May 24, 2021

The next Information Bulletin is Tuesday, June 1, 2021, due to Memorial Day.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

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Catholic Foundation announces new grant opportunity
The Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania board of directors is pleased to announce the addition of the Catholic Social Ministry Grant to its existing competitive grant processes. The Catholic Foundation will award grants in this area to support ministries and projects that embrace and align with Catholic social teaching and that answer the Gospel call to respond to needs within the community. Read about this new grant opportunity at Complete grant guidelines and criteria can be found at Applications will be accepted June 14 through July 23.

Prince of Peace Center sets grand opening for new, expanded clothing and thrift outlets
The Prince of Peace Center, an affiliate of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie in Farrell, and the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 8 at 11 a.m. to mark the grand opening of the center’s new Providence Clothing Store & Boutique and expanded Furniture and Appliance Thrift Outlet, all located at 502 Darr Ave. The public is invited. Refreshments will be provided. Money earned from store sales assists families in crisis to make rent and utility payments throughout the year. Prince of Peace is dedicated to strengthening families, building community and reducing poverty throughout the Mercer County area.

Job openings in the diocese
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Memorial Day fundraiser scheduled at Holy Cross Church
Holy Cross Church, 7100 West Ridge Road, Fairview, will have a Memorial Day fundraiser May 28-30. Lombardo’s Concessions will be set up that Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There also will be a 50-50 raffle and a basket raffle. Live music will be provided on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Food is take-out only. For more information, call 814-474-2605.

Are you seeking health and well-being?
Do you believe that your health and well-being are foundational to your spiritual journey? Experience the answer at the 7 Essentials of Well-Being retreat offered June 24-27 at Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. Presenter Elle Morgan will introduce her program that supports all aspects of mind, body and spirit. The cost is $298 for overnight guests and $178 for commuters. For more information or to register, visit or call 814-263-4855.

Six-day centering prayer retreat offered at Bethany
A six-day centering prayer retreat is offered at Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville July 7-12. Rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition, centering prayer fosters a deeper intimacy with Christ through silence and stillness. This is an in-depth retreat for those experienced in centering prayer. The cost is $625 for overnight guests; all meals are included. For more information or to register, visit or call 814-263-4855.

Employment opportunities available at St. Martin Early Learning Center
St. Martin Early Learning Center in Erie is hiring five full-time positions and is offering a $500 new employee bonus paid out over six months. A minimum of an associate degree in child development is required, however, a degree in education or human services is preferred. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be able to obtain clearances.  In addition to the full-time position, St. Martin Early Learning Center is seeking summer help (a minimum of a high school diploma is required, but an associate degree in early childhood or human services is preferred). The $500 bonus is only offered to non-seasonal employees. Bilingual individuals are encouraged to apply. Send a resume to St. Martin Early Learning Center, 1727 State St., Erie PA 16501, or apply at

Neighboring diocese hiring principal
The Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, is hiring a principal for St. Barbara Elementary School in Massillon, Ohio. The deadline to apply is June 3. 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 email


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