December 3, 2018

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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 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.

Monthly reflection on the liturgy now available
Welcome the new liturgical year with the first issue of “Good Liturgy Matters-Jot” (GLM-Jot). It is attached for your convenience. Each edition of this one-page, easy to read article from the Office of Worship will summarize a liturgical principle or liturgy topic. Its aim is to help parish communities reflect on their weekly liturgies over time. Each Jot considers a component of liturgy and suggests best practices. This first issue is on hospitality. Look for “GLM-Jot” once a month. Consider including it in your bulletin. Discuss it at your liturgy committee and pastoral council meetings. Please send comments or questions to the Office of Worship at 814-824-1270.

Mission art contest announced
The Mission Office of the Diocese of Erie announces a Christmas art contest sponsored by the Missionary Childhood Association of the Pontifical Mission Societies. Twenty-two winners will be selected in this competition and the winning artwork will be displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., during Advent and Christmas 2019. Two grand-prize winners will be selected and their artwork reproduced as the official Christmas cards of the national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. See the attached document for contest guidelines and the official MCA art contest entry form. Completed forms must be submitted no later than Jan. 31, 2019, to: Mission Office, Director Indira Suarez, St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA  16504, or entered online at

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

Weddings on All Souls Day
A number of pastors have asked about weddings on All Souls Day for 2019. The information in the attached liturgy reminders will guide you through the possibilities. Please contact the Office of Worship at 814-824-1270 with any questions.

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.


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Follow the Star concert
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Enjoy breakfast with Santa
The Knights of Columbus John Mark Gannon Assembly is sponsoring a breakfast with Santa Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Jude the Apostle Parish Center, 606 Lowell Ave., Erie. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage and drinks. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under age 6.

Don’t forget Designer Bag Bingo
All are invited to the Designer Bag Bingo event at Venango Catholic High School in Oil City Dec. 8. Doors open at noon and bingo begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at Venango Catholic High School and St. Patrick and St. Stephen elementary schools. Win designer purses made by Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach, Dooney & Bourke and Vera Bradley. Side and gift auctions include bags, clutches, totes and other baskets of goodies. For additional information, call 814-677-3098.

Crèche display among Advent activities
A tri-parish display of family Nativity sets is scheduled at the social center of St. Paul Church, 435 W. 16th St., Erie, Dec. 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Dec. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advent is a perfect time to contemplate different artist portrayals of crèches, some of them heirlooms. A free will offering will be accepted and will benefit Erie Dawn. For more information, call Kate at 814-454-8732. This event is sponsored by the partnered parishes of Sacred Heart, St. Andrew and St. Paul in Erie.

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.

‘Follow the Star’ concert features Tennessee Backporch
Tennessee Backporch will perform its “Follow the Star” concert at St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Church, 48 South Pearl St., North East, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. Also featured will be students from St. Gregory Parish. Admission cost is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available for purchase at the parish office at 136 West Main St., North East, or by calling 814-725-9691. Tickets also are available at the door. A concert flier is attached.

Shalom Christmas concert planned in DuBois
Catholic parishioners in the DuBois area who are organizing the annual Shalom Christmas concert invite the public to celebrate the birth of Jesus Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Paul G. Reitz Theater, 36 East Scribner Ave., DuBois. Shalom will provide music. Admission is free. For more information, contact Judy Smart at 814-637-5930 or Rich Kenawell at 814-771-7932.


For sale: electric candle rack
An electric candle rack is for sale; see attached photo. Great condition. Price is negotiable up to half of the current market value. Buyer is responsible for pick up. If interested, contact Father Jason Feigh at St. Francis Xavier Church, McKean, at 814-476-7657 or at

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