November 19, 2018

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Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 4:30 p.m.

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2018 Retirement Fund for Religious
Pastors and administrators will find attached Bishop Lawrence Persico’s letter introducing the 2018 Retirement Fund for Religious Collection. Parishes are asked to publicize this collection in a significant way on the weekend of Dec. 1-2.

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception—Dec. 8
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8 remains a holy day of obligation even though it falls on a Saturday this year. In the United States, we celebrate Mary, under the title of the Immaculate Conception, as our national patroness. Nonetheless, because it is the Advent season, any Eucharistic liturgy celebrated on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, from 4 p.m. onward should use the texts of the Mass of the second Sunday of Advent, not the texts of the Mass for the Immaculate Conception. An Advent Sunday takes precedence over the celebration of the Immaculate Conception.

*Please note: The faithful are to participate in both a Mass for the Immaculate Conception and a Mass for the second Sunday of Advent. For questions, contact the Office of Worship at 814-824-1270.

Want to win a Gregorian chant Christmas CD set?
If you like chant, then you’ll love to hear Gregorian Chant Christmas, a newly packaged two-CD set from the Monastic Choir of St. Peter’s Abbey in Solesmes, France. You could win it in one of two ways, and just in time for the holidays! The lucky winner will be selected Nov. 30, and will be notified via email.

Here’s how to enter from now through Nov. 29:

  • If you haven’t already, subscribe to the Diocese of EriE-news at You’ll be automatically entered into the drawing and you’ll start receiving our new weekly e-newsletter filled with news, information and photos from the 13 counties of the diocese and beyond.

St. Peter’s Abbey in Solesmes, France, is responsible for the resurgence of Gregorian chant in recent years. The CD set includes chants for Christmas Midnight Mass, the Christmas Mass of the Day, and Night Office Vigils for Christmas. Read all about chant in the December edition of Faith magazine.

Reminder regarding Official Catholic Directory updates
Every parish, school system and Catholic organization is reminded to submit their updates for the 2019 Official Catholic (Kenedy) Directory by Nov. 30. Instructions for accessing the online system are attached. Please contact Maria Caulfield at 814-824-1130 or with any questions.

Online jubilee edition released today
Many deacons, priests and sisters in the Diocese of Erie have celebrated significant anniversaries in 2018. Learn all about these jubilarians at To send congratulatory wishes, mail notes/cards addressed to the jubilarian in care of: Office of Communications, St. Mark Catholic Center, 429 E. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16504.

Pastors asked to encourage Engagement Encounter
With many couples getting engaged around the holidays, it’s an ideal time for pastors to encourage couples to attend Engagement Encounter. Two options for Engagement Encounter weekends are available in 2019: Jan. 25-27 and Oct. 18-20. For more details and to register, couples can visit Contact the Family Life Office with further questions at 814-824-1261 or at


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Get primed for Erie’s Best Coffee event
All are welcome to attend Erie’s Best Coffee Kick-Off Party Dec. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mill Creek Coffee, 1222 Linden Ave., Erie. Admission is free. This is a chance to buy advance tickets for Erie’s annual Best Coffee event Feb. 24 to benefit St. Martin Center. During the kick-off party, attendees may purchase Erie’s Best Coffee mugs, take a tour of Mill Creek Coffee to learn how coffee is made, and taste some coffee samples. For every Erie’s Best Coffee ticket purchased at this event, people can spin a wheel to win a prize and also be entered into a drawing for a Keurig and other prizes. For more information, call 814-452-6113, extension 216.

HYS Christmas dinner planned Dec. 6
Make your reservations by Nov. 29 for the Harborcreek Youth Services’ annual Friends’ Christmas Dinner Dec. 6 at the Lawrence Park Golf Club, 3700 East Lake Road, Erie. RSVP at The cost is $50 per person. All net proceeds will help pay for Christmas gifts for the youth and families served by HYS. For more details, call 814-899-7664, ext. 308.

Crèche display highlights Advent activities
A tri-parish display of family Nativity sets is scheduled at the social center of St. Paul Church, 435 W. 16th St., Erie, Dec. 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Dec. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advent is a perfect time to contemplate different artist portrayals of crèches, some of them heirlooms. A free will offering will be accepted and will benefit Erie Dawn. For more information, call Kate at 814-454-8732. This event is sponsored by the partnered parishes of Sacred Heart, St. Andrew and St. Paul in Erie.


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