June 1, 2021
The next Information Bulletin is Monday, June 7, 2021.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 3, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.
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Diocesan Directory surveys due today
The Communications Office is considering significant changes to the format and content of the annual directory it publishes for the Diocese of Erie. A survey has been emailed to a wide array of people who use the directory. If you received a survey, please remember to go to https://form.jotform.com/eriediocese/directory to fill it out no later than today. It should take less than five minutes to complete. Thank you.
Change of address for Oil City parish, churches
The mailing address for St. Joseph Parish in Oil City has changed from 210 Reed St., to 35 Pearl Ave., Oil City, PA 16301. This change applies to St. Joseph Parish, as well as St. Stephen and St. Venantius churches, and Father John Miller and Father Ian McElrath.
Save the date for 2022 priesthood ordination
Bishop Lawrence Persico has announced that the next priesthood ordination will be on Friday, May 27, 2022, at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, Erie. Priests, deacons, parish/school staff and leaders of ministry are asked to mark the date in their 2022 calendars to avoid any schedule conflicts and to allow for the greatest possible participation of clergy, religious and lay faithful.
International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter
The Catholic Foundation is happy to share the June edition of the International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter found at https://catholicstewardship.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/ICSC-Parish-Ebulletin_JUNE-21.pdf. Pastors and parish staff are encouraged to read and share this publication with parishioners, using all or parts of it for their parish bulletin, with credit to the author/source.
Marriage Matters newsletter now available
Attached is the most recent edition of the Marriage Matters newsletter of the Office of the Tribunal and Matrimonial Concerns of the Diocese of Erie.
Faith Formation offers News and Notes
The Faith Formation Office of the Diocese of Erie has issued its latest News and Notes highlighting a new initiative to welcome people back to Mass following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative is called “Re-membering Our Sunday Story.” This installment of News and Notes also covers a new marriage preparation opportunity in the diocese, as well as a parish-based grief ministry program under consideration. To read News and Notes, go https://www.eriercd.org/faithformation/news.html.
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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Priest and former Pittsburgh Pirates player to lead parish mission
Blessed Sacrament Parish in Erie is sponsoring a parish mission/retreat featuring Father Kevin MacDonald, CSsR, a Redemptorist priest from Woburn, Massachusetts, and a former professional baseball player with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The retreat will be held at the church, 1626 W. 26th St., Erie, June 12-16 beginning at 7 p.m. each day. Each evening’s program will last about one hour and consist of a proclamation of the Word, reflection, singing and prayer. Father MacDonald is a member of the Boston College Hall of Fame and currently is assigned to the Redemptorist community in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. For more information about Father MacDonald, go to https://www.redemptoristmission.com/preview or visit the Blessed Sacrament Parish website at www.bsparisherie.org.
Are you seeking health and well-being?
Do you believe that your health and well-being are foundational to your spiritual journey? Experience the answer at the 7 Essentials of Well-Being retreat offered June 24-27 at Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. Presenter Elle Morgan will introduce her program that supports all aspects of mind, body and spirit. The cost is $298 for overnight guests and $178 for commuters. For more information or to register, visit www.bethanyretreatcenter.org or call 814-263-4855.
Six-day centering prayer retreat offered at Bethany
A six-day centering prayer retreat is offered at Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville July 7-12. Rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition, centering prayer fosters a deeper intimacy with Christ through silence and stillness. This is an in-depth retreat for those experienced in centering prayer. The cost is $625 for overnight guests; all meals are included. For more information or to register, visit www.bethanyretreatcenter.org or call 814-263-4855.
Administrative assistant needed: Office for Religious/Seminary/Vocations
The Diocese of Erie is seeking a dedicated, organized and enthusiastic individual to become the administrative assistant for the Office for Religious, St. Mark Seminary and the Vocation Office at St. Mark Catholic Center. This is a full-time, non-exempt position that is split between the three departments. For complete details on the position and the application process, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.
Employment opportunities available at St. Martin Early Learning Center
St. Martin Early Learning Center in Erie is hiring five full-time positions and is offering a $500 new employee bonus paid out over six months. A minimum of an associate degree in child development is required, however, a degree in education or human services is preferred. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be able to obtain clearances. In addition to the full-time position, St. Martin Early Learning Center is seeking summer help (a minimum of a high school diploma is required, but an associate degree in early childhood or human services is preferred). The $500 bonus is only offered to non-seasonal employees. Bilingual individuals are encouraged to apply. Send a resume to St. Martin Early Learning Center, 1727 State St., Erie PA 16501, or apply at www.smcerie.org.
Pastoral musician job opening
Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Harborcreek is seeking a part-time director of music ministries who will lead a music ministry program that includes a mix of cantors, singers and instrumentalists. For a full position profile and details on how to apply, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html or learn more at https://www.ourladyofmercychurch.org.
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