January 28, 2019The next Information Bulletin is Monday, February 4, 2019.
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2019 diocesan directories have arrived
The Office of Communications has received its shipment of the 2019 Diocese of Erie Directory and is preparing a bulk mailing to those who already have ordered a copy. Directories are $25 each and may be purchased at https://www.ErieRCD.org/news/directory.html. For questions or to place an order by phone, please call Brenda Williams at 814-824-1161.
Diocesan Youth Board accepting applications for 2019
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Diocesan Youth Board. Find the online application at https://bit.ly/2QvhA1R. The Diocesan Youth Board is a group of high school students and their mentors who come together regularly to pray, develop useful leadership and ministry skills, and build community. Members serve as the bishop’s "eyes and ears" to bring attention to what matters to young people.
Team Camp Totus Tuus applications accepted now
Looking for something to do this summer that will help to strengthen your faith while serving others? Check out Camp Totus Tuus. This camp is held for middle school students, but the team is made up of high school students, college students and adult volunteers who love their Catholic faith and want to share it with others. Team members will be at camp July 12-18, 2019. To apply to be a team member, go to https://bit.ly/2B54P4x, or email jdurney@ErieRCD.org for more information.
Update on the 2019 Catholic Services Appeal
Parishes are asked to look in their mailboxes soon for the CSA materials they ordered (brochures, posters, pledge cards, pledge envelopes, parish handbooks and video DVD). The following resources also are available to assist with the upcoming CSA appeal:
- A CSA poster can be downloaded at https://www.ErieRCD.org/Catholic-Services-Appeal-CSA-Materials.html and be used as a cover or insert for parish bulletins. Posters also will be mailed to parishes for display in a high-visibility area.
- New this year is a CSA brochure that includes information about what the CSA is, why it is important, where CSA funds go and a FAQ section. Brochures will be mailed to parishes that ordered them.
- A one-page, downloadable bulletin insert is available at https://www.ErieRCD.org/Catholic-Services-Appeal-CSA-Materials.html.
- A CSA DVD containing a personal message from Bishop Lawrence Persico will be available soon at https://www.ErieRCD.org/Catholic-Services-Appeal-CSA-Materials.html. Share the video on your parish website and consider showing it in your church in February, prior to Commitment Sunday. Let people know through bulletin and appeal letters how they can view the CSA video.
- The special Catholic Services Appeal edition of Faith magazine will be mailed to homes in the coming days.
- Pledge envelopes for in-pew solicitation and follow-up mailings, along with pledge cards, will be mailed to parishes that ordered them.
- A Parish Leadership Handbook has been mailed to parishes and is available at https://www.ErieRCD.org/Catholic-Services-Appeal-CSA-Materials.html.
St. Patrick celebration
Young People Who Care
Reason For Our Hope position profile
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St. Patrick celebration
Young People Who Care
Reason For Our Hope position profile
Refresh your marriage this February
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider attending a Beloved Night, a special evening offered to married and/or engaged couples of all ages. This opportunity, designed to help couples reconnect amidst the busyness of life, is offered Feb. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at each of the following four locations:
- St. Mary’s Church, 325 Church St., St. Marys
- Church of the Beloved Disciple, 1310 S. Center St. Extension, Grove City
- St. Brigid Church, 383 Arch St., Meadville
- St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 East Grandview Blvd., Erie.
Free baby-sitting is offered, with a complimentary dinner provided for children. Couples will enjoy time together, a video with an optional discussion, and a two-hour, off-site date night of their choosing. RSVPs are necessary to provide adequate child care. For more information, go to www.ErieRCD.org/chastity.
Women invited to Lenten study program
Lent is a season of renewal, rebirth, regeneration and recommitment. All women 18 years and older are invited to join the Women of Grace Study Program, “Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life,” developed by EWTN’s Johnette Benkovic. The program will be held at two different locations in Erie. A morning group (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.) and evening group (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) will start Feb. 12 and will meet for nine Tuesdays in the Founder’s Room of St. Jude the Apostle Church, 2801 W. 6th St., Erie. To register for this group, please text or call Carmen Schattner at 517-442-5552 or email email@example.com. A morning group (9:15 to 11:15 a.m.) will start Feb. 13 and will meet for nine Wednesdays on the second floor of St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community Center, 147 W. 24th St., Erie. Text or call Katy McGovern at 814-440-8792 to register for this group. The cost is $54 for materials (there is a reduced cost on Kindle). Financial assistance is available. Register for either location by Jan. 30.
Alpha training offered in Erie
Alpha is an internationally known evangelization tool that reaches those who may be away from the church or who are struggling with their faith in general. April Blum will be at St. Joseph/Bread of Life, 147 W. 24th St., Erie, on Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to conduct an interactive training session for those interested in learning more about Alpha and how to implement it at your parish. For more information, see the attachment and/or register at www.alphausa.org/runalphaeriepa.
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. She also is an associate professor of theology at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-815-5221, or Bob Lackey at email@example.com or 724-342-6835.
Father–Son Program offered in February
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.
Paulist priest featured at parish mission
A parish mission on the Gospel of Luke will be held Feb. 18-20 at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 2801 W. 6th St., Erie. The mission begins at 7 p.m. each day. Father James DiLuzio, a Paulist priest, missionary and actor, will give a powerful recitation of Luke’s Gospel. For more details, see the Luke Live website at www.LukeLive.com.
St. Patrick School to celebrate 125 years
Plan now to attend the St. Patrick School 125th anniversary celebration March 9 at the school’s Dion Auditorium, 952 Buffalo St., Franklin. You won’t want to miss this evening of fun, including entertainment provided by Seamus, a live classic rock and Irish band. See the attachment for more 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.
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.
Reason For Our Hope seeking director of fundraising, business development
The Reason For Our Hope Foundation in Erie is hiring a director of fundraising and business development. A bachelor's degree in business, nonprofit administration or public administration is required for this full-time position. See the attachment for a full position profile. To apply, email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to:
The Reason For Our Hope Foundation
ATTN: Mary Therese Craig, Executive Director
1273 E. 38th St.
Erie, PA 16504.
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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