March 1, 2021

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, March 8, 2021.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

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Join in celebration of Catholic Sisters Week
The week of March 8-14 is designated as Catholic Sisters Week. To kick off the week, the Diocese of Erie’s Office for Religious is hosting a webinar March 7 at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to join this Zoom event, featuring a welcome address by Bishop Lawrence Persico; a reflection by Sister Carol Zinn, SSJ, president of the national Leadership Conference of Women Religious; and remarks by Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper. Register for this event at You will be provided a link to the livestream. Also, please see the attached flier for ways to promote Catholic Sisters Week in your parish.

2021-22 compensation for women religious
Pastors and administrators will find attached two documents related to the compensation plan for women religious for the upcoming year.

Catholic Foundation’s spring education grant deadline is March 5
This Friday, March 5, is the deadline for Catholic schools, parishes and diocesan departments to apply for spring education grants. Grant requests up to $20,000 are being accepted. Are your parish lay ministers or lay staff planning to attend a conference, workshop or retreat — in person or virtually — this year? Are you planning a new religious education or faith formation project for your parish or Catholic school? Is your school or faith formation program in need of updated technology due to increased need for remote or virtual activities? Your project may be a good fit for the foundation’s education grant opportunity. Review the attached document outlining guidelines and criteria or learn more at This is the first of two education grant cycles in 2021. Questions? Contact Julia Cooney at 814-824-1253 or

2021 Catholic Services Appeal update
With Commitment Sunday behind us, the Diocese of Erie thanks everyone for the good work they have done to promote giving to this year’s Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). Parishes are asked to utilize their parish leadership handbook for follow-up and thank-you letter ideas, etc. Also, check out the CSA parish resource page for a variety of digital tools for parish use including new CSA impact bulletin items and Facebook posts. Parish staff can find these resources at Please contact Julia Cooney at 814-824-1253 or to request additional CSA supplies or to ask questions.

Diocese invites all to participate in virtual pilgrimage during Year of St. Joseph
Pope Francis has proclaimed a Year of St. Joseph in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the Universal Church. In order to mark this event, the Diocese of Erie is hosting a virtual pilgrimage featuring livestreamed Masses from each of the seven churches in the diocese named for St. Joseph. The Masses will take place between now and the end of the year, with the first stop of the pilgrimage scheduled on the feast of St. Joseph on March 19 at 7 p.m. Father Larry Richards, pastor, and the people of St. Joseph/Bread of Life Parish invite everyone to participate in the Mass via Father Larry Richards’ YouTube channel at Bishop Lawrence Persico will be principal celebrant for this first step of the journey. Watch for details about the rest of the events scheduled in the coming months.

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: For Erie Catholic School System jobs only, go to


2021 education grant guidelines

Parish Bulletin Announcements

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Catholic Sisters Week
Bishop’s women religious compensation letter
Compensation for women religious
2021 education grant guidelines


Gannon presents speaker series
Gannon University’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences is presenting its Spring 2021 CHESS Speaker Series. Find the full schedule of events that are free and open to the public at   

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 for position details and the application process.

Director of music and liturgy position open
Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Harborcreek is seeking a full-time director of music and liturgy. Go for full position details and information on how to apply.

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