April 8, 2019

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Eleventh Good Friday intercession with chant setting
Bishop Lawrence Persico has mandated the addition of a Solemn Intercession for all victims of abuse at all Good Friday celebrations in the Diocese of Erie. The intercession, including the invitation to pray, is given by a deacon or lay person. The intention is given by the priest. Both are printed on the attached document. A sung chant setting is included. Please note that the third edition of the Missal removes the permission to select from the list of intentions. All Solemn Intercessions are to be prayed. For notes on standing and kneeling during the intercessions, check the Missal rubrics at paragraphs 11 and 12. For additional questions, contact the Office of Worship at 814-824-1270.

Experience reconciliation at ‘The Light is on for You’
Parishes in Erie County will be open for the sacrament of reconciliation Wednesday, April 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. The evening — called “The Light is on for You” — is an opportunity for people who have not gone to confession in a long time or who have been away from the church to return and experience Jesus’ love and forgiveness. Everyone is welcome to participate in this opportunity for confession during Lent. All Erie County Catholic parishes are participating except for All Saints in Waterford, Blessed Sacrament in Erie, and St. John the Evangelist in Girard, due to scheduling conflicts.

Good Shepherd Collection coming soon
The annual Good Shepherd Collection for Erie diocesan retired priests will be taken up at all parishes the weekend of May 4-5. Because parish bulletin deadlines for Easter are early, suggested bulletin announcements are available now at https://www.eriercd.org/Good-Shepherd-Collection-materials.html. Also on the website is a promotion kit prepared by Msgr. Daniel Magraw, director of the collection. The kit will assist pastors and their office staff to effectively promote the collection. Parish administration of the collection will be the same as with other special collections. Please remit the initial proceeds to the Finance Office by May 30. Final contributions received should be submitted to the Finance Office before June 30. For questions or assistance, contact Msgr. Magraw at 814-456-0671 or at dmagraw@ErieRCD.org.

Reservations now open for Catholic Charities’ flagship event, Club CC
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie and Bishop Lawrence Persico invite you to attend Club CC, a night to support the good works of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Erie. St. Martin Center volunteer Michael Bailey, a member of St. Luke Parish, Erie, will be honored with the 2019 Helping Hands Award. Special thanks to Attorney Colleen Stumpf and Dr. Benjamin Stumpf, who are serving as Host Circle Couple, as well as Platinum Circle Sponsors Highmark and AHN Saint Vincent. Since 2007, the annual fundraising event has allowed Catholic Charities to provide more than $900,000 in direct aid to people in need across the 13 counties of the Diocese of Erie. Club CC will be held at Erie’s Bayfront Convention Center on May 11 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Reservation information is available at www.ClubCCNight.com.

Tribunal newsletter available for April
Attached is the April “Marriage Matters” newsletter of the Office of the Tribunal and Matrimonial Concerns of the Diocese of Erie.

Liturgy reminders for the Triduum
Please see the attached top 10 tips for planning a prayerful and engaging Triduum. The Office of Worship thanks Diana Macalintal at www.Liturgy.life for permission to reprint these tips. Give some thought to these: How do you maintain the inherent unity of these three days? When do the lights come on at the Easter Vigil? How should we acknowledge those to be baptized, the elect? Do you use your best ministers for the Triduum? And don’t miss the helpful guide on the last page of the document for evaluating your Triduum. 

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, please visit https://www.kofc.org/en/events/vianney.html#/.

Priests invited to transitional diaconate ordination
All priests are invited to the transitional diaconate ordination of seminarians Kevin O’Connor Holland and Joseph Arthur Petrone on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Mark Seminary Chapel. Please bring an alb and white stole. Vesting will be in the library. A reception will follow in the St. Mark Catholic Center cafeteria. The formal invitation is attached. Please RSVP to seminary@ErieRCD.org or call Joan Fye at 814-824-1200.

Deacons invited to transitional diaconate ordination
All deacons are invited to the transitional diaconate ordination of seminarians Kevin O’Connor Holland and Joseph Arthur Petrone on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Mark Seminary Chapel. The formal invitation is attached. Please bring an alb and white stole. Vesting will be in the library. A reception will follow in the St. Mark Catholic Center cafeteria. Please RSVP to seminary@ErieRCD.org or call Joan Fye at 814- 824-1200.

Job openings in the diocese
See the classified section below for current position openings in the Communications Office and schools. Here’s a quick link: https://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.html.

Important messages from the Diocese of Erie’s Good for You Wellness Initiative
Did you ever consider participating in the Diocese of Erie’s Good for You Wellness Initiative? It’s not too late. This program is for full-time employees covered by the Diocese of Erie’s wellness plan. All you have to do is to complete the three easy steps it takes to earn a $150 reward. Learn more at https://www.ErieRCD.org/wellness.html. If you want to verify that you have completed all three steps, go to https://you.sharecare.com/ and click the Achieve button (a shield). Then, click the Rewards panel in the middle of the screen. Finally, click the Good for You Diocese of Erie Wellness Plan button. You will see a list of incomplete steps under the Active heading, and the steps for which you have earned points under the Completed heading. Incentive checks are sent about six weeks after you earn 1,500 points. If you choose to “Engage a Health Coach,” it can take up to six weeks for you to receive the associated 500 points.

Also, did you know that disorganization, both at home and work, has been shown to compromise emotional and physical health? This year, declutter your environment to help combat mental anxiety and stress while inspiring green living. See the attached flier for more information.


Good Friday Solemn Intercession
Marriage Matters
Triduum tips, evaluation

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Sisters of St. Joseph to present environment film
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania are presenting a screening of the film “A Plastic Ocean” on the Big Green Screen at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie on April 13 at 2 p.m. Admission is free, but space is limited and reservations are requested by calling 814-836-4153 or going to www.ssjerie.org.

Join the Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace
All are welcome to participate in the Benedictines for Peace Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace April 19 beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Cathedral, W. 10th and Sassafras streets, Erie. The following stops will be made: Griswold Park, the Federal Building, the stage at Perry Square, the governor’s office at Second and State streets, and the tip of Dobbin’s Landing. Between stops, participants will walk in silence. A chartered bus will be available for those who choose to ride for all or part of the pilgrimage. For those returning to Mount St. Benedict at the end of the pilgrimage, the bus will be available at W. 10th and Sassafras streets.

Theologian Scott Hahn to speak at Grove City College
Noted Catholic theologian Dr. Scott Hahn will speak April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Crawford Auditorium of Grove City College, 100 Campus Drive, Grove City. The topic of his presentation is, “The Paschal Mystery: How did a Roman Execution Become the Sacrifice?” The event is sponsored by the Grove City College Newman Club and is free and open to students and the public. If attending, register at www.stpaulcenter.com/Grove-City-2019.

Falls Creek parish to hold evening of prayer, music
An evening of prayer and music will be held April 28 at 6 p.m. at St. Bernard Parish, 205 Taylor Ave., Falls Creek. There will be a homily, Scripture reading and prayers for healing with Deacon Daniel Satterlee. Music will be provided by Shalom. For more information, contact Judy Smart at 814-637-5930 or Rich Kenawell at 814-771-7932.

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, give it a meditative quality, penetrating one’s whole being. For more information, contact Diane Horneman at 814-336-6541 or Carolyn Melby 814-382-3421.

Diocesan Charismatic Renewal sponsors worship concert
A “Come to Jesus” adoration worship concert, sponsored by Word of Life Diocesan Charismatic Renewal, will be held April 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish/Bread of Life Community, 147 W. 24th St., Erie. Father Johnathan Schmolt will preside. For more information, go to www.ErieRCD.org/wordoflife/.

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.

Women in Leadership Development Conference scheduled in May
Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host the 12th annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Conference May 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center, 7794 Peach St., Erie. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. This national conference brings together women for a day of inspiration, motivation, networking and professional development, featuring workshops, seminars and panel discussions with community and business leaders from throughout the region. Breakfast and lunch are served. For more information and to register, go to www.wildconf.org.

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 at home, are 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.

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 in 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.

Principal position available in Diocese of Youngstown
The Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, is accepting applications for the position of principal at St. Barbara Elementary School in Massillon, Ohio. The application deadline is April 29, 2019, or until the position is filled. Send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to: Randy Rair, assistant superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools, 144 West Wood St., Youngstown, OH  44503, or email to rrair@youngstowndiocese.org. For further information, call 330-744-8451.

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