Postponements, cancellations, rescheduling due to coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused daily and long-term disruptions to schedules and activities throughout the Diocese of Erie and the world. Below is a list of cancellations and/or postponements in the diocese, as well as scheduling adjustments for Catholic Charities agencies. To add to this list, please contact the Diocese of Erie Communications Office at 814-824-1171 or


  • Bishop Persico releases statement on returning to public worship (read the news release here)

  • All Catholic schools, including faith formation classes, are closed indefinitely, pending further assessment by the state of Pennsylvania.


  • March 20-21 – Word of Life Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center’s Life in the Spirit Seminar at St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community (postponed to a date to be determined)

  • April 25 – Word of Life Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center’s Greater Things luncheon at St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community (postponed to a date to be determined)

  • April 26 - Harborcreek Youth Services designer purse bingo (rescheduled for spring of 2021)

  • April 30 - Irish Spring with the Sisters of Mercy gala (postponed to Sept. 17)


  • St. Mary's Follies - Bayfront Convention Center, Erie

  • Erie Irish Festival - St. Patrick Parish, Erie

  • Our Lady of Mercy's Famous BBQ Chicken Dinner and Summer Festival - Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Harborcreek

  • Old-Fashioned Strawberry Social - Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Cochranton

  • Days of Prayer - Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Family, Erie *Prayer requests are being accepted by mail.

  • Blessed Sacrament Fall Festival - Blessed Sacrament, Erie

CATHOLIC CHARITIES AGENCIES (scheduling adjustments):

  • Prince of Peace Center, Farrell

    • Closed to day-to-day foot traffic until further notice.
    • Thrift store is closed until further notice.
    • Food or other emergency needs will continue to be handled by POPC staff via telephone at 724-346-5777.
    • All Life Skills and AWESOME classes scheduled for March have been postponed. New dates will be posted when they are available.
    • Soup kitchen meals will be served during the regular schedule (Monday and Wednesday, 3:30 to 5 p.m.) in take-out containers only. No dine-in services at this time.
    • Donations (financial or goods) are still being accepted. Call POPC at 724-346-5777 to make arrangements.

  • St. Elizabeth Center, Oil City

    • The thrift store is closed for an undetermined period of time. Those who have registered for food distribution will still be able to pick up their groceries in a “drive-through” process in the parking lot as scheduled March 25. Future updates will be made available as they are known.

  • St. Martin Center, Erie

    • St. Martin Center remains closed to face-to-face appointments until further notice.
    • St. Martin Early Learning Center is now open.
    • Food pantry boxes are being delivered to cars following all safety practices. Pick-up can be scheduled by calling 814-452-6113, ext. 7. Please stay outside in your vehicle when you arrive at the Parade Street location and call 814-452-6113, ext. 200. Someone will bring your food box to your vehicle.
    • “Walk-ins” are welcome Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. The door is always being monitored, or you can call the number posted if no one answers.
    • No clothing or other physical donations are being accepted at this time.
    • If you or someone you live with shows symptoms of any illness, please stay home.
    • For rent/mortgage assistance, please call 814-SHELTER. For utility or other assistance, please call 814-452-6113.
    • The center is working on ways to offer its financial literacy and home buying classes remotely and will provide updates when available.
    • Not currently renting out the multi-purpose room, and no date as to when that will be offered.
    • Bishop’s Breakfast meals will be handed out in brown bags Monday through Friday outside St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. The dining room is temporarily closed, following the CDC and diocesan suggestions for public gatherings.