August 6, 2018

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, August 13, 2018.
Deadline: Thursday, August 9, at 4:30 p.m.

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Parishioners, employees encouraged to be cautious sharing personal information
Parishioners at an Erie parish recently received an email from a scam artist claiming to be their pastor and requesting financial help. To keep everyone safe from fraud, parishes are asked to include the following notice in their weekly bulletins and forward it to employees and volunteers:

In this age when personal data can be misused by scam artists, please be aware that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, clergy and entities such as parishes and schools will never solicit your personal or business information by any method unless initiated by you. Should you receive an unsolicited request for such information—including a request for gift cards of any type—exercise extreme caution. Contact the person or entity by using official contact information only. Do not use contact information provided in the potential fraudulent request.

Tribunal newsletter available
Attached is the August “Marriage Matters” newsletter of the Office of the Tribunal and Matrimonial Concerns of the Diocese of Erie.

Tuition grants available to students
Tuition grants for new and current students in the Erie Catholic School System (six schools in Erie) are available through Aug. 17, 2018. Investing in your child’s education pays dividends for a lifetime. Our school communities combine Gospel values and engaging learning experiences in a safe and welcoming environment, helping students excel in the classroom and beyond. Let’s find a way to make Catholic education work for your family. Call today at 814-806-2423 or visit for more information.

Students new to the Erie Catholic School System receive a $1,500 grant toward tuition, with $1,000 being awarded in the first year, and $500 in the second year. Also, families enrolling a second student receive an additional $500 transfer grant in addition to our 50 percent second child tuition discount. Families must register for the 2018-19 school year by Aug. 17, 2018.

Message from Bishop Emeritus Trautman regarding September priest retreat
Bishop Emeritus Donald Trautman offers this timely advice from St. Charles Borromeo: “Are you in charge of a parish? If so, do not neglect the parish of your own soul; do not give yourself to others so completely that you have nothing left for yourself. You have to be mindful of your people without becoming forgetful of yourself. A retreat is a good time to heed these words.”

In preparation for our priest retreat Sept. 17-21, Bishop Emeritus Trautman presents the theme, “New Hope: What every priest disciple today needs.” From the Scriptures, Jesus speaks to us of new encouragement and perseverance, new strength and resurrection hope. Priests may still sign up for the September retreat at

Found: diocesan stole and alb
A diocesan stole and alb were left behind at the recent Emmaus retreat for priests. The alb is a size medium, manufactured by Beau Veste. Please contact the Chancery at 814-824-1130 if you think these could be yours.


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Catholic Young Adult Ministry (CYAM) meeting in Erie
Join the Catholic Young Adult Ministry (CYAM) Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie, to meet our newly appointed leadership board and start brainstorming ideas for the year ahead. We need your ideas to better serve our parishes and young adults in the area. Contact if you would like to attend or if you would like to share your thoughts and ideas with us.

Silver Rose to pass through diocese
As a way to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe and promote the pro-life cause, the Knights of Columbus Silver Rose will pass through the Diocese of Erie Aug. 17-22. Our Lady of Peace Church will hold a prayer service and rosary recitation with the Silver Rose on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. For more information about the Silver Rose, visit

St. Hippolyte begins fundraising campaign for memorial
St. Hippolyte Parish in Guys Mills is raising funds to construct a memorial on the site of the former Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 8061 Pettis Road, Meadville. The memorial will include the threshold stone, bell and stained-glass windows from the church, which was dismantled in 2016. All are invited to participate in the fundraising campaign by purchasing a brick ($50) or paver ($500) with your individual name or family name engraved. It will be incorporated into the memorial. Donations of any amount also are being accepted for the project. Contact the parish office at 814-789-2022 for more information, or mail your donation to the church office at 25997 State Highway 27, Guys Mills, PA 16327. 

Gannon’s SBDC offers seminars on Facebook
Facebook is one of the most powerful marketing tools available to small businesses. Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will hold two seminars on using Facebook to market small businesses: Aug. 7 and Aug. 16, both days from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Palumbo Academic Center, Room 2023, 100 W. 8th St., Erie. Register at For more information, contact John Chacona at 814-871-5663 or at

Father Peterson tourney scheduled for September
The annual Father Peterson Golf Tournament benefiting Maria House Project will be held Sept. 15 at the Union City Country Club in Union City. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost is $75 per person and includes coffee and donuts, golf and a dinner buffet. The event benefits Maria House Project, an outreach to the marginalized, founded by the late Father James Peterson. For more information, call 814-873-0790. A registration form and application are available at

CROP Walk scheduled in September
“To feed the hungry” is a work of mercy. Millions of people are hungry in our world, our country, our city. You can help! Hundreds of Erie residents will join in the annual CROP Walk Sept. 23 at Presque Isle State Park. Twenty-five percent of money raised remains in Erie. Several Catholic parishes and organizations regularly participate, and groups such as Emmaus Soup Kitchen, St. Patrick’s Food Pantry and the SSJ Neighborhood Network reap benefits on a yearly basis. For complete diocesan guidelines regarding CROP Walk participation, see the attached 2014 document. For more information on CROP Walk, please call Barbara Roseborough at 814-882-5972.

Dining room set needed
St. John Parish rectory in Girard is in need of a dining room set in very good condition. If pastors of merged or partnered parishes have a set from a rectory no longer in use, please contact Father Scott Detisch at

Musician seeks full- or part-time position
An experienced church music director (piano/organ) seeks a full- or part-time position. Just moved to the Erie area. Contact Linda Peters at or at 607-731-5908.

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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