March 11, 2019

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24 Hours for the Lord
The Diocese of Erie will celebrate 24 Hours for the Lord March 22-23 at St. Peter Cathedral, 230 W. 10th St., Erie. The event is an initiative of our Holy Father with an emphasis on adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the sacrament of reconciliation. St. Peter Cathedral will be open for the whole 24 hours, with adoration and confession available during that time. Confessions will begin on March 22 at 5:45 p.m., and continue until March 23 at 3:30 p.m. For a complete program schedule, see the attached flier, which pastors are encouraged to display and/or insert in their bulletins. For questions, please contact Sister Kathleen Dietz, FSO, at 814-824-1135 or at

Solemn Intercession added for Good Friday
Bishop Lawrence Persico has mandated the addition of a Solemn Intercession for all victims of abuse at all Good Friday celebrations in the Diocese of Erie. According to the Roman Missal, a bishop may “order the addition of a special intention” to the 10 Solemn Intercessions “in a situation of grave public need.” 

The intercession, including the invitation to pray, given by a deacon or lay person, and the intention, given by the priest, is attached. A sung setting will be available soon from the Office of Worship for communities that usually chant these intercessions.

Please note that the third edition of the Missal removes the permission to select from the list of intentions. All Solemn Intercessions are to be prayed. For notes on standing and kneeling during the intercessions, check the Missal rubrics at paragraphs 11 and 12. For additional questions, please contact the Office of Worship at 814-824-1270.

Mailing from the Chancery
All clergy are asked to look for a Chancery mailing that contains invitations and RSVP cards for the Chrism Mass and for 24 Hours for the Lord (priests in the greater Erie area only). Please be sure to return the RSVP cards to the Chancery as soon as possible. If, for any reason, you do not have the RSVP cards, please contact the Chancery at 814-824-1135.

Diocesan patronal feast of St. Patrick to be celebrated March 18
Bishop Lawrence Persico has determined that in the Diocese of Erie the feast of St. Patrick will be celebrated this year on Monday, March 18. Otherwise, the feast would not be observed due to the second Sunday of Lent, which supersedes the St. Patrick celebration on Sunday, March 17. Because St. Patrick is the Diocese of Erie’s principal patron, the St. Patrick liturgy is celebrated as a feast day here. The liturgical requirements for that Mass may be found in the attached St. Patrick document.

Thank you for promoting the Catholic Services Appeal
The Diocese of Erie sincerely thanks everyone for the good work done to promote giving to the 2019 Catholic Services Appeal. Parish staff are encouraged to utilize the parish leadership handbook for follow-up letter ideas, thank-you notes and more. For questions about the PDS financial syncs or when pledge reminders will go out, please contact Julia Cooney at 814-824-1253 or

2019 CSA brochures still available
The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania still has 2019 Catholic Services Appeal brochures available. Even if your parish already has received brochures, extras are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis to any parish. For additional brochures, contact Julia Cooney at 814-824-1253 or at with your parish name and quantity desired. The brochures fit nicely in a business-size envelope and can be mailed along with a follow-up letter to parishioners who have not yet responded with a pledge to the CSA.

Job openings in the diocese
See the classified section below for current position openings in the Office of Faith Formation of the Diocese of Erie, the Communications Office, and schools. Here’s a quick link:

Miriam Dinner with Bishop Persico and religious sisters
The Vocations Office of the Diocese of Erie and Our Lady of the Lake Parish, 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro, are hosting a Miriam Dinner March 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the parish social center. Young women who are discerning their vocation and considering the religious life are welcome. See the attached flier for more details.

Looking for a new program for Vacation Bible School?
Discovery Mission is a new Catholic Vacation Bible School program that teaches children about vocations. It’s filled with fun activities and meaningful content about marriage, priesthood and religious life. Check out the one-minute video preview at For more information, contact Father Mike Polinek, director of vocations for the Diocese of Erie, at

Save the date for Club CC
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie and Bishop Lawrence Persico invite you to save the date for Club CC, a night to support the good works of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Erie. The event will be held at Erie’s Bayfront Convention Center on May 11 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Attached please find a save-the-date card that can be used on parish websites, Facebook, Twitter and all social media platforms.          

Tribunal newsletter available for March
Attached is the March “Marriage Matters” newsletter of the Office of the Tribunal and Matrimonial Concerns of the Diocese of Erie.

Important notice to parishes regarding web domain names
Do you know the specifics and login credentials for your parish domain name? If your parish website is provided by the Diocese of Erie, we have this information. If your website is hosted elsewhere, your website developer may have all of these specifics. Why is this information important? If you don’t know where your domain name is registered, it’s easy to fall victim to domain renewal scams. If you don’t know when it expires and you let your domain name lapse, it can be picked up by cyber squatters who will hold your domain name ransom or, worse, sell it to malicious individuals.

Even if you know all of your domain information, but don’t know the login credentials, it can be difficult to make future advances to your website or email. Visit to find your domain registrar and expiration date. Look for the words “Registrar URL” and “Registry Expiry Date.” If you need assistance, email or call Kathy Papalia at 814-824-1184. Feel free to update her if you have successfully secured this information.


24 Hours for the Lord
Solemn Intercession
Feast of St. Patrick
Miriam Dinner
Marriage Matters
Easter Market pre-order form
Parish mission, St. Gregory
Tap into Life event
Parish mission, Our Lady of Mercy
Club CC Night

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Club CC Night
24 Hours for the Lord
Solemn Intercession
Feast of St. Patrick
Miriam Dinner
Marriage Matters
Easter Market pre-order form
Parish mission, St. Gregory
Tap into Life event
Parish mission, Our Lady of Mercy


North East parish to host mission and Tap into Life event
St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Parish in North East is hosting a parish mission March 25-27, featuring two Franciscan Capuchin friars. As an extension of this mission, one of the priests, Father Tom Nguyen of Detroit, will speak March 24 during a special evening for young adults, ages 21 to 35, at Presque Isle Wine Cellars in North East. Please see the two related attachments for more details.

Order Easter foods through March 25
Submit your pre-order now through March 25 for specialty Easter foods from the Holy Trinity Easter Market in Erie. See the attached pre-order form for all the details. Pick-up dates are during the Holy Trinity Easter Market April 12-13.

Learn about Mercyhurst Prep’s summer camps
Mercyhurst Preparatory School’s Summer on the Hill camp lineup has something for everyone ages 5 to 18. To learn more, attend the Summer on the Hill Open House March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria, 538 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. Enter to win a free camp and some MPS gear, and enjoy refreshments. Winners are limited to one free camp; camps are subject to change. Camp registration is now open at

Prolife national speakers featured at Elk County event
Prolife speakers Kristan Hawkins, national president of Students for Life, and Seth Franko, retired Harlem Globetrotter, will present prolife talks at a public assembly April 1 at 7 p.m. at The Red Fern, 421 Old Kersey Road, Kersey. The event is sponsored by Life Matters Elk County, a local group of concerned citizens, local pastors, Elk County Right to Life, and Elk County Catholic Students for Life.

St. Boniface to host Communion Breakfast
St. Boniface Parish, 9367 Wattsburg Road, Erie, will hold its Communion Breakfast on April 7 immediately following the 7:30 a.m. Mass. Guest speaker is Sister Mary Miller, OSB. The cost is $8 in advance, $9 at the door, and $25 for families. For more information, call 814-824-5333.

Lenten evening prayer planned in DuBois
All are invited to attend evening prayer at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 123 S. State St., DuBois, on the first five Sundays in Lent, March 10 through April 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be music, vespers and a Lenten reflection by invited guest speakers, including Father Jeff Noble (March 10), Vesta Siple (March 17), Msgr. Richard Siefer (March 24), the Rev. David Nagele (March 31), and Sister Carol Stenger, CDP (April 7).

Evening of prayer, music scheduled in Falls Creek
The music ministry of Shalom will perform for an evening of prayer and music March 17 at St. Bernard Church, 205 Taylor Ave., Falls Creek. Beginning at 6 p.m., the evening will include a Scripture reading, homily and prayers for healing with Father Mark Mastrian. For more information, contact Judy Smart at 814-637-5930 or Rich Kenawell at 814-771-7932.

Redemptorist priest to speak at Meadville parish mission
The Catholic Community of Meadville will hold its parish mission, “Brought to Perfection as One,” March 24-28 from 7 to 8 p.m. each day at St. Mary of Grace Church, 1085 Water St., Meadville. Redemptorist Father Michael Houston of Lima, Ohio, will be the mission speaker.


Office of Faith Formation positions available
The Diocese of Erie, after a fruitful and collaborative diocesan planning process resulting in the creation of the Faith Formation Office, is seeking energetic and faith-driven leaders to serve in the following positions:

  • Director of Faith Formation for Catechesis and Sacraments
  • Director of Faith Formation for Marriage and Family Life
  • Director of Faith Formation for Parish Support
  • Director of Faith Formation for Young Adult and Youth Ministry

Note that applicants who wish to apply for more than one position should write a separate cover letter for each position. Please go to for more information on each position and the application process.

Multi-media journalist needed
The Office of Communications of the Diocese of Erie is hiring a full-time multi-media journalist. The ideal candidate will be responsible for planning, prioritizing and packaging materials for distribution through all digital and social media platforms, as well as print. For the full position profile and directions on how to apply, go to

St. Michael School principal position announcement
St. Michael School in Greenville is seeking candidates for principal. Appointment to this position would be at the end of the 2018-19 school year. For more information about the position and to apply, go to     

Principal sought for Kennedy Catholic
The Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools in Hermitage is soliciting applications for the position of middle/high school principal. The Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools is a regional, college preparatory, Roman Catholic school system of the Diocese of Erie. For details about the position and the application process, go to

Two positions available at St. Martin Early Learning Center
The St. Martin Early Learning Center in Erie is seeking a pre-school teacher and a school-age teacher. To learn more or to apply, go to or

Religious community seeks director of finance
The Sisters of the Humility of Mary in Villa Maria, Pennsylvania, is seeking to fill the full-time position of director of finance. For a complete description of responsibilities, requirements and how to apply, go to


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