May 13, 2019

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The Diocese of Erie Information Bulletin advertises and promotes activities and events sponsored by diocesan organizations such as parishes, schools, religious communities and groups.

2019 International Needs Collection
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2019 International Needs Collection. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of May 25-26.

Permanent diaconate ordination
Four men will be ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Erie by Bishop Lawrence Persico at St. Peter Cathedral, 230 W. 10th St., Erie, on May 31 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Is your organization having a festival late this summer or fall?
Faith magazine’s August 2019 edition will publish a listing of festivals or events occurring later in the summer. Some space may be available for display ads as well. The listing also will be made available online and through social media. To advertise parish or school festivals or other events, contact Brenda Williams, advertising manager, at 814-824-1161 or 1-800-374-3723, ext. 161, or email Space must be reserved by May 31. 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.

Social Justice and Life Office travels to Texas-Mexico border
Patrice Swick, director of the Social Justice and Life (SJ&L) Office of the Diocese of Erie, is working through May 25 at our country’s southern border to assist in providing direct service to incoming refugees at the Annunciation House, a hospitality center supported by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Under the direction of Bishop Lawrence Persico, Patrice will accompany refugees in El Paso, Texas. Rooted in Catholic social teaching, the Annunciation House is managed by volunteers and religious communities across the country and provides temporary emergency housing, food, clothing and basic hygiene needs for approximately 700 refugees per day. Parishes are asked to encourage parishioners to follow Patrice on this journey by subscribing to the SJ&L blog, “encountering Love,” at Help share this information in parish bulletins, parish websites and/or other social media outlets. Questions can be directed to Patrice Swick at

Tribunal newsletter available for May
Attached is the May “Marriage Matters” newsletter of the Office of the Tribunal and Matrimonial Concerns of the Diocese of Erie.

Job openings in the diocese
See the classified section below for current position openings in communications, schools and a parish. Another position is available with an affiliate of Catholic Charities. Here’s a quick link:


Marriage Matters
Senior, caregiver tune-up

Parish Bulletin Announcements

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Bishop’s International Needs Collection letter
Marriage Matters
Senior, caregiver tune-up


Erie parish to hold rummage, bake sale
The Holy Rosary Trash to Treasures Rummage & Bake Sale will be held May 17-18 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hastings Hall, located across the parking lot from Holy Rosary Church at East Avenue and East 28th Street in Erie. Parking is available behind the hall. Rummage donations can be dropped off May 13 from 4 to 7 p.m., and May 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No televisions, computers or electronics. Only kitchen and household items, clothing and gently used furniture in good condition are accepted. Volunteers are needed to help Wednesday through Saturday the week of the sale. Bakers are needed, too. To help with the event, contact Kathy Cioccio at 814-868-1320 or Diane Chaplain at 814-825-3767.

Word of Life luncheon scheduled May 18
The Word of Life Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center of the Diocese of Erie is holding a luncheon, “By the Word of their Testimony,” on May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Joseph/Bread of Life Community Center, 147 W. 24th St., Erie. Father Johnathan Schmolt will speak. The $10 cost per person includes lunch. Help with the cost is available. Sign up at

Prayer and music service scheduled in Falls Creek
There will be an evening of prayer and music May 19 beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Bernard Church, 205 Taylor Ave., Falls Creek. Father Bill Barron will continue a teaching series on salvation. The evening also will include Scripture and prayers for healing. For more information, contact Judy Smart at 814-637-5930 or Rich Kenawell at 814-771-7932.

Join the Silent Walk for Peace
Benedictines for Peace in Erie will hold May’s Silent Walk for Peace May 22 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at Emmaus Grove: The Erie Urban Farm School, 218 E. 11th St., Erie. The walk will begin in the garden and continue in silence, single-file, around the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House and Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry before returning to the garden.

Senior, caregiver fair/lunch offered at three parishes
Three Erie parishes are presenting a senior and caregiver fair and lunch in June. Experts will offer ways to get personal affairs in order. There also will be health and fitness assessments, presentations about finances, wills, funeral planning, medication management and full home care. The fairs will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch at the following locations, dates:

  • St. Jude the Apostle, 2801 W. 6th St., Erie, June 7
  • St. George, 5145 Peach St., Erie, June 11
  • Blessed Sacrament, 1626 W. 26th, Erie, June 12

A suggested donation to attend is $20, with a $15 discount for members of a faith community. Lunch is included in the donation. The events are supported by LECOM Institute for Successful Aging. Tickets may be purchased in the rectory offices of each parish. For complete details, see the attached flier, and/or call St. George Church at 814-864-0622.

Women of Grace retreat focuses on mercy
A Women of Grace retreat, titled “At the Foot of the Cross: God’s Infinite Mercy,” will be held July 12-14 at Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, Pennsylvania, in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. There will be speakers, a healing service, daily Mass, time for confession, prayer, adoration, praise and worship music and fellowship. For questions, contact Chris Arnold at 717-379-6041 or at Reservations may be made by contacting Malvern Retreat House at 610-644-0400 or by going to

CEO: Prince of Peace Center
Prince of Peace Center, Farrell, an affiliate of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie, is seeking a CEO to lead the 36-year-old organization. Prince of Peace is committed to reducing poverty, strengthening families, building community and supporting self-empowerment. Go to to see the full position profile and details on how to apply. Parishes are asked to publish this position in their bulletins.

Religious education leader needed
All Saints Parish in Waterford is seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) religious education leader. To inquire, call Father Gregory Passauer, pastor, at 814-796-3023 or email

Multi-media journalist needed
The Office of Communications of the Diocese of Erie is hiring a full-time multi-media journalist, who 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

Seton Catholic hiring principal
Seton Catholic School in Meadville is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as its principal for the 2019-20 school year. For more information about the position and 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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