August 16, 2022

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Next Eucharistic Revival event planned for October
Bishop Lawrence Persico has announced the next Eucharistic Revival event in the Diocese of Erie. In the attached letter to the priests of the diocese, the bishop directs that the weekend of Oct. 15-16 be observed as a Diocesan Eucharistic Sunday in place of the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Please see the letter and more information attached.

Samuel Group offered to young adults discerning their futures
The Vocation Office and the Office of Faith Formation for Young Adult and Youth Ministry will again host the Samuel Group, a discernment group for young adults ages 20 to 30. The Samuel Group is a seven-month journey that includes monthly gatherings at Erie’s 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. For an informational video and application details, go to For further questions, contact Father Scott Jabo, vocation director, at or Jillian Zaczyk, director of Young Adult and Youth Ministry, at Applications are due by Sept. 1. For convenience, a Samuel Group flier and a suggested bulletin announcement are attached.

Respect Life Month 2022 materials
The USCCB Respect Life Office produces posters, prayer cards, handouts, fliers, digital graphics and more for October’s Respect Life Month. All these resources can be used throughout the year. Digital versions are free. The materials are designed to be brought to life in your parish, school or ministry. Materials can be found at Printed materials are also able to be purchased from the website. Questions or support in utilizing these materials may be directed to Patrice Swick, director of the Social Justice and Life Office, at     

Respect Life Month 2022 “How-To” webinar
The USCCB Respect Life Office is hosting a “How-To” webinar on Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. for anyone who wishes to learn more about how their parish, school or ministry can celebrate Respect Life Month in October. The USCCB staff will walk through the 2022 Respect Life materials as well as the Respect Life Month Action Guide. Interested participants may register at or go directly to the registration page at

St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary to hold first meeting of the year
All men and women parishioners of the Diocese of Erie are welcome to join the St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary, an organization established in 1945 to provide spiritual support to young men who have chosen a life of sacred service. The first meeting of the auxiliary this year is Sept. 13 beginning with a Mass at 7 p.m. in the chapel of St. Mark Seminary, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, followed by a brief meeting. Meetings are generally held the second Tuesday of the month. Seminarians attend the meeting so that auxiliary members have a chance to meet and visit with them. Participation in the auxiliary is not demanding, but the mission is fulfilling. For information, contact Kathy Holland at 814-440-3406.

Avoid Microsoft technical support scams
Neither Microsoft nor Apple will proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited technical support. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft or Apple, or if you see a pop-up window on your PC with an antivirus warning or a phone number to call to get your “issue” fixed, be smart and DO NOT click any links. Do not call the number provided in the error message. Reboot your computer immediately. If the “warnings” keep appearing, call Kathy Papalia at 814-824-1184. Remember that genuine Microsoft/Apple error messages never include a phone number to call. If you feel like you’ve been the target of a technical support scam, report it at

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


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Eucharistic Revival information

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Zabawa celebrates Polish heritage
Holy Trinity Parish in Erie will host Zabawa, a three-day celebration of its Polish heritage, on the parish grounds at E. 23rd and Reed streets Aug. 26-28. Festivities include authentic Polish foods, bakery items and beverages, live polka music and dancing. A Polka Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m. with Bishop Lawrence Persico officiating. A Polish heritage Mass featuring the Holy Trinity choir is scheduled for Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m. There will be a grand raffle, theme baskets, a festival auction and more. Additional parking and free shuttle service are available from the lot at E. 34th and Ash streets. For more information, call 814-456-0671 or go to

Silent Peace Walk scheduled for Aug. 29
The Benedictines for Peace in Erie will celebrate the fifth anniversary of their monthly Silent Peace Walks on Aug. 29 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at 345 E. 9th St., the neighborhood where the Benedictine Sisters have lived and worked for more than 160 years. A social time with light refreshments, beginning at 6:15 p.m., will precede the Silent Peace Walk. The social will be held in the playground area of the nearby St. Benedict Child Development Center. In case of rain, the social will not be held, but the Silent Peace Walk will proceed. Silent Peace Walks are a simple practice to promote peace and unity in the world. All are welcome.

Catholic composer featured at retreat
Plan now to attend a spiritual day of renewal on Oct. 22 at the Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. Steve Angrisano, an internationally recognized Catholic composer, presenter and music missionary, will be on hand for the day’s events, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Register at or call 814-263-4855. Sponsored by the Anawim Community of Frenchville, the retreat portion will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner is from 4 to 6 p.m.; and a concert will be from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The cost for all events is $75 per person or $70 for a group of 10 or more. The cost for the retreat only is $40 person, the dinner is $15 per person, and the concert is $20 per person.

President position available at Venango Region Catholic
Venango Region Catholic School, a private, educational institution of the Diocese of Erie for students pre-K through grade 12, is seeking to fill the position of president. A complete job description and application process may be viewed at Interested candidates may forward a completed application packet to President Search Committee at or by mail to 1505 W. First St., Oil City, PA 16301. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Fourth-grade teacher needed
St. Joseph Catholic School in Warren needs a fourth-grade teacher. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 19, 2022. For further details and the application process, go to and look under Catholic school job opportunities.

Sr. Gus’ Kids Café needs volunteers, part-time cook and supplies
Volunteers and a part-time cook are needed for the Sr. Gus’ Kids Café after-school program. The program is open daily from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., and provides homework help, activities and a nourishing hot meal to children attending. Those interested may call Jane Wagner at 814-878-2922 to volunteer or learn more. Also, the Kids Café is restocking its supply of children’s clothing, school supplies and personal care items. Donations may be made by calling the above number. The wish list includes a water cooler and gently used game systems with desk top computers. The Kids Café is an outreach of Emmaus Ministries, which serves children and families in the surrounding lower eastside neighborhood.

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