding times and locations are available at www.divinemercyencounter.com. Please contact kchandley@divinemercyencounter.com with questions.

International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter
The Catholic Foundation is happy to share the May edition of the International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter, found at https://catholicstewardship.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/ICSC-Parish-Ebulletin_MAY-21_v2.pdf. Pastors and parish staff are encouraged to read and share this publication with their parishioners, using all or part of it for their parish bulletin, with credit to the author/source.

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.


National Day of Prayer
Wedding anniversary registration form
DCC virtual spring auction
Our Lady of Mount Carmel summer program

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National Day of Prayer
2021 International Needs Collection
Wedding anniversary registration form
DCC virtual spring auction
Our Lady of Mount Carmel summer program


Register for DCC spring auction
DuBois Central Catholic School is hosting a virtual spring auction May 8 beginning at 7 p.m. Make a pledge, listen to alumni stories and bid on silent auction items. Register at www.dccspring21.givesmart.com or use the QR code on the attached flier.

Mother's Day retreat for women experiencing infertility, loss
Springs in the Desert, a Catholic ministry for women and couples experiencing infertility and loss, knows how difficult Mother's Day can be. It often surfaces negative emotions, creating a sense of dread to the point that some couples even avoid attending Mass that Sunday. The Springs in the Desert team invites couples to transform this day from one of isolation to community and solidarity by attending the virtual Springs of Hope Mother's Day retreat, “Belonging,” May 7-9. This retreat is for all who long for motherhood, whether experiencing primary or secondary infertility, miscarriage or loss, diagnosed or unexplained, and even for those who are menopausal or past child-bearing years. Registration is free at www.springsinthedesert.org. For more information email info@springsinthedesert.org. For further questions about this opportunity, contact Kate Wilson, director of Faith Formation for Marriage and Family Life, at kwilson@ErieRCD.org.

Mercy Center of the Arts moves, welcomes new students
After 50 years at the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse, Mercy Center of the Arts, a preschool focused on art, music and the sciences, has moved to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, 1531 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. Registration for the fall is now open. For more information, call 814-824-2519.

Summer program offered for students
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Erie is offering a summer program for children in kindergarten through seventh grade. Please see the attached flier for full details. Registration deadline is May 27.

There are no classifieds this week.

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