August 29, 2022

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next Information Bulletin is Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Sept. 1, at 4:30 p.m.

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2022 Catholic Education Collection
Please find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2022 Catholic Education Collection, to be taken the weekend of Sept. 17-18. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of Sept. 10-11.

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. 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   

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


Respect Life Sunday Mass
Cocktails with Clergy
Consolation retreat
2022 Catholic Education Collection

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Respect Life Sunday Mass
Cocktails with Clergy
Consolation retreat
2022 Catholic Education Collection


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.

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.

Cocktails with Clergy event scheduled in September
Join Deacons Denis Coan and Matt Ochalek, deacon assistants at Erie’s St. John the Baptist and Holy Rosary parishes, respectively, as they answer questions about our Catholic faith at a special event next month. Called Cocktails with Clergy, the event will be held Sept. 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cornerstone Bar and Grill, E. 38th Street and Pine Avenue, Erie. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. A free will offering will be taken to help offset the cost of the event. A flier is attached for convenience.

St. Benedict alumnae host bingo event
All are invited to the Sept. 18 St. Benedict Academy alumnae bingo event at the Polish Falcons, 431 E. 3rd St., Erie. Doors open at noon, with bingo commencing at 1 p.m. The cost is $25 per packet. Please come with a donation of gloves, mittens and hats for children to get a free extra packet. There will be a 50/50, a $100 lottery wreath, instant bingo and other games of chance. Kitchen and bar will be open. The alumnae group donates proceeds to scholarships and the ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

‘Stuff the Van’ event planned at St. Luke
Pick up your dinner or a snack while helping others at a GECAC Community Action event in the parking lot of St. Luke Church, 421 E. 38th St., Erie, on Sept. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. Choose your favorite foods from several food trucks (Taste of the Herd, Lil’ Wagon, ILP Snack Shack and Outlaw Barbecue Revolution) and bring a donation of new winter coats, gloves, hats and blankets to help GEGAC “Stuff the Van.” GEGAC will hand these items out to families and seniors in need of warmth. Proceeds from the sales will allow GEGAC to purchase additional clothing items for those in need in Erie County. Please direct questions to Karen Hund at or 814-459-4581.

Meadville parish to hold informal listening sessions
The Epiphany of the Lord Parish in Meadville is conducting a free series of informal listening sessions, titled “Catholics Returning Home,” on six consecutive evenings beginning Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at St. Brigid Church, 967 Chancery Lane, Meadville. The series is an invitation to non-practicing Catholics to renew their relationship with the Catholic Church. These listening sessions will be conducted in a support-group format, with updates on the Catholic faith. Former non-practicing Catholics or converts will facilitate the evenings. Everyone is welcome. For more details, call 814-336-1112.

Save the date: Steve Angrisano retreat and concert in Frenchville
Renowned Catholic composer Steve Angrisano will be the presenter and music missionary at a spiritual day of renewal on Oct. 22 at the Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. Angrisano 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.

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