January 10, 2022

Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday the next Information Bulletin is Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 13, 2022, at noon.

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2022 Catholic Services Appeal
The Catholic Services Appeal is the annual fundraising campaign of the Diocese of Erie and is essential to supporting the day-to-day work of the Catholic Church in northwest Pennsylvania. The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania facilitates CSA campaign resources and support for the Diocese of Erie. Materials for the 2022 CSA are being shipped now to parishes. When materials arrive, check to be sure you received what you ordered. Please note that the DVDs, if ordered, will be mailed separately. Contact Julia Cooney with any questions at 814-824-1253 or jcooney@cfnwpa.org.

Lenten small groups to explore racial justice
The Diocese of Erie is offering two separate small group experiences this Lent to explore racial justice. These opportunities are sponsored by the offices of Social Justice and Life and Faith Formation Parish Support. Those who are looking for Christian community, a place to ask big questions, and a way to explore the Gospel call to work for racial justice are invited to learn more and consider applying at https://www.eriercd.org/socialjusticelife/racialjustice.html. Applications are due Jan. 18. Questions can be directed to the Social Justice and Life Office at SJL@ErieRCD.org.

Pastors: Save the date for upcoming Vanco webinar
Pastors in the Diocese of Erie are asked to save the date for a January webinar introducing Vanco, an online platform that has been supporting parishes and their communities with online giving tools for more than 20 years. The webinar is scheduled for Jan. 18 from 10 to 11 a.m. More than 25,000 churches rely on Vanco to increase generosity, drive member engagement and share their accomplishments. During this webinar, Vanco will highlight how it partners with Ministry Platform to simplify contribution allocation. Vanco will explain how both members and parishes benefit from online giving and will introduce the online giving tools churches use to boost giving and share their story. Visit https://www.eriercd.org/mpog.html to register for this webinar. Parishes that already have an online giving solution should still plan on attending this informative webinar. Ministry Platform integration with Vanco will result in time savings for your office staff. Vanco’s zero monthly fee and competitive transaction rates can add up to significant cost savings for your parish. Email questions to Kathy Papalia at kpapalia@ErieRCD.org or 814-824-1184.

Catherine’s Club grant applications for non-profits now available
The Catherine’s Club Giving Circle, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, invites qualified non-profit agencies to apply for grants aimed at initiatives supporting women and children. The Giving Circle promotes the economic self-sufficiency and/or well-being of women and children with needs resulting from limited financial resources, illness or inadequate education. Agencies applying for grants must be located within one of the 13 counties of the Catholic Diocese of Erie. Grant applications are now available by contacting Edie Hudson at 814-824-2516 or ehudson@sistersofmercy.org or by visiting the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse at 444 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. Applications must be postmarked by March 15.

Thank you for contributing to the missions
The Diocesan Mission Office extends a heartfelt thank-you to all parishes for participating in the World Mission Sunday Collection and the Church in Latin America Collection 2021. Parishes that have not yet submitted funds collected for the World Mission Sunday and/or the Church in Latin America are invited to forward them to the Mission Office as soon as possible. For any questions, contact Indira J. Suarez at isuarez@ErieRCD.org or 814-824-1231.

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.


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Knights of Columbus sponsors benefit raffle, dinner
The Knights of Columbus #14437 of St. Andrew Parish, Erie, is sponsoring a 50/50 raffle and a Salisbury steak dinner to benefit Michael Lombardozzi. Mike has been dealing with medical issues and is in need of assistance. Raffle tickets are $1 each and are for sale after the 11 a.m. Mass or by contacting the Knights (John Skrzypczak at 814-440-9157, Tom Klemm at 814-323-5222, or Pat Nenno at 814-812-4238). The dinner will be held Feb. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Msgr. Gannon Auditorium, 1116 W. 7th St., Erie. Tickets will be available at the door.

Communications Office position open
The Communications Office of the Diocese of Erie is seeking to fill the position of advertising/circulation/office manager based at St. Mark Catholic Center, Erie. For details on the position and how to apply, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.

Pianist/cantor needed
Nightingale Nursing and Rehab Center in Erie is looking for a pianist/cantor for the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass. For more information about this position, contact Father William Sutherland at 814-450-1066.

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