March 2, 2020

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Information for priests concerning the 2020 census
Priests are asked to read the attached memo from Father Chris Singer, chancellor of the Diocese of Erie, concerning ways that parishes may become involved with the 2020 census. Also attached are separate documents concerning the memo.

2020-21 compensation for women religious
Pastors and administrators will find attached the compensation plan for women religious for the upcoming year.

Parishes can host Diocesan Pilgrim Virgin Statue
The Diocesan Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in Erie during the month of March, with a home base at St. George Church, 5145 Peach St. Parishes interested in hosting the statue for a week or a weekend while it is in Erie are asked to call John Walsh at 814-868-1100. This statue travels across the diocese throughout the year. It was made in Fatima, Portugal, and contains relics of St. Francisco and St. Jacinta, two of the children to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared 103 years ago.

Good for You Wellness Initiative
If you are a full-time employee covered by the Diocese of Erie’s wellness plan, you still have time to participate in the Good for You Wellness Initiative. Just complete four easy steps to earn a $150 reward. Learn more at

Two other important notes:

  • If you track your nutrition through the Sharecare app to earn points toward completing the Good for You Wellness incentive, please note that there are two areas that will allow you to do this. Only one of these areas will earn you points. There are general areas and the wellness rewards program area (under the Achieve) icon. You must track from within the Achieve area. The attached document (Diocese rewards update) details how to get into the Achieve area.
  • Walking is one of the simplest ways to get active and stay active. With each step, you travel further down the path to a healthier lifestyle. Research has shown that walking can have a significant impact on your health by lowering your chances of heart disease. See the attached flier to learn about the benefits of walking.

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:


Wellness rewards update
Meadville Lenten Parish Mission
Easter Market order form

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Census 101
Census fact sheet
Census questions and answers
Census faith community flier (English)
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Lenten services in DuBois
A Lenten evening prayer series will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 123 S. State St., DuBois, the first five Sundays in Lent. All are invited to attend the evenings, held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be music, vespers and a Lenten reflection by invited guest speakers. The remainder of the schedule is as follows:

  • March 8 — Deacon Marty Eisert
  • March 15 — Pastor Amy Miller of Christ Lutheran Church, DuBois
  • March 22 — Ann Badach, executive director, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Erie
  • March 29 — Father Jim Gutting, senior associate, St. Bernard Parish, Bradford.

Weekly vigils planned for immigration justice
Local Catholic groups are holding weekly vigils for immigration justice during Lent. The 20-minute vigils will be held on Fridays at 12:15 p.m. in Perry Square on State Street. The vigils are co-sponsored by the Social Justice and Life Office of the Diocese of Erie, Erie NETWORK Grassroots Advocates, Benedictines Sisters of Erie, Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas NYPPAW. All are welcome. Questions may be directed to Patrice Swick, director of the Social Justice and Life Office, at

Enjoy a spaghetti dinner at Sacred Heart Parish
Sacred Heart Parish in Erie is serving its 67th annual spaghetti and meatball dinner at the church auditorium, 816 W. 26th St., Erie, on March 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free to children under 6. Carry-outs are available. There also will be theme baskets, a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale.

Neighborhood Art House offers classes
The Inner-City Neighborhood Art House in Erie offers many classes in March and April. Classes include flower arrangement and tap dance. For complete details on times, dates, costs and registration, go to or call 814-455-5508. All materials included. No previous experience needed.

Author of Bored Again Catholic to speak at church
Dr. Timothy O’Malley, author of Bored Again Catholic — How the Mass Could Save Your Life, will speak at the parish event center of Immaculate Conception Church, 715 E. Main St., Clarion, on March 14 beginning at 9 a.m. The event also will include brunch. Childcare will be provided for children pre-K through eighth grade. For more information or to RSVP, contact Linda Summerville at or call 814-226-8433, ext. 203.

Lenten Parish Mission at Our Lady of Mercy
All are welcome to attend a Lenten Parish Mission at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 837 Bartlett Road, Harborcreek, March 15-17. Father Frank DeSiano, a Paulist priest and noted leader in evangelization, will be the director. He will address the theme, “Being a Disciple Today: How Can I Live My Faith in a New Way?” For more information, go to or call 814-899-5342.

Catholic Community of Meadville to host mission
The Catholic Community of Meadville will host a Lenten Parish Mission at St. Agatha Church, 353 Pine St., Meadville, March 16-18. Father Herald Brock, CFR, will be the director. See the attached flier for details and to distribute in schools and parishes.

Movie about St. Patrick featured at Tinseltown
“I Am Patrick,” a Christian Broadcasting Network movie about St. Patrick, will be shown at Tinseltown in Erie for two days only, March 17 and March 18, at 6:30 p.m. The movie features historical re-enactments, expert interviews and the saint’s own writings. Tickets can be purchased in advance at

Habitat for Humanity invites community involvement
Habitat for Humanity invites people from all faith communities to help build a Habitat home this summer. To learn more about this opportunity, attend an informational meeting in the community room of the Habitat for Humanity offices at 4922 Pittsburgh Ave., Erie. There are two options for attendance: March 25 at 10 a.m. or March 26 at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, call Nancy Milkowski at 814-454-7025, ext. 104. The Habitat office in Erie is located in the business park off West Grandview Boulevard. The building is the sixth on the right; brown with green trim. Enter the north parking lot and come to the north facing door for entrance to the community room.

Physician-assisted suicide topic of upcoming event
Rita Marker, a practicing attorney and executive director of the Patients’ Rights Council in Steubenville, Ohio, will be the guest speaker March 26 at 7 p.m. at an event scheduled at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 111 Petroleum St., Oil City. Her talk is titled, “Physician-assisted Suicide — Why Not?”

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.

Plan to attend St. Boniface Communion Breakfast
The Knights of Columbus Council #13427 of St. Boniface Parish in Erie will hold its Communion Breakfast March 29 immediately following the 7:30 a.m. Mass at the church, 9367 Wattsburg Road, Erie. Guest speaker is Joe Tarquinio, administrator of the Maria House Project. The cost is $8 in advance, $9 at the door, and $25 for a family of four. Breakfast includes homemade “Bonibuns,” which also will be on sale after Mass at a cost of $5 for a small pan and $10 for a large pan. Call 814-824-5333 to place your Bonibuns order or to order your tickets for the Communion Breakfast.

Free streaming of Catholic music is available
Living Bread Radio offers free, 24/7 streaming of both traditional and contemporary Catholic music. The stream is available at or on the company’s free mobile app or your personal Alexa devices.

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

High school president needed in Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio
The Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, is seeking to fill a full-time president position at Cardinal Mooney High School. The deadline to apply is March 13, 2020, or until the position is filled. Send cover letter, resume and three professional references to: Ms. Mary Fiala, Superintendent of Schools, Office of Catholic Schools, 144 West Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503, or email to Further information may be obtained by calling 330-744-8451, ext. 286.