June 29, 2020

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COVID-19 emergency relief effort update
As the 13 counties of northwest Pennsylvania move into the green phase, adjustments have been made to three opportunities created for individuals and organizations to offer financial support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Diocese of Erie. Here are updates:

  • Recognizing the critical importance of electronic fundraising for parishes going forward, the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania will continue to provide the Online Parish Offertory giving service it established for all parishes in the diocese for the foreseeable future. Pastors are invited to continue to use and promote this cost-free giving option. For more information and other ideas to help increase offertory collections, contact Lisa Louis, executive director, at 814-824-1237 or llouis@cfnwpa.org.
  • Collection of funds for the Community Relief Fund established through Catholic Charities, Inc., to support specific emergency outreach efforts through agencies, diocesan ministries and parishes, has been paused. Donations assisted hundreds of people in need through pastors and agency directors who were able to provide food, cleaning supplies, medication, transportation, housing, utility assistance and more. While the fund is no longer actively seeking donations, should additional concerns arise in the future weeks and months, Catholic Charities stands ready to provide additional funds of its own and to resume acceptance of new donations to the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. For more information, contact Ann Badach, executive director of Catholic Charities, at abadach@ErieRCD.org or 814-824-1252.
  • The COVID-19 Emergency #iGiveCatholic platform will close June 30. Online giving to many parishes, schools and ministries in the diocese was made possible through the emergency activation of the national #iGiveCatholic platform as stay-at-home orders were issued in March. On June 30, the pandemic-related activation will be discontinued so that all efforts can move toward planning for the annual #iGiveCatholic on Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1, 2020. Stay tuned to the Information Bulletin for details about this important one-day opportunity and contact Michelle Basista at mbasista@cfnwpa.org or 814-824-1192 with questions.

The Diocese of Erie, Catholic Charities, Inc., and the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania are grateful for the generous response to these offerings. They provided crucial assistance to those most deeply impacted by the pandemic.

Milestone anniversary celebrations
The public health concerns this year have made it necessary to adapt the format of Diocese of Erie celebrations for milestone anniversaries. In lieu of Masses with the bishop, the Marriage and Family Life Office will celebrate with prayer, certificates, online sharing, and packages sent to honorees. More details are forthcoming, including ideas for parishes that may wish to celebrate in smaller groups. All are welcome to check out the latest information and/or to register a couple at www.eriercd.org/familylifeoffice/anniv.html. For convenience, a mail-in registration form is attached. It may be sent to: Marriage and Family Life Office, Attn: Anniversary Mass, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16504. The deadline to register is Aug. 7.

Computer security awareness training on social engineering
Some individuals will use deception to manipulate you into divulging confidential or personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes. Learn to spot social engineering scams. Visit https://www.eriercd.org/Computer-Security-Awareness-Training.html and click the June 29 link.

Notice to all Microsoft Office 2010 users
Office 2010 will reach its end of support on Oct. 13, 2020. At that time, Microsoft will no longer provide support for technical issues, fixes for problems or security updates for vulnerabilities.  Using Office 2010 past the end-of- life date puts your data at risk. Not sure what version you’re using? Visit https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4028492/office-what-version-of-office-am-i-using for instructions. If you are using Office 2010 or an earlier version, contact 814-824-1184 or email it@ErieRCD.org to purchase Office through the Diocese of Erie.

Job openings in the diocese
See the classified section below for current position openings. Here’s a quick link to diocesan, school and parish jobs: https://www.ErieRCD.org/employment.html.


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Music director needed at St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community
St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community in Erie is seeking a part-time music director who would be responsible for the development, promotion and growth of the music program of the parish community. Qualified candidates must have the experience and ability to lead both traditional and contemporary styles of worship within the Catholic liturgy. Mostly flexible hours and duties primarily on Saturday and Sunday. The position is under the supervision of the pastor. If interested, call the parish office at 814-452-2982.

Ohio parish seeking director of music
St. Ambrose Parish in Brunswick, Ohio, in the Diocese of Cleveland, is seeking a full-time director of music. For information, contact Bob Cebula at bobcebula961@gmail.com or apply at https://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/offices/human-resources/employment-opportunities/director-of-music-st-ambrose-parish.

Erie Catholic School System seeking principal
The Erie Catholic School System is seeking a full-time principal for a preschool to grade 8 school. Appointment to this position will begin effective July 1, 2020. Go to http://ErieCatholic.org/careers for further details. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Young People Who Care, Inc. hiring program director
Young People Who Care, Inc., (YPWC), a Clearfield County nonprofit organization, is seeking a program director. See the attachment for full details.

Teacher position available
A full-time high school English teacher is needed at Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools, Hermitage. For details, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.

Director of liturgy and music/elementary music teacher
Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarion is seeking a full-time director of liturgy and music/elementary music teacher. Competitive compensation package. For complete details, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html. Interested candidates should e-mail a resume and letter of interest to Kim Kroh of the Liturgy and Music Task Force at KimKroh@comcast.net.

Oil City parish hiring director/coordinator of faith formation
St. Joseph Parish in Oil City is seeking a director/coordinator of faith formation. This is a full-time, exempt position that reports directly to the pastor and supervises numerous volunteer catechists and parent volunteers. For information about the position and how to apply, go to https://www.eriercd.org/employment.html.