February 24, 2020

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National Catholic Sisters Week is March 8-14
Bishop Lawrence Persico is asking the people of the Diocese of Erie to celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14 by remembering with gratitude the women who have given their lives in service to the Gospel of Jesus. Attached are two documents — suggested bulletin announcements and suggested intercessory prayers — that may help parishes and individuals honor Catholic sisters. For further details about the national effort, go to www.catholicsistersweek.org.

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

Job openings in the diocese
See the classified section below for current position openings. Here’s a quick link to diocesan, school and parish jobs: https://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.html.


Catholic Sisters Week bulletin announcements
Catholic Sisters Week intercessory prayers
Marriage Matters
Meadville Lenten parish mission
Immigration vigils

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Catholic Sisters Week bulletin announcements
Catholic Sisters Week intercessory prayers
Marriage Matters
Meadville Lenten parish mission
Immigration vigils


Final call to register for 22:32 Men
There are only a few days remaining before Erie’s 22:32 Men conference sponsored by The Reason for Our Hope Foundation. Register now by going to www.2232Men.com or call 814-455-7364. A limited number of tickets are available at the door. The event is scheduled Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie. Hear national speakers and enjoy opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration and the sacrament of reconciliation. Bishop Lawrence Persico will preside at Mass to conclude the day.

Weekly vigils planned for immigration justice
Local Catholic groups are holding weekly vigils for immigration justice during Lent. The 20-minute vigils will be held on Fridays at 12:15 p.m. in Perry Square on State Street. The vigils are co-sponsored by the Social Justice and Life Office of the Diocese of Erie, Erie NETWORK Grassroots Advocates, Benedictines Sisters of Erie, Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas NYPPAW. All are welcome. Questions may be directed to Patrice Swick, director of the Social Justice and Life Office, at pswick@ErieRCD.org. See the attached flier for further details.

Lenten services in DuBois
A Lenten evening prayer series will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 123 S. State St., DuBois, the first five Sundays in Lent, beginning March 1. All are invited to attend the evenings, held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be music, vespers and a Lenten reflection by invited guest speakers. The schedule is as follows:

  • March 1 — Father Justin Pino, pastor, St. Leo Magnus Parish, Ridgway
  • March 8 — Deacon Marty Eisert
  • March 15 — Pastor Amy Miller of Christ Lutheran Church, DuBois
  • March 22 — Ann Badach, executive director, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Erie
  • March 29 — Father Jim Gutting, senior associate, St. Bernard Parish, Bradford.

Neighborhood Art House offers classes
The Inner-City Neighborhood Art House in Erie offers many classes in March and April. Classes include flower arrangement and tap dance. For complete details on times, dates, costs and registration, go to www.neighborhoodarthouse.org or call 814-455-5508. All materials included. No previous experience needed.

Erie parish to host religious freedom forum
St. George Parish in Erie is hosting a religious freedom forum March 5 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the church, 5145 Peach St., Erie. Three speakers will address the historical background of religious liberty and freedom of conscience as expressed in the writings and traditions of Catholicism, Protestantism and Judaism. Speakers are the Rev. Dr. John P. Downey, theologian of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania; Rabbi Rob Morais of Temple Anshe Hesed in Erie; and Mickey Pohl, attorney of counsel with Jones Day law firm, Pittsburgh. A free will offering will be accepted.

Enjoy a spaghetti dinner at Sacred Heart Parish
Sacred Heart Parish in Erie is serving its 67th annual spaghetti and meatball dinner at the church auditorium, 816 W. 26th St., Erie, on March 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free to children under 6. Carry-outs are available. There also will be theme baskets, a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale.

Author of Bored Again Catholic to speak at church
Dr. Timothy O’Malley, author of Bored Again Catholic — How the Mass Could Save Your Life, will speak at the parish event center of Immaculate Conception Church, 715 E. Main St., Clarion, on March 14 beginning at 9 a.m. The event will include brunch. Childcare will be provided for children pre-K through eighth grade. For more information or to RSVP, contact Linda Summerville at linda.summerville62@gmail.com or call 814-226-8433, ext. 203.

Catholic Community of Meadville to host mission
The Catholic Community of Meadville will host a Lenten parish mission at St. Agatha Church, 353 Pine St., Meadville, March 16-18. Father Herald Brock, CFR, will be the director of the mission. See the attached flier for details and to distribute in schools and parishes.

Habitat for Humanity invites community involvement
Habitat for Humanity invites people from all faith communities to help build a Habitat home this summer. To learn more about this opportunity, attend an informational meeting in the community room of the Habitat for Humanity offices at 4922 Pittsburgh Ave., Erie. There are two options for attendance: March 25 at 10 a.m. or March 26 at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, call Nancy Milkowski at 814-454-7025, ext. 104. The Habitat office in Erie is located in the business park off West Grandview Boulevard. The building is the sixth on the right; brown with green trim. Enter the north parking lot and come to the north facing door for entrance to the community room. 

Catholic Community of Meadville hiring youth minister/religious ed director
The Catholic Community of Meadville is hiring a youth minister/religious education director. For complete details and application instructions, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.

Erie Catholic Preparatory School System seeks president
The Erie Catholic Preparatory School System (Cathedral Preparatory School, Villa Maria Academy and Mother Teresa Academy) is accepting applications for the position of president. For complete information on the system and the position, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.

Teacher, principal and president positions available
The following job openings are available elsewhere in the Diocese of Erie. For details, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.

  • Full-time high school English teacher, Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools, Hermitage
  • Principal, St. Michael Elementary School, Greenville
  • President, Shenango Valley Catholic School System
  • Principal, St. Gregory School, North East

Director of liturgy and music/elementary music teacher
Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarion is seeking a full-time director of liturgy and music/elementary music teacher. Competitive compensation package. For complete details, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html. Interested candidates should e-mail a resume and letter of interest to Kim Kroh of the Liturgy and Music Task Force at KimKroh@comcast.net.

McKean parish hiring director/coordinator of parish evangelization
St. Francis Xavier Parish in McKean is hiring a full-time director/coordinator of parish evangelization. For a detailed description of the position and the application process, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.

Youth minister needed at Our Lady of Mercy, St. Mark
The parishes of Our Lady of Mercy, Harborcreek, and St. Mark the Evangelist, Lawrence Park, are seeking an energetic, creative person dedicated to working with teens as a youth minister. This is a full- or part-time position. For details, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.

Oil City parish hiring director/coordinator of faith formation
St. Joseph Parish in Oil City is seeking a director/coordinator of faith formation. This is a full-time, exempt position that reports directly to the pastor and supervises numerous volunteer catechists and parent volunteers. For information about the position and how to apply, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.