March 16, 2020

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, March 23, 2020.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m.

*IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Information Bulletin is providing the latest information available this morning on events and activities in the diocese. Due to the changing landscape as a result of the pandemic, we expect to publish information about cancellations as it becomes available to us.

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24 Hours for the Lord
The Diocese of Erie will celebrate 24 Hours for the Lord March 20-21 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 20 at 5:45 p.m., and continue until March 21 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

Diocesan protocols for coronavirus, flu and common cold
Bishop Lawrence Persico has released directives to parishes and schools in the Diocese of Erie in light of the evolving spread of the coronavirus (COVD-19). The diocese is committed to monitoring the latest information available from reliable sources, offering appropriate responses to concerns, educating and communicating. For complete information and regular updates, go to, which also includes a link to inspirational resources.

Catholic Foundation grant application deadline approaching
March 23 is the deadline for Catholic parishes, schools and diocesan departments to apply for the first education grant cycle in 2020. Click here to learn more:

Spiritual Formation Opportunity Day cancelled
The Faith Formation Office of the Diocese of Erie has cancelled its Spiritual Formation Opportunity Day scheduled at three locations in the diocese this month. Anyone with questions may call Mary Hickin at 814-824-1222.

Women’s Conference cancelled
The 1:38 Women’s Conference, scheduled March 28 at Our Lady of Peace Parish, has been cancelled.

St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary card party cancelled
The St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary has cancelled its April 16 card party at St. Mark Catholic Center. The event is the organization’s only fundraiser to benefit St. Mark Seminary in Erie. The auxiliary already has sold tickets for a cash raffle but is accepting ongoing donations. Checks may be made payable to the St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary and mailed to St. Mark Catholic Center, c/o St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA  16504. The auxiliary thanks the community for its ongoing support.

Computer security awareness training
Visit to learn about fake quarantine messages. Click on Scam 2 to see how malicious individuals use fake Microsoft emails to trick you into giving them your login credentials.

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:


24 Hours for the Lord
Easter Market order form

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24 Hours for the Lord
Easter Market order form


Evening of prayer and music in Falls Creek
An evening of prayer and music will be held March 22 beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Bernard Church in Falls Creek. Father Edward Walk, pastor, will lead the evening, which will include a Scripture reading, a homily, Benediction and prayers for healing. Music will be provided by Shalom. For more information, contact Judy Smart at 814-637-5930 or Rich Kenawell at 814-771-7932.

Interested in pre-ordering special Easter foods?
Orders are being accepted now through March 30 for pierogi, potato pancake batter, assorted homemade Polish breads and cookies through the Holy Trinity Parish Easter Market. To order, go to, fax 814-461-1150, or order with a credit card by calling Edith at 814-456-9970. The Easter Market will be held at the Holy Trinity Social Center, E. 23rd and Reed streets, Erie, April 3 from 4 to 7 p.m., and April 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. For your convenience, an order form is attached.

Get ready for Designer Purse Bingo
Harborcreek Youth Services invites the public to its third annual Designer Purse Bingo event April 26 at St. Boniface Coleman Hall, 9367 Wattsburg Road, Erie. Doors open at noon. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. There will be pull tabs, tip boards, a 50/50 and a gift auction. Pre-sale tickets are $25 through April 25. Tickets are $30 the day of the event. Reserved tables of eight are available for $160. A ticket includes 15 bingo games (six cards per game) and a bingo dauber. For more information, email or call 899-7664, ext. 330, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds benefit the HYS Client Care Fund.

Save the date: Mercy Sisters to host April gala
The Sisters of Mercy in Erie are hosting an “Irish Spring with the Sisters of Mercy” gala April 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at their motherhouse, 444 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. This marks the kickoff of celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Mercy presence in northwest Pennsylvania. The gala will feature Irish music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a juried art show, and an opportunity to win gift packages and a trip for two to Dublin, Ireland, to see the Notre Dame vs. Navy football game Aug. 29. For tickets or more information, call Sister Bernadette Bell, RSM, at 814-824-3635. Tickets for the Ireland trip are $20 each. For tickets to the gala and for more information, visit the motherhouse or call Sister Bernadette.

Church items available
Religious items from the former St. Joseph Church in DuBois are available to ecclesiastical entities, such as parishes, schools and religious communities. Pictures can be found at and scroll down to “3a. Clergy” and login.  

Catholic Community of Meadville hiring youth minister/religious ed director
The Catholic Community of Meadville is hiring a youth minister/religious education director. For complete details and application instructions, go to

Erie Catholic Preparatory School System seeks president
The Erie Catholic Preparatory School System (Cathedral Preparatory School, Villa Maria Academy and Mother Teresa Academy) is accepting applications for the position of president. For complete information on the system and the position, go to

Teacher, principal and president positions available
The following job openings are available elsewhere in the Diocese of Erie. For details, go to

  • Full-time high school English teacher, Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools, Hermitage
  • Principal, St. Michael Elementary School, Greenville
  • President, Shenango Valley Catholic School System
  • Principal, St. Gregory School, North East

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 Interested candidates should e-mail a resume and letter of interest to Kim Kroh of the Liturgy and Music Task Force at

McKean parish hiring director/coordinator of parish evangelization
St. Francis Xavier Parish in McKean is hiring a full-time director/coordinator of parish evangelization. For a detailed description of the position and the application process, go to

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