February 25, 2019

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, March 4, 2019.
Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 28, at 4:30 p.m.

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Liturgy reminder for Lent
Please see the attachment for liturgy reminders on the veiling of images and crosses during Lent.

Liturgy preparation aid for Lent, Easter Triduum, Easter season
The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) makes available the attached liturgy preparation aid for Lent, the Easter Triduum and the Easter season. This aid contains a wealth of information, including a presider’s text for the Rite of Reconciliation, music suggestions, a summary of lectionary readings for Sundays and solemnities, preparation sheets for the RCIA, Palm Sunday, the EasterTriduum and more. Please share this information with all those who might use it.

Catholic Services Appeal Commitment Sunday is one week away
The Catholic Services Appeal prayer for 2019 is attached for your convenience. The administrative offices of the Diocese of Erie extend blessings on parishes for a successful campaign, which officially begins with Commitment Sunday on March 3.

Promoting the Catholic Services Appeal on your parish website
Customizable content to help promote the CSA on your parish website is available from the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania. The CSA unites the 97 parishes in our diocese in a common effort to share the Catholic faith. This year’s CSA goal of $4,235,000 will help fund the projects, ministries and departments of the diocese. Presenting the CSA on your parish website is an additional way to encourage parishioners to give. Instructions for installing this content written for parishes that have accepted a free ParishPlace website from the Diocese of Erie can be obtained by emailing Kathy Papalia at kpapalia@ErieRCD.org or calling her at 814-824-1184. Parishes that have not accepted a free website should still be able to utilize some of the content after contacting Kathy. Remember, free parish websites are available through the 2017 grant provided by the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania.

Subscribe to diocese’s e-newsletter
Parishes in the Diocese of Erie are asked to include the following in their weekly bulletins:

            The Diocese of EriE-news delivers news, features and photos from across the 13-county diocese and beyond to your inbox every Monday morning. Read archived issues and subscribe to the free digital publication at https://www.eriercd.org/news/enewsletter.html.

Also, see the attached ad that may be printed and inserted in bulletins.

Divorce Ministry offered in two locations this year
Surviving Divorce Ministry, also known as the Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide (CDSG), will be held on Wednesdays, April 3 to May 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie
  • Beloved Disciple Parish, 1310 South Center St. Ext., Grove City.

Each week features a 30-minute DVD that covers topics such as shock, denial, anger, forgiveness, the courts, kids and more. Whether someone was divorced 10 days ago or 10 years ago, this program offers valuable insights for all. See the attachments for the brochures for each location. For more details, contact the Family Life Office at 814-824-1261, familylife@ErieRCD.org, or visit www.ErieRCD.org/familylifeoffice/sdm.html.

Pilgrim Fatima Statue in Erie in March
The Erie Diocesan Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in Erie for the month of March. The statue, which was made in Fatima, Portugal, contains the relics of St. Francisco and St. Jacinta, two of the children to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared more than 100 years ago. The statue’s home base while in Erie in March will be St. George Church, 5145 Peach St. No events are planned with the statue at this time, but if another Erie parish would like to host the statue for one of the weeks in March, call John Walsh at 814-868-1100.


Liturgy reminder for Lent
Liturgy preparation aid
CSA prayer
Diocese of EriE-news
Divorce Ministry, Grove City
Divorce Ministry, Erie
Parish mission
St. Martin Center position

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Liturgy reminder for Lent
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CSA prayer
Diocese of EriE-news
Divorce Ministry, Grove City
Divorce Ministry, Erie
Parish mission
St. Martin Center position


Register today for the 2019 Catholic Men’s conference
The 6th annual 22:32 Men’s Conference is scheduled for March 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Registration is $40 per person, $35 per person in groups of eight, $25 for college students, and $10 for high school students. The cost includes lunch and free parking. Register now at www.2232men.com or call 814-455-7364.

Charismatic Conference scheduled March 9
The “Greater Things” annual Charismatic Conference will be held March 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish/Bread of Life, 147 W. 24th St., Erie. The Word of Life Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center of the Diocese of Erie is sponsoring this event, which features Jaci Phillips, Ph.D., as the guest speaker, and violinist Louis Nicolia. The cost of $25 per person includes lunch. Sponsorships are available. Register at www.ErieRCD.org/wordoflife/conference.html or call 814-833-9717.

Gobble up some spaghetti at Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart Parish in Erie will host its 66th annual spaghetti dinner March 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the parish auditorium, located at the corner of West 25th and Liberty streets. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 through 12, and free to kids under 6. The event will include theme baskets, a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Edinboro parish
Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Edinboro will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day Family Party March 16 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the parish social hall, 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Advance sale tickets are $15 per person and $5 for children 5 to 16. Free for those under age 5. Tickets are available at Complete Wireless, 137 Erie St., Edinboro; the Our Lady of the Lake office, 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro; or by calling the parish at 814-734-3113. Adult admission at the door is $17 per person. Tickets also will be sold after all weekend Masses.

Admission includes a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner (children’s menu is available), as well as live entertainment featuring Rince Na Tiarna Irish Dancers and music by Tennessee Backporch. Raffles, games and a pot o’ gold drawing are planned.

Encounter the mystery of the Trinity at parish mission
This year’s annual parish mission at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 837 Bartlett Road, Harborcreek, will be held March 18-20, from 7 to 8 p.m. each day. See the attachment for full details. Father Michael DeMartinis will present “An Intimate Encounter with the Trinity.” Father DeMartinis will invite participants to a renewed and deepened awareness and experience of the enfolding and empowering love of the Holy Trinity.

Pro-life rosary to be recited in March
The Shield of Roses Pro-Life Rosary will be recited March 25 after the 8 a.m. Mass at St. George Church, 5145 Peach St., Erie.

Make plans to attend Oscar Romero Lecture
Mercyhurst University in Erie will honor Carl Malischke, a longtime advocate for refugees, with its 28th Oscar Romero Award on March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Mercy Heritage Room on the East 38th Street campus. Mercyhurst presents the Romero Award annually to an individual or organization "living the call of faith and justice in an extraordinary manner." The award takes its name from the late Oscar Romero of San Salvador, El Salvador, who is remembered for his uncompromising commitment to the poor and oppressed of El Salvador. He was canonized on Oct. 14, 2018. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. For more information, contact Dr. Robert von Thaden at rvonthaden@mercyhurst.edu or at 814-824-2184.

1:38 Women’s Conference planned in March
The fifth annual 1:38 Women’s Conference is planned March 30 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie. This year’s conference theme is “Live JOY-fully!” Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Registration is $40 per person, $35 for senior citizens or individuals in groups of eight, $25 for college students, $10 for high school students, and free for religious sisters. The cost includes lunch and free parking. Enjoy fellowship and inspiring national speakers: Amanda Vernon, an internationally known recording artist; Beth Davis, director of ministry advancement for Blessed is She; and Sonja Corbitt, an accomplished author, speaker and broadcaster. There will be adoration and the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation. The event will conclude with Mass offered by Bishop Lawrence Persico. For more information and to register, visit www.138women.com or call 814-455-7364.


Office of Faith Formation positions available
The Diocese of Erie, after a fruitful and collaborative diocesan planning process resulting in the creation of the Faith Formation Office, is seeking energetic and faith-driven leaders to serve in the following positions:

  • Director of Faith Formation for Catechesis and Sacraments
  • Director of Faith Formation for Marriage and Family Life
  • Director of Faith Formation for Parish Support
  • Director of Faith Formation for Young Adult and Youth Ministry

Note that applicants who wish to apply for more than one position should write a separate cover letter for each position. Please go to https://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.html for more information on each position and the application process.

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.

St. Michael School principal position announcement
St. Michael School in Greenville is seeking candidates for principal. Appointment to this position would be at the end of the 2018-19 school year. For more information about the position and to apply, go to https://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.html.     

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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