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 suspends all public Masses until further notice (read the news release here)

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


  • March 19-22 – Cursillo Men’s Weekend (postponed to May 7-10)

  • 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)


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

    • Effective March 18, St. Martin Center is closed to face-to-face appointments until April 1. The re-opening date will be determined.
    • Beginning March 17, the St. Martin Early Learning Center will be closed for a period of 14 days.
    • The center remains open for food pantry distributions. For those picking up a food distribution, please stay outside in your vehicle when you arrive at our Parade Street location and call 814-452-6113, ext. 200. Someone will bring your food box to your vehicle.
    • No clothing or other physical donations are currently being accepted.
    • If you or someone you live with shows symptoms of any illness, please stay home.
    • All Financial Literacy and Pre-Purchase classes scheduled for March will be rescheduled to a later date.
    • 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.
    • The center’s multi-purpose room will not be available for rental purposes until May.