May 10, 2021

The next Information Bulletin is Monday, May 17, 2021.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

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Obligatory memorial
A new memorial was added to the liturgical calendar in 2018: The Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. The Congregation for Divine Worship announced that this new obligatory memorial will be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost. This year, the date of the memorial is Monday, May 24. Please note that this is NOT a holy day of obligation. For details on the prayers for Mass and the appropriate readings for the day, please see the attachment. Contact the Office of Worship at 814-824-1271 with any questions.

Scholarship opportunity available to seniors
The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Erie was recently made aware of a scholarship opportunity available to all Catholic high school seniors who attend private, Catholic or public schools. Five Catholic high school seniors who are relatives of an active or deceased member of the Catholic War Veterans & Auxiliary will be chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship. The instructions and application (June 1 deadline) are attached and are also available at

Important information from the Good For You Wellness Initiative
Get ready for summer by embracing a heathier lifestyle. There is still time to take advantage of the Diocese of Erie’s Good For You Wellness Initiative, a program for full-time employees covered by the diocese’s wellness plan. Just complete four easy steps to earn a $150 reward. Learn more here at Also, remember that physical activity, such as walking, is important for weight control. Go to for a walking tip sheet.

The Good For You Wellness Initiative also introduces the “21 Days of Gratitude Challenge.” Participants are asked to stop, reflect and engage in a moment of thankfulness each day. For 21 days, participants will be asked to write down what they are grateful for and track their success. To participate, go to

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


Catholic War Veterans & Auxiliary scholarship
Life in the Spirit Seminar

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Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
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Life in the Spirit Seminar


Healing Mass scheduled in Erie
The Son of God Prayer Group in Erie is sponsoring a healing Mass at Holy Rosary Church, 2701 East Ave., Erie, on May 11. Worship begins at 6:15 p.m., with Mass starting at 6:30 p.m.

Beep Beep Bingo coming soon
Blessed Sacrament Parish in Erie is hosting Beep Beep Bingo on May 14 in the parking lot of the church, 1626 W. 26th St., Erie. Participants remain in the comfort of their vehicles while they try to win big at bingo. The lot opens for parking at 6:30 p.m. Bingo commences at 8 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. Tickets are available for purchase at or in the school office, 2510 Greengarden Road. Spaces are limited. Must be over 18 to attend this event. The rain make-up date is May 21. For more information, call the school office at 814-455-1387.

Sacred Heart Parish to hold drive-thru spaghetti dinner
All are welcome to enjoy the 68th annual spaghetti dinner at Sacred Heart Church auditorium, 816 W. 26th St., Erie, on May 16. The event is drive-thru only, from noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy spaghetti with homemade sauce and meatballs, salad, bread and dessert, all for only $9. A quart of meatballs and sauce is $6. Cash and credit cards accepted. There also will be a 50/50 and theme baskets (four valued at $250 each). Tickets ($1 each for the raffle, $5 each for theme baskets) may be purchased at the drive-thru or at the church office.

Junior Legion of Mary to host prayer service
The Junior Legion of Mary from Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Erie will hold a prayer service on May 20 at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 913 Fulton St., Erie. The theme is “A Portrait of Mary.” The prayer service will be followed by recitation of the rosary for the intention of an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the “marathon of prayer” requested by Pope Francis for the month of May. For more information, contact Donna Turbaczewski at 814-566-8940.

Life in the Spirit Seminar planned at Holy Redeemer
The Word of Life Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center in Erie is sponsoring an in-person Life in the Spirit Seminar May 21-22 at Holy Redeemer Parish, 11 Russell St., Warren. All COVID protocols will be observed. Registrations are appreciated by May 19. Please see the attachment for full details and the registration form.

Bethany offers a variety of retreats this summer
Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville continues to offer in-person, COVID-friendly retreats throughout the summer and beyond. Come for a directed, personal or group retreat, or other retreats focused on centering prayer, contemplative practices, well-being and mindfulness. Walk away with a renewed body, mind and spirit. Check out the full retreat schedule at

Grade 1 teacher needed at Seton
Seton Catholic School is accepting applications for a first-grade teacher. Knowledgeable, organized and caring candidates are encouraged to apply. Please send letter of interest, resume, teaching certificate, three references and required clearances to Principal Christine Hess, Seton Catholic School, 385 Pine St., Meadville, PA 16335 or send an email to The documentation requirements can be found at

Diocese of Youngstown filling principal position
The Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, is accepting applications through May 21 for the position of principal at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School in Louisville, Ohio. Send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to: Dr. Jim King, Associate Superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools, 144 West Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503 or to For more information, call 330-744-8451.


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