February 4, 2019

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, February 11, 2019.
Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 4:30 p.m.

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Revised ritual of marriage
The following materials supporting the revised ritual of marriage (2016) are available:

  • An online video on preparing wedding liturgies for engaged couples, pastors and musicians.
  • A review of the new elements introduced in the revised 2016 ritual
  • Three guidebooks on the new ritual (one for priests, one for deacons and one for couples).

Bishop Lawrence Persico has asked that all involved in preparing wedding liturgies review the suggestions described in the video and in the materials supporting the revised ritual. There is a link to the video and support materials at https://www.ErieRCD.org/bishop/worship.html under the heading “Sacraments and Liturgies.” The guidebooks are available through the Office of Worship. Please direct any questions to the Office of Worship at mclark@ErieRCD.org.

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.

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

More on the 2019 Catholic Services Appeal
Parishes are asked to share two important facts about this year’s CSA effort:

  • Bishop Lawrence Persico assures us that gifts to the CSA will be placed in a designated account and used strictly for the ministries and services coordinated through diocesan offices. No funds donated to the CSA have been or will be used to defray expenses related to the sexual abuse scandal.

2019 Catholic Services Appeal distribution list
As the diocese prepares for the 2019 CSA, it is updating its email distribution list used to communicate to parish staff important information about the appeal and the required financial syncs. If there is someone at your parish who should be receiving these emails but has not received anything, please email their name, title and contact information to Julia Cooney at jcooney@cfnwpa.org.

Financial assistance available to parishes through OCP
OCP (Oregon Catholic Press) provides direct financial assistance to Roman Catholic parishes across the United States through its annual OCP Parish Grants Program. Since its inception in 2001, it has provided nearly $2.8 million to parishes in the U.S. The Parish Grants Program is open to all Roman Catholic parishes, even if they do not use OCP as their liturgical music source. If your parish has a need for something that would enhance the worship experience, apply at https://ocp.org/en-us/parish-grants. See the attachment for information needed to apply for a grant.


2020 collection schedule
Marriage Matters
OCP grants
Father-Son Program
Purse bingo
Young People Who Care
2020 pilgrimage
Reason For Our Hope position profile

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2020 collection schedule
Marriage Matters
OCP grants
Father-Son Program
Purse bingo
Young People Who Care
2020 pilgrimage
Reason For Our Hope position profile


Take Back the Site vigil planned in Erie
A Take Back the Site vigil will be held in memory of murder victim Jeffrey Miller on Feb. 6 at 5:15 p.m. outside 429 Chestnut St., Erie. Take Back the Site vigils are about 15 minutes in length and include prayer that reclaims for nonviolence the site where a person has been murdered. Vigils are sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and oblates, Sisters of St. Joseph, agrégées and associates, and Sisters of Mercy and associates.

Silent Peace Walk planned at Gannon
The Benedictines for Peace in Erie – in coordination with Gannon University’s Center for Social Concerns – are coordinating a Silent Peace Walk Feb. 11 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The event will begin at AJ’s Way by the arch on West Seventh Street in downtown Erie. This is a simple prayerful walk to bring peace to our communities, our families, our nation and our world. All are welcome to this non-violent action for peace.

Mercer County pro-life group to hold breakfast
Pro-Life of Mercer County is holding its 17th annual pro-life breakfast Feb. 16 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Park Inn by Radisson in West Middlesex. This year’s speaker is Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D., a nationally known pro-life leader and author who is the founder and director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society. Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for children/teens. The deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 8. For more information, contact Susan Wallace at susanrwallace@hotmail.com or 724-815-5221, or Bob Lackey at rlackey@eglolaw.com or 724-342-6835.

Father–Son Program offered this month
All fathers (or male role models) and their sons, ages 11 to 13, are welcome to attend the Father-Son Program Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Parish social hall, 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro. The Chastity Education Office of the Diocese of Erie sponsors this annual event, which includes activities centered on such topics as navigating adolescence, tools for manhood and listening to God’s call. Registration includes food, time for discussion and games. For more information and to register, go to www.ErieRCD.org/chastity. To register by phone, call Kate at 814-824-1259. Use the attached flier to publicize this event.

Lenten Bible study scheduled in Sharon
“Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come” is a Lenten Bible study offered at the church hall of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 370 Spruce Ave., Sharon, beginning Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. and continuing every Tuesday for 11 weeks. The cost for the study guide is $30. For more information or to register, contact St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Sharon, at 724-342-7391 or at themustardseed3@yahoo.com. The deadline to register is Feb. 10.

Men’s Conference offers speakers appealing to younger men, too
The sixth annual 22:32 Men’s Conference will be held at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The lineup of speakers includes two who would appeal to younger men in high school and college, as well men who are out of college and beginning their careers and families. Speakers are Sean O’Hare, Sean Forrest and Tom Peterson. The cost is $40 for adults, $25 for college students, and $10 for high school students. Group rates also are available. See detailed information at www.2232men.com, where you may register and purchase tickets. For more information, go to info@2232men.com.

Join the annual Catholic Charismatic Conference
All are welcome to attend the annual “Greater Things” Catholic Charismatic Conference March 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Joseph/Bread of Life Center. 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 at Frenchville’s Bethany Retreat Center March 15-17. 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.

Harborcreek Youth Services to host purse bingo event
Harborcreek Youth Services invites everyone to its second annual Designer Purse Bingo fundraiser March 31 at the Hagerty Family Events Center (Prep/Villa Events Center), 501 W. 12th St., Erie. Doors open at noon; bingo starts at 1 p.m. There will be pull tabs, tip boards, a 50/50 and a gift auction. Pre-sale tickets are $25 each through March 25. After March 25, the cost is $30 each. There are a limited number of reserved eight-seat tables, at a cost of $160 through March 1. After March 1, tables are $175. Table reservations must be purchased as one transaction. See the attached flier for all the details.

Young People Who Care offers summer service
Young People Who Care of Frenchville will again host summer service groups during June, July and August. YPWC has offered social justice service experiences since 1977 to students and adult leaders of the Diocese of Erie and beyond. See the attachment for more information.

Interested in a Holy Land pilgrimage?
Father Rich Toohey, pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish, Erie, will be the spiritual director of a Holy Land pilgrimage Oct. 26 to Nov. 5, 2019. The cost is $4,299 (double occupancy), and includes round-trip airfare, taxes and surcharges and more. Stops include Tel Aviv, Tiberias and Jerusalem. For more information, contact Liz Shea or Caterina Viti at 1-800-206-8687 or email liz@206tours.com. Go to www.pilgrimages.com/frtoohey or for further details, or call the church office 814-833-7701, ext. 201.

Plan now for Oberammergau in 2020
Anyone interested in joining a 2020 pilgrimage to Poland, Prague and Germany – including admission to the famous Passion Play of Oberammergau – is encouraged to attend an informational meeting Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the rectory meeting room of St. George Parish, 5145 Peach St., Erie. See the attached flier for pilgrimage details.

Diocese offering ‘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 are 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!


High school artists may participate in PCC logo contest
The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC), the lobbying arm of the state’s bishops, is holding a contest to find a new logo design for the organization. Catholic high school students are encouraged to enter their original submissions following two basic guidelines: be appropriate and use only two colors. The PCC and bishops around the state will select a winner, who will receive a $500 savings bond for college. The deadline to submit entries is April 23. To enter a logo submission, take a picture of the original design and email it to PCC Communications Director Al Gnoza at AGnoza@pacatholic.org. To learn more about the PCC, go to https://www.pacatholic.org/.

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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