March 22, 2021

The next Information Bulletin is Friday, March 26, 2021.
Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

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Time change for Triduum celebrations at St. Peter Cathedral
Times for the liturgical celebrations of Holy Thursday and Good Friday with Bishop Lawrence Persico at St. Peter Cathedral have changed. The new schedule is: Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 5:15 p.m., and the Good Friday celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 2 p.m. Both events will be live-streamed and remain available for viewing on the homepage of St. Peter Cathedral, Erie, at Please note that, due to publishing deadlines, these changes are not reflected in the upcoming issue of Faith magazine.

2021 Good Shepherd Collection
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2021 Good Shepherd Collection for retired diocesan priests. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of April 17-18.

Holy Week at Home
The Office of Faith Formation of the Diocese of Erie has prepared resources for families that still have not returned to public Mass and will be observing Holy Week from their homes again this year. Parishes are asked to consider running the attached announcement and image in bulletins to promote these resources to homebound parishioners. If a parish livestreams its liturgies, it may want to acknowledge and invite parishioners watching at home to take note of this announcement in the parish bulletin. This is an opportunity to let your homebound parishioners know that you are still connected, even if not in person. For questions, contact Jessie Hubert, director of Faith Formation for Parish Support, at

CRS Rice Bowl online giving for Lent 2021
A diocesan online giving option for the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Program has been added for individuals or families in the Diocese of Erie. Parishes and schools participating in Rice Bowl can encourage giving through Sixty percent of all Rice Bowl contributions support CRS’ humanitarian and development programs overseas, providing life-saving assistance and hope to our sisters and brothers around the world. The remaining 40 percent stays in our diocese to support local hunger and poverty prevention programs. Questions concerning CRS Rice Bowl can be directed to Patrice Swick, director of the Social Justice and Life Office, at   

Endowment-building suggestions and newsletter resources are available
The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania is happy to provide the attached document that provides endowment-building suggestions for parishes, schools and agencies for use in bulletins and newsletters. These pieces are ready to use. Several suggestions are given to encourage gifts to established endowments, IRA rollovers and planned gifts, and to assist anyone seeking to establish new endowments. The staff of the Catholic Foundation is available to offer additional guidance in fundraising. Reach out at any time to Lisa Louis at 814-824-1237 or

Possible ways to help with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine
Attached please find a resource sheet on ways that individuals and parishes can help with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. This resource sheet is courtesy of the Chancery of the Diocese of Erie. For more information, however, please refer to the links given on the attachment.

Is your organization having a festival late this summer or fall?
Faith magazine’s June 2021 edition will publish a listing of festivals or events occurring later in the summer. Some space also may be available for display ads. The listing will be made available in the magazine, online and through social media. To advertise parish or school festivals or other events, contact Brenda Williams, advertising manager, at 814-824-1161 or 1-800-374-3723, ext. 161, or email Space must be reserved by March 31. Please provide the details, date(s), time, place and cost for the event and, if needed, a phone number and/or website for questions. The cost is $45 per listing.

Diocese of Erie’s Good For You Wellness Initiative
Spring is in the air and so is the opportunity for a healthier lifestyle. There is still time to take advantage of the Diocese of Erie’s Good For You Wellness Initiative that is available to full-time employees covered by the diocese’s wellness plan. Just complete four easy steps to earn a $150 reward. Learn more at And remember to add movement to your day, even if you’re stuck in the office. Not sure where to begin? Go to to follow a suggested “deskercise” program.

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


Holy Week at Home image
Holy Week at Home bulletin announcement template
Endowment-building suggestions
Vaccine distribution 2021
Youngstown Diocese job

Parish Bulletin Announcements

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2021 Good Shepherd Collection
Holy Week at Home image
Holy Week at Home bulletin announcement template
Endowment-building suggestions
Vaccine distribution 2021
Youngstown Diocese job


Outdoor Stations of the Cross at Bethany Retreat Center
There will be a Good Friday outdoor Stations of the Cross walk beginning at the Prayer Center at Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. There will be prayer and a reading at each station, culminating at the top of the hill with the Resurrection Cross. Groups will be limited to 10 people and COVID safety precautions will be followed at all times. The first group will begin at 10 a.m.; more groups will be added each half hour as we reach the 10-person limit. There is no charge, but please register beforehand at or call 814-263-4855.

Deepen your Centering Prayer experience
Those who already have an established knowledge and practice of Centering Prayer are invited May 6-9 to a Centering Prayer retreat at Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. There will be extended prayer times (three to four hours per day) and input on deepening your Centering Prayer practice. The retreat will be in silence with time for personal reflection and renewal; Mass also is available. Enjoy a comfortable room, private bathroom and all meals during your stay. The cost is $298. Register at or call 814-263-4855.

Position open for director of curriculum, instruction and assessment
The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Erie is seeking a collaborative, dedicated and organized curriculum leader to join the Catholic Schools Office team as the director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (DOC). For the position profile and instructions on how to apply, go to

Student desks, chairs needed
Ss. Cosmas and Damian School in Punxsutawney is in need of student desks and chairs. All sizes are needed, but particularly desks and chairs for grades kindergarten through 2. To help, contact Heather Kunselman, principal, at or 814-938-4224.

Youngstown Diocese seeking to hire director of communications
The Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, is hiring a director of communications who will serve as the diocese’s senior executive responsible for all aspects of internal and external communications. For full details about the position and the application process, see the attached document.

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