August 16, 2021

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, August 23, 2021.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, August 19, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

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Bishop invites parishioners to Re-membering Our Sunday Story
A letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Erie and a pastoral letter, both from Bishop Lawrence Persico, are available online as the diocese launches its special Re-membering Our Sunday Story campaign. “The sacrifices and deprivations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic are causing us to rethink priorities,” he writes in the one-page letter to the people of the diocese. “As protocols are eased, parishioners are discovering a deeper appreciation for what it means to gather for Mass, to receive the Eucharist and to be part of a community.” Both the letter and the pastoral letter can be found at

Resources for the 20th anniversary of 9/11
Please find attached a 23-page resource booklet for you, your parishes and schools prepared by the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). It includes:

  • The complete presider text for a prayer service
  • Mass preparation sheets
  • Suggested Scripture passages
  • Music suggestions
  • Sample intercessions
  • Sample prayers drawn from various sources.

Memo regarding Christmas 2021 liturgies
Since Christmas falls on a Saturday in 2021, please find attached a memo from the Office of Worship containing important information regarding liturgical celebrations during the Christmas season. 

#iGiveCatholic registration now open 
The Catholic Foundation is facilitating the annual #iGiveCatholic giving day campaign for the Catholic community of the Diocese of Erie on Nov. 30. Eligible parishes, schools and Catholic ministries will receive a registration email from Kathy Grisier today. Registration deadline is Nov. 3. The Catholic Foundation is ready to help your organization be successful with #iGiveCatholic! Contact Kathy at 814-824-1236 or with any questions.

2021 Catholic Foundation Fall Education Grant opportunity
So far this year, the Catholic Foundation has awarded $44,511 in grants to parishes, schools and diocesan offices for a wide variety of projects and programs. To read about these grant awards, go to The Catholic Foundation’s Fall Education Grant cycle is now open; applications are being accepted through Sept. 24, 2021. Is your parish planning to bring in a presenter for a parish mission or Lenten program? Are your parish lay ministers or lay staff planning to attend a conference, workshop or retreat — in person or virtually — in 2022? Are you planning a new religious education or faith formation project for your parish or Catholic school? Is your school or faith formation program in need of updated technology? Your project may meet the criteria for this grant opportunity. Review the attached document outlining guidelines and criteria or go to learn more. Questions? Contact Julia Cooney, operations manager, at or 814-824-1253.

Domain Registry scam alert
Domain Registry is a scam that targets businesses in an effort to steal money. Scam letters arrive through the U.S. Postal Service often around the time of the actual renewal of your domain name. The letters are expertly crafted to fool website owners. The top heading reads, “Domain Name Expiration Notice." Nowhere does it explicitly state that it is your current domain name registrar. If you don’t know where your domain name is registered, you might assume you need to pay. Do not be duped. If you do not know where your domain name is registered, contact Kathy Papalia at or call 814-824-114. If your domain was registered through the diocese, you will receive an invoice through Kathy. If your domain was not registered through the diocese, your domain registrar would contact you electronically. See the attachment for an example of a fraudulent invoice from Domain Registry.

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: For Erie Catholic School System jobs only, go to


20th anniversary resource booklet for Sept. 11
Fall Education Grant guidelines
Domain scam example

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20th anniversary resource booklet for Sept. 11
Christmas 2021 liturgical notes
Fall Education Grant guidelines
Domain scam example


Meadville parish offers listening sessions to non-practicing Catholics
Non-practicing Catholics are invited to renew their relationship with the Catholic Church by attending informal listening sessions offered by The Epiphany of the Lord Parish in Meadville. This series, titled “Catholics Returning Home,” will be held on six consecutive evenings beginning Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at St. Brigid Church, 383 Arch St., Meadville. Former non-practicing Catholics or converts will facilitate the sessions, which will be conducted in a support-group format. Sessions are free and open to everyone. For more details, call Amy Mosbacher at 814-336-1112.

Director of Parish and School Financial Services
The Diocese of Erie is looking for an organized, dedicated and detailed candidate for the position of director of Parish and School Financial Services. This position is responsible for overseeing the financial operation of all parishes and schools in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie and ensuring that they operate efficiently and that their assets are properly safeguarded. For best consideration, apply by Sept. 3. For complete position details and to apply, go to

Seton Catholic teaching positions available
Seton Catholic in Meadville is seeking a part-time music teacher and a permanent, full-time middle school math/technology teacher for the 2021-22 academic year. Go to for the full details of each position and the application process.

Principal, Shenango Valley Catholic School System
The middle school and high school of the Shenango Valley Catholic School System in Hermitage is seeking a principal. Please go to for the full job description and the application process.

Administrative support needed in small office setting
Erie Diocesan Cemeteries is hiring an administrative support person for customer service, genealogy, filing, data entry, etc. The position is approximately 30 hours per week, including three hours on Saturdays. Flexible schedule. To apply, bring your resume to the office at Calvary Cemetery, 3325 West Lake Road, Erie.

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