December 21, 2020

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, January 4, 2021.
Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. The Information Bulletin will not be published on Dec. 28, 2020, due to the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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Guidelines for Sunday of the Word of God
Pastors will find attached some guidelines and suggestions to celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, known as Sunday of the Word of God, to be held Jan. 24, 2021. According to Pope Francis’ apostolic 2019 letter Aperuit illis, the day should be devoted to the “celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God,” and celebrated “with a certain solemnity.”

Online parish offertory giving
The Catholic Foundation continues to offer parishes a way to collect offertory donations online if they are not already set up to do so. In light of the governor’s recent mandates, being able to offer your parishioners a way to make their offertory gifts online is important. If you’d like to promote this online offertory option to your parishioners, copy and paste this link on your digital formats, including parish website, social media posts and e-newsletters:

Also, you can copy/paste the following message into your print communications or mention it during your livestream Masses online.
Thank you to everyone who has continued their parish offertory gifts during the pandemic. If you would like the option of making your offertory gifts online, the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania is partnering with us to facilitate these online gifts. Just go to and select the “Online Offertory” tab. Be sure to select [Parish Name] from the drop-down menu when making your gift. Thank you for your generous support. For more information, contact Lisa Louis, executive director, at 814-824-1237 or

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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Erie March for Life scheduled Jan. 23 
The Erie March for Life, sponsored by People for Life, will be held Jan. 23 beginning at 11 a.m. Participants should gather at the pavilion in Perry Square by 10:45 a.m. The march will conclude with a brief program of speakers. The entire event will take approximately one hour. For complete information and updates, visit, e-mail, or call 814-882-1333.

March for Life bus trip information
People for Life in Erie is sending one or more buses to the annual March for Life event in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 29, 2021. Bus(es) will leave Erie at 11 p.m. on Jan. 28, and return about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 30. Seats are $55. Inquiries about financial sponsorship are welcome. For complete information and updates, visit, e-mail, or call 814-882-1333.

There are no classifieds this week.

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