May 14, 2018

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New diocesan website and news site launched
The Communications Office of the Diocese of Erie is pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved diocesan website, which is still at the same URL: As a special feature, all employees of the Diocese of Erie—as well as clergy and religious—may access important forms and resources, other internal communications, the Information Bulletin and more through the new MyDioErie portal. To access the portal, simply click on the MyDioErie logo at the bottom of every web page. MyDioErie is organized by audience. If you wear a couple of hats, you may find useful content in more than one category. The portal is not password protected, but where appropriate, some resources within it are protected.

In conjunction with the new website, a new online diocesan news site also has been launched. The news site——is accessible through with any of your favorite browsers. It will be home to diocesan news, national and international Catholic news, Vatican news, Faith magazine, and the archives of FaithLife newspaper. It also includes a link for those who wish to receive a bi-weekly email featuring headlines and links to interesting Catholic stories. While it is possible to sign up for this cost-free e-newsletter, its launch date has not yet been determined.

May rosary prayed at mausoleum
To honor Mary in the month of May and to pray for the deceased, the rosary will be prayed May 19 and May 26, beginning at 9 a.m. both days, at Mary, Queen of Peace Mausoleum, 6000 Lake Pleasant Road, Erie.

Mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Father Tom Fialkowski will celebrate Mass at 9 a.m. the third Saturday of each month in the chapel at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 5711 West Lake Road, Erie. Fellowship follows with coffee and homemade snacks. The next Mass is May 19.

Sign up for FOCCUS training by June 15
FOCCUS training is a requirement for everyone who facilitates marriage preparation in the Diocese of Erie. The next training session will be offered by Father Johnathan Schmolt, a certified FOCCUS trainer, on June 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Michael Parish in Emlenton. Lunch will be provided. There is no cost for participants. Deacons, other clergy or laity (with approval from their pastor) interested in FOCCUS training are encouraged to sign up by June 15 with the Family Life Office at 814-824-1265 or at See the attached invitation for more information.  

Parish festival ads
The Office of Communications of the Diocese of Erie is offering special festival advertising space in FaithLife newspaper. A listing of parish festival events will be published in the June 10 edition of FaithLife. One ad in this list costs $35 and must be reserved no later than May 18.

Faith magazine’s August issue also will feature festival ads. Quarter-page advertisements are $450. An eighth-page advertisement in the magazine is $250. Call 814-824-1161 for dimensions and other details. The deadline to reserve space in Faith magazine is June 30. Submit your own ad or have one designed for you by our staff.



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Erie parish to host card party
The St. Casimir Rosary Society of St. Casimir Church, 629 Hess Ave., Erie, is sponsoring its Blossom Time Card Party May 30 at 6 p.m. at the church social hall. There will be a luncheon, raffles, door prizes and a gift auction. A $7 donation is requested to attend.

St. Jude School offers summer program
The St. Jude School Summer Program will provide children a safe, fun and loving atmosphere that will help each child develop a positive self-image and an appreciation of Christian values. Children will enjoy a variety of daily and weekly activities under the supervision of certified teachers, teacher aides and high school/college volunteers. This program is for students entering preschool through grade 6, and runs Monday through Friday, June 11 through Aug. 17, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact the school office at 814-838-7676.

Don’t forget St. Peter’s 125th gala
All are invited to attend the 125th anniversary gala of St. Peter Cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese of Erie, on June 30 at Gannon University’s Waldron Campus Center, Yehl Ballroom. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m.; dinner and live music begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person and $125 per couple. For more information or to reserve tickets, go to

Mission trip planned to Kentucky
All high school students in the Diocese of Erie are invited to participate in the annual Kentucky mission trip to Vanceburg, Ky., July 14-21. This mission trip was started in 1972. For more information or for an application, please contact Father Mike DeMartinis at

Principal position open with ECSS
The Erie Catholic School System is seeking candidates for a principal position of a preschool through grade 8 school. Appointment to this position will begin July 1, 2018. For further details, go to

Director of Human Resources
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie is seeking a director of Human Resources to oversee all aspects of human resource practices and processes and to serve as a contracted consultant to parishes and agencies of the Diocese of Erie.

This position requires the coordination of all facets of employee management. Primary duties include overall leadership and guidance of human resource operations, including talent acquisition, career development, retention, training, leadership development, employee relations, conflict resolution, compensation and benefits, and compliance with all local, state and federal employment laws.

The director of Human Resources also assists the Office of Child Protection and Youth to ensure that screening and approval processes comply with diocesan standards.

This position meets the criteria for an administrative exemption under the provisions of the federal and state wage and hour laws and reports directly to the vicar general of the diocese.

Go to for a full position profile and application. The deadline for application is May 25, 2018.

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