March 14, 2022

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, March 21, 2022.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 17, 2022, at 4:30 p.m.

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Liturgy reminder
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. Please see the attached Mass Formulary for these celebrations.

St. Andrew Dinner
Any young man interested in learning more about the priesthood or learning how to follow Jesus' call in his life is invited to attend a St. Andrew Dinner on March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Parish Center, 8880 W. Main St., McKean. A light dinner will be served, followed by a talk by Bishop Lawrence Persico and vocation stories shared by some diocesan priests. Eucharistic Adoration will conclude the evening. To sign up, please contact St. Francis Xavier Parish at 814-476-7657. If you have any questions, contact Father Scott Jabo at 814-824-1200 or A flier announcing the event is attached for distribution.

High school students invited to apply for Kentucky Mission trip, 50th anniversary
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the diocesan Kentucky Mission trip. All high school students from throughout the Diocese of Erie are invited to apply for the trip, scheduled for June 11-17. If interested, email Father Mike DeMartinis at

International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter
The Catholic Foundation is happy to share the attached March edition of the International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter. Pastors and parish staff are encouraged to read and share this publication with their parishioners, using all or parts of it for their parish bulletin, with credit to the author/source.

Time to plan for World Youth Day
Journey with the Diocese of Erie to Lisbon, Portugal, for World Youth Day 2023. This event is a chance to enliven your faith, but it’s also an opportunity to meet new people and see new places. Celebrate our faith with millions of other Catholic young people representing nearly 150 countries. There also will be a chance to sleep out under the stars! For the itinerary, pricing and registration details, visit and see the attached flier.

REEF Grant opportunity
The second quarter REEF grant cycle deadline is April 1, 2022. Apply today for funding for your parish. The Religious Education Enrichment Fund (REEF) of the Diocese of Erie has three types of funding opportunities available for individuals, parishes, schools and other diocesan-affiliated entities: 1) Leadership Training for professional education and training; 2) Creative Project for religious formation start-up projects; and 3) Ministry Training for conferences, workshops and non-degree certificate courses. Learn more and download the fillable applications at Not sure if your project qualifies? Contact REEF Administrator Kathleen Robbinson at 814-824-1220.

Two notes from the Good For You Wellness Initiative
Give yourself the gift of a healthy lifestyle by participating in the Diocese of Erie’s Good for You Wellness Initiative. This program is for full-time employees covered by the diocese’s wellness plan. Just complete four easy steps to earn a $150 reward. Learn more at Also, remember that March is National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. Please visit the eat right website at

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


St. Patrick
World Youth Day 2023
St. Andrew Dinner
International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter
The Sanctuary Course
Development associate position
Bethany Retreat Center job
Rural Ministry Schedule 2022

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St. Patrick
World Youth Day 2023
St. Andrew Dinner
International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter
The Sanctuary Course
Development associate position
Bethany Retreat Center job
Rural Ministry Schedule 2022


Catholic Rural Ministry offers spring events
Attached is the spring program schedule for Catholic Rural Ministry in the Bradford area.  Consider attending a series of spiritual opportunities this spring offered by religious sisters in the Diocese of Erie.

Soup, Salad and Soul offered at St. George Church
The Soup, Salad and Soul Lenten Program — featuring Mass, a light meal and talks/discussion led by diocesan priests — will be held at St. George Church, 5145 Peach St., Erie, on the remaining dates: March 15 (Msgr. Edward Lohse), March 22 (Father John Malthaner), March 29 (Father Christopher Singer), and April 5 (Father Rich Toohey). Mass begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by a meal and discussion in the school cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m. Reservations are appreciated by emailing Deacon Bob Ball at

Blessed Carlo Acutis exhibit offered at St. George Church
St. George Church in Erie is sharing a sampling of panels from Blessed Carlo Acutis’ The Eucharistic Miracles of the World exhibit through Lent. The exhibit will remain on display through Lent in the main church, located at 5145 Peach St. Known as the Cyber Apostle of the Eucharist, Blessed Carlo Acutis cataloged hundreds of eucharistic miracles before his death at a young age. The exhibit at St. George highlights 24 of the panels. The church is open after 8 a.m. Mass through 3 p.m. Monday through Friday (except for Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. for the school Mass) and on Saturdays after the 8 a.m. Mass and before the 4:30 p.m. vigil Mass. For more information, call the rectory office at 814-864-0622 or email

McKean parish presents eight-part mental health course
All are invited to St. Francis Xavier Parish, 8880 Main St., McKean, for the Sanctuary Course for Catholics, an eight-part series designed to raise awareness and start conversations in local parishes regarding mental health. Meet in the gathering space on the west side of the church on Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on April 2, May 7, June 4, July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 10, Oct. 1, and Nov. 5. See the attached flier for more information.

Development associate
The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania is seeking an organized, energetic individual to serve as a development associate. Please see the attachment for full position details and the application process.

Chastity education director needed
The Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Erie is seeking a part-time director of chastity education. For details about the position and how to apply, go to

Bethany Retreat Center job opening
Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville is seeking a part-time retreat program manager. If interested, send a cover letter and resume to: Sister Suzanne Thibault at or mail to P.O. Box 129, Frenchville, PA 16836. For a full job description, see the attachment.

Two positions open at DuBois Central Catholic
DuBois Central Catholic is hiring for two separate positions: director of admissions and director of advancement. For complete details, go to

Housekeeper needed
St. Teresa of Avila Church in Union City is in need of a part-time housekeeper to perform cleaning and laundry services at the parish rectory and office. This position is approximately 10 hours per week, but additional hours may be available. Hours are preferably on Monday for the rectory and Friday morning for the parish office. If interested, contact Mary Harned at the parish office at 814-438-3408 or email

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