July 26, 2021

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, August 2, 2021.
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2021 Collection for the Church in Latin America
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2021 Collection for the Church in Latin America, to be taken the weekend of Aug. 14-15. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of Aug. 7-8.

Music directors invited to form choir for Chrism Mass
Attached please find a letter from Dr. Richard Rossi, music director/organist at St. Peter Cathedral, inviting parish music directors to participate in a choir for the Chrism Mass and other diocesan events. If interested, please complete and return the attached reply form.

Clergy and parishes: Please note email issue
Due to a security change at Microsoft, clergy and parishes may not be receiving emails. If you haven’t received emails in your diocesan supplied email accounts since June 30, please call Kathy Papalia at 814-824-1184. Parish staff, please check with your clergy to determine if they have been receiving the weekly Information Bulletin to their eriercd.org account since June 30.

Memorial of Ss. Martha, Mary and Lazarus held on July 29
On Jan. 26, 2021, Pope Francis ordered the inscription of Ss. Martha, Mary and Lazarus into the General Roman Calendar to replace the existing celebration of St. Martha alone. Ss. Martha, Mary and Lazarus are to be celebrated each year as an Obligatory Memorial on July 29. The existing indications in the Lectionary for the Mass readings on this Memorial have been retained (see vol. II or III, Proper of Saints, no. 607): the Gospel Acclamation and Gospel are mandatory, but the first reading and responsorial psalm may be taken either from the Mass readings of the day or from the Proper of Saints. An interim Mass formulary is attached.

The Office of Readings for the Memorial:
Psalmody of the day. First and second readings with their responsories of the day (see General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours, no. 235d), and concluding prayer from the Common of Holy Men, or the collect of the Mass of the day.

The Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer for the Memorial:
Psalmody of the day. Other elements from the Psalter of the day or the Common of Holy Men. Concluding Prayer from the Common of Holy Men, or the collect of the Mass of the day.

Catholic Foundation awards spring grants, announces fall Education Grant cycle
The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania recently announced that $44,511 was awarded through its 2021 spring grants. Faith Formation Grants and Education Grants were awarded in support of a wide variety of initiatives throughout northwest Pennsylvania. All the details and a list of awardees can be found at https://www.cfnwpa.org/news/catholic-foundation-awards-44-511-in-spring-2021-grant-cycle. The foundation will offer a fall Education Grant opportunity beginning Aug. 16, 2021. Please review the guidelines and criteria at  https://www.cfnwpa.org/grant-seekers/education-grant-guidelines.

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.


Collection for the Church in Latin America
Letter to parish music directors
Form expressing interest in Chrism Choir

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Collection for the Church in Latin America
Letter to parish music directors
Form expressing interest in Chrism Choir
Ss. Martha, Mary and Lazarus


Blueberry festival returns to Bethany Retreat Center
Come to the Bethany Retreat Center, 1031 Germania Road, Frenchville, for its blueberry festival July 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be games for all ages, arts and crafts for kids, basket raffles, 50/50, delicious food and refreshments and much more. Live musical entertainment will be provided by Heavenbound beginning at 2 p.m., and A Day Awaits at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.bethanyretreatcenter.org or call 814-263-4855.

Ecumenical prayer service planned at the Cross on the Hill
On Aug. 1 beginning at 2 p.m., there will be an afternoon of praise, prayer and music at the Cross on the Hill, located at 2041 Mount Zion Road, Weedville, PA 15868. Benedictine Father Shawn Anderson, a professor at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, will lead prayer, Scripture readings, homily and prayers for healing. Music ministry will be provided by SHALOM. This is an ecumenical service. All are welcome. Bring your own lawn chair, if desired. For more information, contact Rich Kenawell at 814-771-7932.

Benedictine Sisters offer virtual discernment retreat
The Benedictine Sisters of Erie will offer a virtual retreat beginning Aug. 18 to help seekers work through questions of discernment and vocation. The seven-session retreat will be offered via Zoom and an online forum. Sessions will include content to guide personal reflections and links to media and other resources. There will be opportunities for shared reflection. Registration begins July 27, with the first Zoom gathering on Aug. 18. There is no charge for the retreat. For more information or to register, go to https://www.eriebenedictines.org/retreat.

Women of Grace Apostolate to offer virtual study event
The Women of Grace Foundational Study has been offered in parishes throughout the Diocese of Erie and beyond. The next study opportunity to engage with women in and out of the diocese is “Mary Queen of Militants,” scheduled on the following Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.: Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30, These meetings will be held via Zoom, with facilitator Chris Arnold, regional coordinator with Women of Grace for Western Pennsylvania. For more information, contact Chris at carnold@womenofgrace.com or 717-379-6041.

Worship aids for sale
St. Eulalia Parish, Coudersport, and St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, Port Allegany, are selling card-stock worship aids they are no longer using. A total of 200-plus copies of these items are available and in very good to excellent condition. They are Missa Simplex assembly cards by Richard Proulx and Michael O’Connor, copyright 2010, 2011 World Library Publications. The cost is 25 cents each, plus shipping. Description: chant-style Mass; English includes Kyrie, Gloria, Gospel acclamations, Holy, Holy, Holy, three memorial acclamations, Amen and Lamb of God. Contact Gloria Richardson, St. Eulalia Catholic Church, at gloriar@zitomedia.net.

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