May 1, 2023

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, May 8, 2023.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, May 4, at 4:30 p.m.

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2023 International Needs Collection
Please find attached Bishop Persico’s letter introducing the 2023 collection for International Needs, to be taken the weekend of May 21. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of May 14.

Parish budget preparation
All pastors/administrators and parish business managers will find attached a letter from the Office of Financial Services regarding the 2022-2023 parish budgets. Also attached are three other documents that include the assessments, budget preparation information, and the priests’ salary scale.

International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter
The Catholic Foundation is happy to share the attached May edition of the International Catholic Stewardship Council newsletter (English and Spanish versions are available). Pastors and parish staff are encouraged to read and share this publication with their parishioners, using all or parts of it for their parish bulletin, with credit to the author/source.

Parishioners, employees: Be cautious about sharing personal information 
Staff at a Diocese of Erie parish recently received an email from a scam artist claiming to be their pastor, requesting financial help. Please include the following notice in your weekly bulletin and forward it to your employees and volunteers to keep everyone safe from fraud. Here is the suggested notice to be published:

In this age when personal data can be misused by scam artists, please be aware that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, its clergy, and entities such as parishes and schools will never solicit your personal or business information by any method unless initiated by you. Should you receive an unsolicited request for such information – including a request for gift cards of any type – exercise extreme caution. Contact the person or entity by using official contact information only. Do not use contact information provided in the potential fraudulent request.

Missionary co-op
You will be receiving a call from your annual missionary co-op participant to schedule their 2023 visit over the next few weeks. Since missionary visits are slated to begin in May, please set dates with your assigned missionary as quickly as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Indira Suarez in the Office of International Missions at or 814.824.1231.

Pastors, parish secretaries asked to update livestream Mass information
In the interest of keeping our website accurate, the Communications Office of the Diocese of Erie is asking all parishes to double-check the livestream Mass listings found through a tab on our homepage, If your times or links have changed, if you are no longer livestreaming or if you are not listed and would like to be, please send details to Rich Papalia, webmaster, at The direct link to the page is

Catholic Services Appeal reminder from the Catholic Foundation
As the Catholic Services Appeal continues, the Catholic Foundation recommends that pastors and parish staff consider sending a follow-up letter to those parishioners who have not yet made a pledge to the appeal. Consider sending them a CSA brochure, along with a pledge envelope. Letter template ideas can be found in the parish leadership handbook. Extra brochures and pledge envelopes may be ordered by contacting Julia Cooney at 814.824.1253 or at

Don’t forget to thank your donors. A note or letter of thanks from the pastor is always appreciated. Donors can also be thanked through the bulletin, social media or in the parish newsletter. Additional resources, including many digital options and Facebook post suggestions, can be found at the following link:

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


2023 International Needs Collection
ICSC May newsletter (English)
ICSC May newsletter (Spanish)
Holy Hour for Pastoral Planning
Blessed Carlo and St. Manuel

Parish Bulletin Announcements

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2023 International Needs Collection
DR PR CSS letter
2023-24 Budget letter
2023-24 Priest salary tables
DF assessment
ICSC May newsletter (English)
Holy Hour for Pastoral Planning
Blessed Carlo and St. Manuel
OLM director of music and liturgy
ICSC May newsletter (Spanish)


Holy Hour for Pastoral Planning
Please join Deacon Dave Jacquel and the parishioners of St. Mark and Mt. Calvary parishes for a Holy Hour for Pastoral Planning on May 13 at 3:15 pm at St. Mark Church, 695 Smithson Ave., Erie. Call the parish office with questions at 814.899.3000 or email:

Diocese of Erie hosts relics of Blessed Carlo Acutis and St. Manuel in May
A relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis — author of the Eucharistic Miracle website as well as the first millennial to be beatified — will be available for veneration at several locations in the Diocese of Erie beginning May 23. In addition, a relic of St. Manuel González García, known as the Bishop of the Abandoned Tabernacle, will be included in this event offered as part of the national Eucharistic revival. All are invited to take advantage of this inspirational opportunity before the relics leave the United States to continue their global tour in the coming weeks. Find dates, locations and times for public veneration at A graphic for use in bulletins and social media is included in the attachments.

Director of music and liturgy
Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Harborcreek is seeking a director of music and liturgy. The full-time director is actively engaged in the worship life of the parish and leads a music ministry program that includes a mix of cantors, a choir and various instrumentalists to support three liturgies a weekend, as well as Holy Day liturgies. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume with salary requirements and three references to See attachment for details.

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