August 22, 2022

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2022 Catholic Foundation Fall Education Grant opportunity
The Catholic Foundation has awarded $34,865 in grants to date this year to parishes, schools and diocesan offices for a wide variety of projects and programs. Visit to read more about these grant awards. The foundation’s fall Education Grant cycle is now open. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30. 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 2023? 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. To see complete guidelines and criteria, go to Questions? Contact Julia Cooney, operations manager, 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. 29. Eligible parishes, schools and Catholic ministries should have received a registration email from Kathy Grisier last week. Registration deadline is Nov. 2. The Catholic Foundation is ready to help organizations be successful with #iGiveCatholic! Contact Kathy at 814-824-1236 or with questions.

Diocesan Respect Life Sunday Mass with Bishop Persico
Bishop Lawrence Persico will celebrate a Mass for Respect Life Sunday on Oct. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, 353 Pine St., Meadville. A reception immediately follows Mass. Prolife groups are encouraged to RSVP and attend together. Groups can RSVP by visiting the Social Justice and Life webpage at or by calling 814-824-1250. See the attached flier for more details. Questions can be directed to Patrice Swick, director of the Social Justice and Life Office, at   

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 may 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     

St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary to hold first meeting of the year
All men and women parishioners in 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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Boy Scout troop collecting shoes for fundraiser
The Our Lady of Peace Boy Scout Troop #59 is collecting new and gently used shoes of all types and sizes (no rollerblades or ice skates) to raise funds for an opportunity to attend the Boy Scout National Jamboree next summer. Shoes must be in pairs, soles/heels intact, no rips or tears. Drive-thru donations will be accepted at the OLP Scout House on the OLP campus, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie, on Aug. 29, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10 between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Please direct questions to Leann Williams at 814-881-5690.

Silent Peace Walk scheduled for Aug. 29
The Benedictines for Peace in Erie will celebrate the fifth anniversary of their monthly Silent Peace Walk 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. These walks are a simple practice to promote peace and unity in the world. All are welcome.

Small-group retreat on consolation planned in McKean
St. Francis Xavier Parish in McKean is hosting a 10-week, small-group retreat that delves into the simplicity and grandeur of a consoling spirituality. The retreat is based on the popular book by Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, Consoling the Heart of Jesus. Meetings begin on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. An evening or weekend session is also under consideration. To register or for more information, contact Irene Schneider at 814-476-7657, ext. 7, or For more details, see the attached flier.

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.

Administrative assistant needed for International Missions Office
A dedicated, organized and professional individual is needed to assist part-time as an administrative assistant in the Office of International Missions at the Diocese of Erie. For the full position profile and application process, go to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Teacher and teacher aide needed at Seton Catholic
Seton Catholic School in Meadville is seeking a full-time teacher for grade 2 and a part-time teacher aide for Grade 1. Details and the application process for each job is available at Call 814-336-2320 with questions.

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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