March 27, 2023

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, April 3, 2023.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 30, at 4:30 p.m.

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Annual Missionary Cooperative Plan
The Diocesan Mission Office is pleased to announce that the Missionary Cooperative Plan (MCP) is starting soon. The MCP is one of the ways that dioceses in the United States fulfill their canonical responsibility to support the Catholic Church’s evangelization outreach (canons 782, §2; 791). The MCP invites Catholic missionaries from around the world to visit each of our parishes once a year. This is designed to educate parishioners about the missionary work of the Catholic Church and the role each of us plays in this work by virtue of our baptism. A second purpose of the MCP is to raise funds for these missionary endeavors to help spread the Gospel in nearly 1,150 missionary dioceses worldwide. Participation in the MCP is mandatory in the Diocese of Erie.

Soon, the Erie Mission Office will provide parishes with the name of their assigned mission group. Shortly thereafter, the missionary group will call the pastor to schedule a date for the 2023 MCP visit. Feel free to contact Mission Office Director Indira Suarez at or 814.824.1231 with any questions. Missionaries are responsible for their own transportation and housing. Parishes may choose to offer transportation or housing but are not obliged to do so. 

Compensation plan for women religious
Please see the attached letter from Bishop Lawrence Persico in regard to the 2023-24 compensation plan for women religious who serve in the Diocese of Erie. Also attached is the plan summary.

Chrism Mass to be celebrated Monday of Holy Week
Bishop Lawrence Persico, together with the priests of the Diocese of Erie, will celebrate the annual Chrism Mass on April 3 at 1 p.m. at St. Peter Cathedral, 230 W. 10th St., Erie. During the Mass, the holy oils to be used for sacraments will be consecrated and blessed for distribution to the parishes of the diocese. The public is encouraged to attend.

Holy Week liturgies celebrated by Bishop Persico
Following are the Holy Week liturgies to be celebrated by Bishop Lawrence Persico at St. Peter Cathedral, 230 W. 10th St., Erie:

Palm Sunday 11 a.m.
Chrism Mass (Monday)  1 p.m.            
Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper 5:15 p.m.
Good Friday – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 2 p.m.
Easter Vigil (Saturday) 8:30 p.m. 

The public is welcome at all liturgies.

Camp Notre Dame
Please see the attached letter from Camp Notre Dame requesting that parishes publish an announcement in their bulletin asking for applicants for the Camp Notre Dame 2023 summer staff.

Faith Formation Grant applications accepted through April 3
Are you involved in planning or implementing a faith formation project for your parish? Are you planning a parish mission or faith formation special event in the fall? Have you realized a need in the past year for increased online or digital resources for faith formation? Consider applying for a Faith Formation grant from the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania. Catholic parishes and departments of the Diocese of Erie can apply for grants for parish and/or diocesan-based faith formation projects. Grants requests ranging from $500 to $5,000 are being accepted now through April 3. Go to the following link to learn more: This is the only Catholic Foundation Faith Formation grant cycle in 2023. Contact Julia Cooney with questions at 814.824.1253 or

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


Camp Notre Dame letter
Good Friday collection
Mysteries of the Rosary
Mother Daughter Tea
Elementary school principal

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Women religious compensation letter
Women religious compensation plan
Camp Notre Dame letter
Mysteries of the Rosary
Diaconate Ordination
Mother Daughter Tea
Elementary school principal
Good Friday collection


Mysteries of the Rosary series offered
Join St. Francis Xavier Parish, 8880 Main St., McKean, in an authentic encounter with Christ that leads to transformation and sanctification every Tuesday from April 11 to May 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. The Mysteries of the Rosary series integrates deeply reflective insights on the life of Christ, theological truths, and captivating stories together with breathtaking scenery, illuminating sacred art and inspiring music. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, the rosary comes alive. To register, visit, “Enroll as a Participant” and join the group using code ABFE6E.  For more information contact Irene at 814.476.7657 ext. 7. See flier for details.

Diaconate ordination invitation
All priests and deacons are invited to the ordination of the next transitional deacon, Luke Andrew Daghir, on April 15 at St. Mark Seminary, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie.  Please see the attached invitation for details.

Mother-Daughter Tea
Mark your calendars for the annual Mother-Daughter Tea, hosted by the Office of Chastity Education and held in two locations in the diocese this spring. The first tea is set for April 16 at Immaculate Conception Church, 715 E. Main St., Clarion. The second is April 23 at St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie. This special event is designed for girls ages 10 and above and their mothers. Topics to be discussed include the emotional and physical changes of puberty and strengthening of the parent-child bond during adolescence. For more information, visit See flier for details.

Spaghetti dinner
The St. Nicholas Altar Rosary Society in New Bethlehem is hosting the St. Nicholas Annual Spaghetti Dinner on April 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Nicholas Church, 3028 Shannondale Rd., Mayport. Cost is $5 for children and $10 for adults.

Assistant controller
The Diocese of Erie is seeking an organized, dedicated and detailed candidate for the position of assistant controller. The assistant controller, working under the direction of the controller, will be tasked with providing timely and accurate accounting information regarding the operational decisions of the diocese. For full position details and how to apply, visit

Benedictine Gift Shop
The Benedictine Gift Shop, located at 139 Church St. in St. Marys, offers a range of religious articles, books/Bibles, gifts, and other items for Easter and sacrament needs. Visitors can find them on Facebook under the name BenedictineGiftShop. In addition, the gift shop features the St. Joseph Convent Heritage Room, which is dedicated to the history of the Benedictine Sisters in St. Marys. After visiting the gift shop, guests are welcome to tour the recently renovated 1886 Nativity of Jesus Chapel, which is located next to St. Mary's Church. The chapel is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gift shop hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For tours outside of regular hours, visitors can schedule with the St. Mary Parish office at 814.781.1019 or call Bonnie at 623.556.3160.

Elementary school principal
Butler Catholic School in Butler, Pennsylvania, is seeking a full-time principal for the 2023-2024 school year. The principal is responsible for implementing the policies and practices of the Diocesan Department for Catholic Schools. See the attachment for position details and how to apply.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Cambridge Springs is offering a free Konika Minolta Magicolor 4650EN printer complete with user guide. This is great for printing brochures and posters. It has been very gently used. Please call the office at 814.398.4234.

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