August 10, 2020

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Clergy appointment
Attached please find the latest clergy appointment announcement.

Television broadcast to celebrate Catholic education in Erie
The Erie Catholic School System is presenting a television broadcast, "A Celebration of Catholic Education in Erie," on Aug. 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. on WICU-TV, Channel 12, an NBC affiliate. This broadcast celebrates the rich history of Catholic education in Erie beginning with St. Mary's School to today’s Erie Catholic School System. The program is sponsored by Angelo's Roofing and Quinn Law Firm.

Love My Neighbor: Civility in Dialogue 
Join the Social Justice & Life Office of the Diocese of Erie on Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom as we hear about ways to explore civil dialogue from Bishop Lawrence Persico and a representative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. As followers of Christ, we are called to bring the best of ourselves and our faith to the public square — and yet, many conversations have become filled with vitriol and harsh language. This presentation offers suggestions and insight on how to love our neighbors with whom we might disagree. Register for this event by Aug. 28 at Questions may be directed to Patrice Swick, director of the Social Justice & Life Office, at    

Samuel Group: a new initiative for young adults discerning any vocation
Just because everyone else seems to think you are prepared for life as an adult doesn’t mean you aren’t wrestling with the big questions. Not to worry — you are not alone! The Vocations Office and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry are collaborating on a new initiative called Samuel Group. Are you contemplating marriage? Wondering if you are being called to the priesthood or religious life? Samuel Group may be just what you need. Young adults ages 20 to 30 are encouraged to participate in a seven-month journey that includes monthly gatherings at St. Mark Catholic Center, spiritual direction, prayer, talks, small group discussion and accompaniment. The goal is for each participant to grow in self-knowledge and to hear and respond to God’s call with an open heart. Space is limited.

Please visit for an informational video, directions on how to apply and a downloadable flier. For convenience, the Samuel Group flier is attached and may be shared. For further information, contact Father Mike Polinek, director of Vocations, at or Jillian Zaczyk, director of Young Adult and Youth Ministry, at

Domain name renewal scam
Please carefully examine any domain name renewal invoices you receive through the U.S. mail or email. Scammers will attempt to steal your money by invoicing you for the renewal of a domain name or for listing your domain in a fake directory. Sometimes, invoices will try to bill you for other organizations’ domains. For example, one parish was fraudulently invoiced for the renewal of the Diocese of Erie’s domain name. Often, fraudulent invoices include “Internet Domain Name Services” as the business name or in the logo. In most cases, the legitimate cost of domain name renewal is in the $15 range. However, scammers will invoice you for much higher dollar amounts.

Remember, if you have accepted a web page through the Diocese of Erie and have transferred your domain to the diocese, the only domain name invoice you will receive will come directly from Kathy Papalia at the Diocese of Erie. Whether you have accepted a web page through the diocese or not, email if you have questions concerning the validity of any domain name renewal invoices you may receive.  

Job openings in the diocese
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Clergy appointment
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Rosary Walk planned at St. George Church
The St. George Church Legion of Mary will host a Rosary Walk on Aug. 15 beginning with Mass with Bishop Lawrence Persico at noon, followed by recitation of the rosary. St. George Church is located at 5145 Peach St. in Erie. Social distancing will be enforced, and masks are required to participate.

Zabawa Polish Festival offers to-go format
Holy Trinity Parish’s annual Zabawa Polish Festival in Erie on Aug. 21-22 will be in a to-go format. See the attachment for complete details.

Positions available at Venango Region Catholic School
Venango Region Catholic School in Oil City is seeking to fill the following positions:

  • Full-time English and social studies teachers (grades 7-12 duel certification preferred)
  • Part-time Spanish teacher (grades 7-12 certification)
  • Substitute teachers.

For more details on the application process, go to

Two jobs available at St. Martin Center in Erie
St. Martin Center in Erie has two immediate openings for a donor relations coordinator and a food pantry and volunteer coordinator. Information about both positions can be found at  

Administrative assistant needed at Diocese of Erie
The Diocese of Erie’s Clergy Personnel Office is seeking a full-time administrative assistant. For details on the position and how to apply, go to

Chastity education director needed
The Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Erie is seeking a part-time director of chastity education. For details about the position and how to apply, go to

Part-time housekeeper needed at Erie parish
St. Patrick Parish in Erie is seeking a part-time housekeeper for the rectory. Three days per week to include laundry and cleaning. If interested, contact the parish office at 814-454-8085.

Music director needed at St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community
St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community Parish in Erie is seeking a part-time music director who would be responsible for the development, promotion and growth of the music program of the parish community. Qualified candidates must have the experience and ability to lead both traditional and contemporary styles of worship within the Catholic liturgy. Mostly flexible hours and duties primarily on Saturday and Sunday. The position is under the supervision of the pastor. If interested, call the parish office at 814-452-2982.

Erie Catholic School System seeking principal
The Erie Catholic School System is seeking a full-time principal for a preschool to grade 8 school. Go to for further details. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Teacher positions available
A full-time English teacher and a full-time social studies teacher are needed at Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools, Hermitage. For details, go to

Oil City parish hiring director/coordinator of faith formation
St. Joseph Parish in Oil City is seeking a director/coordinator of faith formation. This is a full-time, exempt position that reports directly to the pastor and supervises numerous volunteer catechists and parent volunteers. For information about the position and how to apply, go to