August 21, 2023

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, August 28, 2023.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, August 24, at 4:30 p.m.

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Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft is ending support for older versions of Office 365, impacting users of older versions by no longer providing security updates. This leaves old software vulnerable to malicious code and hacker exploits. Clergy using Office 2016 or Office 2019 to check their email may begin experiencing difficulties reading emails after Oct. 2023. If you wish to upgrade to the newest version of Office for $36/year, or if you are experiencing difficulties, contact Kathy Papalia at 814.824.1184. Make sure to stay informed and take the necessary steps to keep your software secure and functional. Clergy experiencing problems accessing email after Oct. 2023, should upgrade or check their email here:

2023 Catholic Foundation fall Education Grant opportunity
The Catholic Foundation has awarded $56,817 so far this year in grants to parishes, schools and diocesan offices for a wide variety of projects and programs. Visit the following link to read about these grant awards:

The foundation’s fall Education Grant cycle is now open, and applications are being accepted through Sept. 29. 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 2024? 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 guidelines at the following link to learn more: Contact Julia Cooney, operations director, with questions at or 814.824.1253.

#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. 28. Eligible parishes, schools and Catholic ministries should have received a registration email from Elizabeth Rathburn. Registration deadline is Nov. 3. The Catholic Foundation is ready to help your organization be successful with #iGiveCatholic. Contact Elizabeth at 814.824.1257 or with questions.

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


Glinodo Goat Fest
Blue Mass
Development director

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September retreats
Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville has announced its schedule of retreats for September, offering a variety of spiritual and creative experiences. The lineup includes a couples retreat on love and marriage, a labyrinth walk, workshops on poetry inspiration and well-being, drum making, and a session on dealing with sudden loss. There's even a forest therapy retreat for those seeking a connection with nature. For more information or to register for any of these events, visit the Bethany Retreat Center online at or call at 814.263.4855.

30th Annual Zabawa
Holy Trinity Parish in Erie will celebrate its 30th Annual Zabawa Polish Heritage event from Aug. 25-27 at E. 23rd & Reed streets, Erie. Hours are Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 12 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event showcases authentic Polish foods and renowned Polka bands. Highlights include a Polka Mass on Saturday at 5 p.m., celebrated by Bishop Persico with The Kozmix from Pittsburgh, and a Polish Heritage Mass on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. featuring the Holy Trinity Choir. Admission is free, with additional parking and a shuttle at E. 34th & Ash streets, Erie. For more information, call 814.456.0671.

Glinodo Goat Fest
Join the Benedictine Sisters on Aug. 26 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Glinodo Center, 6270 E. Lake Rd, Harborcreek, for the Glinodo Goat Fest. As Let's Goat Buffalo aids in clearing invasive plant species, attendees can enjoy a storybook trail, environmental programs at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., snacks, nature art, games and observing the hard-working goats (No petting due to poison ivy clearing). This family-friendly event is free and open to all. See flier for details.

Blue Mass
Blessed Sacrament Parish in Erie will host a Blue Mass on Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. at the church, 1626 W. 26th St., Erie, to honor public safety personnel. The Most Reverend Lawrence T. Persico will preside. Mass is open to the public, and first responders are encouraged to attend in uniform. A reception will follow in the church's cafeteria. See flier for details.

Development director 
The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania is hiring a development director to join their dynamic team. They are seeking an organized, energetic professional who enjoys working on a wide variety of projects to further the mission, awareness and impact of the Catholic Foundation. For full position details and the application process, go to

Director of educational leadership
The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Erie is seeking candidates for the position of director of educational leadership. The director of educational leadership is responsible for developing educational leaders at all levels for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Erie and assists the superintendent in setting high expectations, providing support and accountability. The ideal candidate will fulfill the mission of the Catholic schools by guiding school administrators in the overall management and implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices. For full position details and how to apply, visit

St. Martin Early Learning Center enrollment
St. Martin Early Learning Center (SMELC) in Erie, a program of St. Martin Center, is now enrolling ages infant through four years. SMELC is a quality center with a Keystone STAR 4 rating. Call Kelly at 814.454.1675 x120 for enrollment information.

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