January 4, 2021

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, January 11, 2021.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

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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.

2021 Help Spread the Faith Collection
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2021 Help Spread the Faith Collection to support Catholic communications. It will be taken the weekend of Jan. 24. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of Jan. 17.

Guidelines for Sunday of the Word of God
Pastors will find attached some guidelines and suggestions to celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, known as Sunday of the Word of God, which falls on Jan. 24. According to Pope Francis’ 2019 apostolic letter, Aperuit illis, the day should be devoted to the “celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God,” and celebrated “with a certain solemnity.”

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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Erie March for Life scheduled Jan. 23 
The Erie March for Life, sponsored by People for Life, will be held Jan. 23 beginning at 11 a.m. Participants should gather at the pavilion in Perry Square by 10:45 a.m. The march will conclude with a brief program of speakers. The entire event will take approximately one hour. For complete information on the event and updates on COVID-19 safety precautions, visit www.peopleforlife.life/january2021, e-mail office@peopleforlife.org, or call 814-882-1333.

March for Life bus trip information
People for Life in Erie is offering transportation to the annual March for Life event in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 29, 2021. Bus(es) will leave Erie at 11 p.m. on Jan. 28 and return about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 30. Seats are $55. Inquiries about financial sponsorship are welcome. For complete information on the trip and updates on COVID-19 safety precautions, visit www.peopleforlife.life/january2021, e-mail office@peopleforlife.org, or call 814-882-1333.

There are no classifieds this week.

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