February 14, 2022

Due to the President's Day holiday, the next Information Bulletin is Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 4:30 p.m.

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2022 Rice Bowl Collection
Please find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2022 Rice Bowl Collection, taken during Lent. Parishes and schools are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of Feb. 26-27 and the following week.

Important CSA 2022 update for pastors and parish staff using PDS Church Office
An email from Julia Cooney from the Catholic Foundation was sent last week to all parish CSA contacts using PDS Church Office. It included important instructions for setting up the 2022 CSA fund and for entering 2022 CSA pledges and payments. These instructions differ from previous years, and it is important that they are followed closely. Do not set up your 2022 CSA fund or enter 2022 CSA pledges or payments without these instructions. If your parish CSA contact did not receive this email, please contact Julia Cooney at jcooney@cfnwpa.org or 814-824-1253.

Catholic Foundation Faith Formation Grant opportunity
Are you involved in planning or implementing a faith formation project for your parish? Are you planning a parish mission or faith formation special event in the fall? Have you realized a need in the past year for increased online or digital resources for faith formation? Consider applying for a Faith Formation Grant from the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania. See the attached guidelines.

Catholic parishes and departments of the Diocese of Erie can apply for grants for parish and/or diocesan based faith formation projects that focus on the following:

  • Projects that promote life-long faith formation activities
  • Projects that welcome absentee and/or non-Catholics into the church
  • Projects that promote faith formation through technology
  • Projects that provide spiritual support to families, singles, youth and young adults.

Knights and Ladies to be inducted; St. Patrick Irish dinner planned
The Knights and Ladies of St. Patrick in the Diocese of Erie are excited to honor their new members: Marybeth Abbott, Laura Chandley, Kathy Dahlkemper, Joe Greulich, Mary Solberg and Patricia Causgrove Wheeler. The induction will take place March 5, following the 5 p.m. Mass at St. Patrick Church.

After the Mass and induction, the annual St. Patrick Irish Dinner will be held in the Yehl Ballroom, located in the Waldron Center of Gannon University (W. 7th and Peach Street). The public is welcome to attend the dinner, which includes traditional Irish foods, beverages, entertainment and fun. The cost is $25. Reserve seats by calling Colleen Welch at 814-455-8571. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Gather your friends and family for an Irish night out!

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: https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html. For Erie Catholic School System jobs only, go to http://ErieCatholic.org/careers.


Rice Bowl Collection letter
Faith Formation Grant guidelines
Why get married in the Catholic Church?

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Rice Bowl Collection letter
Faith Formation Grant guidelines
Why get married in the Catholic Church?


Parish mission: Why get married in the Catholic Church?
Join Father Johnathan Schmolt, Deacon Nick and Lisa Cirell, and George and Cassie Best for a parish mission at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 807 Chestnut St., Emlenton, as they explore the graces and benefits of the sacrament of matrimony. Mission talks will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sunday through Tuesday, Feb. 27 to March 1. For those who are unable to attend in person, all talks will be streamed on the Facebook page of St. Michael the Archangel Parish. For convenience, the mission flier is attached.

Ash Wednesday retreat offered at Stella Niagara
Begin the upcoming Lenten season by participating in an Ash Wednesday retreat/workshop at Stella Niagara's Center of Renewal, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, Holy Name Province, and located 12 miles north of Niagara Falls, New York. The day begins with check-in and morning coffee from 8:30 to 8:55 a.m., followed by the retreat 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is provided. Arrangements also can be made to extend the Ash Wednesday retreat into a single- or multiple-overnight private retreat experience. Facilitated by Nancy P. Askins, executive director of the Center of Renewal, the retreat will include discussions, music, contemplative time and reflective values-based activities designed to help retreatants prepare to enter the sacred six weeks of Lent in a meaningful manner. Make reservations by Feb. 16 by calling the Center of Renewal at 716-754-7376, ext. 1 or 2. For everyone's mutual health and safety, current COVID protocols will be expected and verified of all participants (see www.stellaniagararetreats.org for details).

Mercyhurst Prep seeks director of finance
Mercyhurst Preparatory School in Erie is seeking candidates for its director of finance position. The director of finance is responsible for preparing the annual budget, managing accounts receivable/payable, analyzing financial information, and ensuring that overall school operations are within budget. The candidate will prepare, coordinate and assist with financial aid and scholarships awards, conduct internal audits, and prepare financial statements to demonstrate compliance to auditors. The candidate will oversee payroll functions, administer employee benefits program, including worker’s compensation, unemployment compensation, and liability insurance. The ideal candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minimum of three years of job-related experience. Please email resume and a letter of interest to hr3@mpslakers.com by Feb. 25.

Director of liturgy and music needed
Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarion is seeking a full-time director of liturgy and music. The director forms the assembly, cantors, choir and students in multiple music styles and prayerful worship. Available instruments include a Yamaha baby grand piano and Protégé by Allen Organ. A complete job description is available at www.icclarion.org. The successful candidate must be able to secure all necessary clearances. Competitive compensation package. Interested candidates should e-mail a resume and letter of interest to KimKroh@comcast.net.

Long-term substitute kindergarten teacher needed
A long-term substitute kindergarten teacher is needed at St. Joseph Catholic School in Warren. This position has a tentative start date of March 14 and will end on the last day of school, June 10, 2022. Call 814-723-2030 for more information or go to www.eriercd.org/schools/educator-non-educator.html.

Housekeeper needed
St. Teresa of Avila Church in Union City is in need of a part-time housekeeper. The housekeeper performs cleaning and laundry services at the parish rectory and office. This position is approximately 10 hours per week, but additional hours may be available. Hours are preferably on Monday for the rectory and Friday morning for the parish office. If interested, contact Mary Harned at the parish office at 814-438-3408 or email mharned@st-teresa-unioncity.org.

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