March 30, 2020

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, April 6, 2020.
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Pandemic forces closing of St. Mark Catholic Center through April 6
The Diocese of Erie has closed St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie through at least April 6, in response to the COVID-19 lockdown in Pennsylvania through that date. 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 emergency relief effort launched
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Diocese of Erie is collaborating with the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie, Inc., to broadly offer and promote Catholic giving for immediate needs. The intent is to encourage local Catholic giving with the ease of three online platforms:

  • A Community Relief Fund has been established through Catholic Charities, Inc., to support specific emergency outreach efforts through agencies, diocesan ministries and parishes.
  • A Parish Offertory Support effort is being made with the assistance of the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania. This will give parishioners an opportunity to make their offertory donations online if they are not already set up to do so.
  • The #iGiveCatholic program in which our diocese participated last fall has been activated to facilitate online emergency fundraising. Many Catholic schools, parishes and ministries throughout the Diocese of Erie used this as a successful platform for a one-day online fundraising effort on Giving Tuesday 2019.

All three platforms can be accessed easily through the banner on the diocesan homepage, Everyone is encouraged to share this information broadly through whatever channels of communication are available to them. Questions about these initiatives may be directed to the following:

  1. Parish Offertory
    Catholic Foundation, Lisa Louis at or 814-824-1237
  1. Community Relief Fund
    Catholic Charities, Ann Badach at or 814-824-1252
  1. #iGiveCatholic
    Catholic Foundation, Michelle Basista at or 814-824-1192.

Assistance with parish bulk communication
If your parish needs help communicating via email or electronic newsletter, please contact Kathy Papalia in Information Technology by emailing or calling 814-824-1184.

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 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 to learn more.

Resources available to parishioners during pandemic
In an effort to help parishioners who may not have access to the internet stay connected to their parishes during this time of pandemic and social distancing, the Faith Formation Office and the Social Justice and Life Office of the Diocese of Erie have created multiple resources for parishes. Parishes could print and place copies of some of these resources in their bulletins or have them available at the back of churches. See the attachments for the following:

  • a ready-made bulletin announcement that can be personalized
  • a printable guide for instructions on how to make Spiritual Communion
  • instructions for live-streaming.

For complete information on livestreamed Sunday and daily Masses, go to Additional inspirational resources, including links to the livestreamed Masses in our diocese, can be found at For questions or concerns, contact Deacon Steve Washek, executive director of the Faith Formation Office, at 814-814-1215.

Bishop Persico to livestream Benediction
Benediction, led by Bishop Lawrence Persico, will be livestreamed on Wednesday, April 1, at noon. The event can be accessed on the diocesan Facebook page at or through the main banner on the diocesan homepage at All are invited to participate.

Clergy conference scheduled in New Jersey
Clergy are invited to attend the San Alfonso Clergy Institute in Long Branch, New Jersey, July 5-10. Father Scott Detisch of the Diocese of Erie will be a presenter. See the attachment for more details.

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:


Sample bulletin announcement
Instructions for live-streaming
Spiritual Communion

Parish Bulletin Announcements

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Sample bulletin announcement
Instructions for live-streaming
Spiritual Communion
San Alfonso Clergy Institute


Next Lenten vigil for immigration justice accessible online
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the remaining Friday Lenten vigil for immigration justice, on April 3, will take place in a virtual prayer community at Materials available on the site include a digital audio file, a downloadable worship aid and prayer cards for children who have died while in U.S. detention.

Lenten vigils have been prepared by a local coalition that includes the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas NYPPAW, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, the Diocese of Erie Social Justice and Life Office, Erie NETWORK Grassroots Advocates, and students from Gannon and Mercyhurst universities. For more information, contact Betsy Wiest at 814-836-4153 or

Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace to be offered online
The 40th annual Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace, sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, will be offered as an online experience on April 10 at The theme of this year’s event is “The Way of the Cross; The Way of the Migrant.” Virtual stops will include St. Peter Cathedral, Emmaus Grove, St. Benedict Education Center, the Social Security Office, the Federal Building, State Street fishing platform, the governor’s regional office, the Intermodal Center and Mount St. Benedict Monastery. A downloadable PDF of the text of the readings at each station will be included on the online site.

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