June 14, 2021

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CRS: Jerusalem and the West Bank virtual event
All are welcome to participate in a virtual event hosted by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) regarding CRS’ work in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Join the Social Justice and Life Office of the Diocese of Erie on June 16 at 7 p.m. to hear from Bill O’Keefe, executive vice president of Mission and Mobilization for CRS, who will discuss efforts on the ground to assist those caught in the violence that envelops this region, as well as how to address the root causes of the conflict. Parishes are encouraged to livestream the event as a community. To register, visit https://form.jotform.com/211525919129054. For more information, go to www.eriercd.org/socialjusticelife/ and/or direct questions to Patrice Swick, director of the Social Justice and Life Office, at pswick@ErieRCD.org.

Diocesan Day in Honor of St. Joseph
Pastors, music directors and office personnel are reminded that Bishop Lawrence Persico has asked that on June 20, 2021, all parishes of the Diocese of Erie observe the Year in Honor of St. Joseph by celebrating a Diocesan Day in Honor of St. Joseph. This day will take the place of the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Musicians are advised that there are a few easy choices for music that can be used for the day. Music suggestions are attached. Pastors and parish personnel may find liturgical directives at https://www.eriercd.org/bishop/worship.html under the heading “Liturgy Reminders Archive.” Please contact the Office of Worship at 814-824-1271 with any questions.

St. Joseph Parish, Sharon, to host next stop in diocesan virtual pilgrimage
The virtual pilgrimage to the seven churches named for St. Joseph in the Diocese of Erie continues June 20 at St. Joseph Parish in Sharon. A pre-recorded Mass with Father Tom Whitman, pastor, will be available at http://www.stjosephs-sharon.org/. The pilgrimage was initiated to celebrate the Year of St. Joseph, announced by Pope Francis, that will conclude on Dec. 8. Please mark your calendars for the fourth stop in the pilgrimage at St. Joseph Church in Force on Sunday, July 18.  Father Mark Mastrian, pastor, will offer the Mass.

REEF grant opportunity
The Religious Education Enrichment Fund (REEF) of the Diocese of Erie is accepting applications through July 1, 2021, for the third quarter grant cycle. Three types of funding opportunities are available for individuals, parishes, schools, and other diocesan affiliated entities: 1) leadership training funding for professional education and training; 2) creative project funding for religious formation start-up projects; and 3) ministry training funding for conferences, workshops and non-degree certificate courses. Learn more and download the fillable applications at www.eriercd.org/schools/reefgrants.html. Contact REEF Administrator Kathleen Robbinson at 814-824-1220.

#iGiveCatholic date announced for 2021
The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania will again facilitate the #iGiveCatholic day of giving for the parishes, schools and ministries of the Diocese of Erie in conjunction with #GivingTuesday on Nov. 30.  The Advanced Giving Day phase will open at 12 a.m. on Nov. 15 and will continue for two weeks. More information will be sent directly to eligible organizations. The Catholic Foundation is available to help your organization be successful with #iGiveCatholic. Please contact Kathy Grisier at kgrisier@cfnwpa.org or 814-824-1236 with questions.

Call for professional singers
The St. Peter Cathedral Adult Choir is holding auditions this summer for section leaders (soprano, alto, tenor and bass). Section leaders assist the director of liturgical music in the pursuit of achieving and maintaining artistic and musical excellence within a Catholic, religious and prayerful environment. The section leaders provide the opportunity for the choir to sing more challenging and quality choral music, while at the same time helping to improve the musical skills and overall confidence of the volunteer singers. See the attachment for full details.

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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Explore SoulCore
SoulCore is a movement that combines core strengthening, stretching and functional exercises with the prayers of the rosary. This is a sensory experience combining candlelight, music, Scripture, reflections and movement to nourish body, mind and soul and to encourage deeper meditation on the mysteries and virtues of the rosary. SoulCore will be offered at St. Brigid Parish, 383 Arch St., Meadville, beginning June 16 at 7 p.m. SoulCore is not affiliated with any other exercise disciplines; it is not yoga, nor are yoga poses or Sanskrit referenced at any time. Bring a towel/mat. For more information, contact Hope Fiely at hfiely@zoominternet.net or visit www.soulcore.com.

Summer service days with Young People Who Care
As the needs of families grow, the Young People Who Care Center in Frenchville is increasing its Direct Service Ministry work. Volunteers are needed to help tackle projects in the community on the following dates: June 19, July 17, Aug. 7, Aug. 14 and Aug. 21. Coming from a distance? There are rooms ready for overnight stays. If interested, send an email to DeborahBRC12@gmail.com or call 814-263-4855.

M.E.E.T. God Youth Conference offered June 25-27
The St. Joseph/Bread of Life Youth Ministry in Erie, in partnership with St. Francis Xavier Parish, McKean, invites ninth through 12th-graders to the M.E.E.T. God Youth Conference June 25-27. Please see the attached flier for complete details and registration information.

Blueberry festival at Bethany Retreat Center
Mark your calendars for the blueberry festival at Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville on July 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be games, arts and crafts, raffles, a corn hole tournament, live entertainment, refreshments and, of course, blueberry picking. To learn more, go to https://bethanyretreatcenter.org/blog/ or call 814-263-4855. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available.

Volunteer opportunities at Zabawa
Looking for a great opportunity to help out over the summer and be involved in one of the Erie Diocese’s most well-attended events?  Then Holy Trinity’s Zabawa is the place for you!  Ten to 12 energetic volunteers (teenagers and up) are needed for each shift to serve food. Shifts are Aug. 27 from 4:30 to 9 p.m.; Aug. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 5:30 to 9 p.m.; and Aug. 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sign up for as many hours as you’d like by contacting Sarah schermack@eriefamilylaw.com. Note that this is an ideal way for high school students to get service hours.

Vice chancellor position available in Diocese of Erie
The Diocese of Erie is seeking an organized and enthusiastic individual to assume the position of vice chancellor. The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting the chancellor in overseeing the various work entrusted to the Chancery and to assist the diocesan bishop and vicar general as needed. For complete details about the position and the application process, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.

Administrative assistant needed for Office of Religious/Seminary/Vocations
The Diocese of Erie is seeking a dedicated, organized and enthusiastic individual to become the administrative assistant for the Office of the 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.

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.

Principal needed at DuBois elementary school
The DuBois Central Catholic School System is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the principal of the DuBois Central Catholic Elementary School for the 2021-22 school year. Go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html for position details and the application process.

Seton Catholic hiring music, art teacher
Seton Catholic School in Meadville is seeking a full-time music and art teacher. This is a permanent position starting in the 2021-22 school year. Music teaching certification is a must and art teaching certification is preferred. Seton is willing to interview for a part-time music teacher (3 days a week) and a part-time art teacher (2 days a week). State your preference when applying. Please mail or email a letter of interest, resume, teaching certificate, Diocese of Erie teaching application, three references, and necessary clearances to Christine Hess, Principal, Seton Catholic School, 385 Pine St., Meadville, PA 16335 or chess@seton-school.com.  The required documentation can be found at https://www.eriercd.org/schools/teachingforms.html.  Call 814-336-2320 with further questions.

Office manager/administrative assistant needed
Erie Cursillo’s executive officers and spiritual director are looking for an office manager/administrative assistant to handle routine office tasks necessary for the support of Cursillo activities. The position is classified as part-time non-exempt and provides a maximum of 25 hours each week with most full weeks occurring prior to scheduled retreats. For complete position details and the application process, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.

Pittsburgh parish grouping has job openings
The new Cities of God Parish grouping in the Diocese of Pittsburgh has job openings for a business manager, a communications director, a faith formation director, and a human resources-safe environment coordinator. The three parishes, located in and around Cranberry Township, are St. Ferdinand, St. Gregory and Holy Redeemer. Visit www.diopitt.org/jobs for details.

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