January 7, 2019

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, January 14, 2019.
Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 9, at 4:30 p.m.

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The Diocese of Erie Information Bulletin advertises and promotes activities and events sponsored by diocesan organizations such as parishes, schools, religious communities and groups.

Diocese of Erie changes mileage reimbursement rate
The mileage reimbursement rate in the Diocese of Erie has changed for 2019. Effective as of Jan. 1, 2019, the mileage rate will increase from 54.5 cents per mile to 58 cents per mile for all ministry-related mileage. This is based on the new IRS allowable rate. Schools and parishes are advised to make note of the change for any future reimbursement requests.

2019 Help Spread the Faith collection
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2019 Help Spread the Faith (Communications) collection. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way the weekend of Jan. 19-20.

St. Mark Catholic Center staff and visitors reminder
Due to the unfortunate increase of workplace violence and shootings in both private and public buildings, St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie continues to reinforce common-sense safety practices. As part of these practices, please be reminded that all employees, staff and visitors to St. Mark Center during normal business hours are required to wear SMCC name badges or visitor tags, which are given at the main entrance reception desk. Visitors return the badge to the reception desk when they leave, allowing us to know who is in the building at any given time in case of a fire or other emergency. Priests and deacons now have their own personalized badges that are kept at the reception desk, and may be picked up and returned there. 

St. Mark Catholic Center is an office building, meeting center and private residence to priests and seminarians. Our highest concern is for the safety of those who live, work and utilize this building. Thank you for your cooperation with these safety procedures. Feel free to contact Father Chris Singer at cjsinger@ErieRCD.org or at 814-824-1135 with any questions or concerns.

Diocesan Youth Board accepting applications
Apply now for the Diocesan Youth Board (DYB), a community of young Catholics and adult mentors selected to represent their faith communities from around the Diocese of Erie. The DYB is under the direction of the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry. To learn more about DYB and to apply, go to https://www.ErieRCD.org/youth/About-DYB.html, or contact the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 814-824-1219.


St. George pro-life event
St. Eulalia women’s retreat

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Help Spread the Faith collection
St. George pro-life event
St. Eulalia women’s retreat


Plan for upcoming life events in Erie, D.C.
People for Life in Erie is organizing several important events in January. For more information, go to www.peopleforlife.org or call 814-882-1333. The events are:

  • Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. — Annual Pro-Life Breakfast, Bayfront Convention Center, Erie
  • Jan. 17-19 — Bus trip to National March for Life in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. — Erie March for Life starts at Perry Square in downtown Erie.

Mercyhurst to perform ‘The Nit Wits’
Mercyhurst Preparatory School’s Performing Arts Department will present “The Nit Wits,” a comedy by Glenn Hughes, at the school’s Performing Arts Center, 538 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, Jan. 17-19 at 7 p.m., and Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. The play is directed by David W. Mitchell, a 1987 Mercyhurst graduate. The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students.

St. George to host all-day pro-life event Jan. 18
For those unable to attend the national March for Life in Washington, D.C., St. George Parish and its Respect Life Ministry will host an all-day pro-life event Jan. 18 at St. George Church, 5145 Peach St., Erie. Activities will include EWTN’s live-streaming of the March for Life, as well as Adoration, a children’s video and a documentary showing for adults. See the attached document for more details.

Save the date for March women’s retreat
St. Eulalia Parish in Coudersport is hosting a March 24 women’s retreat featuring motivational speaker Judy Hehr. See the attached flier for more details.


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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