January 19, 2021

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, January 25, 2021.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

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Lenten practices 2021
Please find attached the 2021 notice of Lenten practices for the Diocese of Erie.

Bishop to celebrate Respect Life Mass
Join Bishop Lawrence Persico in celebrating a Respect Life Mass at Erie’s Our Lady of Peace Parish on Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. The Mass is in person and also can be viewed livestreamed on Our Lady of Peace’s YouTube page. Let us pray for the protection and respect of all life, from conception to natural death. Questions may be directed to the Social Justice and Life Office at sjl@ErieRCD.org.

Clergy appointment announcement
Attached please find the latest clergy appointment notice.

Pre-orders being accepted for the diocesan directory
The Office of Communications is accepting pre-orders for the 2021 Diocese of Erie Directory. The cost is $31.50 each (includes shipping and handling). A mail-friendly order form is attached, or you can place an order online at https://www.ErieRCD.org/news/directory.html. Anticipated mail distribution is late February. For questions or to place an order by phone, call Brenda Williams at 814-824-1161.

International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter
The Catholic Foundation is happy to share the International Catholic Stewardship Council’s January newsletter, found at https://catholicstewardship.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/ICSC-Parish-Ebulletin_JAN-21_FINAL.pdf. Pastors and parish staff are encouraged to read and share this publication with their parishioners or use all or parts of it for their parish bulletin, if the author/source are credited.

The ethical reception of COVID-19 vaccines
As various vaccines for COVID-19 are made available to the public, concerns about safety and efficacy — as well as the ethics of their research and development — challenge all to make informed choices. Bishop Lawrence Persico has issued a statement that provides information about the vaccines and a process of ethical decision-making consistent with Catholic values. The statement, which can be found at www.eriercd.org/news/News-releases.html, also includes links to several helpful Vatican and USCCB documents.

Good for You Wellness Initiative
Highmark and the Diocese of Erie are offering insured employees and their covered spouses a personalized health and wellness platform that provides information that can assist in staying healthy and meeting wellness goals. See the attached two documents for full details on how to participate in the Good for You Wellness Initiative and make your year a healthy one. NOTE: Please register after Jan. 21.

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, ehudson@sistersofmercy.org or at the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse, 444 E. Grandview Blvd, Erie. Applications must be postmarked by March 15.

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.


Lenten practices
Clergy appointment
2021 Diocesan Directory order form
Wellness statement
Wellness reward flier, Diocese of Erie
Young Adult Lenten Retreat

Parish Bulletin Announcements

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Lenten practices
Clergy appointment
2021 Diocesan Directory order form
Wellness statement
Wellness reward flier, Diocese of Erie
Young Adult Lenten Retreat


Young Adult Lenten Retreat
Need to reconnect with your faith? Feel like this Lent needs to be something more? The Young Adult Lenten Retreat is a free, eight-week Lenten retreat Feb. 10 to April 2. It can be experienced in a small group or as an individual. Participants will meet once a week with a spiritual director, via Facetime or Zoom, who will journey with them as they explore their relationship to their faith and the world. Register at https://form.jotform.com/210035215884147. For more information, contact Jillian Zaczyk, director of the Office of Young Adult and Youth Ministry, at jzaczyk@ErieRCD.org. For convenience, a flier has been attached for parishes and schools to promote the retreat.

22:32 Men’s Conference offers in-person and Zoom format
The eighth annual 22:32 Men’s Conference, typically offered to hundreds of men at one location, will be held Feb. 27 at separate parishes in the Diocese of Erie. Men will gather at their own parishes in small groups to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The half-day event still features acclaimed Catholic speakers and witness stories that may be heard via Zoom beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at noon. With the cooperation of pastors, Mass and confessions may still be available before or after the formal presentations. For more information about hosting the conference at your parish or for your men’s group, contact Dave Wayman at taichiguy@icloud.com or 814-397-2809.

There are no classifieds this week.

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