August 27, 2018

The next Information Bulletin is Tuesday, September 4, 2018, due to the Labor Day holiday.
Deadline: Thursday, August 30, at 4:30 p.m.

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Note to pastors, administrators concerning the Feast of Our Mother 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.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl collections due
Collections received from the 2018 CRS Rice Bowl campaign are due to the Office of Financial Services for the Diocese of Erie. If your parish or school participated in this campaign and has not yet returned the monies from your collections, please do so by Aug. 31. If you have any questions, contact Patrice Swick, director of the Social Justice and Life Office, at 814-824-1254 or at

Special note for parishes using Parish Data Systems (PDS) software
Some parishes may be paying monthly support charges for PDS applications that they are no longer using. Check your most recent bill from PDS. Parishes are required to carry monthly support for Church Office at a cost of $37 per month. (Church Office On-Demand users pay $62, plus $6 per user.) If your invoice is more than $37 per month (or $62 plus $6 per user for On-Demand users), you are being billed for support on more than one application. This may be OK, but it’s not a bad idea to confirm the charges with PDS since the invoice may not be detailed. Contact PDS at 877-737-4457 for a detailed description of your support fees. If you still have questions after talking to PDS, contact Kathy Papalia at or call her at 814-824-1184.

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 review several attachments that are part of the CEC promotional kit and may be included in the body of a bulletin or placed as a bulletin insert. A letter from Bishop Lawrence Persico regarding CEC also is attached. Promotional material 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.

Free websites for parishes
The first wave of parish websites has been created and successfully launched. If you are interested in a free, easy-to-edit website for your parish, contact Kathy Papalia at or at 814-824-1184. No previous website editing experience needed. Free parish websites are made possible by a generous grant from the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania.

Mass time change at Notre Dame Parish
Beginning Sept. 1, the Saturday vigil Mass at Notre Dame Parish in Hermitage will be held at 4:30 p.m. This change is made in anticipation of the change from Daylight Savings Time back to Standard Time.

Formation opportunity for liturgical musicians
OCP Publications will offer a webinar titled “Music, Resources and Tips for 2019: Preparing for the New Liturgical Year” Sept. 19 from 1 to 2 p.m. (Eastern Time). To register, see the webinar link on the bottom left of the OCP home page at For users of Breaking Bread, Today’s Missal and Spirit and Psalm, this is an opportunity to hone your liturgical music skills.

Cathedral Prep offers retreat services
Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie offers retreat services to parish religious education programs, schools and/or parishes. Students from the Cathedral Prep Retreat Team offer retreat experiences for elementary and high school students, up to 10th grade. A Confirmation Retreat Team also is under consideration.

The Cathedral Prep Retreat Team is comprised of students, so time and availability is limited. This is a great opportunity for both the students of your parish/school and the men of Cathedral Prep who are eager to share their faith in a real and caring way. A co-educational retreat is available upon request, thanks to the help of Prep’s sister campus, Villa Maria Academy. For information or to schedule a retreat, contact Father Jason Feigh, campus minister, at 814-453-7737, ext. 2249, or


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Brookville area churches to celebrate fall
Immaculate Conception and St. Dominic churches will hold their annual fall festival Sept. 7-9 at 82 Summit St., Brookville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a huge flea market, sweet shop, games of chance, gift auction, kid’s room and games, craft and Christmas room, and theme basket room. Live entertainment will be held Friday and Saturday evenings. There will be a $2,500 cash raffle drawing on Sunday at 3 p.m. A chicken BBQ dinner will be served Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. and a roast beef dinner on Sunday beginning at 11:15 a.m. For more information, go to

Learn about small faith groups for married couples
Do you want a better marriage? Do you want to grow in your faith? Do you want to have fellowship with other Catholic couples? Then come to St. Jude Church, 2801 W. 6th St., Erie, on Sept. 9 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass to learn more about Teams of Our Lady, an international Catholic lay movement of married couples whose aim is to strengthen marriages and families. One team is made up of five to seven couples who meet monthly to share a meal, pray and discuss a study topic. For more information on Teams of Our Lady, go to

Family camp-out planned at Custaloga Town
The Chastity Education Office of the Diocese of Erie is hosting a family camp-out at Custaloga Town Scout Reservation, 7 Boy Scout Lane, Carlton, Pa., beginning on Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. and continuing until late afternoon Sept. 9. There will be a Sunday Mass with Father David Whiteford at 1 p.m., followed by a potluck picnic. Individuals and families are welcome to join for the whole weekend or stop in for an hour or two. The weekend event is free. Overnight camping participants will need to bring their own picnic foods, drinks, table service and camping gear. Reservations may be made by calling Doug and Amy Mosbacher at 814-724-6104. Questions may be directed to the Mosbachers or to Kate Wilson at 814-824-1259. More information is available at

Family Communion breakfast at Blessed Sacrament
Blessed Sacrament Church, 1626 W. 26th St., Erie, will hold a Knights of Columbus family Communion breakfast Sept. 9 following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Breakfast is served beginning at 9:30 a.m. The featured speaker is Phil Scrimenti, who will discuss the topic “Journey of Faith.” Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and up, and $5 for children ages six to 12. To purchase tickets, go to the parish office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn about the Alpha program at Sacred Heart Church
Explore and/or deepen your understanding of the Christian faith by attending “Taste of Alpha” at Sacred Heart Church, 816 W. 26th St., Erie, on Sept. 11 at 6:15 p.m. Alpha typically includes a dinner and discussion in a relaxed and friendly setting. There is no cost, no pressure and no one will call you if you choose not to continue with Alpha. To find out more, check the Sacred Heart website at To register, contact Sister Ricarda Vincent, SSJ, at or at 814-456-6256.

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 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 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

Greensburg Diocese seeking multimedia content manager
The multimedia content manager is the daily producer of the Diocese of Greensburg’s content development team. This person writes and edits news and feature articles and assigns stories to on-staff writers and freelance writers and photographers. The multimedia content manager, in conjunction with Office of Communications and Evangelization leadership team, monitors story development progress and helps staff solve problems. This person helps maintain an editorial calendar that ensures coverage of strategically important topics and events. This person is also responsible for helping to update the diocesan news presence and assembling all external communications, including diocesan publications. Send resume, writing sample and portfolio to no later than Sept. 1.


  • Bachelor's degree in marketing, graphic design, advertising, communications, journalism or related field
  • Strong understanding of Catholic faith
  • Three or more years of experience with a multimedia publication or multimedia agency
  • Excellent written and visual communication skills to present ideas and information in a multimedia context
  • Knowledge of publication, photo and video editing software
  • Ability to work independently and lead efficiently
  • Imagination and creativity along with strong time management and organizational skills
  • Analytical skills with good problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as good collaboration skills.

 Additional Information:

  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.
  • A background check and all required clearances for employment in this position.


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