March 18, 2019

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, March 25, 2019.
Deadline: Thursday, March 21, at 4:30 p.m.

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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 the Chancery at 814-824-1135 or at

David L. Poulson laicized
Attached please find a notice from Bishop Lawrence Persico that David L. Poulson has been laicized. Pastors are encouraged to post the information in their bulletins.

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.

‘Liturgy Jot’ is available now
The attached March issue of “Good Liturgy Matters-Jot” deals with liturgical gestures, including bowing. This one-page, easy-to-read article is released monthly by the Office of Worship and is designed to help parish communities reflect on their weekly liturgies. Consider including “Jot” in your parish bulletin or discuss it at liturgy committee and pastoral council meetings. Please send comments or questions to the Office of Worship at 814-824-1270.

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:

Get your goal tracker for the 2019 Catholic Services Appeal
The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania has added a parish goal tracker as a resource to help parishes promote the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). This goal tracker poster includes space for writing in your diocesan goal and your overall parish CSA goal. There’s also a “thermometer” that can be shaded or colored to show progress. A black-and-white version is attached, but both color and black-and-white options are available at

Important notes from the Diocese of Erie’s ‘Good For You Wellness Initiative’
The “Good For You Wellness Initiative” is in full swing for full-time employees covered by the Diocese of Erie’s wellness plan. Have you completed the three easy steps to earn your $150 reward? Learn more at Also, are you getting the most out of your doctor? Are you asking the right questions? Please find attached a quick read on how to work better with your physician. NOTE: The letter sent to employees at their residence had an error in the web address for the Wellness Initiative. The correct address is


24 Hours for the Lord
Poulson laicized
Miriam Dinner
Liturgy Jot
CSA goal tracker
Parish mission, St. Gregory
Wellness Initiative
Tap into Life event
Parish mission, Our Lady of Mercy

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24 Hours for the Lord
Poulson laicized
Miriam Dinner
Liturgy Jot
CSA goal tracker
Parish mission, St. Gregory
Wellness Initiative
Tap into Life event
Parish mission, Our Lady of Mercy
Conference for Priests


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 Tap into Life 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.

Rolled pastries available from Our Mother of Sorrows
Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Erie is selling homemade rolled pastries this Lent. Walnut, poppy seed and apricot rolls are $10 each; sales benefit the parish. Pre-order by calling Michael Kuzma at 814-969-0497. Orders will be ready for pick-up April 14 at the former Holy Family School, 1153 E. 9th St., Erie.

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, director of Erie’s Emmaus Soup Kitchen. The cost is $8 in advance, $9 at the door, and $25 for families. For more information, call 814-824-5333.

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.

Bus pilgrimage to Sight & Sound presentation
Join Erie’s Our Lady of Peace Parish on a pilgrimage to Sight & Sound’s June 12-14 presentation of “Jesus” in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Father Rich Toohey, pastor, will be the spiritual director for the trip. The cost is $409 per person (double occupancy), $509 per person (single occupancy). There is a $50 deposit with reservations due April 3. The balance is due May 1. Make checks payable to Our Lady of Peace Parish. For information and reservations, contact Cynthia Berarducci at 814-833-7701, ext. 201, or at

Plan an unforgettable summer vacation
All are invited on a pilgrimage to Rome, Fatima and Lourdes with Father Jason Mitchell, Deacon Ray Sobina, and his wife, Deb Sobina, on June 22 to July 2, 2019. The all-inclusive trip costs $4,199, which includes airfare from anywhere in the U.S. For more information, contact Deacon Ray at 814-969-3261, Deb Sobina at 814-571-4077, or visit In the search bar, type the word Sobina.

Conference for Priests scheduled in Rhode Island
Priests are invited to attend the eighth annual Conference for Priests sponsored by the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, and the Thomistic Institute. See the attached flier for details.

Holy Land pilgrimage planned this fall
Join a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Father Rich Toohey Oct. 26 to Nov. 5, 2019. The cost is $4,299 per person and includes one night in Tel Aviv, two nights in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, and six nights in Jerusalem with airfare, hotels and breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. For more information, go to or call the office of Our Lady of Peace Parish at 814-833-7701.


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



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