January 21, 2020

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, January 27, 2020.
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Show your solidarity with pro-life marchers
If you can’t physically attend the March for Life event in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24, plan to join in solidarity by attending a pro-life event at St. George Church, 5145 Peach St., Erie. The schedule on Jan. 24 includes 8 a.m. Mass, followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and then recitation of the rosary. At 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., there will be half-hour programs shown in the rectory meeting room, and live coverage on EWTN of the 2020 March for Life from 1 to 3 p.m. The movie “Unplanned” will be shown in the meeting room at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

February liturgical reminders
Notes on the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day) and the blessing of throats (Memorial of St. Blaise) in Ordinary Time are available in the attached liturgical reminders.

2020 Catholic Foundation grant opportunities
The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania has three grant cycles in 2020 for Catholic parishes, Catholic schools, and departments of the Diocese of Erie to apply for grant funding for projects that meet funding criteria. The cycles include the following:

  • Faith formation grant applications will be accepted through Feb. 28
  • Education grant applications will be accepted through March 23, and from Aug. 15 to Sept. 26.

To learn more about eligibility, go to https://www.cfnwpa.org/grant-seekers.

CRS Rice Bowl now accepting orders for Lent 2020
Orders for Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) annual Rice Bowl program for Lent 2020 are now being accepted. CRS is in the process of updating its order information. If you wish to receive Rice Bowl materials for Lent 2020, you must place an order online by going to https://www.crsricebowl.org/ and clicking “order materials” or by calling 1-800-222-0025. If your order is not placed, either online or by phone, you will not receive Rice Bowl materials for Lent 2020. Materials are available in both English and Spanish. Questions can be directed to Patrice Swick, director of the Social Justice and Life Office, at pswick@ErieRCD.org.    

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

2020 diocesan directories have arrived
The Office of Communications has received its shipment of the 2020 Diocese of Erie Directory and is preparing a bulk mailing to those who already have ordered a copy. Directories are $25 each, plus $6.50 shipping, and may be purchased at https://www.ErieRCD.org/news/directory.html. For questions or to place an order by phone, call Brenda Williams at 814-824-1161.

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.


February liturgical reminders
Marriage Matters

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February liturgical reminders
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Join Sharpsville parish for homemade spaghetti dinner
The Holy Name Society of St. Bartholomew Parish in Sharpsville will host a homemade spaghetti dinner at the parish social center, 311 W. Ridge Ave., Sharpsville, Jan. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. All are welcome. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Take-outs are available. There also will be a 50/50, gift auction, side raffles and a bake sale. Purchase tickets by contacting the parish office at 724-962-7130 or at https://saintbartholomews.weshareonline.org/. Proceeds benefit the St. Bartholomew Parish Preservation Fund.

Holy Rosary/St. John parishes to host Souper Chili Sunday
The parishes of Holy Rosary and St. John the Baptist in Erie will host a soup and chili cook-off Jan. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hastings Hall, 2701 East Ave., Erie. Enjoy some great food to benefit parish activities and Holy Rosary’s and St. John’s sister parish in Mexico. For information, to purchase tickets or to enter the competition, contact the parish office at 814-456-4254 or Mary Hickin at 814-920-7525. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids 4 to 12. Children 3 and under are free and there will be lots of macaroni and cheese for them! There is a $20 maximum cost for families.

Deadline approaching to enter cheerleading competition
The deadline is Feb. 1 to enter next month’s 11th annual St. Michael Cheerleading Competition at Kennedy Catholic High School in Hermitage. For all the details, see the cheerleading attachment.

Attend Outdoor Adventures event to benefit L’Arche
L’Arche Erie will host its annual Outdoor Adventures Raffle on Feb. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie. Pre-sale ticket prices are $20 each, or two for $30 (pre-sale ends Feb. 13). Tickets at the door are $20 each. Ticket and event information can be found at www.larcheerie.org or by contacting Sandie Wheeler at development@larcheerie.org or 814-452-2065. Admission includes food and beverages and a chance to win one of the 20 door prizes.

Searching for a pre-Lenten retreat?
Looking to get ready for Lent? Singles and couples are invited to a pre-Lenten retreat Feb.21-22 at St. Thomas More House of Prayer in Cranberry. Retreat master is Father Dan Hoffman. For more information and a complete retreat schedule, visit www.eriercd.org/chastity and click on the retreat tile. Questions? Call or email Kate Wilson at 814-824-1261 or kwilson@ErieRCD.org. The retreat is sponsored by Chastity Education of the Diocese of Erie.

Save the date for Lenten concert and mission
Jeanne Cotter, a liturgical composer, author and retreat leader, will give a Lenten concert and mission at Notre Dame Church, 2325 Highland Road, Hermitage, March 15-17. She will speak and perform at all weekend Masses. There will be a dinner March 15 at 5:30 p.m., followed by a concert at 7 p.m. featuring Notre Dame's children and adult choirs. Mission evenings will be held at 7 p.m. March 16 and March 17. Cost for the dinner and concert is $20. For special dinner/concert family rates, contact Gretchen Wagner at 724-813-5245. Concert-only tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

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. The position is full- or part-time. 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.

Administrative assistant needed
The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Erie is seeking an organized, dedicated and energetic person to provide full-time clerical and technical support for the Catholic Schools Office. For a full position profile and instructions on how to apply, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.