February 11, 2019

The next Information Bulletin is Tuesday, February 19, 2019, due to President's Day.
Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 14, at 4:30 p.m.

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2020 special collection schedule for the Diocese of Erie
The 2020 special collection schedule for the Diocese of Erie is attached. Please use this schedule when ordering collection envelopes for your parish(es). Feel free to contact the Chancery at 814-824-1135 with any questions.

The third issue of ‘Jot’ is available now
The attached February issue of “Good Liturgy Matters-Jot” deals with liturgical music. The aim of “GLM-Jot” — a one-page, easy-to-read article released monthly from the Office of Worship — is to help parish communities reflect on their weekly liturgies over time. Consider including “Jot” in your parish bulletin or discuss it at liturgy committee and pastoral council meetings. Please send comments or questions to the Office of Worship at 814-824-1270.

Attention, pastors and music directors
The FCC has changed the rules for wireless microphones. The 600 megahertz spectrum/band has been re-allocated to commercial use only. Please contact your audio/visual supplier to determine if your equipment will still be usable. This pertains to all forms of wireless microphones, including lavalier/lapel mics. Rebates may exist to help defray the cost of replacing affected devices. While the legal deadline is July 12, 2020, commercial businesses in your community may already have started using the 600 band, which means you could start experiencing problems soon. Additionally, replacement parts for your existing equipment will become difficult to locate. Remember that after the deadline, manufacturers will not fix devices that violate FCC regulations. Please refer questions to your audio/visual supplier or Kathy Papalia at kpapalia@ErieRCD.org or 814-824-1184.

Mass time websites for vacationers may have incorrect information
The following websites provide Mass times to travelers and others: masstimes.org, parishesonline.com, catholicmasstime.org or ourcatholicneighborhood.com. These organizations may list out-of-date information for your parish. The Diocese of Erie does not directly authorize these sites to list our information. Parish staff are asked to regularly check Mass times on these websites so that information is up-to-date and accurate for visitors to our area.

Domain name renewal scam
Please carefully examine any domain name renewal invoices you receive through the U.S. mail or email. Scammers will attempt to steal your money by invoicing you for the renewal of a domain name. Sometimes, invoices will try to bill you for other organizations’ domains. For example, one parish was fraudulently invoiced for the renewal of the Diocese of Erie’s eriercd.org domain name. Often, fraudulent invoices include “Internet Domain Name Services” as the business name or in the logo. In most cases, the legitimate cost of domain name renewal is in the $15 range. However, scammers will invoice you for much higher dollar amounts.

Remember, if you have accepted a web page through the Diocese of Erie and have transferred your domain to the diocese, the only domain name invoice you will receive will come directly from Kathy Papalia. Whether you have accepted a web page through the diocese or not, email kpapalia@ErieRCD.org if you have questions concerning the validity of any domain name renewal invoices you may receive.

Helpful hints for the 2019 Catholic Services Appeal
As the diocese draws near to Commitment Sunday for the Catholic Services Appeal, here are some helpful hints for a successful CSA campaign:

If the Catholic Foundation can provide assistance, call 814-824-1253 or email jcooney@cfnwpa.org.


2020 collection schedule
Lenten food pre-order form
Lenten food flier
St. Andrew Dinner
St. Martin Center position
Children’s Vocation Day

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2020 collection schedule
Lenten food pre-order form
Lenten food flier
St. Andrew Dinner
St. Martin Center position
Children’s Vocation Day


St. Andrew Dinner planned with bishop and other priests
The Vocations Office of the Diocese of Erie and St. Joseph Parish/Bread of Life Community, 147 W. 24th St., Erie, are hosting a St. Andrew Dinner Feb. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Community Center. Young men who are seeking their vocation are welcome to attend. See the attached flier for complete information.

Order your Lenten foods now through March 3
See the attached pre-order form and flier for the annual Holy Trinity Parish sale of pierogi and potato pancake batter for Lent. Pre-orders will be accepted through March 3. Pick-up dates are March 6 and March 9.

Kids 10 and under invited to Children’s Vocation Day
The Vocations Office of the Diocese of Erie and St. George Parish, 5145 Peach St., Erie, are hosting a Children’s Vocation Day Feb. 24 from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in the parish multi-purpose room. Vocation stories will be geared to children 10 and under. Families of all ages are welcome. See the attached flier for complete information.

Join the annual ‘Greater Things’ Charismatic Conference
All are welcome to attend the annual “Greater Things” Charismatic Conference March 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish/Bread of Life, 147 W. 24th St., Erie. The event is sponsored by the Word of Life Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center of the diocese. Speaker and worship leader will be Jaci Phillips, Ph.D., with guest violinist Louis Nicolia. The cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch. Scholarships are available. Register online at www.ErieRCD.org/wordoflife/conference.html or call 814-833-9717.

Retreat enhances 12-Step recovery practice
A retreat for people in 12-Step recovery programs is offered March 15-17 at the Bethany Retreat Center, 1031 Germania Road, Frenchville. This retreat introduces or expands and deepens the experience of contemplative prayer as part of a daily 12-Step practice. Space is limited. The offering is $190 per person. For more information, call the Bethany Retreat Center at 814-263-4855 or go to www.bethanyretreatcenter.org.

Consider a pilgrimage to England, Scotland and Wales
Father Monty Sayers, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Clarion, will host a trip Nov. 5-16, 2019, to England, Scotland and Wales. For a brochure and more information, contact Father Sayers at 814-226-8433, ext. 102, or email him at montysayers@hotmail.com. View or download a brochure at www.icclarion.org.

Diocese to host ‘Treasures of Italy’ pilgrimage
In conjunction with Bishop Lawrence Persico’s required ad limina visit to Rome, the Diocese of Erie is offering a 10-day pilgrimage to Italy Nov. 16-25, 2019. Led by Msgr. Edward Lohse and Father Nicholas Rouch, the trip will include stops in Assisi, Siena and San Giovanni Rotondo — home of St. Padre Pio — as well as Rome. Also on the agenda: participation in the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square with Pope Francis, if he is in residence, as well as a Mass with Bishop Persico. Visit www.ErieRCD.org/pilgrimage2019.html for details or call Marianna at Unitours at 1-800-777-7432. Join us!


Housing case manager needed
Erie’s St. Martin Center, Inc. is seeking a full-time housing case manager. This position provides comprehensive counseling services that help to implement and/or stabilize an individual’s housing situation. See the attached document for a full position profile and directions on how to apply.

Anyone need staples?
St. Boniface Parish in Erie has two boxes of Toshiba Staple-600 and a partial box of Toshiba Staple-2000 left from a copier that was returned. If anyone can use these staple products, call the parish office at 814-825-4439.

Principal sought for Kennedy Catholic
The Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools in Hermitage is soliciting applications for the position of middle/high school principal. The Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools is a regional, college preparatory, Roman Catholic school system of the Diocese of Erie. For details about the position and the application process, go to https://www.ErieRCD.org/schools/Administrator.html.

Venango Region Catholic School seeking president
The Venango Region Catholic School—a private, educational institution of the Diocese of Erie for students in pre-K through Grade 12—is seeking to fill the position of president. For a detailed job description and application instructions, go to https://www.ErieRCD.org/schools/Administrator.html. Related application forms may be found at www.ErieRCD.org/schools/teachingforms.html. Parishes may include this announcement in their bulletins.

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