March 23, 2020

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, March 30, 2020.
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Diocese continues to respond to pandemic
Acting with the utmost caution and concern regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Diocese of Erie has closed St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie beginning today through at least April 1. This action will be reassessed in the coming days. The diocese is committed to monitoring the latest information available from reliable sources regarding the pandemic. Go to the diocesan website at for all of the most up-to-date information on the pandemic and its impact on the diocese.

COVID-19 parish offertory message to pastors and parish staff
Are you concerned about offertory decreasing during the coming weeks? The following is a proposed sample of a message parishes can use to communicate with their parishioners during this time. (Please personalize with your parish’s information.)

            We know these are difficult times for everyone, including you and your family. [Parish Name] remains committed to the spiritual care of our parishioners and the faithful in our communities. Although how we do that is changing temporarily, our purpose remains the same. Please be assured of our prayers for you and your families, particularly in the daily private Mass(es) Father (s) __________ is/are offering for your intention.

            [If you have parish office closings or changed hours, report that information here].

            Please be aware that like any family, our parish has ongoing operating costs. We are entirely dependent upon you to meet those financial obligations. Please continue to make your weekly offertory gifts. [provide details – mail, drop-off, online].

            If you have any questions, contact [name/number].

Community Foundation offers support to nonprofits
The Erie Community Foundation has created the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to provide grant dollars to support nonprofits that help Erie County residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Funds may be used for both service delivery and salaries/overhead as essential to emergency response and viability. This fund will support nonprofits that:

  • provide food to those in need.
  • care for our children.
  • serve the elderly, who are the most vulnerable population to COVID-19.
  • help those suffering from hardships and job loss due to COVID-19.

For more information, go to If you meet the above criteria and need help completing this online application, contact Michelle Basista, development officer at the Catholic Foundation, at 814-824-1192 or

Catholic Foundation grant application deadline extended
The Catholic Foundation has extended the deadline for Catholic parishes, schools and diocesan departments to apply for the first education grant cycle in 2020. The new deadline is April 13. Click here to learn more:

Computer security awareness training
Cybercriminals hope to profit from your COVID-19 fears. Be cautious of email containing COVID-19 updates. Check the sender's email address against your contact list to make sure it is accurate. Hover over any links the email is encouraging you to visit to make sure the web address is recognizable. If you are still not sure of the email’s legitimacy, contact the person or entity by using official contact information only. Do not use contact information provided in the potentially fraudulent email. Or, just delete the email. To learn more about scammers exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Diocese of Erie’s website and click the MyDioErie portal button at the bottom of the page. In the “Everyone” heading, you will find a link for Computer Security Awareness Training.

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:


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Mercy Sisters postpone gala
The Sisters of Mercy in Erie have postponed their “Irish Spring with the Sisters of Mercy” gala from April 30 to Sept. 17. This is the 150th anniversary of Mercy presence in northwest Pennsylvania. For information, call Sister Bernadette Bell, RSM, at 814-824-3635.

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 Scroll down to “3a Clergy” and log in.

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 are job openings in education 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