April 6, 2021

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, April 12, 2021.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

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Free access to myParish App available for parishes in the diocese
The Communications Office of the Diocese of Erie is pleased to announce that parishes in the diocese will continue to enjoy myParish App, free of charge. The app can be used for messaging, sharing bulletins, accessing daily Mass readings, news updates and much more. Find details at https://myparishapp.com/. Please contact Anne-Marie Welsh, director of communications, at amwelsh@ErieRCD.org if you would like additional information about getting started or maintaining the service.

World Apostolate of Fatima-Erie plans expansion of Home Enthronement Ministry
Plans are underway to expand the Home Enthronement Ministry to each geographical region of the Diocese of Erie beginning in June. Thirteen Sacred Heart statues and 13 Our Lady of Fatima statues will be needed to provide one set for each of the priests/spiritual directors/lay coordinators who offer home enthronements in their respective areas. The purchase price for each statue is estimated at $160 each. Monetary donations may be made to the World Apostolate of Fatima-Erie, c/o John Kostrubanic, president, P.O. Box 311, Fairview, PA 16415. All donors will be recognized by name and city in an upcoming World Apostolate of Fatima-Erie newsletter and will be invited to a special Mass at Erie’s Sacred Heart Church on June 11 at 5:30 p.m. Bishop Lawrence Persico will bless all the statues.

Remember Good Shepherd Sunday/Diocesan Priest Retirement Collection
The annual Good Shepherd Collection for retired priests of the Diocese of Erie will be taken up at all parishes as a second collection the weekend of April 24-25. A promotion kit has been prepared by Msgr. Daniel Magraw, director of the Good Shepherd Collection, and should help pastors and their office staff to effectively promote the collection. The kit and other resources, including a letter from Bishop Lawrence Persico, are available at https://www.eriercd.org/Good-Shepherd-Collection-materials.html. Parish administration of the collection will be the same as other special collections. Please remit initial proceeds to the diocesan Finance Office by May 30. Final contributions received should be submitted to the Finance Office before June 30. For questions or assistance with promoting this collection, contact Msgr. Magraw at 814-456-0671 or dmagraw@ErieRCD.org.

International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter
The Catholic Foundation is happy to share the April edition of the International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter at https://catholicstewardship.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/ICSC-Parish-eBulletin_April-21_F.pdf. Pastors and parish staff are encouraged to read and share this publication with their parishioners, using all or parts of it for their parish bulletin, with credit to the author/source.

Computer security training
Social engineering is a way of manipulating people so that they give up confidential information. Criminals use social engineering tactics because it’s usually easier to exploit someone’s natural inclination to trust than it is to discover ways to hack their software. Learn more at https://legal.acst.com/social-engineering-tactics.  

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.


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Word of Life event/luncheon scheduled April 17
Word of Life Charismatic Renewal Center of the Diocese of Erie is hosting a luncheon, “Eucharistic Miracles,” featuring guest speaker Dr. Jaci Phillips, on April 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish/Bread of Life Community, 147 W. 24th St., Erie. The cost is $10 in person and via livestream. Find out more and register at www.eriercd.org/wordoflife/miracles.html or call 814-824-1286. Register for in-person attendance by April 15; lunch is provided for the in-person event. Make checks payable to Word of Life CCRC and mail to Word of Life, St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16514.

Book a retreat at Hope House Retreat Center
Formerly known as Avila House, the Hope House Retreat Center, 61 E. High St., Union City, provides a retreat experience for men and women of all faiths to discover and/or strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ. The late Msgr. James Peterson opened the doors for retreats at the Avila House in 1981. Book a personal or group retreat or schedule a tour of Hope House Retreat Center by calling 814-455-7364. For more information about Hope House, go to www.hopehouseretreatcenter.org.

Centering Prayer weekend offered at Bethany Retreat Center in June
Join Keith Kristich as he leads a Centering Prayer weekend June 4-6 at Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. The weekend will explore the reality of oneness with God through teaching, reflection and Centering Prayer practice. The cost is $198. All meals are included. Register today at www.bethanyretreatcenter.org.  

Contemplative spirituality retreat offered June 10-13
Explore contemplative spirituality at a June 10-13 retreat at the Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. Presenter Susan Komis will explore awakenings that open the door to understanding contemplative prayer, transformation and union with God. Portions of this retreat are interactive but will include periods of Centering Prayer, silence, solitude, small group experiences and enjoyment of the Bethany Retreat Center. The cost is $298. All meals are included. Register at www.bethanyretreatcenter.org.  

Looking for assistance with housing maintenance?
Attached is a document from the City of Erie’s Homeowner Mini Grant Program that details how low- to moderate-income homeowners in the City of Erie may apply for a grant for necessary housing maintenance needs or emergency repairs. For further questions, contact Theresa Walsh, assistant grant administrator, at 814-870-1262 or twalsh@erie.pa.us.

Food pantry volunteers needed
St. Martin Center, 1701 Parade St., Erie, is in need of food pantry volunteers. Volunteer hours vary, Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers must be 18 or older. COVID safety measures are in place at all times. If interested, call Stacey at 814-452-6113, ext. 208, or shellmann@stmartincenter.org or Wanda at 814-452-6113, ext. 227, or wrodriguez@stmartincenter.org.

Position open for director of curriculum, instruction and assessment
The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Erie is seeking a collaborative, dedicated and organized curriculum leader to join the Catholic Schools Office team as the director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (DOC). For the position profile and instructions on how to apply, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.

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