August 20, 2018

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, August 27, 2018.
Deadline: Thursday, August 23, at 4:30 p.m.

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A note to pastors and administrators concerning the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
Bishop Lawrence Persico has asked that, on Sept. 15, the day when the Catholic Church venerates Our Mother of Sorrows, all churches—even those not regularly open—be open to the faithful from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., so that people may make private visits in prayerful response to the crisis of sexual abuse. Liturgical celebrations already scheduled for that day should occur as planned. Please simply make provision that the doors of the churches be opened for the times indicated. Any initiative above and beyond that on Sept. 15 is left to the pastoral judgment of the pastor/administrator. Please see the attached Litany of Healing and Renewal which pastors may make available to parishioners on this day.

Guidelines for pilgrimages to the Holy Land
In 2016, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a set of guidelines and helpful tips for parishes and individuals planning pilgrimages to the Holy Land. This information may be found at If you are planning such a pilgrimage, these guidelines, suggestions and spiritual reflections may be helpful.

September 2018 liturgy reminders
Please read the attached document from the Office of Worship on liturgy reminders concerning the World Day of Care for Creation (Sept. 1), and school Masses and the blessing of students and teachers. Contact the Office of Worship at 814-824-1270 with any questions.

2018 Catholic Education Collection
Pastors and administrators are asked to publicize the 2018 Catholic Education Collection (CEC) in a significant way the weekend of Sept. 8-9, as well as during the weekend of the collection on Sept. 15-16. Please see the attached letter from Bishop Persico. Promotional materials for bulletin use can be found at Please use the information to encourage support among parishioners. Since half of what is collected remains in parishes to support educational programs, the more that is raised the better.

Pastors already should have received a letter from Father Nick Rouch, vicar for education, along with copies of the 2018 Catholic Education Collection poster that can be displayed at church and/or school entrances.

Reprint edition of the Order of Christian Funerals being prepared
Reprint editions of the Order of Christian Funerals are being prepared by publishers. They incorporate newer translations of prayers from the Roman Missal, 3rd edition, and other editorial changes. The Secretariat for the Committee on Divine Worship (USCCB) observes that these are NOT mandated for use. “There have been no changes whatsoever to any of the funeral rites” (Newsletter, Committee on Divine Worship, June 2018).

Educators can get discounts at B&N
Educators in the Diocese of Erie (full-time pre-kindergarten through grade 12 classroom teachers, principals, counselors, nurses, administrators, directors) can save 25 percent at Barnes & Noble in Erie every weekend in August. Discounts on personal and classroom purchases are offered, and an exclusive “Breakfast at the Bookstore” event will be held Aug. 25.  Sign up in-store or email to have B&N come to your school.

Display yard signs for Take Me to Worship
Take Me to Worship 2018 will officially kick off Aug. 24 with a 10 a.m. press conference at the playground of Pfeiffer-Burleigh School, 235 E. 11th St., Erie. Msgr. Edward Lohse, vicar general, will be present. Please attend if possible. Also, remember to display TMTW yard signs, stickers and car magnets from 2017 and/or 2018 at parishes and homes. The purpose of this evangelization effort is to encourage regular participation by families at Catholic churches throughout the Diocese of Erie. Some yard signs and car magnets are still available. Visit for more information or contact the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261 or


CEC letter from Bishop Persico
Liturgy reminders

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Liturgy reminders
Litany of healing and renewal
CEC letter from Bishop Persico


Take Back the Site vigil planned in Erie Aug. 23
A Take Back the Site vigil will be held for Marinda Matasowski Aug. 23 at 5:15 p.m. at 5753 Mill St., Erie. Take Back the Site vigils are about 15 minutes in length and are held at the location of any death in Erie that was the result of an act of violence. Vigils are sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and their oblates, Sisters of St. Joseph and their associates, and the Sisters of Mercy and their associates.

Prayer, music scheduled in Falls Creek
An evening of prayer and music will be held Aug. 26 beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Bernard Church, 205 Taylor Ave., Falls Creek. Father Bill Barron, pastor of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Sykesville, will lead the evening, which will include Benediction and prayers for healing. For more information, contact Judy Smart at 814-637-5930 or Rich Kenawell at 814-771-7932.

Prince of Peace celebrates 35 years
Prince of Peace Center in Farrell, Mercer County, will celebrate its 35th anniversary by honoring a number of people and businesses that have contributed to the success of the agency founded by Sister Benita Repasky, SSJ, in 1983. The dinner, award presentations and fundraising activities will be held Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Avalon Golf and Country Club at Buhl Park in Hermitage. Bishop Lawrence Persico is the special guest. For more information on dinner tickets, sponsorships and how to contribute to the new Sister Benita Repasky Endowment Fund, contact Erica Wenger at 724-346-5777.

Neighborhood Art House to host fundraising event
The children of the Neighborhood Art House, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, welcome the public to the 2018 “Taste of the Arts” event at 201 E. 10th St., Erie, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. All proceeds fund the after-school and summer arts programs for inner-city youth. For more details and to register, visit

Save the date for Blessed Sacrament Fall Festival
All are welcome to attend the Blessed Sacrament Parish Fall Festival on the parish grounds at 1626 W. 26th St., Erie, Sept. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. There will be games for children and adults, a bake sale and a theme basket raffle. A $500 drawing will be held on the half-hour from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. A $1,500 drawing will be held at 3:30 p.m., a $2,500 drawing will be at 4 p.m., a $3,000 drawing at 4:30 p.m., and a grand prize drawing of $5,000 will be at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. Flu shots available from noon to 4 p.m. Bloodmobile available from noon to 3 p.m.

ECSS to hold All-American Classic Auto Show
Save the date for the Erie Catholic School System’s All-American Classic Auto Show Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 2801 W. 6th St., Erie. This event is sponsored by GTS Classic Motors, with proceeds benefiting the Erie Catholic Education Fund that supports families that need tuition assistance. More information and sponsorship and donation opportunities can be found at

Funeral chasuble and pall available
Church of the Beloved Disciple in Grove City has a matching funeral chasuble and pall available—at no cost—to any parish. It is made by Holy Rood Guild and is cream with a purple yoke. If interested, call 724-748-6700.

China available from parish
Looking for table settings or maybe pieces of china for a craft project? Blessed Sacrament Parish in Erie has a large number of place settings, glassware and serving pieces. Contact Diane or Joyce in the parish office at 814-454-0171. Take all or part of what is available. Donations are appreciated.

St. Martin Early Learning Center hiring full-time teachers
The St. Martin Early Learning Center in Erie is currently hiring four full-time teachers: two for its infant room, a float teacher and one for school-age children. All positions include an excellent benefit package. A degree in education, early childhood education or human services is required. Applicants must also be able to obtain all necessary clearances, pass a physical with TB testing, be able to lift at least 25 pounds, and possess a driver’s license. Apply in person at 1727 State St., Erie, or email

Needed: part-time driver/classroom support
St. Martin Early Learning Center is seeking one part-time driver who also assists in the classroom. This part-time position is 20 hours a week, with a limited benefit package. This position requires driving a van to transport school-age children from school to St. Martin Early Learning Center. An excellent driving record is a must, as well as the ability to obtain all necessary clearances, physical and TB, and be able to lift at least 25 pounds. A high school diploma, or equivalent, is required. Apply in person at 1727 State St., Erie, or email


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