December 10, 2018

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.
Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 13, at 4:30 p.m.

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Clergy continuing formation updates
The following are 2019 dates for clergy continuing formation. Additional information will be announced soon.

  • Early April, Priests' Lenten Day of Reflection
  • June 17-21, Emmaus, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, with Bishop Mark O'Connell (auxiliary of Boston) serving as speaker for priests’ portion
  • Aug. 5-9, priest retreat at Christ the King Seminary, Buffalo, with Father Robert F. Leavitt, PSS
  • Sept. 16-20, priest retreat, Villa Maria Retreat Center, with Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, emeritus of Las Cruces, N.M.

The Diocesan Study Week will not be held this year while the committee re-evaluates its format, dates, topics, etc.

Liturgy reminders
For a review of details concerning Christmas Masses, please see the attached document, “Liturgy Reminders for Christmas.” For questions, contact the Office of Worship at 814-824-1270. 

2019 confirmation schedule
The schedule of confirmations for 2019 is now available. The attached document includes the dates for confirmation as well as details on preparing confirmation liturgies. Please contact the Office of Worship at 814-824-1270 with any questions.

How to be a good ‘innkeeper’ this Christmas
Read “How parishes can turn ‘Christmas Catholics’ into regular Massgoers,” an America magazine article available at This practical and thoughtful article by Father Jack Benz, SJ, details how parishes can be welcoming this Christmas.

Pastors: Please submit 2019 Catholic Services Appeal survey
The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania provides campaign planning, design, resources and management of the Catholic Services Appeal for the Diocese of Erie. As preparations get underway for the 2019 CSA, the Catholic Foundation asks every parish to complete a survey that will include an opportunity to order CSA supplies for the coming year. The survey is available at Please complete it no later than Dec. 12, 2018. For questions, contact Julia Cooney at or 814-824-1253.

Memo to pastors from the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania
Pastors are asked to read the attached memo from Lisa Louis, executive director of the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania, regarding important information on the 2019 Catholic Services Appeal. CSA questions or concerns can be shared with Lisa Louis at or 814-824-1237, or Julia Cooney at or 814-824-1253.

Is your parish or school having a Lenten dinner?
It’s never too early to schedule advertising for your Lenten dinners. Faith magazine’s February 2019 edition will publish a listing of all entities providing Lenten meals. The listing also will be made available online and through social media. Remember, Ash Wednesday is March 6. To advertise parish or school Lenten dinners in the “Lenten Offerings” feature in Faith, contact Advertising Manager Brenda Williams at 814-824-1161 or 1-800-374-3723, ext. 161, or email Space must be reserved by Dec. 30. Please provide the date(s), time, place and cost for the dinner and, if needed, a phone number for questions. The cost is $45 per listing. This is a great resource for those looking for meatless dinners during Lent.


Christmas liturgy
2019 Confirmation packet

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2019 Confirmation packet
Christmas liturgy
Memo from Catholic Foundation


December events at Mercyhurst Prep
Mercyhurst Preparatory School, 538 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, will host a Christmas dance concert Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., and a Christmas music concert on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Catholic Young Adult Ministry (CYAM) Christmas party
The Catholic Young Adult Ministry (CYAM) invites young adults, ages 18 to 39, to its Christmas gathering Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. in the parish hall of Blessed Sacrament Church, 1626 W. 26th St., Erie. The gathering will begin after the 4 p.m. Mass. If desired, bring a potluck dish to share. Children are welcome. Check out for more information and to RSVP.

Christmas concert to feature Daniel Cabanillas
All are welcome to attend “A Holiday Night to Remember" Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m., featuring tenor Daniel Cabanillas and a live 20-piece orchestra at St. George Church, 5145 Peach St., Erie. Tickets are $25 per person. A ticket purchase entitles the bearer to a $5 discount off a CD. For tickets, go to and search for Cabanillas concert. For more information about the event, call the parish office at 814-864-0622.

Sign up now for St. Michael Cheerleading Competition
Cheerleading squads interested in participating in the 10th annual St. Michael Cheerleading Competition at Kennedy Catholic High School, Hermitage, may register by Jan. 10 to get the early bird fee. See the attached flier for more details about this popular cheer event, as well as registration information.

Plan for upcoming pro-life events in Erie, D.C.
People for Life in Erie is organizing several important events in January. For more information, go to or call 814-882-1333. The events are:

  • Jan. 12 at 9 a.m.—Annual Pro-Life Breakfast, Bayfront Convention Center, Erie
  • Jan. 17-19—Bus trip to National March for Life in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan. 26 at 11 a.m.—Erie March for Life starts at Perry Square in downtown Erie.


Volunteers needed at St. Martin Center 
Erie’s St. Martin Center, Inc. food pantry program is in need of volunteers to help continue its mission. We see clients on both an emergency basis and during scheduled appointments each day between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers also are needed to assist twice a month with the senior citizen food box day. Some heavy lifting is required to transport boxes to vehicles. If interested, contact Stacey Hellmann at 452-6113, ext. 208.

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