March 25, 2019

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Lenten Day of Reflection for priests
All priests are reminded of the 2019 Priests’ Lenten Day of Reflection scheduled for Wednesday, April 3. Please read the attached letter for details. Registrations are due by noon on Friday, March 29. If you have not registered and wish to do so, contact the Chancery at 814-824-1135. If you are planning to attend, please bring an alb and purple stole for the celebration of Mass.

Chrism Mass volunteers needed
At the annual Chrism Mass, the bishop blesses oils for the anointing of catechumens, the sick, and those to be baptized, confirmed or ordained. The Office of Worship of the Diocese of Erie is requesting volunteers to participate in the procession of oils at the Chrism Mass at St. Peter Cathedral on April 15 at 4 p.m. Anyone who works with these groups or is soon to be anointed who would like to be part of the procession or to read the verbal presentation of an oil to the bishop is asked to contact the Office of Worship at 814-824-1271 or Matt Clark, administrator, at Volunteers will not be asked to carry the urns of oil.

Priests invited to transitional diaconate ordination
All priests are invited to the transitional diaconate ordination of seminarians Kevin O’Connor Holland and Joseph Arthur Petrone on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Mark Seminary Chapel. Please bring an alb and white stole. Vesting will be in the library. A reception will follow in the St. Mark Catholic Center cafeteria. The formal invitation is attached. Please RSVP to or call Joan Fye at 814-824-1200.

Deacons invited to transitional diaconate ordination
All deacons are invited to the transitional diaconate ordination of seminarians Kevin O’Connor Holland and Joseph Arthur Petrone on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Mark Seminary Chapel. The formal invitation is attached. Please bring an alb and white stole. Vesting will be in the library. A reception will follow in the St. Mark Catholic Center cafeteria. Please RSVP to or call Joan Fye at 814- 824-1200.

How to spot fraudulent email
Email fraud and spam remain prevalent today. Dissecting an email address is the first step in keeping safe on the internet. Most U.S. email addresses end in three-letter suffixes, such as .org, .com, .edu and .net. Email addresses ending in a two-letter suffix originate from a foreign country. Here is a list of two-letter suffixes from around the world: If you open an email that requests money or threatens legal action, review the FROM address carefully. This still isn’t a fullproof method for recognizing fraud because some malicious senders will fake the FROM address and use a different address as the REPLY. Be safe and also review REPLY addresses carefully.

Is your organization having a festival this summer or fall?
It’s never too early to schedule advertising for your parish/school festival. Faith magazine’s June 2019 edition will publish a listing of festivals or events in the Diocese of Erie. The listing also will be made available online and through social media. To advertise parish or school festivals or other events, contact Advertising Manager Brenda Williams at 814-824-1161 or 1-800-374-3723, ext. 161, or email Space must be reserved by April 5. 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. This is a great resource for those planning summer activities.

Job openings in the diocese
See the classified section below for current position openings in the Communications Office and schools. Here’s a quick link:

Important notes from the Good for You Wellness Initiative
Full-time employees covered by the Diocese of Erie’s wellness plan are still able to participate in the Good for You Wellness Initiative. Just complete three easy steps to earn your $150 reward. Learn more at

Thirty years ago, portion sizes were much smaller than they are today. In fact, a typical bagel was only 3 inches in diameter and less than 150 calories. Today, a bagel is more than double that. Plates have gone from 10 inches to 12 inches, restaurant servings are huge, and everything seems to be jumbo-sized for just a “few cents more.” It’s easy to get confused about proper portion sizes. For more information, read the attached document.


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102nd anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance
St. George Parish, 5145 Peach St., Erie, will hold a prayer service March 25 at 7 p.m. marking the 102nd anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance in Fatima, Portugal. The service will include the rosary, a talk on Fatima by Father Jamie Power, parochial vicar, followed by Benediction. The Erie Diocesan Pilgrim Virgin Statue will be on display at the church. The event is sponsored by the Legion of Mary, the Rosary Society and the World Apostolate of Fatima. All are welcome.

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.

Women’s retreat scheduled at St. Thomas More House of Prayer
The St. Thomas More House of Prayer, 365 Hill City Road, Cranberry, is hosting a retreat for Catholic women April 5-7, beginning with registration at 5 p.m. on April 5 and ending with Sunday lunch. The theme of the retreat is “From the Eucharist to the Beatific Vision: A Call to Holiness.” There will be prayer, Mass, confession, adoration, and lectures by Father John-Luke from the Community of Saint John. Meals and rooms are available. The suggested donation is $175 per person, or $265 for a mother and daughter. Commuters may pay per meal. For more information, call 814-676-1910 or email

St. Boniface to host Communion breakfast
St. Boniface Parish, 9367 Wattsburg Road, Erie, will hold a Communion breakfast 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.

Auxiliary card party set for April 11
St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary will hold its annual card party April 11 at the St. Mark Catholic Center gymnasium, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the event starting at 6 p.m. Admission is $7 per person. A light meal will be served. The evening will include grand prizes, a gift auction, a money and lottery tree and more. This is the only major fundraiser to provide support for our seminarians. Thirteen seminarians are currently studying at St. Mark Seminary. Paid reservations will be accepted through April 4 by calling Betsy at 814-504-2720. Tickets will not be available at the door. Auxiliary members will sell grand raffle tickets at parishes the weekend of April 6-7.

Plan now for the diocesan ReVision Conference
ReVision’s annual Diocesan Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry featuring keynote speaker Everett Fritz, founder/executive director of St. Andrew Missionaries and author of The Art of Forming Young Disciples: Why youth ministries aren’t working and what to do about it, will be held June 8 at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie. Doors will open for registration at 1 p.m. with the program beginning at 1:30 p.m. The day will conclude with a 4:30 p.m. vigil Mass for Pentecost celebrated by Bishop Lawrence Persico. There will be an optional social after Mass. Tickets are free, but online registration is required by going to The first 10 people to register will receive a free copy of Fritz’s book.

This year, an online conference option is available for those who can’t attend in person. All talks will be livestreamed, so gather a group of people from your parish to watch and perhaps discuss. Registration is still required. Choose “online conference” when registering.

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

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. 

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 will be at the end of the 2018-19 school year. For more information about the position and to apply, go to

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