March 13, 2023

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, March 20, 2023.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 16, at 4:30 p.m.

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Revised solemn intercession added to Good Friday liturgy
Bishop Lawrence Persico has made a revision to the Ukraine intercession in the Good Friday liturgy. Please see the attached document. Please note that this is the only added intercession this year.

2023 Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land
Please find attached Bishop Persico’s letter introducing the 2023 Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land. In 2020 the Presbyteral Council voted to make this collection a mandatory collection to be taken up sometime during the late Lent or early Easter Seasons. It replaces, in part, the sale of olive wood items, which is now prohibited in the Diocese of Erie. The money from this collection is used to support the work of the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land (Holy Land Franciscans) who have the unique responsibility to care for the Holy Places and the Christians living there. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way prior to their collection. Please contact Sr. Kathleen Dietz at or 814.824.1126 with any questions.

Liturgy reminders
Because St. Patrick is the patron of the Diocese of Erie, his liturgical celebration on March 17 ranks as a feast everywhere in the diocese. In parish churches that bear his name, the rank would be that of solemnity. See the attached Mass Formulary for these celebrations. Please note that the Gospel you will find in the ORDO is incorrect.

The Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, usually celebrated on March 19, has been transferred to March 20, as the Fourth Sunday of the Lent takes precedence.

Communications Office requests Easter Vigil and Easter Mass times
Easter Vigil and Easter Mass times for all parishes in the Diocese of Erie once again will be available in one place on the diocesan website at This makes it easy for anyone to find information about these celebrations at parishes throughout the diocese. The Communications Office requests that parishes send the following information by March 24. 

  • Parish name
  • Parish town
  • Parish contact
  • Parish contact email
  • Easter Vigil Mass time
  • Easter Mass time(s)

The goal is to be as welcoming as possible for those who have not been attending Mass regularly or who do not belong to the parish. Please submit the information to Rich Papalia in the Communications Office at

Catholic Foundation Spring Education Grant deadline is March 20
Have you started your application yet? March 20 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 this summer or fall? 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? Your project may be a good fit for the foundation’s education grant opportunity. Review the guidelines and criteria at the following link: This is the first of two Catholic Foundation Education Grant cycles in 2023. Questions? Contact Julia Cooney at 814.824.1253 or

Marriage Matters newsletter
Please see the attached Marriage Matters newsletter from the Tribunal Office.

Microsoft discontinues support on Windows 8 and Office 2013
Windows 8 and 8/1 are no longer safe to use. It has been retired by Microsoft. To avoid identity thieves from compromising your parishioners’ personal information, you must upgrade to Windows 10 or 11 as soon as possible. Microsoft is also retiring Office 2013 on April 11. You can purchase Office through the Diocese of Erie for $36 per person per year. Inquiries may be directed to Kathy Papalia at or 814.824.1184. 

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


Solemn Intercession
Good Friday collection
Marriage Matters Issue 47
The Epiphany of the Lord fish dinners

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Solemn Intercession
Good Friday collection
St. Patrick Liturgy
Marriage Matters Issue 47
The Epiphany of the Lord fish dinners


The Epiphany of the Lord fish dinners
The Epiphany of the Lord Parish in Meadville is hosting Lenten fish dinners every Friday during Lent until March 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the St. Brigid social hall, 383 Arch St., Meadville. Price is $12. See flier for details.

Spirituality and art
The Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville is hosting a spring retreat on spirituality and art. Interested in connecting your faith with the process of making art? Register for the spring session of Spirituality and Art: All Verdant Greening offered March 24 to 26 at Bethany Retreat Center, 1031 Germania R., Frenchville. The spiritual approach to creating art does not focus on producing an outcome/product but rather is about the sacred creating and re-creating of our inner selves and our awareness of such verdant greening through deep reflection on the art-making process. Call 814.263.4855 or visit to register.

Card party tickets on sale
The annual St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary Card Party will take place on April 20 at 6 p.m. in the St. Mark Catholic Center gym, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. A light meal will be served and there will be many prizes. The event generally sells out, so call Betsy before April 10 for reservations at 814.504.2720.

Administrative assistant for the International Missions Office/Chancery
The Office of International Missions and the Chancery at the Diocese of Erie are seeking a full-time administrative assistant. The candidate will possess at least a high school diploma with additional training in computers and business skills and with three to five years of experience as an administrative assistant. For position details and how to apply, visit

Fax machine
Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Erie is offering a free Brother Laser Fax, Super G3 33.6kbps fax machine. Anyone interested should contact the parish office at 814.899.5342 or at

Pray for our Nation yard signs available
Parishes interested in purchasing “Pray for Our Nation” yard signs can call Jim Toohey at 814.450.1674 for assistance with ordering. Minimum order is 25 signs at $8 each.

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